Professor Derr received a B.A. from Seattle University in 1972 and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1976. He has been at Clark since that time. He is a research professor with the George Perkins Marsh Institute and with the programs in Ethics and Public Policy, Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) and Peace Studies. In 2007, Derr was awarded Clark's Senior Faculty Fellowship for excellence in teaching and research.
Current Research and Teaching
Derr's research interests are in the areas of medical ethics and health policy, philosophy of science, and environmental ethics and policy. As a member of the CENTED Hazards Group, he has been involved in interdisciplinary studies of radioactive waste management, occupational hazards, environmental hazard management and hazardous technology transfer.
Much of Derr's work is directed to the explication and analysis of ethical issues, particularly issues of justice or equity. Derr's current writing focuses on ethical issues related to the conduct of biomedical research on human subjects in less developed countries, on questions of justice related to national energy policy, and on the application of emerging veterinary reproductive technologies to human beings. Derr teaches the graduate course on Philosophy of Science which may be selected by ES&P M.A. students. Derr has been a mentor to several ES&P graduate students and has served as an advisor for MA theses. Derr is also available for graduate level reading courses on ethical issues.
Derr, Patrick and McNamara, Edward. Case Studies in Environmental Ethics, Rowman-Littlefield, 2003.
Brown, Halina; Angel, David and Derr, Patrick: Effective Environmental Regulation: Learning from Poland's Experience, Praeger, 2000.
Derr, Patrick. "Homosexuality and the Global AIDS Pandemic," Homosexuality and American Life, ed. Christopher Wolfe, Specne Publishing Co., 1998.
Thompson, N.S. and Derr, Patrick. "On the Use of Mental Terms in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology," Behavior and Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 3/Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter 1995-96.
Brown, Halina; Derr, Patrick et. al.: Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy, Praeger, 1994.
Thompson, N.S. and Derr, Patrick. "The Intentionality of Some Ethological Concepts," Behavior and Philosophy, Double Issue, Vol. 20, No.2/Vol. 21, No. 1, 1993.