Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and director of the University Center for Human Values (on leave in 2020-21 as Old Dominion Research Professor in the Humanities Council, Princeton University).  She is also an associated faculty member in the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy at Princeton.  She is co-convenor of the Climate Futures Initiative, supported over time by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and serves on the executive committee of Princeton's Program in Classical Philosophy.  She has served as a trustee of Princeton University Press, chairing its editorial board in 2018-19, and on the Climate Change Working Group of the Social Sciences Research Council.  She was awarded a 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize at Princeton University.

Melissa Lane will be the Isaiah Berlin Lecturer at Oxford University in 2022-23, delivering a set of Berlin Lectures in Trinity Term 2023.  In the 2020-21 academic year, activities include a virtual lecture on the topic of her book Eco-Republic, recorded for the Festival del Classico, il Circolo dei lettori, Torino (Turin), accompanied by an interview in La Stampa, and an interview on "Solitude and Social Distancing" on the podcast “The Human Context" of the Denver Center for Humanistic Inquiry ( Other academic engagements in this year (all virtual) include an Old Dominion series public lecture at Princeton; seminar, class lecture, and student group meeting as part of a virtual visit to Duke University; serving as the Langford Scholar, Department of Classics, Florida State University; giving the keynote lecture to the Duke Graduate Conference on Political Theory; and speaking at the Political Philosophy Workshop of Sun Yat-Sen University; the UC Berkeley Kadish Center Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory; and the Stanford History of Political Thought Workshop.

Due to COVID-19 and other reasons, many of the invitations that Professor Lane had received for 2019 and 2020 had to be declined, canceled or postponed.  These include delivering the H.L.A. Hart Lecture, UK-IVR Society; serving as a Summer Seminar co-leader, ‘Religious Diversity and the Secular University’, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge; co-convening the conference 'Legislation and lawgiving: philosophical perspectives on antiquity,’ École Normale Supérieure; speaking at the May Week seminar of the B Caucus of the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge; deliving a Futures Lecture at the Edinburgh Futures Institute; delivering a keynote lecture at the Symposium Platonicum Pragense; serving as Professeur invité, Philosophy Department, École Normale Supérieure, and others. 

In 2018, Melissa Lane delivered the following named lectures: the Carlyle Lectures (University of Oxford); the Sir Malcolm Knox Memorial Lecture (University of St Andrews, Scotland); the Fifth Annual Joint Lecture of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Institute of Philosophy (Edinburgh, Scotland); the Philip Hallie Lecture, Wesleyan University; the Gerald F. Else Lecture in the Humanities, University of Michigan; and the Charles McCracken Distinguished Guest Lecture, Michigan State University.  She also served as the Lucy Shoe Merritt Scholar in Residence (American Academy in Rome). Other recent honors include delivering the keynote lecture for the 2016 London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought; the annual public lecture of the Centre for Political Philosophy at the University of Leiden; the 2015 Chapman Lecture at the University of Auckland; and the 2015 Hood Lecture, also at the University of Auckland.  She has received a Fellowship of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in the field of classics.  Recent public contributions include a seminar for the Civil Service Leadership Academy in London; a panel discussion at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles co-sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum and calo Public Square; periodic participation in the BBC Radio Four series 'In Our Time' with Melvyn Bragg, most recently discussing Cicero's political philosophy; a reflection on "Teaching Plato in the Pandemic" published online at, republished with additional images at; and a contribution to public philosophy on the relevance of the ancient Greek idea of anarchia (anarchy) at: