Michael Thate

Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University

Michael J. Thate, Ph.D. is as an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative, SEAS, and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

Michael has held visiting fellowships and lectureships at Yale, Harvard, Durham University (U.K.), and l’École normale supérieure, Paris. He was a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Award, spending three years at Universität Tübingen in Germany. He was awarded with his Ph.D. from Durham University (U.K.), a certificate in Mastering Design Thinking from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, and next academic year will be attending Northwestern Pritzker Law School on a merit scholarship.

Michael’s academic interests are informed and complemented by his corporate consulting experience on matters relating to brand equity, communication strategy, and corporate trust. He is also a sought after ethical advisor.

Michael is the author of two monographs: Remembrance of Things Past? (Mohr Siebeck 2013) and The Godman and the Sea (UPenn Press, 2019). He has edited four other volumes and written several articles on subjects ranging from suicide, philosophy of religion, participation, labor, time, money, the second space age, the attention economy, design thinking, and business ethics. His work attempts to track genealogies of thought and set into comparison the assemblages of ethical questions. He is currently working on two books: Scented Life and Natural Prayers of the Soul. The former considers the ethical challenges of difference among and between lifeforms. The latter is an ethical reflection on the so-called attention economy.

Michael grew up in a small rural town in southwest Minnesota. He owns a small hobby farm where he rehabilitates Boer goats born with physical deformities. He also owns far too many musical instruments.