Curriculum Vitae

Alex Sager

Portland State University, University Studies and Philosophy, Portland, Oregon

Chair of Philosophy, Fall 2017-present
Associate Professor, 2015-present
Assistant Professor, 2009-2015


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Calgary, Calgary 2009
Masters of Arts in Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, 2001
Bachelor of Arts in Honours Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal 1999



Books: Edited

Journal Articles


Encyclopedia Articles

  • Migration,” in The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, editor-in-chief, Ruth Chadwick, Elsevier, 2012

Book Reviews

General Audience

Honors, Grants, and Fellowships

  • John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Awards, 2014-15
  • PhD dissertation Immigration, Rights, and Equality nominated for 2009 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Scholarship (May 2007-May 2008)
  • Columbia University Fellowship (Doctoral Program) (Completed MA)
  • Faculty Enhancement Grant, Portland State University, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall to Spring 2014-15
  • Faculty Development Award, Portland State University, Winter 2010, 2011, 2012
  • FRINQ Internationalization Grant, Portland State University, Summer 2011, 2014
  • Course Development Grant, Portland State University, Summer 2010 (New FRINQ theme: Globalization)

Governance and Other Professionally Related Service

Governance Activities for the University, College, Department

  • Portland State University, Budget Committee (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
  • Departmental By-Law Committee, Chair (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
  • External Review Committee (Fall 2014-Spring 2016)
  • Philosophy Department Curriculum Committee, Member (Fall 2009-Fall 2012), Chair (Fall 2012-Spring 2016)
  • Philosophy Department Merit Pay Committee, Member (Fall 2012)
  • Philosophy Department Assessment Committee, Member (Fall 2012-Spring 2016)
  • Philosophy Department Fixed-Term Promotion Committee, Member (Fall 2012- Fall 2013)
  • Application reviewer for UNST Mentor Program (2012)
  • Advisory Board, Portland Center for the Public Humanities (September 2010-September 2011)

Professionally-related Service

  • Series Editor, Broadview Guides to Business and Professional Ethics (2009-2013)
  • UNST Pathways Design Group (Spring/Summer 2014)
  • Morality Cluster Coordinator (Fall 2010 to Fall 2012)
  • Retention Committee, Portland State University (Summer 2010)
  • Portfolio Review Committee, Portland State University (June 2010, 2011)
  • Library liaison for Philosophy Department, Portland State University (Fall 2009-present)
  • UNST Working Group on Writing (Winter, Spring 2012)
  • Conference Coordinator for Fall 2007 University of Calgary Philosophy Department Graduate Conference
  • Graduate student representative to faculty, Columbia University Philosophy Department, 2000-1
  • Referee for American Political Science Review; Athabasca University Press; Canadian Philosophical Association (2011 and 2012); Cengage Learning; Contemporary Political Theory; De Ethica; Developing World Bioethics; European Journal of Political Theory; Journal of Applied Philosophy; Journal of Environment Values; Hume Studies; Journal of Politics; Journal of International Political Theory; Journal of Leisure Research; Law and Philosophy; Oxford University Press; Perspectives on Politics; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Political Studies; Polity; Res Publica; Social Philosophy Today; Socialist Studies; Taylor and Francis; University of Georgia Press; Western Canadian Philosophical Association; World Leisure Studies

Community Outreach

  • Oregon High School Ethics Bowl
    • Founder and Conference Organizer, 2015 Oregon Ethics Bowl
    • Co-Conference Organization, 2016
    • Organization Committee, Judge, 2017
  • Oregon Humanities, Conversation Project leader, 2014-16: The Other Crisis in Education
  • Advisor and seminar leader for assistant coaches for 2014 Regional Ethics Bowl teams from Columbia River High and Jesuit High School
  • Advisor, PSU Coordinator, LEP High School Philosophy Club, 2014
  • Advisor, PSU Coordinator, Childpeace Montessori K-5 Philosophy Curriculum, 2015
  • “Whatever Happened to Leisure, the Mother of Philosophy?” Philosophy Café, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR, November 2010