Michael Prinzing is a fourth-year grad student and earned his Bachelors degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (2014) and his Masters at Oxford University (2016). He is now a graduate fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics, and works in the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab. Michael’s primary research interest is well-being: both what it is, and how we can promote it. But he’s also interested in topics ranging from ethics and political philosophy to conceptual engineering.
Michael is an advocate for public philosophy, believing that academic philosophy and society at large would be better off if philosophers were more engaged with the public. To that end, he runs a blog called The Practical Philosopher, which applies the tools of academic philosophy to topics of ordinary interest. He also volunteers for the department’s Senior Outreach Initiative and other public events like the National High School Ethics Bowl.