Skip to main content
  • Thomas Burri

    Thomas Burri

    February – May 2024

    Thomas Burri is a professor of international law and European law at the University of St. Gallen Law School in Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Zurich and an LL.M. in European law (College of Europe, Bruges) and is admitted to the Zurich bar. He was previously a visiting researcher at Harvard University, University of Queensland, and Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. He has researched the law and ethics of technology, including autonomous robots and A.I., for more than a decade. His most recent publication: "Thomas Burri, A Challenge for the Law and A.I., 2023 Nature Machine Intelligence (5) 1508" – other publications also on SSRN.
  • Dale Jamieson

    Dale Jamieson

    April – June 2024

    Dale Jamieson is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, Director of Center for Environmental and Animal Protection, Affiliated Professor of Law, Medical Ethics, and Bioethics, Founding Director of the Environmental Studies Program, former Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, and Professor of Philosophy at New York University.

    He led the creation of the Department of Environmental Studies and the graduate program in Animal Studies at New York University. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State, Oxford University and Kings College London in the U.K., Monash University and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, and LUISS University in Italy. He is also a former member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2017, he was Zurich Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 2016, he was awarded the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Jamieson is the author of "Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed--and What It Means For Our Future" (Oxford, 2014), "Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction" (Cambridge, 2008; second edition due out in 2024), "Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature" (Oxford, 2002), and most recently, "Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy" (Chicago, 2019), co-authored with Michael Oppenheimer, Naomi Oreskes, and others. He is also the co-author of "Love in the Anthropocene" (OR, 2015), a collection of short stories and essays written with the novelist, Bonnie Nadzam, and the editor or co-editor of nine books. Jamieson has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters, is on the editorial boards of several journals, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Office of Global Programs in the National Atmospheric and Aeronautics Administration, as well as private foundations.

Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Derek Halm

    Derek Halm

    Derek Halm is a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Practical Ethics at UC San Diego. He is an applied environmental ethicist and philosopher of biology with broad interests in environmental conservation and animal welfare. He is working on several projects, including the conservation of hybrid species.Derek received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Utah, his master’s degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University, and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Ph.D. Fellows

  • Ross Graham

    Ross Graham

    2023 – 2024

    2021 – 2022

  • Leo Kleiman-Lynch

    Leo Kleiman-Lynch

    2022 – 2024

    Leo Kleiman-Lynch is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology. He obtained his master’s degree in experimental psychology from UC San Diego, and his undergraduate degree in applied psychology from Ithaca College.

    His research focuses primarily on how and why default choices affect the decisions people make. With the institute, he plans to explore how strategic use of default choices can help low-income households make energy decisions that are aligned with their preferences.

  • Kathryne Metcalf

    Kathryne Metcalf

    2022 – 2024

    Kathryne Metcalf is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication and Science Studies Program, where she is also the co-organizer of the Critical Data Studies Working Group. She holds a master’s degree in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor’s degree in literary studies from Beloit College.

    Her work explores how databases function as the epistemic grammar of big data sciences. Her current project examines the role of biobanks — institutional collections of biomaterials and related data — as a critical infrastructure within the interdisciplinary research ecologies of contemporary genomics.

  • Lian Song

    Lian Song

    2022 – 2024

    Lian Song is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication and Science Studies Program. His research examines the emerging processes and promise of community-led deliberation and power over socio-technical systems. His current project explores political configurations in relation to urban surveillance and database systems, especially as they mediate local government and community actors.

  • Karina Villa Ortiz

    Karina Villa Ortiz

    2022 – 2024

    Karina Villa Ortiz is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Her current research interests are in Epistemology (social and formal), Philosophy of Law (as it intersects with epistemology) and Applied Ethics. Her current research projects include questions about animal cognition (such as how dogs understand time and build concepts) as well as the use of artificial intelligence in immigration enforcement.

  • Sophie Webb

    Sophie Webb

    2022 – 2024

    Sophie Webb is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include bioethics, public health and health inequities, while her current project focuses on the pathway from ethics to implementation in public health. As a fellow at the Institute for Practical Ethics, she will be investigating what effect different prioritizations of COVID vaccines have had on health disparities.