Michele M. Moody-Adams

Title | Organization: 
Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory

Michele Moody-Adams is currently Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, where she served as Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education from 2009-2011. Before Columbia, she taught at Cornell University, where she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life.   She has also taught at Wellesley College, the University of Rochester and Indiana University, where she served as an Associate Dean.

Moody-Adams has published articles on equality and social justice, moral psychology and the virtues, and the philosophical implications of gender and race.  She is also the author of a widely cited book on moral relativism, Fieldwork in Familiar Places:  Morality, Culture and Philosophy.   Her current work includes articles on academic freedom, equal educational opportunity, and democratic disagreement.  She is at work on a book tentatively entitled Renewing Democracy, on the political institutions and political culture essential to achieving justice and promoting stability in multicultural democracies.Moody-Adams has a B.A. from Wellesley College, a second B.A. from Oxford University, and earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University.  She has been a British Marshall Scholar, an NEH Fellow, and is a lifetime Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.

Michele Moody-Adams' CV


Areas of Specialization: 

Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy; The Philosophy of Social Science; The Empiricists