O’Neill Family Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Professor of Biological Sciences
The World Health Organization and the United Nations are just two of the many organizations to which Kristin Shrader-Frechette has lent her expertise, which spans the fields of the philosophy of science, normative ethics, probabilistic risk assessment, and radiation biology.
She has published sixteen books—the most recent of which is What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power (Oxford University Press, 2011) — and more than 350 articles, and her work has appeared in 13 languages. She is editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press series Environmental Ethics and Science Policy, and she serves on the editorial boards of more than 20 professional journals. The U.S. National Science Foundation has funded her research for 25 years.
Shrader-Frechette directs Notre Dame’s Center for Environmental Justice and Children’s Health, and she was only the third American to win the World Technology Award in Ethics. She was elected the first female president of three major professional associations, including the Risk Assessment and Policy Association. In 2007, Catholic Digest named her one of 12 "Heroes for the U.S. and the World" because of her pro-bono environmental-justice work with minority and poor communities.
In 1979, the O’Neill family, of Cleveland, Ohio, established the O’Neill Professorship in Philosophy. The position honors two brothers, Francis J. “Steve” O’Neill and Hugh M. O’Neill.