Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Joy Gordon, JD, PhD

Title/s:  Professor

Specialty Area: Social Ethics

Office #:  Crown Center 351

Phone: 773-508-2295

Email: cgordon3@luc.edu

CV Link: Joy Gordon CV


Joy Gordon, the Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics, joined the Loyola Philosophy Department in January 2015. She received her PhD in philosophy from Yale University, and her JD from Boston University School of Law. She holds a joint appointment with Loyola’s School of Law.

Her areas of specialization include social and political philosophy, human rights, international law and global governance, and ethical issues in international relations. She is on the editorial board of Ethics and International Affairs. She has published extensively on legal and ethical aspects of economic sanctions, including Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions (Harvard University Press, 2010). She has also published on issues involving the United Nations Security Council.

Dr. Gordon has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has published articles in Ethics and International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Law, Le Monde Diplomatique, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Global Governance, Arab Studies Quarterly, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Foreign Policy, Chicago Journal of International Law, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Commonweal, The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, and the Atlantic.

One of her current projects involves working with Latin American scholars to support their research and publications in the field of international ethics.


PhD, Yale University

Research Interests

Social and political philosophy, human rights, international law, ethical issues in international relations

Selected Publications

Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions. Harvard University Press (2010). Paperback edition, 2012. Farsi edition, 2014. Arabic edition, Centre for Arab Unity Studies (2018).

"Economic Sanctions as ‘Negative Development’: The Case of Cuba," Journal of International Development, vol. 28, no. 4 (2016).

"Extraterritoriality: Issues of Overbreadth and the Chilling Effect of Sanctions in the Cases of Cuba and Iran," Harvard International Law Journal, online (January 18, 2016).

"Ethics and Targeted Sanctions," in Ethics and Statecraft: The Moral Dimension of International Affairs, ed. Cathal Nolan (Praeger 2015).

"Cuba: The Embargo Continues," E-International Relations, April 3, 2015, http://www.e-ir.info/2015/04/03/cuba-the-embargo-continues/