Asha Bhandary

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Connecticut, 2011; MA, Stanford University, 2004
258 English-Philosophy Building
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Research Interests: 

social and political philosophy, feminist ethics, autonomy theory

Dr. Bhandary is a political philosopher and feminist ethicist whose work incorporates the human need for dependency care at the level of the foundational assumptions, premises and concepts in the liberal tradition.  In her published work, which includes her monograph, Freedom to Care: Liberalism, Dependency Care, and Culture (Routledge) she advances a theory of distributive justice for caregiving arrangements that is structured by the liberal values of autonomy and transparency. It defends the importance of an abstract understanding of caregiving arrangements with her concept the “arrow of care map” as a way of tracking distributive inequalities by categories including race, gender, ethnicity, class status.

Professor Bhandary’s website page:


Selected Publications: 



  • Bhandary, A. Forthcoming. Review of The Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice, edited by Serena Olsaretti (2018), Hypatia Reviews Online.
  • Bhandary, A. Forthcoming. “'Being at home' and minority health,” in Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics: Living and Dying in a Nonideal World, eds. Elizabeth Victor and Laura Guidry-Grimes, Springer.
  • Bhandary, A. Forthcoming. “Interpersonal Reciprocity: An Antiracist Feminist Virtue for Liberal Care Arrangements,” in Caring for Liberalism, eds. Baehr and Bhandary, New York: Routledge.
  • Bhandary, A. 2018. “Dependency Care before Pizza: A reply to Jan Narveson,” The Journal of Philosophical Research, published online August 3, 2018. DOI: 10.5840/jpr201882126.
  • Bhandary, Asha L. 2017. "The Arrow of Care Map: Abstract Care in Ideal Theory." Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 3, (4). Article 5.
  • Bhandary, A. 2017. “Arranged Marriage: Could it Contribute to Justice?” The Journal of Political Philosophy, Early View published Sept. 29, 2017.
  • Graber, A., Carter, S., Bhandary, A., Matthew Rizzo. 2017. “The Case for Enrolling High-Cost Patients in an ACO”. HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions' Ethical and Legal Issues. 7).
  • 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 28:2 (June 2016): 115-128. First published 2015 online.
  • Bhandary, A. 2013. 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.
  • Bhandary, A. 2010. “Dependency in Justice: Can Rawlsian Liberalism Accommodate Kittay’s Dependency Critique?” Hypatia 25:1 (Winter 2010): 140-156.

Professor Bhandary is faculty advisor for the University of Iowa’s Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter.

She is Chair of the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory.

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

Professional History: 

2019-current Associate Professor, University of Iowa

2012-2019 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)