Christopher P. Long

cplong@msu.edu
(517) 355-4597

320 Linton Hall

FacultyPhilosophyDeans Administration

Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Dean, Honors College
MSU Foundation Professor
Professor

Ancient Greek; Contemporary Continental Philosophy

ORCID: 0000-0001-9932-5689

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Christopher P. Long is an MSU Foundation Professor, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Dean of the MSU Honors College, and Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Recognized for values-enacted leadership, Dean Long is committed to the transformative power of liberal arts research and teaching by enriching graduate and undergraduate education, advancing equity and inclusive excellence, recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, and creating new opportunities for collaboration among community partners.

He began his tenure as Dean of the College of Arts & Letters 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 also has 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 Broad College of Business and the College of Natural Science to create the Enhanced Digital Learning Initiative (EDLI).

On July 1, 2021, he assumed additional leadership responsibilities as the Dean of the MSU Honors College where his priorities are to enhance the quality of the student experience, recruit and retain a wide diversity of high-performing students, and engage alumni and friends in strategic philanthropy that will elevate the leadership position of the Honors College.

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 website: www.cplong.org or his Humanities Commons profile. You can reach him on Twitter @cplong.

Publications

Fritzsche, Sonja, William Hart-Davidson, and Christopher P. Long. “Charting Pathways of Intellectual Leadership: An Initiative for Transformative Personal and Institutional Change.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 54, no. 3 (May 4, 2022): 19–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00091383.2022.2054175.

The HuMetricsHSS Team, Nicky Agate, Christopher P. Long, Bonnie Russell, Rebecca Kennison, Penelope Weber, Simone Sacchi, Jason Rhody, and Bonnie Thornton Dill. “Walking the Talk: Toward a Values-Aligned Academy,” February 17, 2022. https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:44631/.

Agate, Nicky, Rebecca Kennison, Stacy Konkiel, Christopher P. Long, Jason Rhody, Simone Sacchi, and Penny Weber. “The Transformative Power of Values-Enacted Scholarship.” Humanities and Social Sciences Communications 7, no. 1, 1-12: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-00647-z.

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.

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.

Media Mentions

University News

New Space Maximizes Vision of African American and African Studies Department
Published September 21, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The newest department in Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters will have a new space on campus to call home.  On Thursday, Nov. 17, from 3-5 p.m. on the second floor of…Read now »
MSU’s Serling Institute Celebrates 30 Years of the Jewish Studies Program
Published September 8, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
This year, Michigan State University marks the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Studies Program, part of The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. The institute…Read now »
Spartans Bring Campus to Life
Published August 31, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Welcome to Michigan State University! Campus isn’t the same without you. The College of Arts & Letters and Honors College Dean Christopher P. Long has been busy preparing to welcome our…Read now »
To the Class of 2026 – What Will Your Story Be?
Published August 29, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Christopher P. Long, Dean of the MSU College of Arts & Letters and the Honors College To the Class of 2026,  Welcome to Michigan State University!   As you embark on this…Read now »
Conversations with CAL featuring Dean Christopher Long
Published June 8, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMy-TMEh0pI In the latest Conversation with CAL, Dean Christopher P. Long discusses innovations and changes in the College of Arts & Letters, upcoming events…Read now »
New BA Degree in African American and African Studies Now Offered at MSU
Published March 29, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
For the first time in Michigan State University history, undergraduate students can major in African American and African Studies.  This semester, MSU’s College of Arts & Letters…Read now »
College Expectation Regarding MSU Lifting Mask Requirements
Published March 4, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters staff and faculty,  As we turn our attention to Spring Break, during which I hope you all will have some opportunity for rest and restoration, I write to…Read now »
Open Letter Regarding Congregation Beth Israel Hostage Standoff
Published January 18, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters and Honors College Community, This weekend’s hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, was frightening and traumatic to members of…Read now »
Faculty Voice: Making Ethics a Priority at MSU
Published November 18, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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College deans share their thoughts about the need for higher education institutions to put ethics at the forefront. Linda Sheryl Greene is the Dean of Michigan State University College…Read now »
HuMetricsHSS Initiative Receives $650,000 Mellon Grant
Published September 16, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University has received a $650,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue the work being done by the Humane Metrics for the Humanities and Social…Read now »
MSU COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information
Published September 7, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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As we approach the school year, MSU is planning to welcome more Spartans back to campus. Safety is our highest priority and we are working hard to support an engaged and connected experience for…Read now »
To the Class of 2025, Let Us Begin Again Together
Published August 31, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFnnnQcKRQ8 To the Class of 2025, Welcome to Michigan State University and to the College of Arts & Letters,  You begin your MSU journey at a time…Read now »
Dean Long Named MSU Foundation Professor
Published July 1, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
In recognition of his outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service to Michigan State University, Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Dean of the Honors College,…Read now »
Dean Long Takes on Additional Responsibilities as Dean of the Honors College
Published June 16, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, will assume leadership responsibilities as Dean of MSU’s Honors College, effective July 1, 2021. The Honors College and the…Read now »
Planning for the Future of Work
Published June 10, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, With intention and care, we in the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) are beginning to emerge from what has been a somber and…Read now »
Return to Campus Pre-Planning
Published May 21, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, As you have read recently in President Stanley’s e-mail of May 17 “Bringing More Employees Back to Campus,” the state of Michigan as…Read now »
Expectations of Another COVID Summer
Published May 5, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, As we embark upon yet another summer in the shadow of COVID-19, we invite you to pause and reflect on the past year. The work we have done…Read now »
Commencement Website Celebrates Class of 2021
Published May 3, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters celebrates the Class of 2021 through a dedicated website, classof2021.cal.msu.edu, with congratulatory messages, commencement videos, and…Read now »
A Message to Our College Community Following the Chauvin Conviction
Published April 21, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Community, I write to you following the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd last May. While we…Read now »
An Open Letter to Our MSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and Asian Communities
Published March 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Students, Staff, and Faculty We stand in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) and Asian communities in the wake of the racist and…Read now »
Global Digital Humanities Symposium to be Held Virtually April 12-15
Published March 18, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
This year’s Global Digital Humanities Symposium (GDHS) will be an all-virtual event taking place synchronously over four days, with four hours each day of programming. Scheduled for…Read now »
Imagining a Different Future
Published March 9, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
By Christopher P. Long on cplong.org What follows was crafted for an MSU Honors College panel discussion entitled “Sharper Focus/Wider Lens” on March 8, 2021. Engage with me in an…Read now »
Covid Relief Fund Update and Spring Semester Information
Published February 25, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, As we head into the halfway point of the semester, I write to provide an update regarding the COVID Relief Fund and disbursement efforts to…Read now »
New AAAS Department to Focus on Black Feminisms, Black Genders, and Black Sexualities
Published February 17, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Being built to blaze a trail in higher education with its focus on Black Feminisms, Black Genders Studies, and Black Sexualities Studies, the architects of the Department of African American and…Read now »
New Director of Student Wellness Position Prioritizes Student Mental Health and Care
Published January 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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As students have had to face uncertainty, isolation, and many other daunting experiences, along with corresponding mental health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a…Read now »