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Tobin Craig

Associate Professor, James Madison College at Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Science
  • American Government

Tobin Craig is Associate Professor in the Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy major and Director of the Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy minor (STEPP) at James Madison College, Michigan State University.  He received his B.A. (1999) and M.A. (2001) from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D. (2005) from Boston College.

Dr. Craig’s teaching and research focuses on the intersection of modern technological natural science and modern political thought.  Trained as a political theorist, with a focus on early modern political philosophy and the thought of Francis Bacon in particular, his scholarly work explores the arguments for the encouragement and institutionalization of scientific and technological innovation, and the political challenges posed by institutionalization of a methodical, progressive, and technologically-oriented science of nature.  He has published essays on the relationship of modern natural science and utopianism, both in the work of Francis Bacon as well as more generally, and about the challenge of bringing science and scientific expertise into policy making in a democracy.

He was recently awarded an “Enduring Questions” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of an undergraduate seminar course on the question, “What is the good of science?”  He is currently at work on a monograph on Francis Bacon’s project for a technologically-oriented natural science.

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