Yogi Hendlin is an environmental philosopher and public health scientist mobilizing these 21th century frameworks for research, teaching, and human transformation. As our societies reprioritize ecology and biology as master sciences in the great transition upon us, I see science, public health, and philosophy working synergistically. I perform experiments, reflect on the history of culture and concepts, and piece together documentary evidence from the archives of the anthropocene to inform and assess policy, applying systems thinking to bio-ethical cases.
This engaged methodology maps multi-level patterns in the social and environmental determinants of health together with philosophical concerns about the utility of our utilities, aiming to provide direction for targeted interventions leveraging ethically- and science-based social and institutional harmonization.
I currently am Assistant Professor in the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Core Faculty of the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative, and Academic Lead of the new MA in Sustainability Transitions at the Design, Impact, and Transitions (DIT) platform, at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Also, I am a Research Associate in the Environmental Health Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco, working on the Chemical Industry Documents and Fossil Fuel Industry Documents. I have worked off and on at UCSF since 2006, both as a predoctoral and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Medicine and Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education focusing on topics such as public health policy, corporate malfeasance, and conflicts of interest.
I am currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Biosemiotics, the philosophy of science that approaches biological communication as an inherently meaningful process for the organisms involved, as they maneuver their species-specific Umwelt.
In 2015 I earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Philosophy (magna cum laude) at the University of Kiel, Germany, and hold graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and UCLA, and bachelors degrees from UC Berkeley.
My CV is available here.