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Trystan S. Goetze, Ph.D.

Writer, educator, philosopher, game designer.

I work as a Senior Lecturer in Ethics of Engineering at Cornell University, where I am
the Director of the Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Program in the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering.
I am also a Senior Lecturer (by courtesy) in the Sage School of Philosophy.


I work mainly on the Ithaca, NY, campus, which is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation), a member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Six Nations).
Click here for more on the indigenous history of this place and Cornell's connections to colonialism.

Previously, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Embedded EthiCS at Harvard University, as an Ethics and Education Consultant for Ethically Aligned AI, Inc., and as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University.
I took my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

In my spare time, I design, run, and play tabletop roleplaying games.

You can find more about me and my work elsewhere on this site:

📄 Academic C.V.

🧑‍🏫 Teaching

📝 Research

🎙️ Public Engagement

🎲 Games

✉️ Contact

I am genderqueer. I suggest using the they series of pronouns for me, but any pronouns are fine.

My surname is pronounced /gets/.


Portrait photo by Jani Autio.

Header photo taken by Leonhard Niederwimmer, provided by Unsplash. It depicts an artwork by Tim Etchells that was displayed at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece, from November 2016 to July 2017.

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