Department of Philosophy

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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(248) 370-3390
fax: (248) 370-3157

Mark C. Navin

A headshot of Mark Navin

Title: Professor and Chair
Office: 746 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: 248-370-2716
E-mail: navin@oakland.edu  

Mark Christopher Navin, PhD, HEC-C, is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Oakland University (OU), Lecturer in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB), and Clinical Ethicist at Corewell (formerly Beaumont) Health.

Professor Navin holds a BA (1999) in Philosophy from Cornell University and an MA (2005) and a PhD (2008) in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He received the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) credential from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in 2020.

Professor Navin's teaching is primarily in social/political/legal philosophy and applied ethics, including bioethics. At OU, he regularly teaches Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Global Justice, and introductory ethics courses. At OUWB, he teaches seminars about Pediatric Ethics and Vaccine Hesitancy.

Professor Navin’s research is primarily in clinical ethics and ethics in public health, and includes empirical work in both areas. His monograph, Values and Vaccine Refusal: Hard Questions in Ethics, Epistemology and Health Care, was published by Routledge in 2016. Along with Katie Attwell (University of Western Australia), he is author  America's Vaccine Wars: California and the Politics of Mandates, forthcoming in 2023 from Oxford University Press.

Recent Representative Publications:

  • 2023. Navin, M., Scherer, A., Bradley, E., and Attwell, K. “School Staff as Advocates: Perspectives on Vaccine Mandates and the Student Registration Process,” Vaccine 41(5):1169-1175.
  • 2022. Navin, M., Wasserman, J., and Brummett, A., “Three kinds of decision-making capacity for refusing medical interventions,” American Journal of Bioethics 22(11): 73-83.
  • 2022. Navin, M., Wasserman, J., Stahl, D., and Tomlinson, T., “The Capacity to Designate a Surrogate is Distinct from Decisional Capacity: Normative and Empirical Considerations,” Journal of Medical Ethics 48:189-192.
  • 2020. Navin, M., Wasserman, J., and Opel, D. “Reasons to Accept Vaccine Refusers in Primary Care,” Pediatrics, 146(6): e20201801.