Melissa B. (Beth) Valentine Ethics Postdoctoral Fellow

Melissa B. (Beth) Valentine

Mattingly House 202
Curriculum Vitae

Beth Valentine ('10) recently finished up her Ph.D. in philosophy at Rutgers University, which is one of the top-rated philosophy graduate programs in the world. Her research focuses on issues in the philosophy of law and ethics, and she plans to teach courses both at the law school and in the undergraduate curriculum during her tenure as a postdoctoral fellow. Her dissertation, “Fictitious-Consents: What They Are and What They Aren’t,” analyzes alleged forms of fictitious consent to explore if and why these practices should have normative force. Other areas of interest include non-fictitious consent, justifications of punishment, bioethics, and various issues in tort law. She has also written on
the non-identity problem in population ethics. Her work on these issues has been presented at various conferences in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, the U.K., and Israel.


Ph.D. Philosopy, Rutgers University (2017)

Master of Studies in Law, Yale Law School (2015)

B.A. Philosophy and Politics, Washington and Lee University (2010)


Philosophy of Law, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Meta-Ethics


Equality and Difference