Department of Philosophy

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

Mark C. Navin


Mark C. Navin 

Title: Professor and Chair
Office: 746 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: 248-370-2716

Major Fields
Bioethics (especially Clinical Ethics and Public Health Ethics)
Social and Political Philosophy 
Public Health Law and Policy

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
M.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
B.A., Philosophy, Cornell University, 1999

Wasserman, J., Navin, M., Drzyzga, V., and Gibb, T. “Practicing What We Preach? Clinical Ethicists’ Professional Perspective and Personal Use of Advance Directives,” Journal of Medical Ethics.

Navin, M., Wasserman, J., and Opel, D. “Reasons to Accept Vaccine Refusers in Primary Care,” Pediatrics.

Navin, M. and Kozak, A. “Vaccine Refusal: Stories from the Front Lines of Immunization Education,” The Value of Stories: Narrative Ethics in Public Health, eds. Drue Barrett, Leonard Ortmann, and Stephanie Larson (Springer).

Malm, H. and Navin, M. “Harming Children to Benefit Others: A Reply to our Critics,” American Journal of Bioethics.

Malm, H., Navin, M. “Pox Parties for Grannies? Chickenpox, Exogenous Boosting, and Harmful Injustices,” American Journal of Bioethics 20(9):45-57.

Navin, M. and Nunan, R. Editors. Democracy, Populism, and Truth (Springer).

Nunan, R. and Navin, M. “Introduction: Conceptualizing Democracy, Populism, and Truth,” in Democracy, Populism, and Truth, eds. Mark Navin and Richard Nunan (Springer), 1-17.

Wasserman, J. and Navin, M. “The Irrelevance of Origins: Dementia, Advance Directives, and Capacity for Preferences,” American Journal of Bioethics 20(8): 98-100.

Navin, M., Wasserman, J., Jain, S., Baughman, K., and Laventhal, N. “When Do Pediatricians Call the Ethics Consultation Service?” American Journal of Bioethics—Empirical Bioethics 11(2): 83-90.

Navin, M., Largent, M., and McCright, A. “Efficient Burdens Decrease Vaccine Waiver Rates: A Cross-County Comparison of Michigan’s Vaccination Waiver Education Efforts,” Preventive Medicine Reports 17: 101049

Navin, M., Kozak, A., Deem, M. “Perspectives of Public Health Nurses on the Ethics of Mandated Vaccine Education,” Nursing Outlook 68(1): 62-72.

Navin, M., Wasserman, W. "Guidance and Intervention Principles in Pediatrics: The Need for Pluralism," The Journal of Clinical Ethics 30(3): 201-6.

Navin, M., Wasserman, J., Bies, S., Ahmad, M. “Reasons for Vaccine Refusal and Vaccination Behaviors,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 56(3): 359-367.

Navin, M., Wasserman, J. "Capacity for Preferences and Pediatric Assent: Implications for Pediatric Practice," Hastings Center Report, 49(1): 43-51.

Attwell, K. and Navin, M. “Mandatory Vaccination: Scope, Sanctions, Severity, Selectivity, and Salience,” Milbank Quarterly, 97(4): 978-1014.

Wasserman, J., Navin, M., Vercler, C. “Apologizing When Right: Pediatric Assent and Treating Children over Objection,” Pediatrics 144(5):e20190382.

Navin, M. and Attwell, K. “Vaccine Mandates, Value Pluralism, and Policy Diversity,” Bioethics 33(9):1042-1049.

Navin, M., Wasserman, J., and Haimann, M. “Treatment over Objection—Moral Reasons for Reluctance,” Mayo Clinic Proceedings 94(10): 1936-1938.

Attwell, K., Navin, M., Pierluigi, L., Jestin, C., Reiter, S., Omer, S. “Recent Vaccine Mandates in the United States, Europe and Australia: A Comparative Study,” Vaccine, 36(48): 7377-7384.

Wasserman, J. and Navin, M. “Capacity for Preferences: Respecting Patients with Compromised Decision Making,” Hastings Center Report, 48(3): 31-39.

Deem, M., Navin, M., Lantos, J. “Dismissal Policies for Vaccine Refusal—Reply,” JAMA Pediatrics, 172(11): 1101-1102.

Deem, M., Navin, M., Lantos, J. “Considering Whether the Dismissal of Vaccine-Refusing Families Is Fair to Other Clinicians?” JAMA Pediatrics, 172(6): 514-16.

Wasserman, J., Navin, M., and Krug, E. “The Value of Parental Permission,” JAMA Pediatrics, 172(7): 614-14.

Cudd, A. and Navin, M. Editors. Core Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Privacy. (Springer Verlag).

“Privacy and Religious Exemptions,” in Core Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Privacy, eds. Ann Cudd and Mark Navin (Springer Verlag), pp. 121-133.

Cudd, A. and Navin, M. “Introduction,” in Core Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Privacy, eds. Ann Cudd and Mark Navin (Springer Verlag), pp. 1-13.

“Prioritizing Religion in Vaccine Exemption Policies,” Religious Exemptions, eds. Kevin Vallier and Michael Weber (Oxford University Press), pp. 184-202.

Navin, M., Kozak, A., Clark, E. “The Evolution of Immunization Waiver Education in Michigan: A Qualitative Study,” Vaccine, 36(13): 1751-1756.

Sarathchandraa, D., Navin, M., Largent, M., and McCright, A. “A Survey Instrument for Measuring Vaccine Acceptance,” Preventive Medicine, 109:1-7.

Navin, M. and Dieterle, J. “Cooptation or Solidarity: Food Sovereignty in the Developed World,” Agriculture and Human Values, 35: 319-329.

Navin, M. and Wasserman, J. “Reasons to Amplify the Role of Parental Permission in Pediatric Treatment,” American Journal of Bioethics, 17(11): 6-14.

Navin, M. and Wasserman, J. “Harm and Parental Permission,” American Journal of Bioethics, 17(11): W1-W4.

“Kok-Chor Tan,” in Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, eds. M.N.S. Sellers and Stephan Kirste (Springer Verlag, 2017).

Navin, M. and Largent, M. “Improving Nonmedical Vaccine Exemption Policies: Three Case Studies,” Public Health Ethics, 10(3): 225–234.

Navin, M. and Largent, M. “Prioritizing Parental Liberty in Non-Medical Vaccine Exemption Policies: A Response to Giubilini, Douglas, and Savulescu,” Public Health Ethics, 10(3): 241–243. 

“The Ethics of Vaccination Nudges in Pediatric Practice,” HEC Forum, 29(1): 43-57.

“Equality of Opportunity,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online. DOI:10.4324/0123456789-S116-1.

Review of Anna Kirkland’s Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 73(2): 243–245.

Review of Andrew Chignell, Terence Cuneo, and Matthew C. Halteman’s Philosophy Comes to Dinner: Arguments about the Ethics of Eating for Teaching Philosophy 40(4): 490-492.

Values and Vaccine Refusal: Hard Questions in Epistemology, Ethics and Health Care. (Routledge).

“Food Sovereignty and Agribusiness,” in Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. 2nd edition, eds. Paul B. Thompson and David M. Kaplan (Springer).

“Scaling-up Alternative Food Networks,” Journal of Social Philosophy, 46(4): 434–448.

“HPV and the Ethics of CDC’s Vaccination Requirements for Immigrants,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 25(2): 111-132.

“Food Sovereignty and Gender Justice,” in Just Food: Philosophy, Justice and Food, ed. Jill Dieterle (Rowman & Littlefield International), 87-100.

“Local Food and International Ethics,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 27(3): 349-368.

“Rawls on Inequality, Social Segregation and Democracy,” in Philosophical Perspectives on Democracy in the 21st Century, eds. Ann Cudd and Sally Scholz (Springer), pp. 133-145.

Review of Nicole Hassoun’s Globalization and Global Justice for Philosophical Review 123 (2): 244-247.

“Resisting Moral Permissiveness about Vaccine Refusal,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 27(1): 69-85.

“Competing Epistemic Spaces: How Social Epistemology Helps Explain and Evaluate Vaccine Denialism,” Social Theory and Practice 39(2): 241-64.

“Sincerity, Accuracy, and Selective Conscientious Objection,” Journal of Military Ethics 12(2): 111-128.

Review of George Kateb’s Human Dignity for Journal of Moral Philosophy 10(2): 251-253.

“How Demanding is the Duty of Assistance?” in Economic Justice: Philosophical and Legal Perspectives, eds. Win-Chiat Lee and Helen Stacey (Springer), pp. 205-220.

“The Authority of Human Rights Practice,” Jurisprudence, 2(1): 239-247.

“Luck and Oppression,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 14(5): 533-547.

“Democratic Equality,” “Fair Equality of Opportunity,” “Global Difference Principle,” “Richard W. Miller,” in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee (Springer).

Review of G.A. Cohen’s Rescuing Justice and Equality for Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (3):411-413.