Clark Wolf

Professor and Director, Bioethics Program


Dept:Philosophy & Religious Studies
Office:435 Catt
2224 Osborn Dr.
Ames IA


Clark Wolf is Director of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University, where he teaches bioethics, sustainable agriculture, philosophy of law, political philosophy, and ethics. He has written on topics in bioethics, science communication, environmental ethics and policy, intergenerational justice, political theory, and philosophy of law. He writes a regular column on ethics and biotechnology in for Bioethics in Brief. Recent works include a forthcoming book This Is Political Philosophy, co-written with Alex Tuckness, and papers on intellectual property rights, intergenerational justice and sustainability.

Research Areas

Ethics; Bioethics; Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Law


PhD University of Arizona
MusB Oberlin Conservatory of Music
BA Oberlin College

Courses Taught

Moral Theory and Practice
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Environmental Ethics
Foundations of Sustainable Agriculture
Bioethics and Public Policy.

Selected Publications

“Intergenerational Distributive Justice.” In J. Gaus and F. D’Agostino, eds., Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy. Routledge (2013). pp. 467-479.

Selected Presentations

“Intellectual Property and Sustainable Agriculture.” The Conference on Sustainability, Copenhagen, Denmark, January 2015.

“Sustainability: Normative Issues in the Science of Science Communication.” IARU Sustainability Science Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2014.