Welcome to the

Center for Ethics & Policy

At Carnegie Mellon University

An Interdisciplinary Center

Dedicated to Advancing Applied Ethics & Political Philosophy

Through the Integration of Theory and Practice

Promoting the Impact of Philosophy

On science, policy, and society

Through teaching, research, and outreach

About the Center


The Center for Ethics and Policy is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to advancing applied ethics and political philosophy through the intergration of high quality theoretical reflection and a discerning engagement with the practical settings in which important ethical issues arise. Its members include internationally recognized scholars and practitioners drawn from diverse departments across Carnegie Mellon University and the broader Pittsburgh academic community.

Research Areas

Affiliated faculty specialize in a broad range of research areas, including:
  • Ethics in biomedicine and scientific research
  • Professional ethics and corporate responsibility
  • International development and global justice
  • Democracy, legitimacy, and good governance
  • Environmental ethics

Recent News

Democracy in Action

08 June 2016

Center faculty member and director of CMU's Program for Deliberative Democracy Robert Cavalier shared his thoughts on what direct deliberative democracy looks like in Pennsylvania.

Game Theory & Parenting

01 June 2016

Associate Professor Kevin Zollman was interviewed by BYU radio this week about his new book, The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting.

Uppsala Forum

30 May 2016

Professor Alex London spoke at the Uppsala Forum on Pharmacovigilance about translational medicine and the implications of accelerated access.

Brazil Zika Risk

27 May 2016

Center Director Alex John London is one of 150 experts who say the Olympics should be moved or postponed due to Zika in a letter to the WHO.