BIO

Harvard University Professor and author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do? Michael Sandel challenges audiences to examine the moral and ethical assumptions underlying the most hotly debated political and social issues. One of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, Sandel was described by Kirkus Reviews as "the professor we all wish we had."

Sandel’s wildly popular course, "Justice," has enrolled over 15,000 students and was the very first that Harvard made freely available online and on public television. In his New York Times bestseller, Justice, Sandel inspects the meaning of justice related to a range of topics, from government bailouts to immigration reform, taking readers on a journey of moral and political reflection "to figure out what they think and why."

In his latest bestseller, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of MarketsSandel rethinks the role that markets should play in a democratic society and people’s lives. Foreign Policy magazine named it one of the "20 must-read books of 2012."

A former member of the President's Council on Bioethics, Sandel spent three years analyzing the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies, including stem-cell research. The resulting book, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, examined the moral quandaries related to the quest to perfect our children and ourselves.

His other books include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice: Democracy’s Discontent, and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics. His books have been translated into 19 languages. China Newsweek named him the most influential foreign figure of the year in China.

The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard, Sandel has taught political philosophy for over 30 years. A recipient of the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Sandel was recognized by the American Political Science Association for a career of excellence in teaching. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, and delivered the BBC Reith Lectures, broadcasted worldwide.
 
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, Sandel is a graduate of Brandeis and received his doctorate from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. His writings have been published in The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times; he has appeared on the BBC, PBS, Morning Joe, The Colbert Report, and Good Morning America.

“Professor Sandel’s visit to Seoul was a marvelous success. The response to his visit was simply overwhelming. He was like a rock star! Some 4,500 audiences packed the auditorium for his public lecture. It was the biggest auditorium in Seoul and I’m sure had we had a bigger one, we would have filled that, too.”
-The ASAN Institute for Policy Studies