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Robert Kirkman

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies - Student Advising

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Center for Urban Innovation
Office Location:
DM Smith 301
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 10am-12pm
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Dr. Robert Kirkman is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current focus is on the design, implementaiton and assessment of innovative approaches to teaching practical ethics, including problem-based learning, the integration of ethics and design and the use of interactive narrative. His prior work in environmental ethics examined the values in play in decisions about the built environment, especially in cities and suburbs in the United States. He is the author of The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth: The Future of our Built Environment (Continuum, 2010) and Skeptical Environmentalism: The Limits of Philosophy and Science (Indiana University Press, 2002). 

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A. Philosophy and History, Miami University
Areas of
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Practical Ethics
  • Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning


Research Fields:
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • United States
  • Environment


  • PHIL-2010: Intro Philosophy
  • PHIL-2025: Philosophical Analysis
  • PHIL-3050: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-3102: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL-3103: Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-3105: Ethical Theories
  • PHIL-3109: Engineering Ethics
  • PHIL-4176: Environmental Ethics
  • PST-1101: Philosophical Analysis
  • PST-3109: Ethics&Tech Profession
  • PST-4176: Environmental Ethics
  • PUBJ-8000: Joint GT/GSU PhD Program
  • PUBP-6010: Ethic,Epistem&Public Pol
  • PUBP-6326: Environ Values&Pol Goals
  • PUBP-8823: Special Topics