Michael J. Sandel

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Theory, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

2015-2016

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Biography

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. 

His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets--have been translated into 27 languages. His course “Justice” is 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 Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.”

Sandel’s books include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of MarketsJustice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; and The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering.  They relate the enduring questions of political philosophy to the most vexing moral and civic questions of our time.  Sandel has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, the Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence at the Library of Congress, and presents an ongoing series for the BBC called “The Global Philosopher.”  Last year, in Britain’s Parliament, he led a debate about democracy with members of Parliament and the public.

In the U.S., Sandel has served on the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sandel’s global lectures have taken him across five continents and packed venues such as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and an outdoor stadium in Seoul (S. Korea), where 14,000 people came to hear him speak. 

CGIS Knafel Bldg 432, 1737 Cambridge St

617-495-2097