Ritwik Agrawal

Research Assistant

Ph.D. Student, Department of Philosophy

I work mainly on moral & political philosophy. At present, I am writing on topics in international law and politics, such as decolonization, secession, and the ethics of international intervention. I also have interests in cognitive science, existentialism, aesthetics, and Indian philosophy. Puzzles about human universality and freedom intrigue me. 

Before switching to philosophy, I worked as a political consultant in India with elected representatives at local, state, and federal levels and a major national political party. I am a freelance web developer, co-founding PlanetCricket.Org. I have trained debate teams at the university level, and from time to time, I write on politics for newspapers and magazines. I enjoy cricket, literature, offbeat video games, and art films. 

I grew up in New Delhi and read mathematics and philosophy at Hindu College, University of Delhi. Before Arizona, I studied (and taught) philosophy at University of Missouri and served on the student government there. Before that, I taught philosophy at St. Stephen's College, India's leading undergraduate institution. 

I am a recurring visiting faculty member at Ashoka University, teaching philosophy and cognitive science at its flagship program, the Young India Fellowship.