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

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 "Genetics and Reductionism" (Cambridge 1998), "Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy" (Cambridge, 2005), Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution" (Blackwell 2007), "Environmental Philosophy" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and "Systematic Conservation Planning" (co-authored with Chris Margules, Cambridge, 2007) and more than 250 articles, mostly in philosophy and conservation biology.

His latest book "Cut-and-Paste Genetics: A CRISPR Revolution" (Rowman & Littlefield) was published in September, 2021.


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