Cara Nine, Ph.D.

Chair; Professor
Cara Nine
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Cara Nine received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona and her B.A. in philosophy from Carleton College. Before arriving at the University of Nevada, Reno she taught in the philosophy department at University College Cork, Ireland. Her work mainly focuses on issues in justice and location, or how one's location (residence, territorial citizenship, where one happens to be on the sidewalk, etc.) can affect what is owed to that person as a matter of justice.

Her recent book Sharing Territories (OUP) argues for the redrawing of political boundaries to allow for overlapping areas, such as international waterways, where jurisdictional authority should be shared. Her first book, Global Justice and Territory (OUP 2012), won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize in 2013 and the Brian Farrell 2013 Book Prize, awarded by the Political Studies Association of Ireland. She has served as the President of the Irish Philosophical Society and has been awarded grants by the Irish Research Council and the Research Council of Norway.

Research interests

  • Border and territorial rights theory
  • Resource Rights
  • Political Obligations
  • Claims to the Antarctic and the Arctic
  • Why particular places matter to us
  • Cognitive structures embedded in particular locations
  • How place attachment should feature in theories of justice

Selected publications


Select articles

  • “Colonialism, territory and pre-existing obligations,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2020 Early View. DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2020.1766816
  • Rights to the Oceans: Fundamental Arguments ReconsideredJournal of Applied Philosophy. 36(4) 2019: 626-642.
  • Do territorial rights include the right to exclude?Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 18(4) 2019: 307–322.
  • “The Wrong of Displacement: The Home as Extended Mind.” The Journal of Political Philosophy. 26(2) 2018: 240-257.
  • “When Affected Interests Demand Joint Self-Determination: Learning from Rivers.” International Theory. 6 (1) 2014: 157-174.
  • “Ecological Refugees, States Borders, and the Lockean Proviso.” Journal of Applied Philosophy. 27 (4) 2010: 359-375.
  • “A Lockean Theory of Territory.” Political Studies. 56(1) 2008: 148-165.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Arizona, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy, Carleton College, 1997