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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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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…
Field of wild flowersPresentations
March 20, 2022

Values-Enacted Leadership

The themes of the 2022 Honors Leadership Conference were: Building Community, Being a Scholar, and Presenting Yourself. In my opening remarks to our first-year honors students, I focused on values-enacted leadership and the importance of…