American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2021
Professor Ruth Chang, Professorial Fellow, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the Chair and Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford.
Prior to Oxford, Professor Chang was a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. She has also been a visiting philosophy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a visiting law professor at the University of Chicago. During this period she also held a Junior Research Fellowship at Balliol College where she was completing her DPhil. in philosophy. She has held fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and the National Humanities Center and serves on boards of a number of journals. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Before her life as a philosopher, she worked as a law associate on a (pro bono) death penalty case and several (non pro bono) product liability and medical malpractice cases. She lives part-time in New York and often gives talks to audiences in the U.S.
Her expertise concerns philosophical questions relating to the nature of value, value conflict, decision-making, rationality, the exercise of agency, and choice. She has been a consultant or lecturer for institutions ranging from video gaming to pharmaceuticals to the CIA and World Bank.
You can read a profile of Professor Chang online.
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