Faculty Associate

Melissa Lane

Professor of Politics
Acting Director, Program in Political Philosophy
Director, Program in Values and Public Life

phone: 609.258.4860

teaching interests focus on 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. Her main works include Method and Politics in Plato's Statesman, Plato's Progeny: How Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind, and a new 'Introduction' to the Penguin Classics volume of Plato's Republic (2007 edition). She is a contributor to both The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought (of which she was also an Associate Editor) and The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Political Thought. Her current work includes projects on ancient ethics as a resource for thinking about sustainability and on the idea of the legislator in the history of political thought. She is writing the entry on 'ancient political philosophy' for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Before coming to Princeton, Professor Lane taught political thought in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, where she was a Fellow of King's College Cambridge and Associate Director of the College's Centre for History and Economics (now a joint Centre/Center with Harvard University). She was a Syndic of the Cambridge University Press and a member of the Board of Management of the Cambridge Programme for Industry (now the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership). She has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University a Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and a faculty member of the Philosophy Summer School in China. Professor Lane is a faculty member of HRH The Prince of Wales's Business and the Environment Programme. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). At Princeton, she serves on the Executive Committee of the University Center for Human Values and of the Executive Committee of the Program in Classical Philosophy.