People

Richard Fumerton

Richard Fumerton, Ph.D.

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Co-Director, Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics and Public Policy Steering Committee
F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy
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Professor Fumerton is the author of Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception (1985), Reason and Morality: A Defense of the Egocentric Perspective (1990), Metaepistemology and Skepticism (1995), Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth (2002), Epistemology (2006), Mill (with Wendy Donner, 2009), Knowledge, Thought and the Case for Dualism (2013), and A Consequentialist Defense of Libertarianism (at press).  He is the co-editor (with Diane Jeske) of Philosophy Through Film (2009) and Readings in Political Philosophy (2012).  His present teaching and research interests include epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and value theory.
Diane Jeske

Diane Jeske, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Co-Director, Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics and Public Policy Steering Committee
Professor, Department of Philosophy
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Dr. Jeske's published work in ethics addresses topics such as the grounds of special obligations to intimates, the nature of friendship, utilitarianism versus deontology, political obligation, and the nature of reasons. Her areas of specialization include ethical theory, the history of ethics, moral psychology and epistemology, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. She also teaches critical reasoning and applied ethics.
Michael Lovaglia

Michael Lovaglia, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Ethics and Public Policy Steering Committee
Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
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Michael Lovaglia's interests include social psychology, especially power and status processes, the reciprocal effects of evolution and physiology on social behavior, social factors that affect academic performance, theory construction, and the sociology of science. Current research projects involve power in exchange networks, group process effects on IQ scores, the effects of emotions on status processes, and explaining why more women than men now attend colleges and universities. A new project, Best Schools for Athletes, investigates how schools can promote athletic and academic excellence without compromising either goal.
Tom Rice

Tom Rice, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Ethics and Public Policy Steering Committee
Professor, Department of Political Science
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Tom Rice earned a BA in political science from Iowa State University in 1979 and a PhD in political science from The University of Iowa in 1983. He was on faculty in political science at the University of Vermont from 1983 to 1996, Iowa State University from 1996 to 1999, the University of Northern Iowa from 1999 to 2003, and The University of Iowa from 2003 to the present. His administrative experience includes service as department chair at Vermont, Northern Iowa, and Iowa. He also served as an administrative fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa in 2008 and 2009 and as the associate provost for faculty at Iowa from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, he was the academic director of the University of Iowa John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hennadige Thenuwara

Hennadige Thenuwara, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Ethics and Public Policy Steering Committee
Lecturer of Economics
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Dr Hennadige N Thenuwara is a lecturer attached to the Economics Department of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. He was the Assistant Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka prior to joining the University of Iowa. He also held the position of Director of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, USA, M.A. from the University of Manchester, UK, M.Sc. from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and B.Sc. from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.