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Professor Melissa Lane

Professor Melissa Lane

Melissa Lane is Professor of Politics at Princeton University, following fifteen years of teaching political thought in the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge.


Biography:

She is Director of the Princeton Program in Values and Public Life; and an Associated Faculty member of the Princeton Environmental Institute, where she serves on the steering committee of a project on uncertainty and climate change. Her primary expertise is in ancient Greek political thought and its modern significance. Her book 'Eco-Republic', using Greek thought to develop an ethics of sustainability, will be published in the early autumn of 2011. Previous books include 'Plato's Progeny: how Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind' (Duckworth, 2001) and a new 'Introduction' to the Penguin Classics edition of Plato's Republic (2007).

Professor Lane has extensive experience in speaking about ethics, philosophy and history to executives and leaders in the public and private sectors, and has appeared on a number of television and radio broadcasts, including BBC Radio 4: Analysis, In Our Time, and Today; Channel 4: Millennium Minds; and programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 5. She has been an invited contributor to many public and private sector events, including a consultation in Geneva convened by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. Professor Lane is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

She holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University and an M.Phil and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.