Professor Charles Beitz, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, has been named director of the University Center for Human Values, effective July 1, 2009.
Professor Beitz joined the Princeton faculty in 2001. His philosophical and teaching interests focus on international political theory, democratic theory, the theory of human rights and legal theory. His new book, The Idea of Human Rights, will be published in August. He is also the author of Political Theory and International Relations and Political Equality: An Essay in Democratic Theory as well as articles on a variety of topics in political philosophy. His co-edited volumes include International Ethics, Law, Economics, and Philosophy and, most recently, Global Basic Rights. He is also the editor of the quarterly journal, Philosophy & Public Affairs. Professor Beitz has served on the University Center’s executive committee since 2001.
Before coming to Princeton, Professor Beitz taught at Swarthmore College and Bowdoin College, where he was also Dean for Academic Affairs. He has received fellowship awards from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundations, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Council on Education and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Beitz earned a bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Princeton's Program in Political Philosophy.