Joseph Frigault, PhD

I am Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College

My research is in social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, and critical philosophy of race, especially issues related to wrongful benefiting, political responsibility for group-based injustice (structural and particular), the moral and political psychology of privilege, and the normative significance of the past. Recently, the central concern uniting my work has been a focus on whiteness as a key impediment to the achievement of reparative racial justice. 

I hold a BA from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, an MA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from Boston University, where I studied under David Lyons, Ann Cudd, and Juliet Floyd. My dissertation defended a new empirically-informed approach to the political problem of Black reparations in the U.S. that finds new work for the principle of fair play. See my Research page here for more information and links to some of my writing.

My scholarly work has been supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), for which I am very grateful. 

You can reach me at joseph dot frigault at claremontmckenna dot edu.