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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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Caroline Aung (Anthropology)

Hoping Against Death: The Ethics of Treating Patients Who Desire Against Short-Term Prognoses (Winner of Cook Prize)

Advisor: Angela Garcia 


Sabina Beleuz Neagu (Symbolic Systems)

Corporate Secrecy: An Invisible Impediment to Ethical Accountability

Advisor: Mark Lemley


Courtney Cooperman (Political Science)

Loss of Place, Loss of  Voice: How Homelessness Impedes Political Equality (Golden Medal)

Advisor: Debra Satz


Ethan Cruikshank (Symbolic Systems)

Automation Revolution: On the Threat of Automation and How Public Assistance Programs Can Provide the Normative Goods on Work in the Absence of Paid Labor

Advisor: Juliana Bidadanure


Courtney Douglas (English)

Strengthening Safeguards for All Journalists Against State Intervention into Unpublished Work Product

Advisor: Jay Hamilton


Madeline Libbey (Political Science)

Free Expression in the Digital Public Sphere: Content Moderation and the Human Rights Framework

Advisors: Rob Reich and Barry Maguire 


Amanda Orbuch (Philosophy)

The "Invitation to Participate" View: Why We Give Kids a Break

Advisor: Michael Bratman


Ethan Oro (Computer Science)

"Respatializing" the Public Sphere: A Critical Study of the Production of Digital Space

Advisor: Emilee Chapman


Alexandra "Mac" Taylor (Political Science and Art History)

The Ethics of Judicial Decision-Making in Sentencing: A Case for Excluding Risk-Assesment Algorithms from Federal Judgeship 

Advisor: Robert Weisberg