Asha Bhandary

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Connecticut, 2011; MA, Stanford University, 2004
258 English-Philosophy Building
Office Hours: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:00
Research Interests: 

social and political philosophy, feminist ethics, autonomy theory

Dr. Bhandary’s work spans feminist ethics and political philosophy. In her book project, “Freedom to care: liberalism, dependency care and multiculturalism” she is developing an account of liberalism that incorporates the basic need to receive care.  In addition to her work on feminist liberalism and care, she works on personal and political autonomy, Rawlsian contractarianism, the capabilities approach, multiculturalism and disagreement, and criteria of adequacy for theories of justice. Much of her work is united by the questions: How do theoretical models of the person translate into systematic patterns of disadvantage in political theory, and how can the models be improved? She also collaborates with scholars and practitioners in other disciplines to bring feminist normative theory to applied contexts. She regularly teaches the courses Multiculturalism and Toleration, Rawls’s Moral and Political Philosophy, Matters of Life and Death and Bioethics.

She is a member of the Advisory Board for PIKSI-Rock.

She is also Chair-Elect of the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought.

Selected Publications: 
  • Bhandary, A. 2018. “Dependency care before pizza: A reply to Jan Narveson,” The Journal of Philosophical Research, forthcoming.
  • Bhandary, A. 2017. “The Arrow of Care Map: Abstract Care in Ideal Theory,” Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Bhandary, A. 2016. “Liberal Dependency Care,” Journal of Philosophical Research (Vol. 41), Online first published on June 28, 2016. DOI: 10.5840/jpr201662767.
  • Bhandary, A. 2016. “A Millian Concept of Care,” Social Theory and Practice (Vol. 42, no. 1): 155-182.
  • Graber, A., A. Bhandary and M. Rizzo. 2015. “Ethical practice under accountable care.” Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum, June 2016 (Vol 28, no. 2): 115-128. (First published 2015 online.)
  • Review of Adaptive Preferences and Women’s Empowerment, by Serene J. Khader, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, Hypatia 28:2 (Spring 2013): 390-393.
  • “Dependency in Justice: Can Rawlsian Liberalism Accommodate Kittay’s Dependency Critique?” Hypatia 25:1 (Winter, 2010): 140 - 156.
Work in Progress: 
  • Book manuscript: Freedom to Care.
  • "Caring for Liberalism," co-edited volume in preparation, with Amy R. Baehr
  • "The Case for Enrolling High-Cost Patients in an ACO," with Abraham Graber, Shane Carter and Matthew Rizzo
  • “Autonomy skills for the capabilities approach” 
  • "Redefining liberal multiculturalism"
  • "Adaptive preferences, deformed desires, and care-giving"
Professional History: 

2012-current Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

2011-2012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University

2010-2011 CLAS Dean’s Graduate Fellow, Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut

2006-2010 Teaching Assistant, University of Connecticut

2004-2006 Strategy Consultant, Wellspring Consulting (consulting for national non-profits)