My main research interest for the last decade concerns the limits of the market: are there some things that should not be for sale? Kidneys? sex? International weapons? Should the reach of markets be limited for reasons other than efficiency and distributive justice? I am finishing a book that argues that markets not only allocate goods but also shape our culture, support or hinder important human capacities, and support diverse structures of power. My book, The Moral Limits of the Market, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2009.
I am also interested in, and have published on, questions relating to global justice and issues about the relationship between education and equality.
I am Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Philosophy, and (by courtesy) Political Science. In addition, I direct the Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. My fields of specialization are Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Economics, and Feminist Philosophy.
I am the recipient of several awards, including the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University’s Highest Award for Teaching:
“…For her extraordinary teaching that combines the importance of rigorous thought with serious engagement in the moral dilemmas facing humanity…”
In addition to my Stanford teaching, I co-founded [with Rob Reich] and teach in a program which brings humanities courses to women at Hope House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment program in Redwood City.
I am currently a Co-PI (with Ken Arrow and Josh Cohen) on a grant on “Quantitative Natural Research Ethics,” an Environmental Ventures Program award.