Christopher P. Long

(517) 355-4597

320 Linton Hall
479 West Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824

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

Ancient Greek; Contemporary Continental Philosophy

ORCID: 0000-0001-9932-5689

Curriculum Vitae


Christopher P. Long is an MSU Research 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 $7M of funded research projects, including serving as a Principal Investigator on Mellon Foundation project 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: or his Humanities Commons profile. You can reach him on Mastodon at @cplong.


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.

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.

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:

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).

“Practicing Public Scholarship.” Public Philosophy Journal 1, no. 1 (2018);

“Care of Death: On the Teaching of Reiner Schürmann.” Philosophy Today, January 31, 2017; 

“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:

“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:

Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading, Cambridge University Press, 2014. (Traditional monograph and enhanced digital book:

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

MSU’s Womxn of Color Initiatives Announces Critically Acclaimed Performer as 2024 Artist-in-Residence
Published February 19, 2024 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Michigan State University Womxn of Color Initiatives (WOCI) named Paige Hernandez as its 2024 Artist-in-Residence. The sixth artist to participate in this program, Hernandez is a…Read now »
Legacy Gift Creates Two Scholarships to Support College of Arts & Letters Students
Published December 8, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Alaine Weiss credits her time as an undergraduate at Michigan State University as one of the most impactful experiences in her life and her years in East Lansing among her most treasured memories….Read now »
Department of Religious Studies Awarded Inaugural 1855 Professorships
Published April 12, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University’s Department of Religious Studies will expand its curriculum to include a focus on Anishinaabe communities, and more broadly, Great Lakes Native American cultures thanks…Read now »
New MSU Arts Living-Learning Program Launches for First-Year and Incoming Students
Published March 16, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University has launched a new living-learning undergraduate community on campus available to current first-year and incoming students in arts-related majors in the College…Read now »
New Open Educational Resource Focuses on Values-Based Scholarly Communication
Published February 27, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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A new open educational resource (OER) created at Michigan State University aims to increase understanding of how a values-based approach to scholarly communication can address the challenges of…Read now »
Wholeness in a Torn World
Published February 7, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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By Christopher P. Long on February 5, 2023, on cplong.orgThirty years ago, Parker Palmer wrote a new preface for the paperback edition of his book, To Know as We are Known: Education as a…Read now »
The Intentional Work of Values-Enacted Change
Published January 24, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Original HuMetrics Team sitting outside on a patio at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC. From left to right is Jason Rhody, Nicky Agate, Chris Long (sitting in the back), Rebecca Kennison, Stacy Konkiel (standing in the back), and Simo Sacchi.
By Christopher P. Long on January 22, 2023, on When Stephanie Shonekan, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) at the University of Maryland (UMD), asked…Read now »
College of Arts & Letters Part of National Blueprint for Advancing College Equity and Excellence
Published January 13, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
As a member of the Boyer 2030 Commission, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, participated in the development of a national…Read now »
MSU Celebrates New Academic Learning Space for Department of African American and African Studies
Published November 18, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters held an official opening Nov. 17 for a new space dedicated to the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) — the…Read now »
Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Nationwide Protests in Iran
Published November 9, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Dear Arts and Letters Community, Over the past two months, one of the largest women’s rights movements in history has been unfolding in Iran and around the world. Thousands of people have…Read now »
Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Our Work Ahead
Published October 17, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Dear College of Arts & Letters and Honors College Students, Staff, and Faculty,  The arrival of President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., on campus in 2019 marked an important milestone in…Read now »
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
Dean Long thumbnail picture with a green background 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 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 »