Jeff Sebo
Jeffrey Raymond Sebo

(1983-02-24) February 24, 1983 (age 38)
Maryse Mitchell-Brody
(m. 2014)
InstitutionsNew York University
ThesisThe Personal Is Political (2011)
Doctoral advisorJ. David Velleman
Main interests
Animal ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, medical ethics

Jeffrey Raymond Sebo (born February 24, 1983)[1][2] is an American philosopher. He is clinical associate professor of environmental studies, director of the animal studies MA program, and affiliated professor of bioethics, medical ethics, and philosophy at New York University.[3]

Early life and education

Sebo is the son of Sheryl L. Sebo, an organist, and Eric J. Sebo, a systems special operations manager, of Plano, Texas.[1] Sebo studied philosophy and sociology at Texas Christian University, graduating summa cum laude with a BA in 2005. In 2005, he also published his first academic article, "A Critique of the Kantian Theory of Indirect Duties to Animals," in Animal Liberation Philosophy & Policy.[4] During his studies, he founded two animal rights groups in Fort Worth, Texas, one that hosted movie nights and ran leafletting campaigns and one that facilitated care for feral cats.[5][6] He completed his PhD at New York University in 2011. His dissertation, The Personal Is Political, was supervised by Derek Parfit, John Richardson, Sharon Street, and J. David Velleman (chair of the committee).[6]


After graduating, Sebo took a postdoc 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 to 2017, 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]

Sebo has been an executive committee member of the Animals & Society Institute since 2012, a board member of Minding Animals International since 2014, a board member of Animal Charity Evaluators since 2015 and an advisory board member for the Sentience Institute since 2018.[6]

In 2018, Sebo co-authored Food, Animals and the Environment: An Ethical Approach, a book devoted to food ethics, with Christopher Schlottmann.[7] In the same year, Sebo was among those filing an amicus brief in support of granting legal personhood to chimpanzees.[8][9] 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.[9]

In 2020, Sebo was promoted to clinical associate professor.[6] He is presently working on a monograph entitled Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves, which is under contract with Oxford University Press.[10]

Personal life

Sebo married Maryse Mitchell-Brody, a psychotherapist, in 2014.[1]

Selected publications



  1. ^ a b c "Maryse Mitchell-Brody and Jeffrey Sebo". The New York Times. July 6, 2014. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  2. ^ Jeff Sebo [@jeffrsebo] (February 24, 2021). "Today is my birthday! Please help me celebrate by sharing a surprising fact about an animal that more people should know. Photos very welcome too. Thanks!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Jeff Sebo". NYU Arts & Science. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Sebo, Jeff (2005). "A Critique of the Kantian Theory of Indirect Duties to Animals" (PDF). Animal Liberation Philosophy & Policy. 2 (2): 54–72. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Sebo, Jeff (May 4, 2016). "Platter Chatter" (Interview). Interviewed by Jessica Porter.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Jeff Sebo. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  7. ^ Reviews of Food, Animals and the Environment:
  8. ^ Venkatraman, Sakshi (April 16, 2018). "Professor Thinks Chimpanzees Should Be Legally Considered People | Washington Square News". Washington Square News. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Sebo, Jeff (2022). Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate Change, and other Catastrophes. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-086101-8.