Dr Bill Lynn

William S. Lynn, Ph.D. is is a visiting professor of environmental studies at Williams College, where he teaches Introduction to Environmental Studies, Interpreting Nature (a qualitative research course), Understanding Policy (a critical public policy course), and the Senior Seminar in environmental studies. The latter is focused on the ethics and meaning of nature-society relations, for example, 'Conceptions of Nature' and 'Ethics and the Environment'.

Bill received his doctorate in Geography from the University of Minnesota. While there he studied ethics, environmental and human geography, interpretive social science, and qualitative methods. A founding editor of the international journal Ethics, Place and Environment, he is a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN, the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ), and the Society for Conservation Biology.

Before arriving at Williams College, Bill was a professor of environmental studies at Green Mountain College, a research scholar at non-profit think-tanks, and a professor of human-animal studies at Tufts University. While at Tufts, he was the Assistant Director at the Center for Animals and Public Policy, and Program Director for its Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP).

Bill Lynn is the founder and Senior Ethics Advisor of Practical Ethics.

Bill's research is located at the intersection of ethics and nature-society relations, with an emphasis on animal ethics, global ethics, and science in policy. His work has appeared in numerous books, journals and magazines, and includes the syndicated column Ethos. At present he is finishing a book entitled Practical Ethics.

Selected Publications by Bill Lynn

In progress. Practical Ethics: Moral Understanding in a More Than Human World.

2005 to date. Ethos. Syndicated column.

2007. “Wolf Recovery”, “Human-Animal Studies”, “Practical Ethics and Human-Animal Relations” in Marc Bekoff (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relations, Westport: Greenwood Press.

2006. “Between Science and Ethics”, in David Lavigne (ed.) Wildlife Conservation: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability. Limerick, IRE: University of Limerick Press, 191-205.

2004. “Animals”, in Harrison et al. (eds.) Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture, London: Reaktion Press, 258-260.

2004. “The Quality of Ethics: Moral Causation in the Interdisciplinary Science of Geography”, in Roger Lee and David Smith (eds.) Geographies and Moralities, London: Routledge, 231-244.

2004. “Situating the Earth Charter”, in ‘Global Ethics and the Earth Charter’, a special edition of Worldviews 8 (1), 1-15.

2003. “Acts of Ethics: Ethics and Global Activism”. Ethics, Place and Environment 6 (1), 43-45.

2002. “Canis Lupus Cosmopolis: Wolves in a Cosmopolitan Worldview”, Worldviews 6 (3), 300-327.

1998. “Animals, Ethics and Geography”, in Jennifer Wolch and Jody Emel (eds.) Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands, London: Verso.