Post-doctoral Fellows

Emil Andersson

emil.andersson [at] (Emil Andersson) earned his PhD in practical philosophy from Uppsala University in 2019. His thesis, Reinterpreting Liberal Legitimacy, deals with the topic of political legitimacy from a Rawlsian contractualist perspective. Before coming to McGill, Emil was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. His research there was primarily focused on contractualism and justice between generations.

Emil’s postdoctoral research project, Extending Liberal Legitimacy, is funded by a three-year international postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council. The project is a continuation of his dissertation project, and pursues the idea that liberal legitimacy requires not only justifiability to all the present citizens of a state, but to future citizens and non-citizens as well.

sujaya.dhanvantari [at] (Sujaya Dhanvantari) is a SSHRC postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. Her postdoctoral work on the writings of Frantz Fanon (1952-1961) will contribute phenomenological studies, which centre the lived experiences of oppressed peoples from the colonial period to the present, as a way of shedding light on the immense problem of psychic suffering and trauma. In arguing for the importance of Fanon’s critical view of colonial pathologies in the study of contemporary trauma, Dr. Dhanvantari will call for the development of new approaches in philosophy that work toward the recognition of the forms of intergenerational trauma experienced by historically racialized and colonized peoples, in Canada and globally. Dr. Dhanvantari received her PhD in 2020 from Concordia University. Her dissertation studied the existentialist philosophies of Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon, to argue for the development of a new concept of ethics, relevant to the goals of contemporary liberation struggles. Her research is mainly centred on critical race philosophy, decolonial thought, and critical phenomenology.

simona.vucu [at] (Simona Vucu) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy project at McGill University. Her project focuses on how two medieval women, Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) and Christine de Pizan (1364–1430), understood human socialization, female agency and virtue ethics. Dr. Vucu received her PhD in Philosophy in 2018 from the University of Toronto. She was previously a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, where she worked on medieval discussions of the difference between moral and legal reasoning and the ethical consequences of this distinction for how judges should try the cases before them. Her research is focused mainly on medieval philosophy, especially the intersection of ethics, metaphysics, and legal and political philosophy.


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