Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Philosophy


Judith Andre: feminist ethics; ethical issues in health care; commodification. Publications: Rethinking College Athletics (1991); articles on the limits of the market, on the ethical impact of professional education, on interaction with the media, on confidentiality as a social custom, on power and gender, on role morality, on the goals of ethics work within hospitals.

Jim Bingen is a Professor of Community, Food and Agriculture in the multidisciplinary Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) at Michigan State University. He is the co- author of Agricultural Standards: The Shape of the Global Food And Fiber System (Dordrecht, 2007) and Democracy and Development in Mali (East Lansing, 2000). He is the author of Food Production and Rural Development in the Sahel: Lessons from Opération Riz-Ségou, Mali (Boulder, 1985). In addition, he's published many articles in professional journals on topics in agriculture.

Steve Esquith: democratic theory, justice, philosophy of law, international ethics.Publications: Intimacy and Spectacle: Liberal Theory as Political Education (Cornell, 1994), Democratic Dialogue: Theories and Practices (Rodopi,1996). Articles on Hobbes, Emerson, Marx, Rawls, democratic citizenship, political education, rule of law, and service-learning

Michael Bratton is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State University. He is the author of four books, most recently Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with Robert Mattes and E. Gyimah-Boadi) and over sixty articles and chapters, including in The American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, The Journal of Democracy, and The British Journal of Political Science. He is also a founder, former executive director, and now senior advisor to the Afrobarometer, a cross-national survey research project on public opinion in Africa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative and African politics.

Fred Gifford: philosophy of biological science and medicine; history and philosophy of science; ethical issues in health care, life and environmental sciences, and biotechnology. Publications: articles on ethical and methodological issues in medical research, ethical issues in biotechnology, scientific integrity, genetic determinism, and philosophy of biology.

Craig Harris is an associate professor at Michigan State University in Department of Sociologywhere he specializes in the sociology of food, agriculture and environmental sociology. He is also appointed in the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, and the Food Safety Policy Centerhe is a member of the core faculties of the African Studies Center, the Asian Studies Center, the Center for European and Russian Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in Development, and the program for Women in International Development. Craig conducts research on fisheries development and management, pest management in fruit and vegetable production, soil management in cash grain production, and food safety policy. He is the co-author of Universities In the Age of Corporate Science: The UC Berkeley Novartis Agreement (Washington, 2007); The Social Risks of Agriculture: Americans Speak Out On Food, Farming, and the Environment (New York, 2002); and Proceedings of the Exploratory Workshop on Fisheries Sociology(Woods Hole, 1986). In addition, he has published many articles in professional journals.

Daniel Steel: Professor Steel's primary interest lies in the philosophy of science, particularly, explanation, causation, confirmation, philosophy of social science, and philosophy of biology. His recent or current research includes work on causal inference in social science, reductionism in biology, and fundamental principles in causal inference.

Paul Thompson: Professor Thompson is the author of The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics; The Ethics of Aid and Trade; Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective, and co-editor of The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism. He has served on many national and international committees on agricultural biotechnology and contributed to the National Research Council report The Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants. He has continuing interests in environmental and agricultural ethics.