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Associate Professor Lisa Ellis

Image of Lisa EllisPhD Berkeley (1999)
MA Berkeley (1992)
BA Princeton (1990)

Elisabeth Ellis is a political theorist who teaches ethics, environmental philosophy, and philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Otago. She is the author of Kant’s Politics: Provisional Theory for an Uncertain World (2005) and Provisional Politics: Kantian Arguments in Policy Context (2008); she has also edited a volume of essays, Kant’s Political Theory: Interpretations and Applications (2012). Ellis’s current book project, Extinction and Democracy, asks how democratic practices interact with species conservation policies. She is also writing about the collective ethics of flying (with James Higham and James Maclaurin), the human value of biodiversity loss, and the principled distribution of the risk of sea level rise. Other recent projects include a defense of majoritarianism in environmental politics (2016), a reception history of Hobbes’s political thought (2010) and associate editorship of the Encyclopedia of Political Thought (2016). Her work has been supported by the Deep South National Science Challenge, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, and the Ray A. Rothrock '77 Fellowship. She is currently serving as political theory field editor for the Journal of Politics and curating the December 2020 issue of the Australasian Philosophical Review.

Teaching

Contact Details

Room 4N8, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Email lisa.ellis@otago.ac.nz
Office hours Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm
Research day (tb)

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Publications

Ellis, L. (2017). Three currencies of the human value of biodiversity loss. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association of Philosophers Conference. (pp. 10). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/

Ellis, E. (2017, October). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the 15th Association for Political Theory Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, USA.

Ellis, L. (2017, November-December). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference: (Dis)ordering politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bargh, M., Ellis, L., Hayward, J., Kurian, P., & MacArthur, J. (2017, November-December). Teaching environmental politics: From individualized guilt to empowered citizens. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference: (Dis)ordering politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ellis, L. (2017, July). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Other Research Output

Ellis, L. (2017, June). The collective ethics of flying. School of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. [Research Presentation].

Ellis, L. (2016, March). Legitimate environmental democracy. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, E. (2016, March). Legitimate environmental democracy. University of Auckland, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

Ellis, L. (2015, September). Majoritarianism in the age of environmental crisis. Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, L. (2015, December). Irreversibility and other democratic problems for environmental politics. Climate Futures Initiative, Princeton University, United States. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, E. (2015, October). Environmental majoritarianism. Centre for Ethics and Human Values COMPAS Program and the Ohio State Political Theory Workshop, Columbus, USA. [Research Presentation].

Ellis, L. (2015, October). Majoritarianism in the age of environmental crisis. Politics & Policy Brownbag, Boise State University, USA. [Research Presentation].

Ellis, E. (2014, October). Democracy and the structure of (most) environmental conflict. Philosophy Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, E. (2014, August). Inequality, democracy, and environmental conflict. Politics Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, E. H. (2012, March). The extinction crisis and the limits of human freedom. University of New Orleans, USA. [Public Lecture].

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Authored Book - Research

Ellis, E. (2008). Provisional politics: Kantian arguments in policy context. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 208p.

Ellis, E. (2005). Kant’s politics: Provisional theory for an uncertain world. New Haven, CA: Yale University Press, 272p.

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Edited Book - Research

Gibbons, M. T., Coole, D., Ellis, E., & Ferguson, K. (Eds.). (2015). Encyclopedia of political thought (Vols. 1-8). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 4186p.

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2012). Kant’s political theory: Interpretations and applications. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 264p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ellis, E. (2016). Democracy as constraint and possibility for environmental action. In T. Gabrielson, C. Hall, J. M. Meyer & D. Schlosberg (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of environmental political theory. (pp. 505-519). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Switzer, D., & Ellis, E. (2015). Shapiro, Ian (1956-). In M. T. Gibbons, D. Coole, E. Ellis & K. Ferguson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political thought. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0934

Ellis, E. (2015). Social contract. In M. T. Gibbons, D. Coole, E. Ellis & K. Ferguson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political thought. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0949

Ellis, E. (2015). Kant's political thought. In L. S. Maisel (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in political science. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0138

Ellis, E. (2015). Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804). In M. T. Gibbons, D. Coole, E. Ellis & K. Ferguson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political thought. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0555

Ellis, E. (2012). Introduction. In E. Ellis (Ed.), Kant’s political theory: Interpretations and applications. (pp. 1-24). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Ellis, E. (2011). Kant's political thought. In Oxford bibliographies in political science. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0138

Ellis, E. (2010). Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804). In M. Bevir (Ed.), Encyclopedia of political theory (Vol. 2). (pp. 751-755). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781412958660

Ellis, E. (2010). The received Hobbes. In I. Shapiro (Ed.), Leviathan or the matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill. (pp. 481-518). New Haven, CA: Yale University Press.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Anderson, L., & Ellis, E. (2009). Ethics, practice regulation and physiotherapy. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 177-188). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

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Journal - Research Article

Ellis, E. (2006). Citizenship and property rights: A new look at social contract theory. Journal of Politics, 68(3), 544-555. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2508.2006.00444.x

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Journal - Research Other

Ellis, E. (2014). [Review of the book Consequentialism and environmental ethics]. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 31(4), 437-441. doi: 10.1111/japp.12081

Ellis, E. (2011). [Review of the book The environmental politics of sacrifice]. Perspectives on Politics, (9), 1, 141-142. doi: 10.1017/S1537592710003592

Ellis, E. (2010). Difficult discoveries: Rousseauian investigations of love and democracy [Review of the books The deepening darkness: Patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future and Political solidarity]. Political Theory, 38(5), 723-730. doi: 10.1177/0090591710372870

Ellis, E. (2007). [Review of the book Toward perpetual peace and other writings on politics, peace, and history]. Ethics, 117(4), 765-769. doi: 10.1086/519675

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ellis, L. (2017). Three currencies of the human value of biodiversity loss. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association of Philosophers Conference. (pp. 10). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/

Ellis, E. (2014). Environmental conflict and democratic theory. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 49). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.com/past-nzpsa-conferences/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ellis, E. (2017, October). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the 15th Association for Political Theory Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, USA.

Ellis, L. (2017, July). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Bargh, M., Ellis, L., Hayward, J., Kurian, P., & MacArthur, J. (2017, November-December). Teaching environmental politics: From individualized guilt to empowered citizens. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference: (Dis)ordering politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ellis, L. (2017, November-December). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference: (Dis)ordering politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ellis, E. (2016, January). Majoritarianism in the age of environmental crisis. Verbal presentation at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ellis, L., Gailmard, S., Martin, L., Merolla, J., & Reed, W. (2015, January). A new generation takes over: Meet the JOP editorial board. Panel discussion at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Ellis, L. (2015, January). The democratic structure of environmental conflict. Verbal presentation at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Ellis, E. (2014, September-October). Non-domination and environmental politics: Against extractive minority rule. Verbal presentation at the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Ellis, L. (2013, October). Environmentalism, method, and the state: A new agenda for theory. Verbal presentation at the Association for Political Theory (APT) Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Ellis, E. (2013, March). All good things do not go together: Federalism, democracy, and the scope of biodiversity policy. Verbal presentation at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Meeting, Hollywood, CA.

Ellis, E. H. (2012, April). Extinction and democracy: Species conservation and the limits of politics. Keynote presentation at the Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Princeton, NJ.

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Other - Edited Journal

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2017). Journal of Politics, 79(1) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2017). Journal of Politics, 79(3) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2017). Journal of Politics, 79(4) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2017). Journal of Politics, 79(2) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2016). Journal of Politics, 78(3) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2016). Journal of Politics, 78(1) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2016). Journal of Politics, 78(4) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2016). Journal of Politics, 78(2) [Political theory]. [Journal Section Editor].

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