Michael Sandel is a renowned Harvard professor and author, most recently, of Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? ( Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His books include Democracy’s Discontent, Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering. His writings have been translated into eleven foreign languages and have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, and the New York Times. His course Justice, or Moral Reasoning 22, is one of the most popular in Harvard’s history, drawing more than 1,200 students each year. Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day. Get a taste of this exciting class here. Sandel has lectured widely in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand, on topics including democracy, liberalism, bioethics, globalization, and justice. He delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, and in 2009 delivered the BBC’s Reith Lectures. From 2002-2005, Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sandel received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His new book, Justice, offers readers the same exhilarating journey that captivates his students – the challenge of thinking our way through the hard moral challenges we confront, inviting readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways.
Michael Sandel was interviewed by John S. Carroll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Lexington Herald-Leader. He has received several individual awards, and the L.A. Times won 13 Pulitzer Prizes during his five-year tenure. In 2006, he served as the first Knight Visiting Lecturer at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, a position honoring distinguished journalists who will study, analyze and comment on the future of journalism in America and around the world. His first job in journalism was as a reporter for at Providence Journal-Bulletin. At the Baltimore Sun, he was posted to Vietnam, the Middle East and Washington. In the 1970s, he was metropolitan editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.Carroll is a graduate of Haverford College and served in the Army. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and had a similar fellowship at Oxford. He served on the Pulitzer Prize Board (1994-2003) and was its chairman in 2002.