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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Aspen Brinton

philosophy department

photo of Aspen Brinton

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
and International Studies


B.A. Amherst College
M.A., Ph.D. Georgetown University

Stokes 243N
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-4894
Fax: 617-552-3874

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Career

Professor Brinton joined the Boston College faculty in 2013. She came to BC most recently from the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught in the honors program for the College of Arts and Sciences. Before Penn, she spent four years teaching political philosophy, liberal arts, and political science courses at Northwestern University and Georgetown University on their campuses in Doha, Qatar. Her research interests include democratic theory and the intellectual history of civil society and free speech. Her current book manuscript examines the philosophical legacy of Eastern European dissidents during the Cold War. Her other interests include working toward the development of philosophical and theoretical tools to examine the discourses produced by dissident movements and civic associations more generally. In addition to teaching courses at BC related to these topics, she teaches the International Studies course ‘Ethics, Religion, and International Affairs’ and the core course for the philosophy’s department’s PULSE program.

Fields of Interest

Political Philosophy
International Studies

Current Teaching

Philosophies of Dissidence
Person and Social Responsibility
Ethics, Religion and International Affairs

Recent Publications

Philosophy and Dissidence in Cold War Europe. Palgrave-Macmillan, February 2016.

"Evaluating Discourses of Dissent: Questions of Moralitat and Sittlichkeit,"Journal of International Political Theory, Vol. 12, Issue 3 (October 2016).

“Association and Recognition in Authoritarian Societies: A Theoretical Beginning.” European Journal of Political Theory 11(3) (2012).


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