Christopher “Kit” Wellman is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. Wellman works in ethics, specializing in political and legal philosophy. The two topics on which he has written most extensively are our rights to political self-determination (including secession) and our political obligations (especially the duty to obey the law). He is currently working on a variety of practical and theoretical issues related to international law.
Wellman has published in a variety of journals, including American Philosophical Quarterly, Ethics, Law and Philosophy, Legal Theory, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Political Theory, Social Philosophy & Policy, and Social Theory and Practice. His books include A Theory of Secession: The Case for Political Self-Determination, and (with John Simmons) Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? For Blackwell Publishers, he has edited (with R.G. Frey) A Companion to Applied Ethics and (with Andrew I. Cohen) Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics.