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Uma Narayan
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York

Tel: 914-485-8172



Uma Narayan is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College where she teaches courses in the areas of philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, ethics, applied ethics and feminist theory.

She has a B. A. from Bombay University, an M. A. from Poona University and a Ph. D. from Rutgers, writing her dissertation under the supervision of Douglas Husak on "Offensive Conduct: What Is It and When May It Be Criminalized?"

She has written and edited several books, among them, Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third-World Feminism (1997), Having and Raising Children: Unconventional Families, Hard Choices, and the Social Good with Julia J. Bartkowiak (1999), Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives with Mary Lyndon Shanley (1997), and Decentering the Center: Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World with Sandra Harding (2000).

Dislocating Cultures was awarded the American Political Science Association's Victoria Shuck Prize for the Best Book on Women and Politics published in 1997.

She has published numerous articles in such journals as Signs, Hypathia, The Journal of Social Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Women and Language, Criminal Justice Ethics, and the Harvard Blackletter Law Review as well as essays in various collections, among them, Explorations of Value edited by Thomas Magnell. World Hunger and Moral Obligation edited by William Aiken and Hugh La Follette, Self-Deception edited by Amelie Rorty, Reproduction Ethics and the Law: Feminist Perspectives edited by Joan Callahan, and Women's Lives and Public Policy edited by Briavel Holcomb and Meredith Turshen.

In 1992 she received a National Endowment for the Humanties Summer Fellowship in "Human Rights."

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