Christina M. Bellon

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics
Sacramento State

Office: 3030 Mendocino Hall
Office Phone: (916) 278-4759

Research Interests

Christina M. Bellon is associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics at California State University, Sacramento. Her teaching and research interests lie broadly in practical and theoretical ethics, with special interest in human rights, rights theories, and theories of justice.

Her current projects include: an examination of the development of children’s rights in the human rights tradition and their potential to function as cross-cultural standards of justice for children; the application of human rights theory to justify appeals to humanitarian violations as a limiting factor on nation state sovereignty; and a contextual and relational analysis of rights.

She is the editor of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, and she is area editor in Feminist Philosophy for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


Note: The following are recent publications/presentations which are most relevant to the EdD program.

  • “Perspectives on Women in Leadership: Living Feminist Philosophy and Ethics.” Keynote Address, Women Who Dare: Women’s History Week, Cosumnes River College (March 10, 2008; Sacramento).

  • Special Guest Editor, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy: Special Issue on Iris Marion Young; and, “Introduction, Iris Marion Young: Scholar and Practitioner of Justice.” 23:3 (Fall, 2008).

  • Review, Pheng Cheah, Inhuman Conditions: On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights, (Harvard, 2006); for Essays in Philosophy Fall 2008).

  • Review, Carol Gould, Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 22:4 (Fall, 2007).

  • “Procedural Justice – Philosophical Issues,” “Legal Ethics,” “Civil Rights,” in Robert Kolb (ed), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (Sage Publishers: 2007).

  • “The Promise of Rights for Children: Best-Interests and Evolving Capacities,” in Brian Klug and Kathleen Alaimo (eds), Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child (University Press of America, 2002).