Professor John Christman will be the Inaugural Director of the Humanities Institute.

John started at Penn State in 1998 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2010. John served as acting or interim head of Philosophy in 2005, 2008, 2012, and again in 2014.  John is a specialist in Social and Political Philosophy, including ethics, and his interdisciplinary breadth will be a real asset to the HI.  His most recent book, The Politics of Persons:  Individual Automony and Socio-historical Selves, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. John won the Penn State Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in 2013, and the College's Advisor of the Year award in 2011.