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Jennifer Morton

Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Philosophy

Affiliated Faculty, Graduate School of Education

A.B. Princeton University

Ph.D. Stanford University

Before coming to Penn, I taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the City College of New York/the Graduate Center at CUNY, and Swarthmore College. My areas of research are philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and political philosophy. I’m interested in how agents reason and act under conditions of adversity and in how educational institutions shape our agency. My book Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility, which has been awarded the Frederic W. Ness Book Award by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and selected as Princeton President Eisgruber’s Pre-Read for the Class of 2025, focuses on the ethical costs that first-generation and low-income students pay in order to take advantage of opportunities for socioeconomic mobility through education. You can learn more about my work at my webpage.

Selected Publications


  • Moving Up Without Losing Your Way (Princeton University Press, 2019)

Journal Articles