Associate Professor Stephanie Collins

Associate Professor

Dr Stephanie Collins

Areas of expertise: moral, social, and political philosophy


Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with First Class Honours, and a Master of Public Policy with First Class Honours, both from University of Auckland. I received my PhD from the Australian National University in 2013. Prior to joining ACU in April 2018, I held a continuing position as Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester.

My research primarily concerns the philosophy of groups, that is, how we should conceptualise groups’ ontological status, mental and epistemic capacities, agency, responsibility, and duties. I’m keenly interested in applying these conceptualisations to states and businesses. My side interests include feminist philosophy, moral demandingness, and the nature of individuals’ obligations in the face of moral collective action problems.

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Select publications

  • Books
    • Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals. Oxford University Press: 2019.
    • The Core of Care Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan: 2015.
  • Journal Articles
    • “Filling Collective Duty Gaps.” The Journal of Philosophy, 114.11 (2017): 573–591.
    • “The Claims and Duties of Socioeconomics Human Rights.” The Philosophical Quarterly, 66.265 (2016): 701–722.
    • “Collectives’ Obligations and Individuals’ Obligations: A Parity Argument.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 46.1 (2016): 38–58
    • “Distributing States’ Duties.” Journal of Political Philosophy, 24.3 (2013): 344–366.
    • “Collectives’ Duties and Collectivization Duties.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 91.2 (2013): 231–248.

Accolades and awards

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE200101413), Organisations' Wrongdoing: from Metaphysics to Practice, $368,216
  • Mind Association Research Fellow, 2017-2018

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Appointments and affiliations

  • Visiting Research Professor, University of Vienna, 2019
  • Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 2013-2018

Editorial roles

  • Associate Editor at Analysis
  • Editorial Panel Member at Thought
  • Area Editor at Ergo

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