Jeff Sebo

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Jeff Sebo
EducationTexas Christian University (BA, 2005)
New York University (PhD, 2011)
ThesisThe Personal Is Political (2011)
Doctoral advisorJ. David Velleman
Main interests
Animal ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, medical ethics

Jeffrey Raymond Sebo (born 1983) is an American philosopher. He is director of the animal studies MA program, clinical associate professor of environmental studies, and affiliated professor of bioethics, medical ethics, and philosophy at New York University.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Sebo is the son of Sheryl L. Sebo, an organist, and Eric J. Sebo, a systems special operations manager, of Plano, Texas.[4] Sebo studied philosophy and sociology at Texas Christian University, graduating in 2005. During his studies, he founded two animal rights groups in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduation, he moved to New York and studied at New York University, where he earned a doctorate of philosophy in 2011.[5][6] His thesis was entitled The Personal Is Political, and his dissertation committee was made up of Derek Parfit, John Richardson, Sharon Street, and J. David Velleman.[6]


After graduating, Sebo took up a postdoctoral position at NYU in animal and environmental studies until 2014, when he took up a one-year postdoctoral position in bioethics with the National Institutes of Health. From 2015-17, Sebo worked as a research assistant professor of philosophy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the associate director of the Parr Center for Ethics at the university. He returned to NYU in 2017 as a clinical assistant professor in environmental studies, with affiliate roles in bioethics, medical ethics, and philosophy. He directs the university's animal studies MA programme.[6]

In 2015, Sebo joined Animal Charity Evaluators' Board of Directors.[7]

In 2018, Sebo co-authored Food, Animals and the Environment: An Ethical Approach, a book devoted to food ethics, with Christopher Schlottmann.[8] In 2018, Sebo was among those filing an amicus brief in support of granting legal personhood to chimpanzees.[9][10] Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosopher's Brief was published by Routledge in 2018; Sebo was one of 13 authors, along with Kristin Andrews, Gary L Comstock, G. K. D. Crozier, Sue Donaldson, Andrew Fenton, Tyler M. John, L. Syd M. Johnson, Robert C. Jones, Will Kymlicka, Letitia Meynell, Nathan Nobis, and David Pena-Guzman.[10]

In 2020, Sebo was promoted to clinical associate professor. He is presently working on a monograph entitled Why Animals Matter for Climate Change, which is under contract with Oxford University Press.[6]

Sebo is regularly quoted in the mainstream media about animal issues and he does regularly write opinion articles for major media outlets including the Los Angeles Times,[11] The New York Times,[12] and NBC News.[13] Sebo told Vox in a story about slaughtering lobsters: "There is no ethical way to fish lobsters or any other animal for mass consumption."[14]

Personal life[edit]

Sebo married Maryse Mitchell-Brody, a psychotherapist, in 2014.[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Sebo, Jeff. Why Animals Matter for Climate Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)
  • Sebo, Jeff (2018). Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers' Brief (PDF). Kristin Andrews, Gary Comstock, G. K. D. Crozier, Sue Donaldson, Andrew Fenton, Tyler John, L. Syd M. Johnson, Robert Jones, Will Kymlicka, Letitia Meynell, Nathan Nobis, David M. Pena-Guzman. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138618664.
  • Schlottmann, Christopher; Sebo, Jeff (2018). Food, Animals and the Environment: An Ethical Approach. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138801127.


  1. ^ "Jeff Sebo". Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jeff Sebo". Aeon. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Sebo, Jeff (2011). The Personal Is Political (PhD thesis). New York University. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Maryse Mitchell-Brody and Jeffrey Sebo (Published 2014)". The New York Times. July 6, 2014. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Sebo, Jeff (May 4, 2016). "Platter Chatter" (Interview). Interviewed by Jessica Porter.
  6. ^ a b c d Sebo, Jeff (2009). "Curriculum vitae". Accessed November 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "Meet Our Team — Animal Charity Evaluators".
  8. ^ Reviews of Food, Animals and the Environment:
  9. ^ Venkatraman, Sakshi (April 16, 2018). "Professor Thinks Chimpanzees Should Be Legally Considered People | Washington Square News". Washington Square News. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Reviews of Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief:
    • Benz-Schwarzburg, Judith (February 2019). "Review" (PDF). EurSafe News. 21 (1): 10–11.
    • Thompson, R. Paul (September 2020). The Quarterly Review of Biology. 95 (3): 253–254. doi:10.1086/710398.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  11. ^ Sebo, Jeff (October 30, 2019). "Opinion: How we treat old chimpanzees — and what that says about us". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Sebo, Jeff (April 7, 2018). "Opinion | Should Chimpanzees Be Considered 'Persons'? (Published 2018)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Sebo, Jeff (November 27, 2019). "Opinion | Don't take a photo of that turkey! The case against Thanksgiving food porn". NBC News. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  14. ^ Valle, Gaby Del (September 19, 2018). "A lobster pound in Maine is getting its lobsters high. Is this ethical?". Vox. Retrieved October 19, 2020.

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