Colleen is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy & Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also serves as Director of the Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program in the Illinois Global Institute.   

She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. 

Her expertise is in political philosophy, jurisprudence, and engineering ethics. 

Her research focuses on transitional justice and risk. She is interested in the justice of dealing with systemic wrongdoing- past and present- and the moral dimensions of risk analysis and risk mitigation.