Michigan State University

Holmes Hall

Room W-25C

919 East Shaw Lane

East Lansing, MI 48825

(517) 884-0592

valles@msu.edu

Sean A. Valles


Assistant Professor

Michigan State University


Lyman Briggs College

&
Department of Philosophy

&

Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program

About Me


I have a dual appointment in the MSU Lyman Briggs College (75%) and the Department of Philosophy (25%). 


My research spans a range of topics related to philosophy of population health, from the use of evidence in medical genetics to the roles played by race concepts in epidemiology.



Peer-Reviewed Articles


Normandin S and Valles SA (2015) How a Network of Conservationists and Population Control Activists Created the Contemporary US Anti-Immigration Movement. Endeavour, 39 (2), 95-105.


Valles SA, Bhopal RS, Aspinall PJ (2015) Census Categories for Mixed Race and Mixed Ethnicity: Impacts on Data Collection and Analysis in the US, UK and NZ. Public Health, 129 (3), 266-270.


Katikireddi SV and Valles SA (2015) Coupled Ethical–Epistemic Analysis of Public Health Research and Practice: Categorizing Variables to Improve Population Health and Equity, American Journal of Public Health, 105 (1), e36-e42 [Open Access]


Valles SA (2015) Bioethics and the Framing of Climate Change’s Health Risks. Bioethics, 29(5), 334-341.


Valles SA (2013) Validity and Utility in Biological Traits. Biological Theory, 8(1), 93-102.


Valles SA (2012) Heterogeneity of Risk within Racial Groups, a Challenge for Public Health Programs. Preventive Medicine, 55(5), 405-408.


Valles SA (2012) Should Direct to Consumer Personalized Genomic Medicine Remain Unregulated? A Rebuttal of the Defenses. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 55(2), 250-265.


Valles SA (2012) Evolutionary Medicine at Twenty: Rethinking Adaptationism and Disease. Biology and Philosophy, 27(2), 241-261.


Valles SA (2012) Lionel Penrose and the Concept of Normal Variation in Human Intelligence. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43(1), 231-289.


Valles SA (2010) The Mystery of the Mystery of Common Genetic Diseases. Biology and Philosophy, 25(2), 183-201.



Book Reviews


(2013) Women's Health Through an Evolutionary Lens. Evolution, 67(10), 3075-3076.


(2013) Review of Scientific Method in Brief. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 35(3), 478-479.



Grants


Co-PI of NSF Award #1338614 ($196,759), Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Ethics Education in Science and Engineering, “Collaborative Research: Values and Policy in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science: A Dialogue-based Framework for Ethics Education.” Project is synchronized with parallel award (#1338626) to U. of Idaho, $103,241. Project is developing, implementing and evaluating ethics education modules that can be incorporated into existing interdisciplinary environmental science graduate courses. I am one of two faculty  members tasked with developing the curriculum.


Writing for a General Audience


“Don’t Call Them ‘Kids,’” for Inside Higher Ed, June, 2014

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/06/17/essay-criticizes-way-professors-call-their-students-kids

Republished by Slate.com as “Hey Professors, Quit Calling Your Students ‘Kids’: It’s Demeaning and Encourages Childish Behavior,” June, 2014

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/inside_higher_ed/2014/06/professors_should_stop_calling_college_undergraduate_students_kids_it_s.html


“Climate Change and Medical Risk,” for the MSU Bioethics in the News Blog series, October, 2013

http://msubioethics.com/2013/10/25/climate-change-and-medical-risk/


2010, PhD

Indiana University

  1. Department of History and Philosophy of Science

  2. Advisor: Elisabeth A. Lloyd


2008, MA

Indiana University 

  1. Department of History and Philosophy of Science


2005, BA

St. John’s College-Annapolis

  1. Liberal Arts (“The Great Books Program”)

Photo by G. L. Kohuth, Michigan State U.