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Monique Deveaux


Trained in political philosophy and comparative politics, I take a grounded or ‘engaged philosophy’ approach to studying injustices — especially poverty, exploitation, and cultural oppression. I am interested in rethinking structural injustices and their remedies from the vantage point of justice-seeking groups and their social movements. My books include Poverty, Solidarity, and Poor-led Social Movements (2021), Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States (2006), Exploitation: From Practice to Theory (2017), and Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice (2000). I am a founding member of the Engaged Theory Community, a global network of political theorists and philosophers who use grounded and engaged research methodologies (website coming soon). In 2012, I started up Initiatives in Global Justice (IGJ) at the University of Guelph, to connect faculty, students and community members concerned about global issues of social, economic, political, and environmental injustice. Phased out when the GET lab started up in 2022, IGJ hosted research talks and workshops over several years, and was advised by an advisory board of faculty from across the university.



Ph.D. and M.Phil, University of Cambridge (Faculty of Social & Political Sciences; Newnham College)

M.A. and B.A. Hon. (Political Science), McGill University


Professor and Tier I CRC in Ethics & Global  Social Change (renewed 2018), Dept. of Philosophy, University of Guelph, 2010 to present.

Fulbright Research Chair, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program – University of Waterloo (Political Science) and Centre for International Governance Innovation (Jan-April 2010)

Assistant Professor (1998-2004) Associate Professor of Political Science, Williams College, 2004-2010

Residential Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2001-2002

SSHRC Post-doctoral fellow, Wiener Center, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, 1997-1998



Poverty, Solidarity, and Poor-led Social Movements. Oxford University Press, 2021

Exploitation: From Practice to Theory. Eds. Monique Deveaux and Vida Panitch. Rowman & Littlefield, February 2017

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy: Texts and Cases. Eds. Omid Payrow Shabani and Monique Deveaux. Oxford University Press, 2014

Reading Onora O’Neill. Eds. D. Archard, M. Deveaux, D.Weinstock & N. Manson. Routledge, 2013. 

Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice: Critical Perspectives in Political Theory & Practice. Eds. M. Deveaux, B.Arneil, R. Dhamoon, & A. Eisenberg. Routledge 2007. 

Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States.  Oxford University Press, 2006 (U.K.)/2007 (U.S.). (Intro & Conclusion here

Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice. Cornell University Press, 2000

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Poor-Led Social Movements and Global Justice,” Political Theory vol. 46, no. 5 (2018) DOI: 10.1177/0090591718776938

“Re-evaluating Sufficientarianism in Light of Evidence of Inequality’s Harms,” Ethics and Social Welfare vol 12, no. 2 (2018). DOI: 10.1080/17496535.2017.1324577

“The Underrepresentation of Women in Prestigious Ethics Journals,” Hypatia vol. 32, no. 4 (2017). Co-authored with M. Krishnamurthy, S. Liao, and M. Dalecki. 

“Deliberative Democracy and Multiculturalism”. Chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, eds. M. Warren, A. Bechtinger, J. Mansbridge, and J. Dryzek (Oxford University Press, Sept. 2018)

“Effective Deliberative Inclusion of Women in Contexts of Traditional Political Authority,” Democratic Theory vol. 3, no. 2 (2016): 2-25

“Beyond the Redistributive Paradigm: What Philosophers Can Learn from Poor-Led Politics.” In Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation, eds. H.P. Gaisbauer et al. (Springer 2016)

“Exploitation, Structural Injustice, and the Cross-Border Trade in Human Ova,” Journal of Global Ethics vol. 12, no. 1 (2016): 48-68 

Appeals to Choice and Sexual Equality: Debates Over Religious Attire. In Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and its Paradoxes, eds. M-C Foblets, A.Dundes Renteln, and M. Graziadei (Routledge, 2018)

“The Global Poor as Agents of Justice,” Journal of Moral Philosophy, vol. 12, no. 2 (2015): 125-50 

“Critical Perspectives on Global Justice: At the Frontier,” (co-authored with Kathryn Walker) Journal of Global Ethics, vol. 9, no. 2 (2013):111-114 

“Regimes of Accommodation, Hierarchies of Rights,” in Revealing Democracy: Religion and Secularism and Religion in Liberal Democracy, eds. C. Maillé, G. Nielsen, and D. Salèe (Peter Lang Press, 2013)

“Rethinking Inequality: Introduction,” (co-authored with Patti Lenard) Philosophical Topics, vol. 40, no. 1 (2012): 1-6

“Normative Liberal Theory and the Bifurcation of Human Rights,” Ethics and Global Politics, vol. 2, no. 3 (September 2009): 171-91 

“Personal Autonomy and Cultural Tradition,” in Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice: Critical Perspectives in Political Theory and Practice, ed. B. Arneil, M. Deveaux, R. Dhamoon, A. Eisenberg (Routledge, 2007) 

“A Deliberative Approach to Conflicts of Culture,” Political Theory, vol. 31, no. 6 (2003): 780-807. Republished in Minorities Within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity, Eds. A. Eisenberg and J.  Spinner-Halev (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

“Liberal Constitutions and Traditional Cultures: the South African Customary Law Debate,” Citizenship Studies, vol. 7, no. 2 (2003): 161-80

“Political Morality and Culture,” Social Theory and Practice, vol. 28, no. 3 (2002): 503-518. Republished in Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 203 (May 2005)

“Conflicting Equalities,” Political Studies, vol. 48, no. 3 (2000): 522-539 

Cultural Pluralism from Liberal Perfectionist Premises,” Polity, vol. 32, no. 4 (2000): 473-497 

“Feminism and Empowerment: A Critical Reading of Foucault,” in Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader, Eds. Shere Hesse-Biber et al. (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Agonism and Pluralism,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 25, no. 4 (1999): 1-22 

Toleration and Respect,” Public Affairs Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 4 (1998): 407-427 

“Feminism and Empowerment: A Critical Reading of Foucault,” in Rereading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Foucault, ed. Susan Hekman (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996)

“New Directions in Feminist Ethics,” European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 3, no. 1 (1995): 86-96 

“Shifting Paradigms: Theorizing Care and Justice in Political Theory,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, vol. 10, no. 2 (1995): 115-119 

Feminism and Empowerment,” Feminist Studies, vol. 20, no. 2 (1994): 223-247 


Selected Recent Talks

December 2020 “Grounding Normative Theorizing in Concrete, Justice-Seeking Struggles.” Carleton University Philosophy Colloquium.

March 2020 “The Capability Approach and Transformative Poverty Reduction.” Western University Philosophy Colloquium.

June 2017 “Movements versus Markets: What, If Anything, is Special About the Organizations and Social Movements of the Poor?” University of British Columbia workshop: New Directions in Ethics and Poverty. 

March 2017 “Why Global Inequality – and Not Just Poverty – Matters.” Ohio State University COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics & Society) conference: On Global Inequality. 

February 2017 “Religion, Tradition, and Autonomy: Can Intersectionality Reveal Openings for Women’s Agency?”. Keynote lecture, VII Congress of the Italian Society of Women Historians, Pisa, Italy.

February 2017 “Reframing Chronic Poverty and its Alleviation through the Insights and Strategies of Poor-led Movements.” Talk, Dept. of Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

October 2016 “Reframing Chronic Poverty and its Alleviation through the Insights and Strategies of Poor-led Movements.” Ethics & Public Affairs Program, and Dept. of Philosophy, Carleton University

May 2016 “Global Justice From Below? The Value of Poor-led Social Movements to Poverty Alleviation.” Keynote talk, University of Salzburg Workshop on Philosophy and Poverty

May 2016 “Global Justice From Below? The Value of Poor-led Social Movements to Poverty Alleviation.” Free University, Berlin (Kolloquium Zur Praktischen Philosophie)

April 2016 “Global Justice From Below? The Value of Poor-led Social Movements to Poverty Alleviation.” Society for Women in Philosophy workshop (SWIP-SHOP), CUNY Graduate Center

Sept. 2015 “How Should the Political Movements of the Poor Figure in Theorizing About Global Justice?” Symposium on ‘Global Justice: New Directions in Research and Advocacy,’ Ghent, Belgium

May 2015 “Is the Cross-Border Trade in Human Eggs Wrongfully Exploitative?” Gender and Global Justice Conference, Centre for Global Ethics, University of Birmingham (UK)