Professional Biography

Tom had a long and distinguished academic career, most especially at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. During his more than thirty years on the faculty, Tom received numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching; was named University Alumni Distinguished Professor; published hundreds of professional papers and more than twenty books; won major international awards for film writing and direction; and presented hundreds of lectures throughout the United States and abroad. In 2000, he received the William Quarles Holliday Medal, the highest honor NC State University can bestow on one of its faculty. He is widely regarded as a pioneering spokesperson for the philosophy of animal rights.

In 2016, Tom Regan was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. That year, Lantern Books asked Tom’s friends, colleagues, and attendees of the International Compassionate Living Festival over the years to reflect on Tom’s life and CAF’s work. The nine videos can be found here. These videos are now archived at the Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive.


Lectures about Tom Regan