Renee Bolinger is an Assistant Professor in Princeton’s Department of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.  Her research focuses on the relationship between agents’ moral and civil rights and their society’s informal social norms and conventions, especially as they relate to managing risk. Her current book project explores how social norms shape agents’ moral rights and demands on each other, and can be leveraged to give content to the notion of ‘reasonable mistakes’ in consent and self-defense.  She also has ongoing research projects in social and political philosophy of language, specifically slurs, epithets, and hate speech; the use of statistical information for racial profiling, statistical discrimination, predictive policing and sentencing; and just war theory. 

She received her PhD in Philosophy in 2017 for a dissertation on moral principles for self-defense in a non-ideal society, and spent the 2017-2019 academic years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University.

Her work has appeared in Philosophy and Public Affairs, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Nous, and Analysis, among other journals.

Selected Publications

* ‘Demographic Statistics in Defensive Decisions’, Synthese (forthcoming). 

* ‘Moral Risk and Communicating Consent’, Philosophy and Public Affairs (2019). doi:10.1111/papa.12144

* ‘The Rational Impermissibility of (some) Racial Generalizations’, Synthese (2018). doi:10.1007/s11229-018-1809-5

* ‘Reasonable Mistakes and Regulative Norms: Racial Bias in Defensive Harm’. Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2017): 196-217. doi: 10.1111/jopp.12120

* ‘Revisiting the Right to do Wrong’. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 95, No. 1 (2017): 43-57. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2016.1179654