Dennis F. Thompson

Harvard University
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Dennis F. Thompson is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is also Professor of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Kennedy School, both as emeritus. He is the founding director of the university-wide Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. He has served as Associate Provost, twice as Acting Provost, and later as Senior Adviser to the President of the University.

Thompson’s most recent books are: The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It (with Amy Gutmann); Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare; Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States

Thompson currently serves as an adviser to the Spencer Foundation for educational research, the Yale Open Data Access Project, and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He has been a consultant to American Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee, the White House Office of Legal Counsel, the Joint Ethics Committee of the South African Parliament, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Senate Ethics Committee. Thompson served for ten years as a member of Board of Trustees of Smith College, the last five as vice-chair. He was elected vice president of the American Political Science Association in 2008.  

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