Office: 5119 Helen C. White
Office Hours (Summer 2015): by appt.
Mailing address:
  Department of Philosophy
  5185 Helen C. White Hall
  University of Wisconsin-Madison,
  Madison, WI 53706

I am Mildred Fish-Harnack Professor of Philosophy of Education, Professor of Philosophy, Carol Dickson-Bascom Professor of the Humanities, and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Most of my teaching is either in political philosophy or applied ethics: I regularly teach an upper division course on political philosophy, and a 300 level course called Contemporary Moral Issues. I also occasionally teach a freshman seminar called Children, Marriage, and the Family which is part of our excellent First Year Interest Group Program

My research interests span political philosophy, philosophy of education, and educational policy. I've recently published three books: Family Values: the Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships (Princeton 2014), a book on the justification of the family with Adam Swift; The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice (Chicago, 2015), a collection of original essays by distinguished philosophers about issues in higher education, which I edited with Michael McPherson, and which won the 2017 Federic W Ness Award for the book contributing to our understanding of liberal education, from the Association of American Colleges and Universities; and Educational Goods (Chicago, 2018), about how educational decison-makers can integrate considerations of value with empirical evidence, written with Helen F Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift. Here's a podcast from Education Next about the book.

My previous books include Measuring Justice (ed, with Ingrid Robeyns, 2010), On Education (2006), The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism (ed, with Gillian Brock, 2005) and School Choice and Social Justice (2000). The publications page contains a list of things I've written, and has a few pdfs of papers and chapters.

I am director of the Center for Ethics and Education and I contribute to the group blogs Crooked Timber and In Socrates Wake. Some recent representative posts include:

A neglected equity issue on college campuses: instructional quality

How could a research university systematically improve undergraduate instruction?

Get your students to know each other and write for each other

Teaching's not exactly brain surgery, is it?

Employing a student to criticize my teaching

Welcoming the new boy at school

Why majoring in Philosophy is less risky than you might have thought

Non-gory cases (in philosophy of education)

After strange day, Wisconsin Idea survives

Is teaching undergraduates central to the mission...?

Master teachers?

Becoming an American

Paying for the Party