Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights and Social Change and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University

Raj completed his PhD at the University of California, Irvine in the humanities where he studied under the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the founder of deconstruction. Subsequently, he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley and a D.A.A.D. research scientist fellowship in Germany where he published articles in continental European philosophy. From 2006-2009, he was an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and continued to serve on the Provost Council for College Eight at the University until June 2012. His current research interests and disciplinary expertise include the following: twentieth century Anglo-American and European moral and political philosophy, theories of modernization and social-historical change, epistemology and the sociology of knowledge in comparative religious studies, and comparisons of Western philosophy and traditional African, Indian and Chinese philosophy. Teaching interests include the Anglo-American, European and Global South traditions of philosophical ethics and theories of justice when applied to sustainable development issues.

In addition to publishing in academic journals, Raj has written an Op Ed for The Washington Post, a Letter to the Editor for the NY Times, and a Blog for The Huffington Post on various topics in law, public and social policy. He has appeared on a panel on Huff Post Live that discussed diversity, rights and free speech at American university campuses.

Raj teaches in the Graduate Programs in Sustainable International Development and he is a core member of the Research Center for Global Development and Sustainability at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

In addition to being a full-time faculty member of the Heller School, he is a member of the core faculty in the Masters Degree Program in Comparative Humanities within the Division of the Humanities and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change , Brandeis University