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Paul B. Thompson

Paul B. Thompson holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stony Brook University in 1980, and has held faculty appointments at Texas A&M University (1981-1997) and Purdue University (1997-2003) before joining the Departments of Philosophy, Community Sustainability and Agricultural Food and Resource Economics at MSU in 2003. Thompson is the author of over 200 journal articles and book chapters, mostly focused on ethical issues and environmental impacts in global, regional and local food systems, along with risk analysis and the foundations of sustainability science. With Kirill Thompson, he has organized international workshops on the Asian perspectives in environmental ethics and has lectured in Thailand, China and Japan, as well as Taiwan. He is a two-time winner of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Award for Excellence in Communication and His book From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone (Oxford University Press) was selected as the Book of the Year for 2015 by North American Society for Social Philosophy.