Seyla Benhabib

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and Director of its Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. Professor Benhabib is the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-07.

She is the author of Critique, Norm and Utopia. A Study of the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (1986) ; Situating the Self. Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (1992 ; winner of the National Educational Association’s best book of the year award) ; together with Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell and Nancy Fraser, Feminism as Critique (1994) ; The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (1996 ; reissued in 2002) ; The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, (2002) and most recently, The Rights of Others. Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004), which won the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association (2005) and the North American Society for Social Philosophy award (2004). A new book, Another Cosmopolitanism : Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2006.

Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.

She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science since 1996 and has held the Gauss Lectures (Princeton, 1998) ; the Spinoza chair for distinguished visitors (Amsterdam, 2001) ; the John Seeley Memorial Lectures (Cambridge, 2002), the Tanner Lectures (Berkeley, 2004) and was the Catedra Ferrater Mora Distinguished Professor in Girona, Spain (Summer 2005). She received an Honorary degree from the Humanistic University in Utrecht in 2004.

Professor Benhabib is the president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006.