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Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science

Vance Ricks is an associate teaching professor at Northeastern University, holding joint appointments with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Ricks earned his doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. His teaching and research focus on moral philosophy, ranging from the ethics of digital technologies to the works of John Stuart Mill.

Before joining Northeastern, Ricks was an associate professor of philosophy at Guilford College. He has published works on the implications of social networks for friendship and for gossip, and he has forthcoming publications on autonomous vehicles and on the moral worldviews portrayed in so-called “prestige” television shows. He recently helped edit and contribute chapters to the Mozilla Foundation’s Responsible Computer Science Playbook, a guide for both computer science instructors and others who want to incorporate ethical reasoning into their curricula.

  • Education

    Ph.D., Philosophy, Stanford University

  • Contact

  • Address

    432 Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Mondays/Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm (online in Teams or zoom);
    Tuesdays/Fridays 11am – 12pm (in person, 432 Renaissance Park);
    or by appointment

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