Melissa Lane

Class of 1943 Professor of Politics & Director, University Center for Human Values


Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and director of the University Center for Human Values.  She is also an associated faculty member in the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy.  She is co-convenor of the Climate Futures Initiative, supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and is a member of the Climate Change Working Group of the Social Sciences Research Council.  She was awarded a 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize at Princeton University. 

Melissa  Lane was named a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a project on ‘The Rule of Knowledge: Platonic Psychology and Politics’, and in 2012-13 was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Recent honors include delivering the keynote lecture for the 2016 London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought, the 2015 Chapman Lecture at the University of Auckland, and the 2015 Hood Lecture, also at the University of Auckland.  In November 2016 she will deliver the annual public lecture of the Centre for Political Philosophy at the University of Leiden; in Fall 2017 she will be the Charles McCracken Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Michigan State University, and will deliver the Gerald F. Else Lecture in the Humanities at the University of Michigan. In 2018 she will be the Carlyle Lecturer at Oxford University. 


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