Michael J. Sandel '75


Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University
Elected 2010
Alumni Term Trustee 1981-1986
Trustee 1992-2001

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His latest book, "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?," relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time.

Sandel's other books include "The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering" (Harvard University Press, 2007), "Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics" (Harvard University Press, 2005), "Democracy's Discontent" (Harvard University Press, 1996), and "Liberalism and the Limits of Justice" (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1998). 

His work has been translated into 15 languages. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The New York Times.

Sandel is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2005.  

At Brandeis, he was a member of the Presidential Search Committees in 1991 and 2010. He was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award in 2005 and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2000. 

Sandel received his B.A./M.A., summa cum laude, from Brandeis University and a D. Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.