Paul B. Thompson

Paul B. Thompson
  • W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agriculture, Food & Community Ethics
  • Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics
  • Community Sustainability
  • Philosophy
  • 368 Farm Lane Room 526
  • South Kedzie Hall
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-432-8345



Paul Thompson came to Michigan State in 2003 to assume tenure track positions in the Philosophy Department, with partial appointments in the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, and Community Sustainability Departments. He also became the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food, and Community Ethics at MSU.

Previously he held positions as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Food Animal Productivity and Well-Being, at Purdue University, and prior to that positions as Professor of Philosophy and Agricultural Economics and Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy and Ethics, at Texas A&M University.

Paul Thompson’s research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, and especially concerning the guidance and development of agricultural technoscience. This research has led him to undertake a series of projects on the application of recombinant DNA techniques to agricultural crops and food animals. His new work focuses on nanotechnology in the agrifood system. See also Paul’s Blog at Thornapple CSA


  • Environmental & Resource Economics