Meghan Sullivan

Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy

Director, Institute for Advanced Study

September 14, 2021; Meghan Sullivan (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Department of Philosophy

Meghan Sullivan directs the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, a University-wide research institute that supports faculty, doctoral students, undergraduates and visiting fellows pursuing cross-disciplinary research on major ethical themes. She also serves as director of the University Ethics Initiative, working under the Office of the Provost to guide Notre Dame’s Ethics Priority in the recently adopted ND 2033 Strategic Framework.

Sullivan has published two books: Time Biases (OUP 2018) and The Good Life Method (Penguin 2021, with Paul Blaschko). She is currently working on her third, which considers the moral and political significance of love of strangers. She has published articles in many leading philosophy journals, including EthicsNous, and Philosophical Studies. She serves as a co-editor for Nous. Sullivan has served as PI/co-PI for large grants on the study of human flourishing from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation.

Sullivan teaches courses at all levels and founded Notre Dame’s God and the Good Life course, which introduces undergraduates to big philosophical debates concerning happiness, morality, and meaning … and key methods for wrestling with them.