Lucia M. Rafanelli

Lucia M. Rafanelli
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe Hall 479
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Areas of Expertise

Political theory; contemporary political theory; theories of human rights and global justice; collective agency and collective personhood

Current Research

The global political arena is diverse and dynamic, alive with multitudes of state and non-state actors striving to influence each other with every tool at their disposal. We need a political theory of global politics to help us navigate this arena in all its complexity. And this requires moving beyond the field’s traditional focus on states engaging in global politics by waging wars or employing other conventional tools of coercive foreign policy. Professor Rafanelli’s current book project, Promoting Justice Across Borders: Political Theory for the New Global Politics, takes on this task. It addresses topics such as toleration, legitimacy, collective self-determination, and the perils of activism in a non-ideal world to develop an ethics of foreign political influence well-suited to our geopolitical moment.

Professor Rafanelli also has research interests in corporate agency and corporate personhood and the ethical issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence.


2018: Ph.D. in Politics, Princeton University

2015: M.A. in Politics, Princeton University

2013: B.A. in Government and Philosophy, Cornell University (magna cum laude in Government, distinction in all subjects)


As of 27 August 2019:

Peer Reviewed Articles:
"Promoting Justice Across Borders," forthcoming in Political Studies

“A Defense of Individualism in the Age of Corporate Rights,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 25, 3 (2017): 281-302

Book Reviews:
Review of C.A.J. Coady, Ned Dobos, and Sagar Sanyal eds., Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand & Political Reality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Philosophy

Office Hours

Wednesdays 2:00PM - 4:00PM