Lillian Cicerchia

Hello! Welcome to my website. I am a PhD candidate in philosophy at Fordham University in New York.  I received my B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. My areas of specialization are political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and critical theory.


My dissertation is about structural injustice. I study how social domination in the basic structures of society affects the kinds of oppression that social groups experience. My work also analyzes how contexts of structural injustice frame the way that we think about democracy. 

I am passionate about transforming the institutional contexts in which we do philosophy to create an inclusive discipline. I am currently a Higher Education Leadership Fellow in Fordham’s graduate school.


About Me

I currently live in Inwood, Manhattan, but I hail from Chicago and a lesser-known town called Normal, Illinois. 

The Midwest, its good and its bad, influences my thinking. It taught me to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things, like the lightning bugs that fly over stalks of corn at dusk across the plains. 

When I'm not doing philosophy, I'm reading history and literature, traveling, and participating in activism in New York.




(2019) Structural Domination in the Labor Market, European Journal of Political Theory (Published Online First here:

(2018) Socialist Feminism and the "Terrain of Battle": Fraser, Class, and Capitalism, Radical Philosophy Review (21) 1: 153-175.

Work in Progress

How Radical is Iris Young's Critique of Distributive Justice Today? (under review)

Class and Oppression (under review)


Emancipation from what and for whom? A critique of Axel Honneth



Higher Education Leadership Fellow

2017-18, 2018-19

For two years, I have been busy launching Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) at Fordham. PFF is a teaching training program for graduate students who want to pursue careers in higher education. I spent one year planning the program based on the advice of a pilot version, followed by the launch the following year. I have partnered with various university offices to design programming that promotes competency in core areas of classroom pedagogy, like diversity and inclusion and knowledge of new classroom technology.

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI)

June 25-July 6, 2018

I participated as a graduate assistant in the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI) summer program at the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute during the summer of 2018. PIKSI is a two-week, intensive program for underrepresented students in philosophy. PIKSI students attend lectures, seminars, small group discussion sections, and do writing assignments. They obtain a supportive network of faculty, graduate students, and peers. I played a mentorship role by leading activities, small group discussions, and giving writing feedback.

Gender, Justice, Power

Senior Seminar

Philosophical Ethics

What does it mean to be a good person? What should we do? And why should we do it? These questions are central to everyday life as much as they are to philosophical ethics. My ethics class explores major schools of philosophical thinking about ethics and morality like virtue ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, feminist care ethics, and the American tradition of civil disobedience. A central theme running through the course is how ethical thinking evolves in a social and political context. We discuss how social movements change our ideas over time, like the transition to capitalism, the Women's Liberation Movement, and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Human Nature

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to philosophise? And how closely connected are these two questions? The truth of the matter is that we all practice philosophical reflection and, therefore, have some loosely formed conception of what humans are and what makes human life interesting and worth living. However, we rarely consider the logical consequences and reflect critically upon these assumptions. Throughout the semester my class explores what sets our particular kind of existence apart from the non-human on personal, social, and political levels. 


Get in Touch

Philosophy Department

Collins Hall

Fordham University

441 E Fordham Road

Bronx, NY 10458



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