Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Joy Gordon, JD, PhD

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Social Ethics

Office #: Crown Center 351

Phone: 773-508-2295

E-mail: cgordon3@luc.edu


Joy Gordon is Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics. She received her PhD in philosophy from Yale University, and her JD from Boston University School of Law. She taught at Fairfield University from 1997 to 2014. She held an NEH Fellowship during 2010–2011. She joined the Loyola Philosophy Department in January 2015.

Her areas of specialization include social and political philosophy, human rights, international law and global governance, and ethical issues in international relations. She is on the editorial board of Ethics and International Affairs. She has published extensively on legal and ethical aspects of economic sanctions, including Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions (Harvard University Press, 2010). She is currently writing on legal and ethical issues concerning the United Nations Security Council.

She has published articles in Ethics and International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Law, Le Monde Diplomatique, Philosophy and Public Affairs Quarterly, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Global Governance, Arab Studies Quarterly, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Foreign Policy, Chicago Journal of International Law, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Commonweal, The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, and the Atlantic Monthly.


Yale University

Research Interests

Social and political philosophy, human rights, international law, ethical issues in international relations