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The Graduate Center, CUNY

Title or Short Bio

Graduate Fellow

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Jonathan Kwan is a philosophy Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His main areas of interest include political and social philosophy, the philosophy of art, Chinese philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and feminist philosophy. Jonathan’s dissertation develops an eco-political and territorial account of the concept of a democratic people in an effort to answer the boundary problem and questions about a people’s legitimacy (how can a people justify the exclusion of outsiders, if at all?). His argument has important consequences for a host of practical issues such as immigration, refugees (including environmental refugees), and the rights of indigenous peoples. In the past, Jonathan has taught at Hunter College and Brooklyn College. He currently serves as a Communication Fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College.