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Christopher P. Long

MSU Foundation Professor, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Dean of the MSU Honors College, and Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

Welcome to, a website designed to give digital voice to a philosophical life. Here you will find information about my academic and administrative life, including my publications, projects, and initiatives.

At the heart of my work is a commitment to writing along the way, so I encourage you to engage actively with the The Long Road blog by reading, sharing, and commenting. You can also find me on Mastodon. Thank you for visiting this little corner of the digital world.



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Four MSU African and African American Studies majors present a poem at the Ascension event. We have from left to right: Amber McAddley, Morgan Braswell, Jhala Martin with the mic, and Ayodele Uhuru with the red hair. The third student Jhala Martin from the left is reading from a small sheet of paper with the microphone in her hand. The other students are listening intently. In the background Interim Provost Designee, Thomas Jeitschko is looking on thoughtfully, behind him is LeShondra Hemphill with their eyes closed, listening.DeanEducation
November 21, 2022

A Place of Wholeness

Last week we celebrated the Ascension of the Department of African American and African Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. What follows are my remarks emphasizing the hope that…
Waves of water caused by drops of waterEducationThe Administrative LifeThe Long Road
August 16, 2022

Toward a More Just and Beautiful Future

As my eighth year at Michigan State University begins, I have been reflecting on the work we have done and the work that lies ahead. In many ways, this past semester and the next mark…
Richard Bernstein, in a black turtleneck, hands folded, with chairs, out of focus, in the background. Bernstein was a champion of democracy and democratic values.EducationThe Graduate ExperienceThe Long Road
July 16, 2022

Bernstein and the Future of Democracy

The news came early on July 5 in a text message from my friend Rick Lee: Richard J. Bernstein, our beloved teacher, died on July 4, 2022. In life, Bernstein taught and embodied a commitment…