Jennifer Morton

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Associate Professor
Core Faculty, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program

215C Caldwell Hall
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Jennifer Morton joined our department January 1, 2020, as an Associate Professor and a core faculty member in UNC’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program. Her primary areas of research are philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and political philosophy.

Morton’s Reasoning under Scarcity was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy‘s Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2017 Best Paper Award and her work in the philosophy of education was awarded the American Philosophical Association’s Scheffler Prize.

During the 2015/2016 academic year, she was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Faculty Fellow at the Princeton Center for Human Values.

Her Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in Fall 2019.



“Grit,” (With Sarah K. Paul) Ethics (Forthcoming)

“Believing in Others,” (With Sarah K. Paul) Philosophical Topics (Special Issue on ‘Can Beliefs Wrong?’) Vol. 46, No. 1, (2018): pp. 75-95.

Ronald David Glass, Jennifer M. Morton, Joyce E. King, Patricia Krueger-Henney, Michele S. Moses, Sheeva Sabati, and Troy Richardson. “The Ethical Stakes of Collaborative Community-Based Social Science Research.” Urban Education Vol. 53, No. 4, (2018): pp. 503-531.

“Reasoning Under Scarcity,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 95, No. 3, (2017): pp. 543-559. (Winner of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy Best Paper Award)

“The Educator’s Dual Role: Expressing Ideals While Educating in Non-Ideal Conditions,” Educational Theory Vol. 66, No. 3, (2016): pp. 323–339.

“Unequal Classrooms: Online Higher Education and Non-Cognitive Skills,” Philosophical Inquiry in Education Vol 23, No 2, (2016): pp. 97-113.

“Boston Public School Lottery: What Should We Take for Granted?” Dilemmas of Educational Justice: Cases and Commentaries (eds. Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay) Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA, (2016): pp. 160-164.

“Molding Conscientious, Hard-Working, and Perseverant Students,” Social Philosophy and Policy Vol. 31, No. 2, (2014): pp. 60-80.

Reprinted in Education: Ideals and Practices, David Schmidtz, ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2014.

“Critical Notice of ‘Reasons and Recognition: Essays on the Philosophy of T.M. Scanlon,’” (with Sarah K. Paul), Analysis Vol. 74, No. 2 (2014): pp. 339–348.

“Cultural Code-Switching: Straddling the Achievement Gap,” The Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 3, (2014): pp. 259–281.

“Deliberating for Our Far Future Selves,” Ethical Theory and Moral PracticeVol. 16, No. 4, (2013): pp 809-828.

“The Non-Cognitive Challenge to a Liberal Egalitarian Education,” Theory and Research in Education Vol. 9, No. 3, (2011): pp. 233-250.

“Towards an Ecological Theory of the Norms of Practical Deliberation,” European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 19, No. 4, (2011): pp. 561-584.


The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility (Manuscript submitted. Under contract with Princeton University Press)

“Norms of Practical Reasoning” (Co-Authored with Sarah Paul) Invited Contribution, Routledge Handbook of Practical Reason, Eds. Ruth Chang and Kurt Sylvan, Routledge.

“Poverty and Moral Psychology,” Invited Contribution, Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology, Eds. Manuel Vargas and John Doris, Oxford University Press.

“Mitigating Ethical Costs in the Classroom,” Invited Contribution, Dædalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Special Issue on Pedagogy in Higher Education.

Book Reviews

Review of Evidence-Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing It Better by Nancy Cartwright and Jeremy Hardie, Theory and Research in Education Vol. 13, No. 2, (2015): pp. 239-241.

Review of Tough Choices: Structured Paternalism and the Landscape of Choice by Sigal Ben-Porath, Educational Theory, Vol. 64, No. 5, (2014): pp. 539-546.

Rejoinder to Sigal Ben-Porath’s Response, Educational Theory, Vol. 64, No. 6, (2014): pp. 675-677.

Review of Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility Vol. 1 edited by David Shoemaker, Ethics, Vol. 125, No. 1, (2014): pp. 288-292.

Other Publications

“Reconsidering Idealization,” The Philosophers’ Magazine No. 72, 1st Quarter, 2016.

“An Antidote to Injustice,” The Philosophers’ Magazine No. 69, 2nd Quarter, 2015.

“Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach,” The Conversation at The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29th, 2013. (Winner APA Public Philosophy Op-Ed Prize)