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Past Theses

Presentation of certificate
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Students in the Program write honors theses on topics that use moral and political philosophy to address practical problems. Previous theses have considered such questions as the just distribution of health care, our obligations to future generations, the role of moral values in education, the moral implications of genetic engineering, and the relationship between gender inequality and the structures of work and family.

Past theses are available to read. Please contact Pam Goodman with your request (author, title and year). You may look at hard copies of past theses at the Ethics in Society Center offices.

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Ben Anderson (Philosophy)

(Not) Your Type: Race, Dating, and Wrongful Discrimination

Advisor: Helen Longino


Ian Miller (Philosophy)

The Home and the World: Privacy in the Fight Against India's Anti-Sodomy Law

Advisors: Deborah Rhode and Jisha Menon


Eliza Wells (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Care, Individuals, and Institutions

Advisor: Barry Maguire


Emma Leeds Armstrong  (Classics and Political Science)

The Ethical Implications of Over-Regulating Campaign Finance for Low-Income Candidates

Advisor: Josh Ober


Calvin Baker  (Philosophy)

Buddhist Wellbeing and Population Ethics

Advisors: Juliana Bidadanure and Paul Harrison


Madeline Musante  (International Relations)

Creating an Ethical Framework for U.S. Refugee Policy

Advisors: Jens Hainmueller and Desiree Lim


Ariadne Nichol  (Human Biology)

An Ethical Framework for Just Distribution of Experimental Therapeutics in Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreak Responses

Advisor: David Magnus


Andrew Ntim (Public Policy)

Sentenced to Unemployment: On the Ethical and Practical Implications of Criminal Record-Based Employment Discrimination

Advisor: Robert Weisberg


Halle Payne (Symbolic Systems)

Is Vegetarianism a Worthwhile Endeavor? Navigating Futility Critiques and Their Implications for Vegetarianism as an Ethical and Political Practice

Advisors: Rob Reich and Barry McGuire


Camila Strassle (Human Biology)

Contemporary Controversies in Workplace Wellness and Disability

Advisor: Rob Reich