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Professor of Philosophy and Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts

Sahotra Sarkar is a professor in the departments of philosophy and integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his BA from Columbia University and his MA and PhD at the University of Chicago.

Before coming to Texas he taught at McGill University and held fellowships at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science at Berlin, and the Dibner Institute at MIT.

Sarkar specializes in the history and philosophy of science, environmental philosophy, conservation biology, and disease ecology. He is the author of six books, including Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy (Cambridge, 2005), Environmental Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and Systematic Conservation Planning (co-authored with Chris Margules, Cambridge, 2007) and more than 200 articles, mostly in philosophy and conservation biology.

His new book Cut-and-Paste Genetics: A CRISPR Revolution will be published in September, 2021.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy and Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin