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
- Against Borders: Why the World Needs Free Movement of People (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020)
- Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Mobility: The Migrant’s Eye View of the World (Palgrave Pivot, 2018)
- The Humean Mind (Routledge, co-edited with Angela Coventry, Forthcoming)
- The Ethics and Politics of Migration: Core Issues and Emerging Trends (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016)
- Business in Ethical Focus, Second Edition (Broadview Press, co-edited with Fritz Allhoff and Anand Vaidya, 2016)
- Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: Kai Nielsen’s Selected Political Philosophy (with David Rondel and Kai Nielsen) (University of Calgary Press, 2012)
- Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings, Broadview Press, 2012 (General Editor with Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, and Clark Wolf)
- Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche, Broadview Press, 2008. (Editorial Coordinator and General Editor with Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, and Clark Wolf)
- Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, Volume 2: The 20th Century and Beyond, Broadview Press, 2008. (Editorial Coordinator and General Editor with Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, and Clark Wolf)
- Sager, Alex. 2018. “Private Contractors, Foreign Troops, and Offshore Detention Centers: The Ethics of Externalizing Immigration Controls.” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 17 (2): 12–15.
- “Immigration Enforcement and Domination: An Indirect Argument for Much More Open Borders,” Political Research Quarterly, 70(1), 2017.
- “Liberation Pragmatism: Dussel and Dewey in Dialogue” (co-authored with Albert Spencer), Contemporary Pragmatism, 13(4), 2016.
- “Methodological Nationalism, Migration, and Political Theory,” Political Studies, 64(1), 2016.
- “Productive Justice and Compulsory Service,” (commentary on Gillian Brock and Michael Blake, Debating Brain Drain), Ethics and Global Politics, 9, 2016.
- “Ghoshal’s Ghost: Financialization and the End of Management Theory” (co-authored with Gregory Daneke) Philosophy of Management, 14(1), 2015.
- “Immigration, Ethics, and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Methodological Reflections on Joseph Carens’ The Ethics of Immigration,” Ethical Perspectives, 21(4) 2014.
- “Normative Ethics after Pragmatic Naturalism,” Metaphilosophy, 45(3), 2014.
- “Reframing the Brain Drain,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17(5), 2014 [reprinted in Akakpo, Crispino E. G., and Patti Tamara Lenard, eds. 2015. New Challenges in Immigration Theory. Abingdon: Routledge.]
- “Political Rights, Republican Freedom, and Temporary Workers,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 17(2), 2014
- “The Hanford Advisory Board: Participatory Democracy, Technology, and Representation,” (co-authored with Alex Zakaras), Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4(2), 2014
- “Hume and Contemporary Political Philosophy,” (co-authored with Angela Coventry), European Legacy, 5, 2013
- “Agricultural Workers in Mexico and the United States,” (with Florencio Posadas Segura (principal author) and Maria Sager), Journal of Workplace Rights, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2009.
- “Culture and Immigration: A Case for Exclusion?” in John R. Rowan, ed., Social Philosophy Today: International Law and Justice, Volume 23, 2008.
- “Reclaiming Cosmopolitanism through Migrant Protests.” In Migration, Protest Movements and the Politics of Resistance. A Radical Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, edited by Tamara Caraus and Elena Paris. Routledge. Forthcoming.
- “Ethics and Migration Crises.” In The Handbook of Migration Crises, edited by Cecilia Menjívar, Immanuel Ness, and Marie Ruiz. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming
- “Introduction to the Ethics of Migration,” in The Ethics and Politics of Immigration: Core Issues and Emerging Trends, 2016
- “Methodological Nationalism and the ‘Brain Drain’,” in The Ethics and Politics of Migration: Core Issues and Emerging Trends, 2016
- “A Brief Guide to Thinking about Business Ethics,” in Business in an Ethical Perspective, Second Edition, 2016
- “Student Designed Deliberative Forums as a Pedagogical Method,” in Laker et al., eds., Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education: Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada and the U.S., Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
- “Philosophy of Leisure,” The Routledge International Handbook of Leisure Studies, Tony Blackshaw, ed., Routledge, 2013.
- “Immigration, Class, and Global Justice: Some Moral Considerations/Implications” in Micheline Labelle, Jocelyne Couture and Frank Remiggi eds. La communauté politique en question. Regards croisés sur l’immigration, la citoyenneté, la diversité et le pouvoir, UQAM Press, 2012
- “The Humean Elements of Rawls’s Political Philosophy” (co-authored with Angela Coventry), in Ilya Kasavin, ed. David Hume and Contemporary Philosophy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
- “Kai Nielsen’s Political Philosophy: A Critical Introduction ,” co-authored with David Rondel in Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will (University of Calgary Press, 2012)
- “Brain Drain, Health, and Global Justice,” in Rebecca Shah, ed., The International Migration of Health Workers: Ethics, Rights, and Justice, Palgrave-McMillan Ltd. 2010, pp.103-117.
- “Migration,” in The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, editor-in-chief, Ruth Chadwick, Elsevier, 2012
- Bryan W. Van Norden, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto, Columbia University Press 2017, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- Bernardo Zacka, When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency, Harvard University Press, 2018, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- Julie Rose, Free Time, Princeton University Press, 2016, forthcoming, in Ethics
- James C. Scott, Against the Grain, Yale University Press, 2017, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- William Maley, What is a Refugee?, 2017, in Europe Now
- Amy Allen, The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory, 2016, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- Thomas Nail, Theory of the Border, Oxford University Press, 2016, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- Reece Jones, Violent Borders, Verso Books, 2016, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- David Miller, Strangers in Our Midst, Harvard University Press, 2016, in LSE Review of Books Blog
- Interrogating the Migration Industry Review of Ruben Andersson Illegality Inc. and Amy Nethery and Stephanie J. Silverman eds. Immigration Detention The migration of a policy and its human impact
- Ian Shapiro, Politics against Domination, Harvard University Press, 2016 in LSE Review of Books Blog
- Ryu Susato, Hume’s Sceptical Enlightenment, Oxford, 2015, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (co-authored with Angela Coventry)
- James Hampshire, The Politics of Migration. Cambridge, 2013 in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 20, No.4, 2012
- Jason Brennan, Why Not Capitalism? Routledge, London and New York, 2014, in Marx and the Review of Books
- Luis Martínez Andrade, Religion without Redemption: Social Contradictions and Awakened Dreams in Latin America, Pluto Press, London, 2015, in Marx and the Review of Books
- Vivek Chibbers, Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. Verso, London and New York, 2013 in Marx and the Review of Books.
- Raymond Geuss, A World Without Why . Princeton, NJ, 2014 in Marx and the Review of Books
- Gerard Casey, Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State. Continuum, London, 2012 and David Graeber, Revolutions in Reverse: Minor Compositions. London and New York, 2011 in Marx and the Review of Books.
- Enrique Dussel, Ethics of Liberation in the Age of Globalization and Exclusion. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014 in Marx and the Review of Books
- Henry A. Giroux, America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2013 in Marx and the Review of Books
- Ryan Pevnick, Immigration and the Constraints of Justice. Cambridge, 2011 in Journal of Politics, Vol. 74, No.3, 2012.
- Jeffrey Edward Green, The Eyes of the People. Oxford, 2010 in Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 13, No.2, 2012.
- William D. Casebeer, Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003 in Dialogue, 44, 2005
- Long Live Leisure! It’s Time to Make Space for What We Value in Life. CBC Ideas, February 20, 2020.
- “The Case for Making Immigration Boring Again,” Tag, You’re It: Voices on Immigration, Portland State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, February 2020.
- Prescription for Justice, Immigration: Ethics and Philosophy
- The Only Reasonable Philosophy of Immigration is a Radical Philosophy of Migration, Radical Philosophy Magazine, July 2, 2018,
- The Perversity of External Immigration Enforcement, crImmigration Blog, June 12, 2018,
- Are We Biased by Methodological Nationalism? Talking Migration Podcast, February 16, 2018.
- Focusing on Migration’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Influences on Your Country Alone Can Be a Harmful Oversimplification. LSE US Center. January 13, 2017.
- Bureaucracy and Domination: An Indirect Argument for Open Borders. Open Borders, December 12, 2016.
- “The Refugee Crisis & The Responsibility Of Intellectuals.” The Critique, September 13, 2016.
- “A Plea for (the Philosophy of) Leisure”, Philosophy Now (October/November 2010)
- “Interview with Kai Nielsen on Political Philosophy,” (with David Rondel) in Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will
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)
- 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
- 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