Abraham Singer

Title/s:  Director, Center for Applied Research, Rule of Law Institute, Assistant Professor

Office #:  Schreiber 711

Phone: 312.915.6877

Email: asinger2@luc.edu


Professor Singer’s teaching and research lies at the intersection of business ethics and political theory. In his teaching, Singer aims to challenge students by exposing them to the grander and more abstract ideas and theories that inform the business world they are entering, and the sorts of moral dilemmas they will find themselves facing.

In his research, Singer’s work critically appraises the commercial activity and economic institutions we take for granted by considering them in light of our background socio-political institutions and the underlying moral commitments they imply. His most recent research has focused on the internal governance of corporations and its relationship to social justice. This research has been published in leading business ethics and political science journals, as well as a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press.

Professor Singer has also begun new research projects on the relationship between business ethics and democratic theory; the nature of structural racism in America and the moral duties it imposes on individual, corporate, and governmental actors; and the ethics of organized labor.


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Toronto, 2016
  • MA, Political Science, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2010
  • BA, Political Science and English, University of Toronto, 2007

Research Interests

  • Business Ethics
  • Normative Political Theory
  • Theories of the Firm
  • Democratic Theory
  • History of Political Thought
  • Race and Justice

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Society of Business Ethics
  • Association for Political Theory
  • American Political Science Association
  • Canadian Business Ethics Research Network

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 341: Business Ethics

Selected Publications

A Singer. 2019. The Form of the Firm: A Political Theory of the Corporation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Refereed Journal Articles

A Singer (w/ Amit Ron). “Prioritizing Democracy” Business Ethics Quarterly, Forthcoming.

A Singer (w/ Alexander Kondo). “Labor without Employment: Toward a New Legal Framework for the Gig Economy.” American Bar Association Journal of Labor and Employment Law, Forthcoming.  

A Singer (w/ Amit Ron). “Democracy, Corruption, and the Ethics of Business Lobbying,” Interest Groups and Advocacy, Forthcoming.

A Singer. 2019. “Toward a Pragmatist Approach to Corporate Personality and Responsibility: Why Democracy Matters.” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, Forthcoming.

A Singer (w/ H van der Ven). 2019. “Beyond Market, Firm, and State: Mapping the Ethics of Global Value Chains.” Business and Society Review 124 (3): 325-343.

A Singer. 2019. “The Corporation’s Governmental Provenance and its Significance” Economics & Philosophy 35 (2): 283-306.

A Singer (w/ Amit Ron). 2018. “Models of Corporate Democracy: A Transnational Approach.” Global Constitutionalism 7 (3): 422-446.

A Singer. 2018. “The Political Nature of the Firm and the Cost of Norms.” Journal of Politics 80 (3): 831-844

A Singer. 2018. “Gaus’s Choice: The Open Society as an Ideal.” Research & Politics January-March: 1-6.

A Singer. 2018. “Justice Failures: Efficiency, Equality, and the Corporation.” Journal of Business Ethics. 149 (1): 97-115.

A Singer (w/ K Banerjee). 2018. “Race and the Meso-Level Sources of Domination.” Political Research Quarterly 71(1): 215 - 227

A Singer. 2017 “The Corporation as a Relational Entity.” Polity 49 (3), 328-351.

A Singer (w/ C Sabadoz). 2017 “Talk Ain’t Cheap: Political CSR and the Limits of Deliberation” Business Ethics Quarterly 27 (2): 183-211

A Singer. 2015. “There is No Rawlsian Theory of Corporate Governance.” Business Ethics Quarterly. 25(1): 65-92.

A Singer. 2013. "What is the best way to argue against the profit-maximization principle?" Business Ethics Journal Review 1(12): 76-81.