Ethics Experts for Media
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics staff and affiliated scholars can provide commentary and background information for media on many topics in applied ethics.
Kirk O. Hanson: Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, is John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. In 2001, he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught business ethics in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years. In the area of general ethics, he has written and done research on such topics as cheating and conflicts of interest.
Margaret R. McLean: As Ethics Center associate director and director of Bioethics, Margaret McLean can address a wide range of issues in applied ethics. She has her master's in divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, as well as two Ph.Ds, one in Pathology (Medical College of Wisconsin) and one in ethics (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley).
David DeCosse: David DeCosse can address general questions in ethics, as well as Catholic moral teaching and social justice. He is director of campus ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Previously, he worked at Doubleday Books, where he edited But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War and Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children by Jason Berry.
Margaret R. McLean: Margaret McLean is director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. With her background in science and ethics--she holds a doctorate in clinical pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley--she was tapped as an advisor to the California Senate Select Committee on Genetics and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Project Consultation on Human Cloning.
Ryan Holmes: Ryan Holmes, assistant director of health care ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, works on ethics consultations and policy development for hospitals, with a focus on end-of-life issues. He holds a Master's degree in Bioethics from Case Western University, and completed his fellowship in Clinical Ethics at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Lawrence Nelson : Lawrence Nelson, associate professor of philosophy at SCU, is also an attorney and has provided bioethics consultation and education as an independent practitioner. He has published articles on ethics, law, and health care in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association and Hastings Center Report. He was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the legal and ethical aspects of prenatal substance abuse.
Dale Larson: Dale Larson, professor of counseling psychology at SCU, is a national leader in psychosocial issues in bereavement and end-of-life care. A former Fulbright Scholar, Larson was a member of the Advisory Panel for the American Psychological Association Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues, and was the senior editor of "Finding Our Way: Living With Dying in America," a 15-week newspaper series funded by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation.
Kirk O. Hanson: Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, is John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. In 2001, he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught business ethics in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years. His research interests include corporate responsibility, organizational ethics, and conflicts of interest. He is co-editor of "The Accountable Corporation" (Praeger Publishers).
James O'Toole: Senior Fellow in Business Ethics James O'Toole was formerly executive vice president of the Aspen Institute and taught business ethics at USC and University of Denver. His latest book is Good Business(editor, with Don Mayer, 2010).
Hersh Shefrin: Hersh Shefrin, who holds the Mario L. Belotti Chair in the Department of Finance at the Leavey School of Business, is one of the pioneers of behavioral finance. His books include Beyond Greed and Fear: Understanding Behavioral Finance and the Psychology of Investing(Oxford University Press) and Ending the Management Illusion (McGraw-Hill).
Manuel Velasquez: The Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics in the SCU Management Department, Manuel Velasquez is the author of one of the most popular textbooks in business ethics, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases (Pearson). He was the founding director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and has a particular interest in the teaching of business ethics. His research is in international business ethics.
Phone: (408) 554-4848
Steve Johnson: As director of Character Education at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Steve Johnson developed the Character-Based Literacy Curriculum, which is currently in use in the majority of California counties and thousands of individual classrooms across the nation. A former high school teacher and principal, Johnson also lectures for parents on raising an ethical child.
Brian Green: Supervisor of the Center's Environmental Ethics Fellows, Brian Green, assistant director of campus ethics, can comment on the ethics of climate change, conventional and renewable energy choices, and the ethics of geoengineering and climate engineering.
Michelle Marvier: Michelle Marvier is a professor in the SCU Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Her research program has coalesced around the theme of informing environmental policy and strategy. This entails endangered species management, conservation investment, and environmental risk assessment for genetically modified crops. She is co-author of Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature. 2nd ed. (Roberts & Co.).
Keith Warner: A Franciscan friar, Keith Warner is an associate adjunct lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. He is an interdisciplinary environmental scholar who studies how values, ethics, institutions and the expansion of knowledge shape nature-society relations. His areas of expertise include California environmental issues, pesticides, water management, and agricultural science.
Chad Raphael: Professor of Communications Chad Raphael is an Ethics Center Scholar with an interest in public discourse on the environment. He has written on the problem of e-waste.
Sara Garcia: Sara Garcia was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award to develop a collaborative model for teaching concepts related to drought in the Chihuahua desert. Garcia, a professor of education, has also consulted with the Center's Character Education Program on environmental education. She is also director of the MA program in Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis on Environmental Literacy and Ethics in the SCU Education Department.
Hana Callaghan: With a varied background in law, government, and politics Hana Callaghan has worked in private practice as a corporate litigator, for a member of the US House of Representatives as a senior congressional aide, and as a political consultant managing statewide political campaigns. In addition she has served as the associate executive director of the Santa Clara County Bar Association where she had oversight of continuing legal education programs.
Kirk O. Hanson: Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson was the first chairman of the Santa Clara County Ethics Commission. He is a frequent commentator about public policy issues, especially those touching on the relationship between government and business.
Sally Lehrman: Sally Lehrman, senior fellow in journalism ethics at the Center, is an award-winning reporter whose byline credits includeScientific American, Nature, Health, the New York Times,Salon.com and the DNA Files, distributed by NPR. She specializes in medical and science policy reporting, with an emphasis on genetics, race, and sexuality, and she has a special interest in diversity in the newsroom. She tweets @journethics.
Ann Skeet: Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet has leadership experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors. The former CEO of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, she also served as vice president of marketing for the San Jose Mercury News and president of Notre Dame High School.
Margalynne Armstrong: Associate Professor Margalynne Armstrong joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 1987 and serves on the boards of several community organizations. She is well-published in the areas of housing, racial discrimination, comparative and constitutional law.
Eric Goldman: Director of Santa Clara University's High Tech Law Institute, Eric Goldman is a law professor focusing on Internet law, IP, and advertising law. Previously he worked as general counsel of an Internet start-up and as a technology transactions lawyer at Cooley Godward. He blogs at Technology and Marketing Law Blog and tweets at @ericgoldman.
Ellen Kreitzberg: Professor of Law Ellen Kreitzberg is a co- founder and director of SCU's Death Penalty College, which brings together attorneys with pending capital cases and defense counsel faculty. This model for capital training has resulted in a BJA (Bureau of Justice Assistance) grant to implement training programs for lawyers, mitigation specialists, and investigators in capital cases. She has previously served on the Board of Governors of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
Phone: 408-554-4724 (home 650-325-8340)
Margaret Russell: Specializing in constitutional law and civil procedure, SCU Professor of Law Margaret Russell is a former vice president of the National American Civil Liberties Union. In 1991, she traveled to South Africa with a delegation of legal scholars to consult with the African National Congress on constitution drafting. She is a board member and founding member of the Equal Justice Society, a civil rights organization based in San Francisco.
Gerald Uelmen: An expert on legal ethics, particularly media coverage of legal proceedings, SCU Professor of Law Gerald Uelmen has participated in the defense of Daniel Ellsberg and of O.J. Simpson. He is a former dean of the SCU School of Law.
David DeCosse: Center Director of Campus Ethics Programs David DeCosse specializes in Catholic social teaching with an emphasis on issues of free speech, and ethics and war. A Ph.D. from the Boston College-Westin Jesuit School of Philosophy, he was the Editor of Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children(Doubleday) by Jason Berry.
Margaret R. McLean: Ethics Center Associate Director Margaret R. McLean has her master's in divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, as well as two Ph.Ds, one in Pathology (Medical College of Wisconsin) and one in ethics (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley). She teaches in the Religious Studies Department and was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Project Consultation on Human Cloning.
Brian Green: Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Brian Green has expertise in Catholic ethics, particularly Catholic natural law, Catholic environmental ethics, the Catholic response to human genetic manipulation, and the Catholic understanding of conscience.
Eric O. Hanson: The Donohoe Professor of Political Science, Eric Hanson teaches comparative politics (China, religion and politics). He is the author of Catholic Politics in China and Korea (UMI Books on Demand),The Catholic Church in World Politics(Princeton), and Religion and Politics in the International System Today (Cambridge).
Thomas Plante: SCU Professor of Psychology Thomas Plante is a nationally recognized commentator on the problem of clergy sexual abuse. He is the author of Sin Against the Innocent: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (Greenwood) and Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World (New Harbinger).
Phone: 408-554-4471 or 650-326-5930
Irina Raicu: Internet Ethics Program Director Irina Raicu is the author of a teaching module for college students on privacy and ethics. She has a particular interest in the international aspect of Internet ethics. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice. She tweets @IEthics.
Brian Green: Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Brian Green teaches ethics in the SCU School of Engineering. His expertise is in bioengineering, genetic manipulation, human enhancement, ethical issues in space exploration, and the ethics of emerging technologies.
Eric Goldman: Director of Santa Clara University's High Tech Law Institute, Eric Goldman is a law professor focusing on Internet law, IP, and advertising law. Previously he worked as general counsel of an Internet start-up and as a technology transactions lawyer at Cooley Godward.
Shannon Vallor: Associate Professor of Philosophy Shannon Vallor specializes in research on the ethical implications of emerging technologies including social networking and new media, social and military robotics, and human enhancement technologies. She has published work in the journals Ethics and Information Technology, Philosophy and Technology, andTechne,and has a special interest in the impact of new technologies on moral skills and character.
Phone: 408 554-5190
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Deepa Arora, SCU Communications Director
Miriam Schulman, Center Associate Director
Is it ethical for public servants to use city-owned VIP basketball tickets for themselves?
Is there a conflict of interest when public officials like North Carolina treasurer Janet Cowell accept roles working in the private sector?
Executive Director Kirk Hanson comments on the desire by public officials for impartial research, specifically as it pertains to the possibility of offshore drilling proposals.