Meghan Sullivan

Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair and Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

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Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (IN), where she also serves as director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, a university-wide research institute that supports faculty, doctoral students, undergraduates, and visiting fellows pursuing cross-disciplinary research on major ethical questions. Her work focuses on questions about time, ethics, and religious belief. She teaches courses at all levels, including the university’s highly popular “God and the Good Life” course. She is the recipient of Notre Dame’s Joyce Awards for Teaching, with the Provost’s All-Faculty Team Award, and with the City of South Bend’s 40 Under 40 Award.

Sullivan’s publications include Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence (2018) and, with Paul Blaschko, The Good Life Method: Reasoning through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning (2022). Her current book project is tentatively titled Samaritanism: Moral Responsibility and Our Inner Lives. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, a BPhil from the University of Oxford in England (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and a PhD from Rutgers University (NJ).