Director, Hope May, Ph.D., J.D.
Hope May received her Ph.D from Michigan State University in 2001. She has been the Director of the Center since 2003. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2008, graduating magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Bar. As a law student, Dr. May won awards for her work in Legal Interpretation, International Law, First Amendment Law, and Law and Literature. She is the author of several books and articles including On Socrates (Wadsworth, 2000). Her most recent book is Aristotle’s Ethics: Moral Development and Human Nature (Continuum, 2010), which demonstrates the deep affinities between Aristotle’s ethics and a theory of motivation known as Self-Determination Theory. She is the recipient of Central Michigan University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She has envisioned and designed a number of student centered projects sponsored by the Center such as the CMU Redbook, CMU Vote, Ethics Talk: A weekly internet radio show that is archived on ITUNES and has recently been airing on Modern Rock 91.5. Hope has also envisioned and created Inspire Michigan! an ideas competition for visionary students that helps them to develop and grow their social entrepreneurial ideas for Michigan. Most recently, Hope has created a novel study abroad course focused on the International Criminal Court. You can visit the class blog for that class here. In 2011, Hope worked in the International Criminal Court as a visiting professional in the Office of the Prosecutor.