Board of Directors & ASAP Officers


Board of Directors

Board President Thomas Pogge is the Director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. Having received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard, he has published widely on Kant and in moral and political philosophy, most recently, Politics as Usual. His current work is focused on a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide (
Board Vice President Luis Cabrera is Reader in Political Theory at the University of Birmingham (UK). His research focuses on ways to promote human rights protections through institutional transformations above the state. His most recent book, The Practice of Global Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2010), seeks to identify the universal human duties that correspond to individual economic and political rights, including possible duties to promote forms of regional integration. His theoretical claims were informed by extensive field work at sites of intense unauthorized immigration in the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe.
Ashok Acharya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Fellow and Joint Director of the Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto. His areas of interest lie in contemporary political theory, including issues of social justice, rights and diversity, comparative inquiries in political philosophy, and cosmopolitan ethics and politics.
Paula Casal is an ICREA Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona since 2008. She was previously a Reader in Moral and Political Philosophy at Reading University, and a Lecturer at Keele University (1996-2004).  She has also been a Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University (1999-2000), a Keele Junior Research Fellow, also at Harvard (2000-1), a Hoover Fellow at Université Catholique de Louvain (2001-02), and a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Oxford (2002-3).  She specializes in distributive justice but is also interested in gender, climate change, multiculturalism, and the overlap between ethics and primatology. She is an Associate Editor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Vice-President of The Great Ape Project-Spain.
Jason Hickel  is a postdoctoral fellow in Anthropology at the London
School of Economics. His ethnographic research explores how the values that underpin liberal democracy are contested and resisted in South Africa; his book, Democracy as Death, is forthcoming with University of California Press. He has also published widely on a number of other topics, including Occupy Wall Street, labor politics in South Africa, and HIV transmission in Swaziland. In addition to his academic work, Jason contributes commentary on development-related issues to popular outlets such as Al Jazeera and Global Policy. He is an advisor to /The Rules.
Keith Horton is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Originally from the UK, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Reading in 2002.  He has written numerous articles on the moral implications of world poverty, and co-edited three books: Ethical Questions and International NGOs (with Chris Roche, Springer 2010), Global Ethics: Seminal Essays (with Thomas Pogge, Paragon 2008), and Globalisation and Equality (with Haig Patapan, Routledge, 2004).
Matthew Lindauer is a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Department at Yale University. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy with Honors at NYU. He is a Global Justice Fellow at Yale and within ASAP he works primarily on the Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation project. His main areas of research interest are political philosophy, global justice, moral psychology, and cognitive science.
Mitu Sengupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto and is Global Coordinator at the Centre for Development and Human Rights in Delhi. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and an MA and BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal. She has published widely on Indian market liberalization and development, on labor and migration, and on the politics of sporting and cultural events. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in addition to working as an editorial writer in Delhi.
Miles Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK. He gained his BSc in Psychology from the University of Warwick in 2000. He is also a registered Clinical Psychologist, holding a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Plymouth since 2005. Since then, Miles has spent many years working and researching within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) with individuals and groups with mental and physical health difficulties. The way he approaches his research in the area of global poverty and human rights builds directly from the way he approaches his clinical work. He has particular interests in both understanding and increasing levels of helping behaviour and activism.
Cat Tully is director of FromOverHere, a consultancy providing strategy and foreign policy advice. Her motivating principles are a focus on social justice and the importance of multi-stakeholder approaches to address the challenges of the 21st century. Cat is an Associate Fellow of Exeter University’s Strategy and Security Institute, a visiting Director at Wilton Park, and co-founded the School of International Futures. Previously, Cat was Strategy Project Director at the UK FCO and Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Before this, she worked in strategy and international relations across the not-for-profit and business sectors, including Christian Aid, Technoserve, Procter and Gamble, UN, EU commission and the World Bank.
Helen Yanacopulos Helen Yanacopulos is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Development at the Open University in the UK. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Cambridge, an MA in International Development from the University of East Anglia, and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Her areas of expertise include international NGOs, social movements, civil society networks, public engagement and media in development. She has been an academic consultant for the BBC on various International Development related television series and is the series editor for the Zed Books series ‘Development Matters’. Her most recent work NGO Engagement, Advocacy and Activism, will be published by Palgrave in 2015.


Oskar Macgregor is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skövde in Sweden and an Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at CAPPE and Charles Sturt University in Australia. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Swansea University, a BPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Skövde. He has published mostly in sports ethics, but is currently working, among other things, on the impact of various cognitive biases on moral thinking and behavior.
Ellen Szarleta is the Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence and Associate Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Agricultural Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa. She works primarily in the areas sustainable development, urban revitalization, equity and civic engagement with a particular focus on the role of academic institutions in advancing social and economic change. She previously worked as a magistrate and attorney as well as a researcher at a national laboratory.