Faculty and Staff
Dane Scott, PhD
Dr. Dane Scott is the Director of the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program at The University of Montana and Associate Professor of Ethics in the College of Forestry and Conservation. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union and a B.S. in soil science from the University of California Riverside. He is currently Principle Investigator on a National Science Foundation project, “The Ethics of Geoengineering: Investigating the Moral Challenges of Solar Radiation Management.” Dr. Scott’s primary research interests are in ethics and technology policy and philosophy of technology. He has published numerous articles and book chapters examining the ethical and philosophical implications of geoengineering and biotechnology. Prior to moving to Montana, Dr. Scott was Associate Dean of the Honors College at Western Carolina University, as well as director of the Humanities program. He has taught philosophy at Western Carolina University, Wake Forest University, and Vanderbilt University.
NRSM 489E, Forestry and Conservation Ethics
NRSN 449E/CCS 449E Climate Change Ethics and Policy
Christopher Preston, PhD
Dr. Christopher Preston is the Ethics and Public Affairs current in house fellow. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oregon(Eugene, OR), an M.A. in environmental ethics from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO), and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Durham.
Dr. Preston's areas of interest include: Environmental Ethics, Feminist Epistemology, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Science and Ethics
Dr. Preston specializes in environmental philosophy and has published a number of papers in value theory, environmental epistemology, the ethics of emerging technologies, and ecofeminism. His recreational interests include mountain biking, skiing, and house projects.
Robert Saldin, PhD
Dr. Robert Saldin is an Associate Professor of Political Science, the Director of the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, and a Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs at the Mansfield Center. His work revolves around American government, political development, and public policy. His first book, War, the American State, and Politics since 1898, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, and his scholarly articles have appeared in venues such as The Journal of Politics, the Journal of Policy History, and Political Research Quarterly. From 2010-2012, Dr. Saldin was on leave at Harvard University as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research. Previously, Dr. Saldin was the Patrick Henry Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, a Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. Dr. Saldin received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Current Graduate Students and Research
Former Graduates and Research
Michal began working for the Ethics and Public Affairs Program in 2013. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy and Program in the Environment and completed an M.S. in Resource Conservation through the Internation Conservation and Development Program at the University of Montana's W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation. Her research is focused on water governance and how climatic changes have impacted the hydrologic cycle through the lens of agro-pastoralists in the Chilean Patagonia.
Program Coordinator & Administrative Officer
Siobhan began working with the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program in 2010. She graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego, with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. While studying abroad at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she focused on theories of development from a Latin American perspective. Siobhan graduated in 2013 with an M.S. in Resource Conservation in the International Conservation and Development (ICD) program. Her graduate research focuses on enhancing food system resiliency in rural Belize as a mode to ensuring local and sustainable food security and small farmer participatory development in the context of agricultural and ecological change.
Mike Igoe began working for the Ethics and Public Affairs Program in 2010. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 with a degree in Russian. Mike graduated in 2013 with an M.S. in Resource Conservation, pursuing the International Conservation and Development track. He focuses on issues of governance and deliberation in climate change adaptation, working in the Kyrgyz Republic with the Aga Khan Development Network.
Project Coordinator & Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Philosophy
Andrea is a M.A. student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Montana. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine (2010). She worked with Dane Scott and Christopher Preston on a National Science Foundation Grant on the Ethics of Geoengineering, through which she began work on the Ethics of Geoengineering Online Resource Center. Her Masters thesis focused on "vital materialism" and climate change/geoengineering. Upon graduating, Andrea will begin a Ph.D. at the University of Radboud, Nijmegen, working on the ethics of ecological restoration in cultural landscapes as part of a larger environmental ethics project.