Biography

Robert Streiffer’s research focuses on ethical and policy issues arising from modern biotechnology, both biomedical and agricultural. He has broad interests in applied ethics, ethical theory, metaethics, and political philosophy. His recent work focuses on the ethics of animal use and he is working on a collaborative project on food justice issues. He has served on the UW Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, the UW Hospital Ethics Committee, UW’s Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the Animal Care and Use Committee for UW’s College of Letters and Sciences, and UW’s Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

He is an associate professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the Philosophy Department, and affiliate appointments in the Department of Medical Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. in ethics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

Professional Appointments

  • Present2006

    Affiliate Appointment

    The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

  • Present2006

    Associate Professor with Tenure

    Department of Medical History and Bioethics, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison

  • Present2006

    Associate Professor with Tenure

    Department of Philosophy, College of Letters and Sciences, UW-Madison

  • Present2005

    Affiliate Appointment

    Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison

  • Present2002

    Affiliate Appointment

    Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison

  • 20061999

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Medical History and Bioethics, Medical School, UW-Madison

  • 20061999

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Philosophy, College of Letters and Science, UW-Madison

Education

  • Ph.D. 1999

    Ph.D. in Philosophy

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • B.A. 1993

    B.A in Philosophy

    Reed College

Areas of Specialization

Bioethics (Agricultural and Medical), Ethical Theory, Metaethics

Areas of Competence

Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics