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Department ofPhilosophy

Shannon Vallor

Shannon Vallor

Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor

Ph.D., Boston College, 2001

Professor Vallor's research areas of expertise are the ethics and philosophy of technology,  the philosophy of science, and applied virtue ethics. Her current research project focuses on the impact of emerging technologies, particularly those involving artificial intelligence and robotics, on the moral and intellectual habits, skills and virtues of human beings. She is a past President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and from 2018-2019 is a Visiting Researcher and AI Ethicist at Google.

Her work has appeared in the journals Philosophy and TechnologyEthics and Information Technology, Techne, Inquiry, and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, as well as a 2016 monograph from Oxford University Press: Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting. She is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology.

Professor Vallor has a special interest in the integration of ethics with industry and engineering/computer science education, and engages in public outreach on this subject with a range of stakeholders inside and outside academia, including government, industry, law, media, and public policy professionals and advocates. Recent professional honors include the World Technology Award in Ethics (2015), SCU's Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), and the Public Intellectual Award from the SCU College of Arts and Sciences (2017).

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae

In the News

August 2, 2019 re-ran a 2017 article featuring Shannon Vallor discussing why technologists need a crash course in ethics.

July 26, 2019

Shannon Vallor was interviewed on CBC Radio discussing why computer science and engineering students should receive ethics education.

February 2019

Shannon Vallor (Philosophy) was mentioned in The Nation about her development of modules for students to teach them ethics.