Headshot of Dean Christopher P. Long on MSU campus with red tie.

Christopher P. Long

Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Professor of Philosophy

320 Linton Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-4597



Christopher P. Long, Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, is committed to expanding the transformative power of liberal arts research and teaching by enriching graduate and undergraduate education, deepening our commitment to equity, recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, and creating new opportunities for collaboration among community partners.

He began his tenure as Dean on July 1, 2015. Under his leadership, several advances have been made to help raise the College’s international reputation including the creation of the new Department of African American and African Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinarity, the Citizen Scholars program, the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, and the Excel Network. He has successfully established the College of Arts & Letters as a catalyst of innovation and collaboration at MSU through signature partnerships with the MSU Libraries to create the Digital Scholarship Lab and with the Eli and Edythe Broad MSU Art Museum to establish MSU Broad Art Lab.

An advocate of public scholarship, open access, and digital approaches to scholarship and pedagogy, Dean Long has frequently written about the benefits of using digital modes of communication to enable public education, scholarship, and collaboration. He also discusses these issues in his Digital Dialogue podcast, the MSU Liberal Arts Endeavor podcast, and the Long View blog.

He has secured over $6M in funding from the Mellon Foundation as a Principal Investigator to support the Less Commonly Taught and Indigenous Languages Partnership, the HuMetricsHSS initiative committed to rethinking humane indicators of research excellence in the humanities and social sciences (HSS), and the Public Philosophy Journal, an open forum for the curation and creation of accessible scholarship that deepens our understanding of issues related to public relevance.

An expert in both ancient Greek and contemporary continental philosophy, Dean Long’s extensive publication record include four books: The Ethics of Ontology (SUNY 2004), Aristotle On the Nature of Truth (Cambridge 2010), Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading (Cambridge 2014), and Reiner Schürmann and the Poetics of Politics (Punctum 2018).

Dean Long received his MA and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York and BA from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Prior to coming to MSU, he was Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education and Professor of Philosophy and Classics in the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University.

To learn more about Dean Long’s administrative approach and his research in philosophy, digital scholarly communication, and higher education, visit his webite: www.cplong.org or his Humanities Commons profile. You can reach him on Twitter @cplong.


Reiner Schürmann and the Poetics of Politics, Punctum Books, 2018. (Open Access, DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.21983/P3.0209.1.00).

Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading, Cambridge University Press, 2014. (Traditional monograph and enhanced digital book: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139628891).

Aristotle On the Nature of Truth, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy, SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.


HuMetricsHSS is an initiative that creates and supports values-enacted frameworks for understanding and evaluating all aspects of the scholarly life well-lived and for promoting the nurturing of these values in scholarly practice. 

Selected Publications

Agate, Nicky, Rebecca Kennison, Christoper P. Long, Jason Rhody, Simone Sacchi, and Penny Weber. “Syllabus as Locus of Intervention and Impact.” Syllabus 9, no. 1 (May 28, 2020). http://www.syllabusjournal.org/syllabus/article/view/300.

“Practicing Public Scholarship.” Public Philosophy Journal 1, no. 1 (2018); https://doi.org/10.25335/m5/ppj.1.1-1.

“Care of Death: On the Teaching of Reiner Schürmann.” Philosophy Today, January 31, 2017; https://doi.org/10.5840/philtoday201713141. 

“Pragmatism and the Cultivation of Digital Democracies.” In Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy: Thinking the Plural, edited by Marcia Morgan and Megan Craig, 37–59. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016.

“Dissemination as Cultivation: Scholarly Communications in a Digital Age.” In Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, co-authored with O’Sullivan, James and Mark A. Mattson; edited by Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane, and Ray Siemens, Reprint edition. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016.

“Public Philosophy and Philosophical Publics: Performative Publishing and the Cultivation of Community.” The Good Society 24, no. 2 (2015): 118–45; co-authored with André Rosenbaum de Avillez, Mark Fisher, Kris Klotz.

“On Touch and Life in the De Anima.” In Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Sight, edited by Antonio Cimino and Pavlos Kontos, (Leiden: Brill Academic Publisher, 2015, 69-94).

“Who Let the Dogs Out? Tracking the Philosophical Life Among the Wolves and Dogs of Plato’s Republic.” In Plato’s Animals: Gadflies, Snakes, Stingrays, Swans, and Other Philosophical Beasts, edited by Jeremy Bell and Michael Naas, (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2015). Available in Open Access Format: http://hdl.handle.net/2022/19576.

“Cultivating Communities of Learning with Digital Media: Cooperative Education Through Blogging and Podcasting.” Teaching Philosophy, 33, 4 (2010): 347-361.

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