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Clare Palmer

Professor of Philosophy and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts
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  • (979) 862-1435
  • YMCA 301K
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Ph.D., The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, 1993


Clare Palmer is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy. She is the author or co-author of four books, including Animal Ethics in Context (New York: Columbia University Press 2010). Along with four co-authors, she’s just completed a new book, Wildlife Ethics: The ethics of wildlife management and conservation to be published by Wiley Blackwell in 2023. She has edited or co-edited a number of collections, including Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (Springer, 2014). She is also the author or co-author of more than 100 other publications, in journals ranging from the Journal of Applied Philosophy to The Veterinary Record and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. She was the founding editor of the journal Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion (Brill Academic Press) and held the position of President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics from 2007-2010. She was co-PI on the NSF grant Genomics and Society from 2012-2016 and served from 2017-2019 on a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on the potential for biotechnology to address forest health; this committee’s consensus report was published in 2019 She is an Associate Editor for the British Ecological Society journal People and Nature, and she serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Ethics Policy and Environment and Environmental Humanities. Together with Peter Sandøe and Dan Weary, she co-authors the monthly Ethics column in the Canadian Veterinary Journal.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Animal Ethics
  • Climate Ethics
  • Ethics and Emerging Technologies
  • Ethical Theory
  • Environmental Studies (humanities and social sciences approaches)

Spring 2023 Course Schedule

  • Phil 111.200 – Contemp. Moral Issues – Honors. – T, Th – 12:45-2:00 – YMCA 113
  • Phil 314.500/501 – Environmental Ethics –  T, Th – 2:20-3:35 – YMCA 109

Office Hours

  • 4:00-5:00 P.M. on Wednesday
  • Zoom by appointment