Who We Are

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The Center for Ethics and Human Values encourages research, teaching, and public discussion on the moral questions that connect much of the work pursued at Ohio State. Recognizing that moral disagreements can easily become counterproductive, our work is to foster informed and respectful reflection and dialogue.
 
 
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Piers Turner

Piers Turner is the Director of CEHV and Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) Political Science. A founding member of the center, he has helped to shape many of its programs. His research has appeared in numerous leading journals and collections, and focuses on the liberal and democratic theory of the philosopher and political economist John Stuart Mill. He is the co-editor of two volumes: Public Reason in Political Philosophy: Classic Sources and Contemporary Commentaries (Routledge, 2017) and After The Open Society (Routledge, 2008), a collection of previously unpublished political writings by Karl Popper. Currently he is writing a short volume called Mill’s Ethics for the Cambridge Elements of Ethics series.

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Kate McFarland

 

Kate McFarland is our Associate Director, and a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. Kate received a PhD in Philosophy from Ohio State in 2015 and a Masters in Applied Statistics in 2009.

 

 

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Eric MacGilvray

 

Eric MacGilvray is the COMPAS Coordinator for 2019-2020, a member of the CEHV steering committee, and Associate Professor of Political Science. He is also chair of the steering committee for the BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). Eric was a founding member of CEHV and has played an integral role in every COMPAS program. His research is primarily on liberalism, republicanism, and public reason. His most recent book is The Invention of Market Freedom (Cambridge), and he is at work on a new manuscript entitled Liberal Freedom.

 

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Trevor Hedberg

 

Trevor Hedberg is the CEHV Postdoctoral Researcher. His work focuses predominantly on intergenerational ethics, particularly the intersection between environmental ethics and procreative ethics. His book, The Environmental Impact of Overpopulation: The Ethics of Procreation, will be published by Routledge in 2020. Trevor's appointment is the product of a joint effort between CEHV and the College of Pharmacy.

 

 

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Lavender

 

Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer is the Graduate Administrative Associate for CEHV. Lavender is currently a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at The Ohio State University. She is writing a dissertation on the interpersonal and structural exploitation of care, especially in the context of global justice. Lavender has worked for CEHV since 2016, and is the program manager of the CARE program.

 

 


Faculty Steering Committee

 

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Greg Hitzhusen

Greg Hitzhusen is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Greg joined the COMPAS team for the 2015-16 COMPAS Program on Sustainability. Among other contributions, he was the person most responsible for bringing Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to campus after the publication of Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical. Greg is also a leader of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, and is active in the Columbus and OSU environmental communities.

 

 

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Dana Howard

Dana Howard is a member of the The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and became a steering committee member for the Center for Ethics and Human Values Steering Committee in 2017. Dana’s work focuses on ethical issues that surround medical decision-making, especially the decisions made on behalf of those who cannot decide on their own. She also focuses on the norms of advising and the role that our anticipatory attitudes like hope and retrospective attitudes like regret should play in our decision-making. Dana leads CEHV's Conversations About Research Ethics (CARE). 

 

 

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Andrle, Neblo, and Burns

Michael Neblo is an Associate Professor of Political Science, a founding member of CEHV, and an initiator of the COMPAS program. Michael’s work with the Center has focused on connecting us with efforts to promote effective democratic deliberation. He is also Director of the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA). His most recent book is Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy (Cambridge).

 

 

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Pam Salsberry

Pamela Salsberry is Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Engagement and Professor Health Behavior and Health Promotion in the College of Public Health. She is a founding member of CEHV, and helps to lead the Conversations About Research Ethics (CARE) program. Pamela brings expertise on public health and connections within the university and the discipline at large. Besides her work in public health, Pam also has a PhD in philosophy. 

 

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Winston C Thompson

Winston C. Thompson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology. He is an internationally regarded philosopher of education concerned with social, political, and ethical issues related to justice and education, whose scholarship focuses upon normative ethical and social/political questions of justice, education, and the public good. His recent work has focused on analyzing dilemmas of educational policy. Winston joined the CEHV Steering Committee in 2019.

 

 

Bryan Weaver is a Senior Lecturer in Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he teaches ethical theory. He works on the philosophies of normativity and technology, with a focus on the theory of reasons and rationality, as well as metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Bryan has published on the philosophy of sex, and his first book (co-authored with Kevin Scharp) is Semantics for Reasons. He was a recipient of a 2009-2010 Jacobsen Fellowship from the Royal Institute of Philosophy, as well as a 2016-2018 Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs Grant. He is also an instructor in the Autumn 2019 cohort of the OSU Digital Flagship Educators program. Bryan received his PhD in philosophy in 2012 from the University of Reading. 


Maximin Project Student Group

 

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Taylor Golden

Taylor Golden is the founder and President of The Maximin Project, a student organization partnered with CEHV and the international nonprofit The Life You Can Save. Taylor is a fourth-year Land Grant Opportunity scholar majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Ohio State University.  Additionally, Taylor is working to bring practical, accessible philosophy to underrepresented and underserved groups, specifically homeless youth in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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Grace Palaparty

 

Grace Palaparty is the Maximin Project’s Director of “Giving Games,” the campus-wide campaign to educate participants about effective philanthropy. A fourth-year neuroscience student, she is also part of the non-profit organization Universal Health Aid: Columbus that focuses on preventive healthcare access in Columbus through community health screenings.

 

Our board of advisors and a list of affiliated faculty can be found in our directory.