Ryan Ravanpak, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Phillips Academy at Andover

This year, I am the Tatelbaum Scholar in Ethics and Technology at Phillips Academy, Andover. I completed my PhD in philosophy at MIT in 2022. My interests are bifurcated between matters of applied ethics on the one hand (Bioethics, Ethics of Technology) and matters of the heart and spirit on the other (Existentialism, Buddhist Philosophy, Aesthetics). Presently, I also serve as a program assistant at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) broadly following in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition.

During Summer, 2023, I served on the instructional staff in the Intelligence, Data, Ethics, and Society Program at the Ethics Institute of Northeastern University. In Spring, 2022, I was the Ethical Thinking Instructor for an engineering course on climate and sustainability within the MIT Department of New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET). In Summer 2021, I served as an Ethics of Technology Teaching Fellow in a program piloted by the Office of Experiential Learning at MIT. In 2020-2021, I held a competitively awarded Teaching Development Fellowship in the MIT Teaching & Learning Laboratory. 

You can learn more about my teaching here.

Before MIT, I completed a B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. I lived at Allen Ginsberg's old cottage address, which he wrote a poem about here. In my spare time, I write long-form fantasy about houseplants. I will gladly send you chapters on request.

You can email me at rravanpak@andover.edu or ravanpak@mit.edu.

My CV can be found here.