Christopher Rojas

Lecturer
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

Chris is a lecturer in life science ethics, specializing in environmental ethics. He is affiliated with the Ecosystem Services research group in the School of Life Sciences and the Collaborative Governance Lab in the School of Sustainability. His research interests have led him to investigate the empirical foundations for ethical arguments about the environment. For instance, have principled stances such as 'nature having immutable value' historically led to more pro-environmental outcomes than a more compromising (i.e. pragmatic) position? Or, is there evidence to suggest that pragmatism, in the distinctly American philosophical sense, can serve as guiding principles (read: an ethic) for resolving environmental dilemmas? One of the core arguments Chris makes is that cooperation and collaboration is the practical realization of a pragmatic environmental ethic and the uptick in cooperative environmental management (co-management) has been viewed as a necessary step by managers and conservationists given the increasingly urgent nature of their work. 

Of equal importance is that Chris is native to Phoenix's west valley where he enjoys family and yardwork. 

Education

  • PhD, Biology and Society (Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment), Arizona State University, 2019
  • BS, Psychology, Arizona State University, 2013
  • BA, Philosophy, Arizona State University, 2013

Research Interests

Environmental ethics, bioethics, sustainability ethics, adaptive colllaborative management

Research Group

Publications

Minteer, Ben A. and Christopher Rojas. 2018. “The Transformative Ark.” In A Sustainable Philosophy: The Work of Bryan Norton, eds. Sahotra Sarkar and Ben A. Minteer (Springer)

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 416 Biomedical Research Ethics
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 416 Biomedical Research Ethics
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 416 Biomedical Research Ethics
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 416 Biomedical Research Ethics
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World
BIO 416 Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 498 Pro-Seminar
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 282 ConceptualApproachBioMajors II