Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Biography:Yarran Hominh comes to Bard after spending the 2021–22 year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College. He also served as lecturer in Dartmouth’s Department of Philosophy. His work examines how modern social and political institutions shape human agency, and how human agency can in turn be used to change those institutions. His research and teaching interests also include philosophy of law, ethics, colonialism, philosophy of race, moral psychology, pragmatism, feminist philosophy, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of the social sciences. Hominh earned his PhD at Columbia University, where his dissertation, The Problem of Unfreedom, addressed whether people who are unfree can make themselves freer, given that their agency is constrained and limited by the social institutions particular to where they live. He is working on a book project on the same subject. Additional projects explore the moral psychology of politics and social change. His work has been published in the Pluralist, Res Publica, and the Australasian Journal of Legal Philosophy, among others. He is the associate editor of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies and has been an organizer with the Graduate Workers of Columbia UAW Local 2110 and with the Minorities and Philosophy Initiative. Professor Hominh previously taught law and jurisprudence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and has been a journalist, martial arts teacher, musician, and lawyer.
BA, LLB, LLM, University of Sydney; PhD, Columbia University. At Bard since 2022.