Monique Deveaux’s interests span a wide range of themes and contemporary concerns in moral, social, and political philosophy. In recent years, her writings have centered on issues of pluralism, in particular exploring how contemporary liberal democracies can extend respect and accommodation to cultural minorities living within their borders. She has also written on issues in moral theory, specifically the challenges raised by feminist ethics. Her first book is titled Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice (Cornell University Press: 2000).
In her next book, “Traditional Cultures and Liberal Constitutions,” which she plans to develop and write while at Radcliffe, Deveaux will explore tensions between the practices of immigrant and ethnic minority communities and the norm of liberal democratic states. In an effort to understand how such conflicts can be resolved through intercultural dialogue and political compromise, Deveaux will analyze contemporary cases from South Africa (customary law versus the South African Constitution) and the United Kingdom (the practice of arranged marriage among that country’s South Asian immigrants).
Deveaux is an assistant professor of political science at Williams College. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wiener Center for Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and received her PhD in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.