Michele M Moody-Adams

Michele M Moody-Adams

Research Interest

Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory

Michele Moody-Adams is 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. 

She has published on equality and social justice, moral psychology and the virtues, and the philosophical implications of gender and race. Her most recent book is Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope and she is the author of a widely cited book on moral relativism, Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy. Her current work also includes articles on the moral importance of studying history, academic freedom, equal educational opportunity, and democratic disagreement. She is currently working on a book entitled Renewing Democracy and a book on the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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 is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has also been a British Marshall Scholar, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and is a lifetime Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.