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Thomas Noah

Thomas Noah is a member of the Penn Social Norms Group (Penn SONG) and a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Led by Cristina Bicchieri, Penn SONG is an interdisciplinary research group that trains members of governments and partner organizations on how to make use of the group’s influential new theory of social norms, how to measure and diagnose social norms and other collective patterns of behavior, and how to monitor and create social change. A member of PennSONG since 2013, Thomas has provided training and technical assistance on a number of projects. He has served as a facilitator for the Penn-UNICEF Summer Program on Advances in Social Norms and Social Change from 2013-2015. During his tenure as facilitator, Thomas has worked with UNICEF officials on various projects, including but not limited to changing laws regarding corporal punishment, developing market-based solutions to water access in failed states, and ending child labor, social exclusion of children with disabilities, and female genital cutting. During the 2015 Penn-UNICEF Summer Program, he delivered the lecture on the relation between social norms and the law. In 2015, Thomas conducted social norms training workshops in Zimbabwe and Vietnam on the topic of violence against children as part of UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti’s Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence, and he was instrumental in developing field manuals based on the social norms training. In 2016, Thomas provided training to UNICEF and partner organizations in Pakistan on social norm approaches for WASH programming and the sustainable elimination of open defecation. In February of 2016, Thomas traveled to Kenya to conduct a workshop on social norm measurement for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development. 

Previous Degrees: 

Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Penn; 2015


Dissertation Committee:

Cristina Bicchieri [Chair]:

Errol Lord:

Adrienne Martin (Claremont McKenna):

Stephen Stich (Rutgers):

Dissertation Title: 

 "The Problems of Moral Psychology"

Research Interests

Ethics and Ethical Theory, Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Social Philosophy (including Philosophy of Social Science), Political Philosophy, Philosophical Methodology

430 Cohen Hall

Spring 2016: by appointment