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Through research and dialogue on emerging ethical issues, the Ethics Institute serves the needs of the Dartmouth community as well as the larger academic community.

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Josefina Ruiz '17

Alexis Wallace '17

Alisa White '17

Haley Gordon '18

Rafael Nunez '18

Else Drooff '18

Jarely Lopez '19

Olivia Fine '20

Peter Charalambous '20

Zachary Port '20

Marcus Shaw '20

Outstanding Alums

Josh Tupler will be conducting research at Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy about Canada and NATO allies’ decisions to use military in the post-Cold War era. Josh will focus on increasing understanding about what influence allies can exert on U.S. national security to better equip policymakers with information to deal with future conflicts.

Josh Tupler graduated from Dartmouth College magna cum laude with departmental honors majoring in Government, focusing on International Relations & Security, and minoring in Ethics. Josh is passionate about U.S. national security policy and understanding the root causes of conflict and the decision to use military force. Josh was previously a fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs where he published research about the interrelationship between war and peace. Josh has also presented research at academic conferences across the world—including the Trans Atlantic Studies Conference in Ghent, Belgium where he discussed what role allies, principally Canada, could play in augmenting U.S. ballistic missile defense efforts. At Dartmouth, Josh’s senior honors thesis focused on assessing the military balance in East Asia and the potential for a U.S.-China conflict.

Research interest: Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, U.S.–China relations

The Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics was established in 1982 by a group of faculty who recognized the primacy of ethics in a liberal arts education.  One of the founders, John Hennessey of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, wrote:

"Morality must be a persistent concern of all professions and all professional schools.  Indeed by definition one of the essential ingredients of a profession is the creation and use of an explicit set of ethics governing individual and collective behavior of the professionals in that field."

Those words, written in 1974, take on even greater significance today.  Considerations of ethics have existed within specific professions and within the curriculum of professional schools from their inception, but in recent years the complexity of this consideration has grown dramatically. Where the term "professional ethics" once signified little more than questions of personal etiquette, it has more recently come to involve pressing new questions of individual and group responsibility. The rapid pace of technological and social change in the fields of medicine, engineering, education, business and law have generated new social choices and responsibilities.


“Forgiveness is often misunderstood as an absolution of the act that was perpetrated, but that is not the goal,” says Aine Donovan, the director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute, in a Quartz opinion piece about the vital role of forgiveness in the process of healing.


Last Updated: 10/6/16