Michael Byron is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Kent State University, where he has held an appointment since 1997. He earned an A.B. cum laude in religion from Princeton University (1986) and an M.A.R. magna cum laude in ethics from Yale University (1990). Between those degrees he spent two years teaching English, literature, and drama at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.
After receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, he spent a year at The Ethics Center of the University of South Florida supported by a Frances Elvidge Post-doctoral Fellowship. During 2004–05, he was Visiting Fulbright Scholar in Philosophy at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He has served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Kent State since 2018.
His research interests include normative ethical theory, rational choice theory, and the history of ethics. His books include: