Department of Philosophy
Dr. Lisa Fuller is currently an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University at Albany (SUNY). She received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2006, under the supervision of L. Wayne Sumner. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sheffield (UK) before joining the department in 2008. Her main areas of research are political philosophy (especially global justice) applied ethics and feminism. Having worked closely with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Holland, much of her work has focused on issues arising in the context of global poverty and international aid, such as resource allocation issues, and the obligations of international, non-government organizations to both beneficiaries and donors. Her book Allocating Aid is forthcoming with Wilfrid Laurier University Press [manuscript abstract].
Her most recent research has concentrated on applied and theoretical problems specifically placed within non-ideal theory, and she plans to continue this work alongside work on more general topics in global justice. She is particularly interested in what constitutes non-ideal theory and questions concerning the correct methodology for working within it.
Fuller has published in journals such as: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Moral Philosophy and Developing World Bioethics. Her work has been cited in forums including: Public Health Ethics, H. Kuhse and P. Singer, A Companion to Bioethics (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Journal of Social Philosophy, and William Mitchell Law Review. She teaches undergraduate courses in ethical theory, bioethics and philosophy of law, and graduate classes in political philosophy and philosophy of law. Recent topics of her graduate seminars have included: Punishment, the Ethical and Political Writings of J.S. Mill, and Global Poverty.