Jeff Sebo
Jeffrey Raymond Sebo

(1983-02-24) February 24, 1983 (age 39)
Maryse Mitchell-Brody
(m. 2014)
EraContemporary philosophy
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] In 2022, he published his first sole-authored book, Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves.

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 a board member of Minding Animals International since 2014, a mentor and contributing writer at Sentient Media[7] from 2020 and a senior research affiliate at the Legal Priorities Project since 2021; he was an executive committee member of the Animals & Society Institute from 2012 to 2020, board member of Animal Charity Evaluators from 2015 to 2021 and an advisory member of the Sentience Institute from 2018 to 2020.[6]

In 2018, Sebo co-authored Food, Animals and the Environment: An Ethical Approach, a book devoted to food ethics, with Christopher Schlottmann.[8] In the same year, 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.[6] His first sole-authored book, Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves, was published by Oxford University Press in 2022.[11][12]

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.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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 January 10, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Jeff Sebo, Author at Sentient Media". Sentient Media. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  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.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Jeff Sebo, "Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for…".