About the Institute

The Hans ’80 and Kate Morris Director of the Ethics Institute

Welcome from Sonu Bedi

I’ve been a member of the Department of Government for over eleven years now, focusing my research and teaching on issues of constitutional law, civil liberties, ethics and political theory.  I believe that normative questions are at the core of the study of ethics.  This includes not just those working in moral and political philosophy but those who also study legal institutions and norms, religious ethics, or welfare economics.  The Institute seeks to build upon this core as it affirms an ecumenical definition of “ethics,” one that intersects with a range of disciplines across the Dartmouth curriculum.  Our funding for faculty and students is, in turn, open to all. 

I take seriously the teacher/scholar model, a model that is unique to Dartmouth. As Director of the Institute, I seek to draw on this model to inform our support for both research and teaching.   I encourage you to visit our webpage and familiarize yourself with our programming, lectures, workshops, and funding opportunities. 

History of the Institute

The Ethics Institute was established in 1982 by a group of Dartmouth faculty who were concerned about issues in applied and professional ethics.  The Institute exists to foster the study and teaching of ethics, broadly construed, throughout the Dartmouth community through various public programming, workshops, fellowships, and funding for research and teaching.