RSL1 (2)Russ Shafer-Landau

(919) 962-3317
207A Caldwell Hall
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Russ Shafer-Landau’s research focuses primarily on issues in metaethics. He is the organizer of the Annual Metaethics Workshop, held for eleven years in Madison and now in Chapel Hill. He is the editor of the series Oxford Studies in Metaethics and administrator of the Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics. His recent publications include The Fundamentals of Ethics and its companion volume, The Ethical Life(Oxford University Press, 2015 (3rd ed.)). Other publications includeMoral Realism: A Defence (Oxford, 2005—Honorable Mention, APA Book Prize), and Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? (Oxford, 2004). He is also the editor of Reason & Responsibility (Cengage, 2016), Ethical Theory(Blackwell, 2012) and co-editor, with Terence Cuneo, of The Foundations of Ethics (Blackwell, 2006).

seboJeff Sebo

Associate Director
(919) 962-3661
207B Caldwell Hall
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Jeff Sebo (PhD 2011, NYU) is Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Parr Center for Ethics. He joined the department in 2015, following positions in Bioethics at the NIH and Animal Studies and Environmental Studies at NYU. He specializes in moral, social, and political philosophy and bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics, and he is currently working on several projects related to agency, identity, moral and political status, and the ethics of activism and advocacy. His book Food, Animals, and the Environment: An ethical approach (co-authored with Christopher Schlottmann) is forthcoming from Routledge. For more information, please visit


Katelin Kaiser

Assistant Director
(919) 843-5641
207F Caldwell Hall

Katelin earned her Master’s degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Her research focused on the role of communication, knowledge production, and value placement in physician-patient relationships within oncology settings. In 2014, Katelin was selected as a participant to represent the Parr Center for Young Turkey Young America: A Relationship for a New Age, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Ankara. In Turkey, Katelin worked with members from Etik Dernegi in Sivas (Ethics Association) to develop teaching materials on community ethics and moral development for primary school children. Katelin is an ex officio member of the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee.

376280_10151421348765622_1646854632_nKatie Bunyea

Program Coordinator
(919) 843-5640
207D Caldwell Hall

Katie studied Media & Culture at The New School in New York, NY. She began her career producing video and social content for MTV News, including the 2007 Presidential Dialogue special with Barack Obama, for which she received an Associate Producer credit. Katie is passionate about producing programming that highlights the unique expertise and perspectives found on our campus.

steveSteven Swartzer

Outreach Coordinator
(919) 962-3329
207H Caldwell Hall
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Steve received his PhD from the University of Nebraska in 2011; prior to joining UNC, he was a lecturer at the University of Nebraska, and the Assistant Director of Nebraska’s Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics. Steve’s primary research focus is in moral psychology, exploring the viability of anti-Humean views of human motivation that posit besires—beliefs and perceptual states that are capable of being intrinsically motivating. Steve is also interested in issues in political philosophy and the philosophy of law regarding social perceptions of criminality and various official and unofficial penalties (such as the loss of voting rights) that frequently accompany criminal convictions.

Dery-Dominique-cropped-129x150Dominique Déry

Director, National High School Ethics Bowl
(919) 962-2576
207F Caldwell Hall

Dominique received her PhD in political theory from Duke University in 2015.  Her dissertation, “Civic Friendship and Democracy: Past and Present Perspectives” focused on several accounts of the meaning and importance of things like care and compassion in healthy and diverse democratic communities. She has worked for Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.

singh-keshavKeshav Singh

Graduate Research Assistant
201B Caldwell Hall

Keshav is a third-year graduate student with interests in metaethics and metanormativity, reasons and rationality, and philosophy of action.