Michael J. Sandel

Michael J. Sandel

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University

Biography

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. Sandel’s writings have been translated into 27 languages.  His books include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1998), Democracy’s Discontent (Harvard University Press, 1996), Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics (Harvard University Press, 2005), The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Harvard University Press, 2007), and Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009). His legendary course “Justice” was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television.  It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where in 2010 Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.”(China Newsweek). In addition to his scholarly work, Sandel has promoted public engagement with philosophical questions. From 2002 to 2005, Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Board of Trustees of Brandeis University, the Board of Directors of the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), and the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Brandeis University (1975), Sandel received his doctorate from Oxford University (D.Phil.,1981), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.