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Faculty Advisory Board

Richard Kraut, Brady Program Director

Weinberg College, Philosophy

Charles and Emma Morrison Professor in the Humanities. Ph.D. Princeton University. His interests include contemporary moral and political philosophy, as well as the ethics and political thought of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. He is the author of Against Absolute Goodness (Oxford: 2011) and What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being (Harvard, 2007). His historical studies include Socrates and the State (Princeton: 1984), Aristotle on the Human Good (Princeton: 1989), Aristotle Politics Books VII and VIII , translation with commentary (Clarendon: 1997), Aristotle: Political Philosophy (Oxford: 2002), and How to Read Plato (Granta: 2008). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Plato (1992), Plato's Republic: Critical Essays (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), and the Blackwell Guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (2006). He served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in 1993-4, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Center for Hellenic Studies. He served from 2002 to 2004 as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association. In 2006 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Starr Fellowship of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, for 2008-09.


Kyla Ebels-Duggan

Weinberg College, Philosophy

Kyla Ebels-Duggan is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. Ph.D. Harvard University.  She works on contemporary issues in moral and political philosophy, and on the history of these fields within a broadly Kantian tradition. She treats a wide range of topics, but nearly all of her work concerns the nature, scope and limits of individual autonomy. She is interested in how to understand our entitlement to, and responsibility for, acting on our own normative judgments on the one hand, and our dependence on, and reasons for deferring to, others’ judgments on the other.  In past work she has addressed these questions as they arise in political contexts and in interpersonal relationships of love.  Recently, much of her work has clustered around related issues about moral education.  Professor Ebels-Duggan is considering several aspects of this topic, including how to understand individual responsibility in the face of failed moral education, the proper role of the state in moral education, the sense in which educators ought to aim to foster autonomy, and the place of moral testimony in moral development. 


Adam Goodman

Center for Leadership Director


Adam Goodman directs Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and is a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. His previous roles include: a founding partner of the NorthStone Group, CEO of the University of Colorado's Leadership Institute and its Presidents Leadership Class, and Special Assistant to three University of Colorado Presidents.

Goodman focuses on the fundamentals of leadership and how people learn to become more effective leaders. His courses include Field Study in Leadership (McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science) and Team Leadership in Decision Making (School of Communication), in addition to The Leader as Coach (an experimental course in the Kellogg School of Management). Goodman is also a frequent guest lecturer in other courses and programs. His current projects include the development of 6 Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool), a data intensive enterprise-wide web portal for leadership and teamwork assessments, and training programs for leadership coaching. Past work includes a national survey of public sector leaders, the design of a national model leadership program, and work with over 20 leadership programs from across the USA.

In addition, Goodman has held numerous roles in leadership studies, including founding co-chair of the research section of the International Leadership Association and distinguished visiting professor at Johnson & Wales University. His work has been recognized and supported by organizations that include the Adolph Coors Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, and IBM Corp.


Sara Monoson

Weinberg College, Political Science, Classics

Sara Monoson is Professor of Political Science and Classics and Director of the Graduate Classics Cluster. She is the author of Plato’s Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy (2000) which was awarded the 2001 Foundations Book Prize by the American Political Science Association for the Best First Book in Political Theory. Her research interests include Greek political theory in historical context and classical reception studies, especially the history of appropriations of Greek philosophers in American political discourse (e.g., about abolition, war and peace, labor and industry, cold war, civil rights, education). She is currently working on two projects, Socrates in the Vernacular, a study of the figure of Socrates in 20th century popular media in the US, Canada and Greece, and Socrates in Combat, an account of the significance Plato attaches to military service and return in his theory of justice and in his portrait of Socrates’ distinctiveness. 



Mark Sheldon, Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Weinberg College, Philosophy

Assistant Dean at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and also in the Medical Ethics and Humanities Program, Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his PhD from Brandeis University, where he was awarded a Sachar Fellowship to study at Oxford University. He has served as Adjunct Senior Scholar at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, and Senior Policy Analyst at the American Medical Association. Formerly Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Indiana University (Northwest campus) and Indiana University School of Medicine, he currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and adjunct faculty and ethicist at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. Sheldon has published and presented talks on a variety of issues including informed consent, confidentiality, the forced transfusion of children of Jehovah's Witnesses, children as organ donors, disclosure, and the use of Nazi research. He has contributed book chapters and published in a variety of journals including The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Hastings Center Report, The Philosophical Forum, The Journal of Value Inquiry, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has served as guest editor of two journals - Theoretical Ethics and Bioethics and The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. He has served a three-year term as a member of the Committee on Philosophy and Medicine of the American Philosophical Association, and is currently co-editor of the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine. He also served as a member of the Task Force on Genetics for the Illinois Humanities Council. The focus of his research is the point at which the interests of children, the prerogatives of parents, and the obligations of the state often come into conflict in relation to medical decisions for children.


Cristina Traina, Professor of Religion

Weinberg College, Department of Religious Studies

Cristina L. H. Traina is a student of Christian theology and ethics, with emphasis on Roman Catholic and feminist thought. She received her Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has been a member of the Department of Religious Studies since 1992. Areas of special interest include childhood; the ethics of touch in relations between unequals; sexuality and reproduction; ecology; justice issues in bioethics; economic and immigration justice; and method.  Traina favors an interdisciplinary approach to ethics, drawing on research in philosophy, anthropology, psychology, history, and other fields.

She is the author of Natural Law and Feminist Ethics: the End of the Anathemas (Georgetown 1999). Her monograph The Sensual Mother: Maternal Experience and the Boundaries of Sexual Ethics, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2010. Other recent projects include work on the history of popular American Catholic views of the connection between marriage and sexuality and collaborative interdisciplinary research on religion and assisted reproduction, as well as work on the ethics of American economic dependence on low-wage domestic and foreign labor. Her current work focuses on the moral agency and economic and labor rights of children.