Adam Hosein
Associate Professor

Hellems 280

T 2:00-3:30pm; and by appointment


Adam Hosein works mainly in moral, political, and legal philosophy, with a special interest in areas of international concern and issues relating to race or gender.

He has held fellowships and visiting positions at Chicago Law, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the Université catholique de Louvain. He holds a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD from MIT.

recent publications

  • '“Where Are You Really From?” Ethnic and Linguistic Immigrant Selection Policies in Liberal States’ in Add Cudd and Win-Chiat Lee eds. Citizenship and Immigration - Borders, Migration and Political Membership in a Global Age (New York: Springer, 2016), pp. 191-202.
  • Freedom, Sex-Roles, and Anti-Discrimination Law,” Law and Philosophy Vol. 34, No. 5 (2015) (or read the paper at Springer Link), pp. 485-517.
  • Awarded honorable mention for the American Philosophical Association’s 2017 Gregory Kavka/University of California, Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy.
  • “Is Anything Just Plain Good?” Philosophical Studies Vol. 172, No. 6 (2015), pp. 1485-1508 (with Mahrad Almotahari).
  • “Immigration: The Case for Legalization,” Social Theory and Practice Vol. 40, No. 4 (2014), pp. 609-630.
  • “Doing, Allowing, and the State,” Law and Philosophy Vol. 33, No. 2 (2014), pp. 235-264.
  • “Are Justified Aggressors a Threat to the Rights Theory of Self-Defense?” in Helen Frowe and Gerald Lang (eds.) How We Fight (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 87-103.
  • “Contractualism, Politics, and Morality,” Acta Analytica Vol. 28, No. 4 (2013), pp. 495-508.
  • “Democracy, Paternalism, and Campaign Finance,” Public Affairs Quarterly Vol. 27, No. 2 (2013), pp. 157-177.
  • “Immigration and Freedom of Movement,” Ethics and Global Politics Vol. 6, No. 1 (2013), pp. 25–37.