Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

University of Michigan

Elizabeth Anderson is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she has taught since 1987.

A graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A. Philosophy, 1981) and Harvard University (Ph.D. Philosophy, 1987), she has won fellowships from the ACLS and the Guggenheim Foundation, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association.

She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard UP, 1993), The Imperative of Integration (Princeton UP, 2010), Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It) (Princeton UP, 2017) and numerous, widely reprinted articles in journals of philosophy, law, and economics.

She has devoted much of her career to exploring problems of political economy, including the ethical limitations of markets and market-based valuation, the roles of racial integration in promoting racial equality, and improving the constitution of workplace governance to better secure the interests and rights of workers. Professor Anderson designed University of Michigan’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, and was its founding director for two years.

She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism.