Michael Sandel,


Harvard University

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets—have been translated into 27 languages. He is the author of Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics; Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. Professor Sandel’s  undergraduate course “Justice,” has enrolled more than 15,000 students and is the first Harvard course freely available online (www.JusticeHarvard.org) and on public television. He is a recipient of the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize and was recognized by the American Political Science Association in 2008 for a career of excellence in teaching. From 2002 to 2005, he served on the President's Council on Bioethics. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the “most influential foreign figure of the year” in China. Prof. Sandel has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, and delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, the BBC’s Reith Lectures, and the Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence at the U.S. Library of Congress. He has been a pioneer in the use of new technology to promote global public discourse. In a new BBC series, “The Global Philosopher,” he leads video-linked discussions with participants from more than 30 countries on the ethical aspects of issues such as immigration and climate change. In 2016, East China Normal University (Shanghai) convened an international conference to explore points of contact between his work and the Confucian tradition. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned a D.Phil., Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.