Ruth W. Grant

Ruth W. Grant

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
140 Science Drive, 210G Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4300


Ruth Grant is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University, specializing in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of John Locke's Liberalism and of Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics.  Her most recent book is Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives. She is also the editor of two collections of essays; Naming Evil, Judging Evil and In Search of Goodness. Her work originally focused on the historical study of liberal thought and has moved increasingly toward contemporary ethics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including APSR, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, and Politics and Society. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and a teaching award from Duke University.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1984

  • M.A., University of Chicago 1975

  • B.A., University of Chicago 1971

Grant, R. W. “Notes on Divine Right and Democracy by David Wooton.” Ethics, 1987.

Grant, R. “Advice to dissertation writers.” Ps: Political Science &Amp; Politics 19, no. 1 (January 1, 1986): 64–65. Full Text