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Joan C Tronto

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Princeton University, 1981.
  • M.A.: Princeton University, 1976.
  • A.B.: Oberlin College, 1974.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • History of Political Thought
  • Political Knowledge
  • Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Democratic Theory
  • Feminist Political Thought
  • Women in Western Political Thought
  • Utopian Thought
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Women in Politics
  • Feminist Theory
  • Women and Gender in Western Political Thought
  • Women and Gender in Western Political Thought
  • Feminist Epistemologies
  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Women in Politics
  • Women in the Law
  • Democracy and Mass Media
  • Science and Politics of Global Warming
  • “Caring About Care Workers: Caring Solutions to an Issue of Global Justice“ in Rianne Mahon and Fiona Robinson, eds., The Global Political Economy of Care: Integrating Ethics and Social Politics, (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming, 2011).
  • “Privatizing Neo-Colonialism: Migrant Domestic Care Workers, Partial Citizenship, and Responsibility,“ in H. M. Dahl, A. Kovalainen, M. Markera, eds. Europeanization, Care and Gender [tentative title] (Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming, 2011).
  • “Creating Caring Institutions: Politics, Plurality, and Purpose,“Ethics and Social Welfare 4,2 (July2010: 158-171.
  • “’The Servant Problem’ and Justice in Households,“Iris: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate, 2, 2 (April 2010): 67-86.
  • “Informed Consent as a Grant of Authority,“ H. Lindemann, M. Verkerk, M. Walker, eds. Naturalized Bioethics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008): 182-198.
  • “Feminist Ethics, Care and the Politics of Immigration,“ in Transnationalití¤t und Sozialen Arbeit (Transnationalization and Social Work) ed. Hans Gí¼nther Homfeldt, Wolfgang Schrí¶er, Cornelia Schweppe, 2008.
  • “Is Peace Keeping Care Work?“ in Peggy DesAutels and Rebecca Whisnant, eds. Feminist Global Ethics, Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008; pp 179-200.
  • “Assisíªncia democrática e democracies assistenciais,“ [Democratic care and caring democracies] Sociedade e Estado, 22, 2 (May“”August 2007): 285-308. (Brasilia)
  • With Stephen Leonard, “The Genders of Citizenship,“American Political Science Review, 101,1 (February 2007): 33-46. Co-winner, First Annual Okin/Young Prize for Best Published Article in Feminist Political Theory, 2008.
  • “Vicious and Virtuous Circles of Care: When Decent Caring Privileges Social Irresponsibility“Socializing Care, ed. M. Hamington and D. Miller (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006): 3-26.
  • “Gendering Ethics and Political Theory,“ in Handbook Of Gender and Women’s Studies, Sage, 2005: 417-436.
  • “Care as the Work of Citizens: A Modest Proposal.“Women and Citizenship, ed. M. Friedman, Oxford University Press, (2005): 130-145.
  • “Marriage: Love or Care?“ in Mary Lyndon Shanley, Just Marriage, ed. D. Chasman and J. Cohen (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004): 37-40.
  • With Julie A. White, “Political Practices of Care: Needs and Rights“Ratio Juris 17,4 (December 2004): 425-453.
  • “Frantz Fanon.“Contemporary Political Theory, 3 (December 2004): 245-52.
  • “Time’s Place,“Feminist Theory 4,2 (August 2003): 119-138.
  • “The Nanny Question in Feminism,“Hypatia 17, 2 (Spring 2002): 34 – 61.
  • “The Value of Care.“Boston Review, February 2002: 16-17.
  • “Care and Gender,“International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (London: Elsevier, 2001), q.v.
  • “Does Managing Professionals Affect Professional Ethics? Competence, Autonomy, and Care“ in P. Desautels and J. Waugh, eds., Feminists Doing Ethics (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
  • “Can the Welfare State Really Care for People? Reflections on Care and Citizenship“ in N. Hirschmann and U. Liebert, ed. Revisioning the Welfare State: Feminist Perspectives on the United States and Europe (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001).
  • “Demokratie als fí¼rsorge Praxis“ [Democracy as a Caring Practice, tr. Regina Othmer]. Feministische Studien (extra 2000): 25-42.
  • “Age Segregated Housing as a Moral Problem: An Exercise in Rethinking Ethics“ in Margaret Urban Walker, ed. Mother Time (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999): 261-277.
  • “Care Ethics: Moving Forward.“ [review essay] Hypatia 14, 1 (Winter 1999): 112-119.
  • With JoAnne Myers, ““˜Truth’ and Advocacy: A Feminist Perspective.“PS: Political Science & Politics 31, 4 (December 1998): 808-811.
  • “An Ethic of Care.“Generations [Journal of the American Society on Aging] XXII, 3 (Fall 1998): 15-20.
  • Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader ed. Cathy Cohen, Kathy Jones, Joan Tronto (New York: New York University Press, 1997).
  • “Verkeerde vooronderstellingen, verkeerde keuzen. Een feministisch perspectief op zorg en gezondheid.“ [Wrong Premises, Wrong Choices: A Feminist Perspectiive on Care and Health Care. Tr. Marian Verkerk] Denken over zorg: Concepten en praktijken. Ed. Marian Verkerk. (Utrecht: Elsevier/De Tijdstroom, 1997): 15-30.
  • "The Political Concept of Care," in Nancy Hirschmann and Christine Di Stefano, eds., Revisioning the Political: Feminist Reconstructions of Traditional Concepts in Western Political Theory (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1996): 139-156.
  • “Politics of Care: Fí¼rsorge und Wohlfahrt“ [Politics of Care: Caring and Welfare, Michaela Adelberg, tr], Transit 12 (Winter 1996): 142-153.
  • “Sexism,“ q.v. Encyclopedia of Bioethics (New York: Macmillan, 1995).
  • "Van produkt naar praktijk: gezondheidszorg als zorg" ("From Commodity to Practice: Health Care as Care," Gert van Dijk, tr.), Rekenschap: Tijdschrift voor wetenschap en cultuur 42, 3 (September 1995): 148-157.
  • "Caring as the Basis for Radical Political Judgments," Hypatia 10, 2 (Spring 1995): 141-149.
  • Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care. New York, Routledge, 1993. [Translated and republished:Confini morali: Un argomento politico per L’ethica della cura, A cura di Allessandra Facchi, Tr. Nicola Riva. Reggio Emilia: Edizioni Diabasis, 2006] [Translated and republished:Une monde vulnérable : Une proposition politique pour fonder l’éthique du care. Tr. Hervé Maury, Paris : La Découverte, 2009]
  • "Riflessioni su genere morale e potere: la cura e il problema morale dell'alterití ," ["Reflections on Gender, Morality, and Power: Caring and the Moral Problem of Otherness," Valeria Russo, tr.]. Iride 8 (January-April 1992): 137-151.
  • "Politics and Revisions: The Feminist Project to Change the Boundaries of American Political Science," in S. Zalk and J. Gordon-Kelter, eds., Revolutions in Knowledge (Boulder: Westview Press, 1992): 91-110.
  • "Changing Goals and Changing Strategies: Varieties of Women's Political Activities (Review Essay),"Feminist Studies 17, 1 (Spring 1991): 85-104. [Reprinted in: Heidi Hartmann and Claire Moses, eds., U.S. Women in Struggle> (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994)].
  • with Berenice Fisher, "Toward a Feminist Theory of Caring," in E. Abel and M. Nelson, eds., Circles of Care (Albany: SUNY Press, 1990): 36-54.
  • "Women and Caring: Or, What Can Feminists Learn From Caring?" in A. Jaggar and S. Bordo eds., Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1989): 172-187. [Reprinted in: Virginia Held, ed, Justice and Care: Essential Readings in Feminist Ethics (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995): 101-116; and, excerpted and reprinted in: Carol C. Gould, ed., Key Concepts in Critical Theory: Gender (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1997): 282-89; reprinted in: James P. Sterba, ed., Ethics (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1997)]
  • "Political Science and Caring: Or, The Perils of Balkanized Social Science," in Women and Politics 7,3 (Fall 1987): 85-97.reprinted as: M. J. Falco, ed., Feminism and Epistemology: Approaches to Research in Women and Politics (New York: The Haworth Press, 1987): 85-97.
  • "Beyond Gender Difference to a Theory of Care,"Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 12,4 (Summer 1987): 644- 663. [Reprinted in: Mary Jeanne Larrabee, ed., An Ethics of Care: Feminist and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 1993): 240-257]. [Reprinted in: Will Kymlicka, ed., Justice and Political Philosophy, 2 vols. (London: Edward Elgar, 1995).
  • "Sameness, Difference, and Experience: Reformulating the Issues in Contemporary Feminist Thought," Over Here 5,2 (November 1985): 17-28.
  • "Teaching the New Scholarship on Women in Introductory American Government," News for Teachers of Political Science No. 45 (Spring 1985): 9.
  • "Law and Modernity: The Significance of Max Weber's Sociology of Law,"Texas Law Review 63,3 (November 1984):565- 577.
  • First Annual Okin/Young Prize for Best Published Article in Feminist Political Theory, 2008.
  • PSC-CUNY Grant, “Oligarchy as a Political Concept“, 2006
  • PSC-CUNY Grant, “Stimulating Research on Care Ethics Among French Feminist Scholars“, 2002
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