Melissa Lane

Politics, democracy and climate change
Class of 1943 Professor of Politics. Director, University Center for Human Values.
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Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. An associated faculty member in the Princeton Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy, Lane researches and teaches in the area of the history of political thought, with a special expertise in normative political philosophy, especially environmental ethics and politics. She is co-convenor of Princeton’s interdisciplinary Climate Futures Initiative, which is a joint initiative of the University Center for Human Values and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and served as a member of the Climate Change Working Group of the Social Sciences Research Council. Her publications on environmental issues include "Eco-Republic" (2011/2012), co-editing an issue of Climatic Change (2018); and numerous articles and book chapters on issues ranging from democratic judgment of scientific expertise to Aristotle’s "Rhetoric" as a resource for scientific communication. Lane is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.