Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs

About the Institute

The Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs (IEPA) at San Diego State University is an interdisciplinary research center addressing the intersection of moral problems, current events, and their historical and cultural contexts. In particular, via public programming and research initiatives, the Institute aims to be a premier research center for, and resource to, members of the campus community, the larger community of scholars, and the greater San Diego community who wish to clarify and work to solve these problems. 

The Institute’s faculty are committed to a deeply interdisciplinary approach that deploys a full range of analytical methods to grapple with ethical tensions at both the theoretical and practical level, always striving to address them in their full complexity. To these ends, the IEPA organizes and sponsors a variety of programs including colloquia, community outreach talks, faculty “work in progress” lectures, and conferences.  In addition, the IEPA supports junior, tenure track SDSU faculty working on relevant research projects as Ethics and Public Affairs Scholars. 

Major funding for the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs was provided by a generous donation from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust.

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