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Greg Lusk, Ph.D.

Greg  Lusk
  • Assistant Professor
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Holmes Hall, E-188
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 432-8026


  • LB 321A: Science and the Public
  • LB 133: Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science


Dr. Lusk is on leave for academic year 2022-23.

Greg Lusk is a philosopher who studies the methodology and epistemology of socially-relevant science. Greg's projects tend to focus on the use of computer simulations, particularly within climate science. Though rooted in philosophy, Greg's work is deeply informed by scientific practice and his interdisciplinary training. His most recent project is an examination of data centrism and the use of big data in atmospheric science, and is supported by an award from the National Science Foundation. Greg received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Toronto in 2015, after which he undertook a three-year postdoc at the University of Chicago. He is dual appointed in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Philosophy.


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. Philosophy of Science, University of Toronto
  • M.A., Philosophy, Ohio University


  • 2019 #IteachMSU Award for Influential Teaching
  • 2018 Philosophy of Science Association Women's Caucus Symposium Prize for “Climate Science and Public Interests: Social Values and Climate Change” (Co-organizer and presenting author; prize is awarded every two years to a symposium that focuses on topics of interest to the Women’s Caucus and highlights the work of women in philosophy of science)
  • 2017-2018 Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society Research Award
  • 2014-2015 University of Toronto Doctoral Completion Award
  • 2009 Colburn Graduate Admissions Award, University of Toronto
  • 2008 Mary Spetnagel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Philosophy, Ohio University
  • 2008 Professors’ Achievement Award, Ohio University


Areas of specialization: Philosophy of science; philosophy of climate science, science and society

Areas of competency: Applied ethics; epistemology; logic; history of science


  • [Forthcoming] with Wendy S. Parker. “Incorporating User Values into Climate Services” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (Published online 30 April 2019): https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0325.1
  • [Forthcoming] “Saving the Data.” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (Published online 18 December 2018): https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axy072 2017
  • “The Social Utility of Event Attribution: Liability, Adaptation, and Justice-Based Loss and Damage.” Climatic Change 143 (1-2):201-212. 2016
  • “Computer Simulation and the Features of Novel Empirical Data.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 56:145-152.


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