Cheney Ryan’s principal area of interest is political philosophy, but he also works on issues in philosophy of law, ethical theory, and philosophy of film. His main concern at the moment is understanding the amount of violence in the world and thinking about the ways to transcend it. But questions of war and peace cannot be separated from basic questions of justice, so he also works on questions about the nature of justice and rights. Another aspect of his work deals with the practices of conflict resolution, from the personal and local to the global. In addition to teaching in the Philosophy Department he is a faculty member of the Masters Program in Conflict Resolution, based in the Law School. Cheney Ryan teaches the initial course in that program dealing with the foundations of conflict resolution.