Melissa Lane


Class of 1943 Professor of Politics
Director, University Center for Human Values

Affiliated Faculty




Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Associate Chair of the Department of Politics. Her work is in political theory, with her principal expertise being ancient Greek political thought and its modern reception. She also works on a broad range of topics in the history of political thought and in normative theory and public ethics. Lane is a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her books include  Greek and Roman Political Ideas (Penguin, 2014; forthcoming in the US as The Birth of Politics: Eight Political Ideas of the Greeks and Romans and Why They Matter, with Princeton University Press);   Eco-Republic (Princeton University Press, 2012) ;  Plato's Progeny: How Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind (Duckworth, 2001);  Method and Politics in Plato's Statesman (Cambridge University Press, 1998);  and an  'Introduction' to the Penguin Classics volume of Plato‚Äôs  Republic  (2007 edition).  She co-convenes the Princeton Climate Futures Initiative.