Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
A. M., The University of Chicago
A. B., Colby College
Dr. Thomas J. Donahue is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department, Independent College Programs, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. Before joining Haverford in 2014, he taught in the Program in Ethics, Politics & Economics at Yale and held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Institute for Philosophical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
A political philosopher, Donahue's research examines the structure of injustices in global, comparative, and historical perspective; and the relationships among moral principles and political and economic theories. Some of his research is published in European Journal of Political Theory, The Philosophical Forum, Public Affairs Quarterly, Ethics & the Environment, and Nexos. He is completing a book manuscript, entitled Unfreedom for All: How Global Injustices Harm You. You can read the Introduction and various chapters by clicking here.
In his teaching, Donahue has added ten different courses to the offerings of the Tri-College Consortium. He has also pioneered a new approach to teaching students to learn and use theories. This approach holds that all theories--no matter how complex and abstract--can ultimately be boiled down to simple metaphors about the objects they treat. Hence one can master a difficult theory by articulating its basic metaphor, and then building up from there.
If you are curious about what political philosophy is, visit Donahue's homepage. To check out Donahue's work in progress, visit his page on academia.edu. He is a founding member and regular participant in the Tri-College Political Theory Workshop.
Thomas J. Donahue and Paulina Ochoa Espejo, "The analytical-Continental divide: Styles of dealing with problems," European Journal of Political Theory 15, 2 (2016): 138-154
Thomas J. Donahue, "Terrorism, Moral Conceptions, and Moral Innocence," The Philosophical Forum 44, 4 (2013): 413-435
Thomas J. Donahue, "Anthropocentrism and the Argument from Gaia Theory," Ethics & the Environment 15, 2 (2010): 51-77
Proposed New Courses for 2018
Introduction to Political Theory. POLSH 171 (Spring 2018)
Comparative and Transnational Studies. POLSH / ICPR xxx (Spring 2018)
New Courses for 2017
What We Owe to Groups: The Ethics and Politics of Collective Life. POLSH 319 (Fall 2017)
The Contest over Quality: The Ethics and Politics of Craft and Design. ICPRH 374 / POLSH 374. Featured in Haverblog's "Cool Classes" series. (Spring 2017)
Globalization: Ethics, Politics & Economics. POLSH 161 (Spring 2017)
Courses Taught in the Tri-College Consortium
International Law: History, Structure, Principles. POLSH 317 / PEACH 317 (Fall 2016)
The Power of Ideas: Political Ideologies. POLSH 312 / PEACH 312 (Spring 2016)
Majorities and Minority Rights: Ethics & Economics. POLSH 305 (Spring 2016, Spring 2015)
Injustices: Human & Animal. POLSH 207 (Fall 2015)
Development, Human Rights, and Transnational Injustices. ICPRH 301/ POLSH 301 (Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014)