Greetings, my name is Daniela Goya-Tocchetto. I grew up in Porto Alegre, which is the capital city of the southernmost state in Brazil. I’m currently an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, in the departments of Philosophy and Economics. I have just recently (May, 2014) earned a PhD in political philosophy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Before completing my graduate studies in philosophy at UFRGS, I first received a BS in Economics (UFRGS) and a MS in Economics (UFRGS). I also received a MS in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE). Given my background and training, my research unsurprisingly focuses on the intersection of economics, philosophy, psychology, and public policy. I am especially interested in recent developments in fields such as social psychology, behavioral economics, experimental political philosophy, and bioethics.
These days, most of my research focuses on the relevance of empirical evidence concerning folk intuitions about justice, fairness, and equality to both traditional and contemporary theories of distributive justice. I am also currently working on issues of distributive justice in the provision of heath care. For instance, I am presently involved in the following three research projects:
- “Economic Justice and Juridical Justice: theoretical and institutional challenges,” coordinated by Professor Alfredo Storck (UFRGS), and supported by the Brazilian Research National Council (CNPQ).
- “The Psychology of Free Will: beliefs about free will and the behavioral effects of altering those beliefs,” coordinated by Silvia Koller (UFRGS).
Here are some sample publications in philosophy and economics: (*=portuguese)
- Sabino Pôrto Jr; TOCCHETTO, Daniela Goya; Tanara Sousa; Esmeralda Correa; Marianne Zwilling Stampe . The economic impact of traffic accidents related to the abuse of psychoactive substances. In: Flavio Pechansky; Paulina Vieira Duarte; Raquel De Boni. (Org.). The use of alcohol and other psychoactive substances on brazilian roads and other studies. Porto Alegre: National Council of Drugs Policy, 2010.
- TOCCHETTO, Daniela Goya. Searching for the Moral Boundaries of Nudge, Diversitates, v. 1, p. 14-39, 2011.
- TOCCHETTO, Daniela Goya; PÔRTO JR., Sabino. Distributive justice in Rawls and Nozick: an empirical investigation. In: Ana Carolina Fonseca, Eduardo Pohlmann and Gabriel Goldmeier (Org.); Ethics, Policy and Public Reason. Porto Alegre: Editora Bestiário, 2012.*
- RIBEIRO, Eduardo Pontual; COMIN, Flavio Vasconcelos; PÔRTO JÚNIOR, Sabino; TOCCHETTO, Daniela Goya. Pro-poor growth in Brazil – an exploratory analysis. In: José Raimundo Carvalho; Klaus Hermanns. (Org.). Políticas Públicas e Desenvolvimento Regional no Brasil. Fortaleza - Ceará: Fundação Konrad Adenauer, 2005.
Before moving to Charleston, South Carolina, I have worked as a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at several universities in Porto Alegre, Brazil--namely, La Salle University, Senac College, College of Marketing (ESPM), and UFRGS (see above for link). During this time, I have taught courses in both economics and philosophy ranging from Introductory Economics and Macroeconomics to Sustainable Development and Contemporary Political Philosophy. I feel blessed to have the chance to incorporate the interdisciplinary lessons I've learned into the class room.
If you'd like to see more about my research or teaching you can find my CV here. In the meantime, thanks for dropping by my homepage.