NAAPE 2019 Keynote Speaker Profiles


Sigal Ben-Porath, PhD

Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Sigal Ben-Porath received her doctorate in political philosophy from Tel-Aviv University in 2000, after which she joined Princeton University's Center for Human Values as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2004 she moved to the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently a professor of education, philosophy and political science. 

Ben-Porath’s most recent book is Free Speech on Campus (Penn Press, 2017), and her previous books include Citizenship under Fire: Democratic Education in Times of Conflict (2006) and Tough Choices (2010), both from Princeton University Press. She serves on the board of the Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, as well as the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia. She has been chairing Penn's Committee on Open Expression since 2015. 


Agnes Callard, PhD

Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Illinois

Agnes Callard is Associate Professor in Philosophy. She received her BA from the University of Chicago in 1997 and her PhD from Berkeley in 2008. Her primary areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. She is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Some of Callard’s selected publications are Aspiration (2017); “Transformative Activity in Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend,” forthcoming in Transformative Experience, ed. John Schwenkler and Enoch Lambert (Oxford University Press); Ignorance and Akrasia-Denial in the Protagoras (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy vol. 47); "Enkratēs Phronimos" (Archiv für Geschichte Der Philosophie 99, no. 1, 2017); "Everyone Desires the Good: Socrates' Protreptic Theory of Desire," Review of Metaphysics 70, no. 4 (2017); and "Aristotle on Deliberation," forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Practical Reason, ed. Ruth Chang and Kurt Sylvan.


Michael Hand, PhD

School of Education, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham. He is editor of the IMPACT pamphlet series and the Bloomsbury Philosophy of Education book series. Michael's research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education.

Hand’s books include A Theory of Moral Education (Routledge, 2018), Education, Ethics and Experience: Essays in Honour of Richard Pring (Routledge, 2015), Patriotism in Schools (Wiley, 2011), Philosophy in Schools (Bloomsbury, 2008) and Is Religious Education Possible? (Bloomsbury, 2006).


Christopher Martin, PhD

Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Canada

Christopher Martin is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Associate Member of the Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science at The University of British Columbia. His research areas include moral education, political philosophy and the philosophy of education. He is currently working on a project focused on the values and aims of higher education in liberal societies, and the implications of such values and aims for questions of political justice and political authority.

Martin is the author of Education in a Post-Metaphysical World (Bloomsbury Press, 2012), R.S. Peters (Bloomsbury Press, 2014; with Stefaan Cuypers), and Questioning the Classroom (Oxford University Press, 2016; with Dianne Gereluk, Bruce Maxwell, and Trevor Norris).


Jennifer Morton, PhD

Department of Philosophy, City University of New York

Jennifer Morton an associate professor of philosophy at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center-CUNY, and a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2018, Morton was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy‘s Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2017 Best Paper Award for her paper Reasoning under Scarcity. In 2017, Morton was awarded the inaugural Scheffler Prize for her work in Philosophy of Education by the American Philosophical Society.

Morton’s areas of research are philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and political philosophy. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her A.B. from Princeton University. During the 2015/2016 academic year, Morton was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Faculty Fellow at the Princeton Center for Human Values. When she is not teaching, writing, or snuggling with her daughter, Morton moonlights as an ethicist on Pickle, a WNYC podcast for kids. Morton was born and grew up in Lima, Peru where she attended Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Currently, Morton is working on a book on the ethical challenges faced by students from low-income and/or minority backgrounds on the path of upward mobility.

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Katja Vogt, PhD

Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York

In Vogt's books and papers, she focuses on questions that figure both in ancient and contemporary discussions: What are values? What kind of values are knowledge and truth? What does it mean to want one’s life to go well? In her most recent book, Desiring the Good: Ancient Proposals and Contemporary Theory, Oxford (2017), Vogt aims to show in which sense it may be true that human beings are “the measure” such that this is not a relativist proposal, but an insight about the nature of ethics. She calls her approach "ancient-inspired," to signal that it is not, as most approaches in ethics that appeal to ancient philosophy, Aristotelian or naturalist in any narrow sense. Instead, Vogt's views are shaped by engaging with Plato, relativism, and skepticism, as well as Aristotle's claim that the well-lived human life is the final end of action. 
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