VPL Alumnus Ben Taub '14 Wins Journalism's George Polk Award
Feb. 21, 2018


At Princeton, Taub was a philosophy major who displayed significant interest in and inclination towards a career in journalism, demonstrated by his photo exhibit from the frontlines of the war against ISIS on the Turkey/Syrian border, as well as in his participation in journalism classes offered through the Humanities Council's…

Three Values and Public Life Certificate Students Named SINSI Scholars
Feb. 15, 2018
Three students pursuing a Values and Public Life (VPL) undergraduate certificate are among the ten selected to the 2018 cohort of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI).
Professor Mueller Comments on Steven Pinker's Book in the "Financial Times"
Feb. 15, 2018

Mueller's article, "Is the world getting better or worse?" in the Financial Times examines claims made in Enlightenment Now: the book written by Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker, that defends scientific rationality and liberal humanism.

Ethics in the STEM Classroom Event
Feb. 8, 2018
The purpose of the event is to explore how ethical questions figure in STEM courses – in course design, and in the classroom experience of reading, writing, seeing, hearing, and discussing. All faculty, postdocs, graduate students and others are welcome to attend.
Religion professor Shaun Marmon teaches UCHV-sponsored freshman seminar, “Sanctuary”
Feb. 7, 2018

The Dean Eva Gossman Seminar in Human Values explores questions such as: "Does citizenship determine human rights?" and "Why has sanctuary become a key term in current debates about immigration?"

Marmon created her course in response to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election and changing U.S. policies toward…

Jan-Werner Mueller on "post-establishment politics" at the World Economic Forum
Feb. 5, 2018
Jan-Werner Mueller, Executive Committee Member and Founding Director of the UCHV-based Project in the History of Political Thought, participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos this past week.
In Conversation With LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Andrew Schroeder
Feb. 1, 2018

Andrew Schroeder is an associate professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College and a Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Visiting Faculty Fellow. His research and teaching cover a range of issues in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, with a special focus on problems that lie at their intersection. 

This year…

Peter Singer responds to Angus Deaton op-ed in the New York Times
Jan. 30, 2018
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, wrote a letter in response to the op-ed “America’s Deep Poverty Problem.” The op-ed was written by Angus Deaton, professor of economics and international affairs emeritus at Princeton University.  
In Conversation With LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Shaun Nichols
Jan. 25, 2018

Shaun Nichols is a professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona and a Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Visiting Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of ordinary thinking about philosophical issues. 

This year, Nichols is working on a book titled “Rational Rules,” which explores how statistical…

Lane Delivers First of Six Carlyle Lectures at the University of Oxford
Jan. 19, 2018

Lane delivers first of six Carlyle Lectures at the University of Oxford.

Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Melissa Lane, is lecturing on “Constitutions before Constitutionalism: Classical Greek Ideas of Office and Rule.”

On January 16th, Lane gave the first lecture titled “Office and Anarchy.”

Pettit Writes Piece in Brave New Europe: "Living With a Hard Brexit"
Jan. 16, 2018

Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor in the Center for Human Values at Princeton and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the ANU, Canberra, published an OpEd in The Irish Times, which has also been cross-posted on

Mueller Will Give Max Weber Lecture at the European University Institute
Jan. 16, 2018

Jan-Werner Mueller’s lecture “After Populism” addresses the question of how best to understand populism and also what structural changes in modern democracies might facilitate its emergence. 

Mueller considers how professional politicians and citizens at large should deal with the challenge of populism, specifically referencing Max’s…

Mueller on "Movement Politics" in Project Syndicate
Jan. 3, 2018

Read Professor Mueller's article, "Can Movement Politics Renew European Democracy?" in "Project Syndicate, The World's Opinion Page" here.

"Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America" Course Takes Field Trip to Los Angeles
Dec. 11, 2017

Over fall break, students enrolled in “Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America” took a trip to Los Angeles to view the art show, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1975.”

Designed and taught by assistant professor Javier…

"Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America" Course Takes Field Trip to Los Angeles
Dec. 11, 2017

Over fall break, students enrolled in “Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America” took a trip to Los Angeles to view the art show, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1975.”

Designed and taught by assistant professor Javier…

The Advantages of Altruism
Dec. 7, 2017

As the statesman Edmund Burke put it, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, was recently featured in a Business Insider article, “

Andrew Chignell to join Princeton Faculty on January 1, 2018
Nov. 20, 2017
Princeton University is proud to announce that Andrew Chignell will join the faculty on January 1, 2018, as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor, teaching in Religion and Philosophy, and directing a Project in Philosophy and Religion in the University Center for Human Values.
Princeton and Humboldt Faculty and Graduate Students Convene To Discuss The Rise of Authoritarian Constitutionalism
Nov. 8, 2017
A recent two-day workshop convened by Jan-Werner Mueller, professor of politics at Princeton University, and Silvia von Steinsdorff, professor of social sciences at Humboldt University, offered faculty and graduate students the opportunity to develop a clearer conceptual understanding of authoritarian constitutionalism.
Upcoming: Two Notable Back-to-Back UCHV Public Lectures
Oct. 25, 2017

On November 8th at 6 pm, journalist Katherine Boo will talk about lessons learned in 25 years of investigating injustice in dis-empowered communities in the second annual Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement.

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UCHV Director Melissa Lane To Give Three Named Lectures in Coming Weeks
Oct. 23, 2017

This week Professor Lane is giving Wesleyan’s annual Philip Hallie Lecture (previously given by Pulitzer Prize winner Saul Friedlander and others).

Next week Lane is giving two other named lectures:

Jan-Werner Mueller Will Deliver Tanner Lectures on Human Values in Cambridge This Fall
Oct. 16, 2017
His two lectures, “Designing for Democracy: Architecture, Public Space, and the Ideal of Collective Self-Determination,” will take place November 15th and 16th.
A Conversation with John A. Hall, Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching
Oct. 16, 2017

John A. Hall is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching. Hall comes to the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) from McGill University in Montreal, where he is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology.

As a comparative historical sociologist, Hall has always worked on social…

In Conversation With LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Stephanie Beardman
Sept. 29, 2017
Stephanie Beardman is a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow who specializes in metaethics and moral psychology. She sat down with UCHV to share more about her work and experiences as a scholar.
Climate Change Panel takes on tipping points
Sept. 28, 2017
The September 25 Climate Futures Initiative panel discussion, Theorizing Tipping Points in the Context of Climate Change, was featured in The Daily Princetonian.
University Center for Human Values Annual Report 2016-17
Sept. 15, 2017
Just released: highlights of our past year at the Center.
Einstein Ethics Group to Hold Workshop on Johann Frick's Work: "Contractualism, Risk, and Population Ethics"
Sept. 7, 2017

The Einstein Ethics Group in Berlin, led by Professor R. Jay Wallace (Berkeley) will be holding a two-day workshop on Professor Johann Frick's work in Berlin, October 6-7. The title of the workshop is "Contractualism, Risk, and Population Ethics". View the announcement

On Migration: Stephen Macedo and Sandra Bermann Discuss Its Interdisciplinary Nature
Aug. 23, 2017

University Center for Human Values Faculty member Stephen Macedo and UCHV Executive Committee member Sandra Bermann held a coffee conversation on migration issues. Having met with colleagues from across campus, Bermann noted how…

In BBC Radio’s “Decoding the News,” Aditya Chakrabortty Investigates Populism
July 28, 2017

Chakrabortty speaks with experts, including Princeton's Jan-Werner Mueller, on the origin and impact of populism; Mueller wrote "What is Populism?" - Princeton's Pre-Read for 2017-18.

Click here for the show.

"How Populists Win When They Lose" by Mueller in Project Syndicate
June 15, 2017

Read Professor Mueller's latest opinion piece on populism in Project Syndicate here .

Philip Pettit Awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
June 12, 2017
Professor Philip Pettit has been made a Companion to the Order of Australia for eminent service to philosophy through contributions to moral and political theory, as a distinguished academic, and as a leader of public debate on social, economic, and environmental issues.
Mueller Writes on Theresa May and "Denationalization" in Project Syndicate
June 9, 2017

In his Project Syndicate Opinion piece titled "Theresa May's Other Citizens of Nowhere," Mueller explores British Prime Minister Theresa May's actions in "stripping British citizens" of political and economic…

Peter Singer on Trump's Withdrawal from Paris Accord
June 5, 2017

Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics and the University Center of Human Values, weighs in on Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement in an opinion piece titled: "Is the Paris Accord Unfair to America?"

Mueller reviews Guy Verhofstadt's book in "The London Review of Books"
May 24, 2017
In "Constitutional Fantasy" Jan-Werner Mueller reviews "Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union" by Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister and one-time candidate for president of the European Commission.
Mueller on Implications of Potential Closure of the Central European University in the New York Review of Books
May 22, 2017
Professor of Politics, Jan-Werner Mueller discusses the implications to liberal democracy resulting from the new law that has the potential to close the Central European University (CEU), founded and endowed by George Soros in the article: "Hungary: The War on Education."
UCHV Publication Just Released: "Private Government" by Elizabeth Anderson
May 12, 2017

"Private Government" is published by the Princeton University Press and based on the 2015 Tanner Lectures on Human Values held at Princeton.

Elizabeth Anderson's Tanner Lectures on Human Values were on: "Liberty, Equality, and Private Government."

Three UCHV Graduate Prize Fellows Awarded the Kateb Preceptor Award
May 11, 2017

John Dilulio, Gabrielle Girgis, and David Zuluaga Martinez were among the five winners of the Kateb Preceptor Award. The other two winners were Sharan Grewal and Asya Magazinnik.

John is a fifth year graduate student in Politics and a UCHV 2016-17 Graduate Prize Fellow (GPF).

UCHV Announces 2017-18 Graduate Prize Fellows
May 1, 2017
The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the award of the Laurance S. Rockefeller 2017-18 Graduate Prize Fellowships to ten advanced graduate students who are working on interdisciplinary dissertations in the area of ethics and human values.
Comparative Literature Graduate Students Earn UCHV-Related Teaching Awards
April 27, 2017

Comparative Literature Graduate Students Matthew Spellberg and Elise Wang celebrated for innovation and excellence in teaching CHV 375: "Clues, Evidence, Detection: Law Stories" led by Professor Peter Brooks, Comparative Literature and UCHV

Spellberg, a…

President Eisgruber Selects Jan-Werner Müller's Book for Pre-Read
April 27, 2017

Last November, UCHV held a book talk on What is Populism, Professor Jan-Werner Müller's timely book released in September 2016. 

Princeton recently announced that President Eisgruber selected it for the Class of 2021 pre-read.

Jan-Werner Müller is Professor of Politics and he sits on the UCHV…

VPL Senior Nabil Shaikh Integrates his Departmental and Certificate Program Studies to Examine Ethical and Political Dimensions of End-of-Life Care.
April 27, 2017
Shaikh senior thesis was advised by UCHV Director and Class of 1943 Professor of Politics Melissa Lane.
Two Former VPL Students Awarded Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
April 19, 2017

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans announced the class of 2017 recipients , with two members of the first and third VPL class respectively, Shivani Radhakrishnan and Mariana Olaizola, among them.

About the Fellowship
The 30 new Fellows are all…