Asha Bhandary

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Connecticut, 2011; MA, Stanford University, 2004
258 English-Philosophy Building
Office Hours: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:15-1:45
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 justice translate into systematic patterns of disadvantage, 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.

Selected Publications: 


  • Caring for Liberalism: Dependency and Political Theory, co-edited with Amy R. Baehr, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy series, under contract.


  • Bhandary, A. 2018. “Dependency care before pizza: A reply to Jan Narveson,” The Journal of Philosophical Research, forthcoming.
  • 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 a member of the Advisory Board for PIKSI-Rock.

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

Dissertations Directed: 

Phillip Ricks. A Theory of Resistance. Co-directed with David Stern. 2017.

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)