Max Gabriel Cherem
Department of Philosophy
1200 Academy St
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
2012, Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
2004, BA in Philosophy, Honors, magna cum laude, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
- 2016-present, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Kalamazoo College (tenured)
- 2019-2021, Posse Foundation Faculty Mentor for Posse Scholar Students (2-year advising position)
- 2018-2019, Grotius Research Scholar, University of Michigan Law School (1-year fellowship)
- 2015-2018, Marlene Crandell Francis Assistant Professor of Philosophy (3-year research chair)
- 2015-2016, Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow, Duke University (1-year fellowship)
- 2012-2016, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Kalamazoo College (tenure track)
Areas of Specialization and Competence
- AOS: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (especially concerning theoretical issues involved in citizenship, immigration, human rights, and international law)
- AOC: Philosophy of Law, Medical Ethics, Critical Theory, History of Philosophy (German focus)
Grants, Honors and Awards
- 2019-20, Junior and Mid-Career Research Award, for archival visits and translation (college wide)
- 2018-19, Grotius Research Scholarship, University of Michigan Law School (global)
- 2018, Hudson Award for best sabbatical research proposal in a year (college wide)
- 2015-18, Marlene Crandell Francis Chair in the Humanities at Kalamazoo College (college wide)
- 2015, Mellon Foundation ‘Humanities Writ Large’ Faculty Fellow at Duke University (national)
- 2015, Advocate of the Year ‘Black-and-Orange’ Leadership Award at Kalamazoo College
- 2014, Grants to present at conferences hosted by: the University of Notre Dame Australia; Indiana- Purdue University, Fort Wayne; University of Southern Oregon; University of Tampa.
- 2013, National Endowment for the Humanities participant in ‘Development Ethics’ Institute at Michigan State University (nationally competitive).
- 2010, Thomas McCarthy Award for best Teaching Assistant in Philosophy at Northwestern
- 2009, Weinberg Outstanding Teacher Award for best TA in the Arts & Sciences at Northwestern
- 2009, Residential Colleges Professional Development Grant for a summer course on ‘Concepts of Citizenship’ at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany
- 2009, Thomas McCarthy Award best Teaching Assistant in Philosophy at Northwestern
- 2009, Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship for summer Nepali at Cornell University
- 2009, Cornell South Asia Program Scholarship for summer Nepali at Cornell University
- 2008, Jacques Derrida Prize for the year’s best essay in Critical Theory at Northwestern University
- 2008, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Summer Language Course Scholarship for a translation course at Johannes Gutenberg Universität-Mainz in Germersheim, Germany
- 2008, Thomas McCarthy Award for best Teaching Assistant in Philosophy at Northwestern
- 2008, Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship for summer Nepali at Cornell University
- 2008, Cornell South Asia Program Scholarship for summer Nepali at Cornell University
- 2007, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Summer Language Study Scholarship for intermediate German courses at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt, Germany
- 2004, Fulbright Fellowship. ‘Human Rights-based development models of INGOs in Nepal’
- 2022, “Problems of Humanitarianism in Migration” Handbook of Migration (Springer forthcoming)
- 2020, “May States Select Refugees?,” Ethics and Global Politics, vol. 13, iss. 1, 33-49.
- 2020, “Oxford Online Bibliographies in Philosophy-Jürgen Habermas” (subscription for full entry)
- 2016, “Jürgen Habermas,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- 2016, “Refugee Rights: Against an Expanded Refugee Definition and Unilateral Protection Elsewhere Policies,” Journal of Political Philosophy vol. 24, iss. 2, 183-205.
- 2015, Philosophers on the Syrian Refugees: Understanding the Structural Issues, Daily Nous
- 2011, “Response to Dana Howard on Paternalism”, The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine. vol. 9, no. 2
- 2019, “Forcibly Displaced Non-Refugees” New Tactics in Human Rights (expert discussion series).
- 2016, Kenan Institute for Ethics Interview
Publications in progress
(drafts available on request)
- 2021, “Why Location Matters in Refugee Debates” (philosophical defense of the alienage criterion)
- 2021, “Using Seized Assets to Assist Refugees” (linking recent proposals to past IRO experience)
- 2021, “Shifting Regional Interests for Korea” (the history and future refugee convention’s Art. 1D)
Invited talks, conference presentations, commentaries, chaired sessions, etc.
- 2016, Invited talks at: Indiana University, Manchester College, Purdue University (winter / spring)
- 2015, “Why Location Matters for Refugee Debates” presented at the University of Michigan Young Scholars in the Law Conference, held at the University of Michigan Law School.
- 2014, “Refugees, Human Rights, and the Perils of the New Humanitarianism”: a ‘short course’ series of 3 classes presented to graduate students in the Institute of Social Sciences at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea.
- 2014, “Refugee Human Rights: Against the Unilateral Right to Exclude” presented at conferences hosted by: Australian Association of Applied and Professional Ethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia; Human Rights Institute at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne; North American Society for Social Philosophy at University of Southern Oregon; Philosopher’s Cocoon Conference at University of Tampa.
- 2012, Chaired the American Philosophical Society’s Central Division “issues in political philosophy” colloquium session “Educational Opportunity: Why We Should Move Beyond the Equality and Equal Citizenship Standards in Favor of Open Access”.
- 2010, “Commentary on Joanne Lau’s The State is Not a Radio Station: Presumptive Benefit and Political Obligation” Northwestern Society for Ethical & Political Theory annual conference
- 2009, “Commentary on Dana Howard’s Paternalism as Non-Domination” Northwestern Society for Ethical & Political Theory annual conference
- 2008, “Commentary on Quentin Gee’s Human Rights in a Well-Ordered Society” Northwestern Society for Ethical & Political Theory annual conference
- 2005, “Presentation of Fulbright research: Beyond the Binary of NGOs” Kathmandu Law School
- 2005, “Presentation of Fulbright research: Beyond the Binary of NGOs” American Embassy Nepal
- Nepalese, Advanced level as of 2006 (tested with Peace Corps rubric)
- German, Advanced Intermediate (B-2-2) level as of 2008 (tested with Goethe Institute rubric)