AlexwebsiteAlex Sager is Associate Professor with a shared line appointment in Philosophy and University Studies at Portland State University.


Much of his research focuses on the ethics of migration. His  monograph Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Migration (Palgrave Pivot, 2018) brings political philosophy together with research on mobility and borders from the social sciences. A major goal of this monograph is to expose the cognitive bias of methodological nationalism and to propose alternative categories and sites for thinking about migration and justice.

Other work on this topic includes an edited book The Ethics and Politics of Migration: Core Issues and Emerging Trends (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016) and papers in Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. Currently, he is writing a monograph for Rowman & Littlefield International’s series Off the Fence: Morality Politics and Society that defends open borders.

He is also editing (with Angela Coventry) a comprehensive overview of the David Hume’s philosophy The Humean Mind. They have also co-authored a number of articles on Hume’s social and political philosophy, including Hume and Contemporary Political Philosophy.

Public Philosophy

Alex Sager had the opportunity to deliver a 2017 Provost’s Lecture, The Trump Presidency and the Ethics of Resistance at Portland State University. Articles about the ethics of migration for the public include The Perversity of External Immigration Enforcement and Focusing on Migration’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Influences on Your Country Alone Can Be a Harmful Oversimplification. He also led an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project “What is Education For?”  (2014-16).

He is the founder of the Oregon High School Ethics Bowl which he organizes with his colleagues in the Philosophy Department that brings together dozens of teachers, PSU students, and community members. His senior capstone in Philosophy for Children (P4C) which partners with the Ivy School, a public Portland Montessori, brings philosophy to children from first grade through to middle school.