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Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Affiliate Faculty Member in
Sustainability Studies and
Women's & Gender Studies

Moyer Hall 305
Phone: 484-664-3416

B.S. Villanova University
M.A., Ph.D. New School for Social Research

Dr. Morgan has been teaching in the philosophy department at Muhlenberg since 2009. She is an affiliate faculty member in Jewish Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies. Dr. Morgan has served as board member, assistant director, and co-director of the Faculty Center for Teaching (2011-2016), and as director of the Women’s & Gender Studies interdisciplinary program (2013-2018). She has also served as associate program director for the Center for Ethics and as a faculty mentor and instructor in the Dana Scholars Program and First-Year Seminar on writing. Her courses include Ethics, Philosophy and the Arts, Philosophy of Feminism, 19th Century Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Hegelian Dialectics: Interpretations and Applications, and The Politics of Memory. She has recently published her second sole-authored book, titled Care Ethics and the Refugee Crisis, published in the Routledge Research in Applied Ethics Series, Routledge Taylor & Francis, forthcoming 2020. She has recently presented conference papers at the New School for Social Research, George Washington University, American Philosophical Association Eastern and Pacific Divisions annual meetings, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy annual meetings, Academy of Science in Prague, University of Vienna, Yale University, University of Montreal, University of Winchester, University of Windsor, Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Emory University, Stony Brook University, Gettysburg College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Areas of Specialization:
Ethics, philosophy of art and aesthetics, 19th-20th century social-political Continental and American philosophy. Special focus on Kierkegaard and existentialism, Adorno and critical theory, feminist theory, and literary theory. 

Areas of Competence:
Phenomenology and German Idealism (Kant and Hegel)

Recent Awards at Muhlenberg College:

  • 2018-19: Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship (full academic year)
  • 2018: Bridge Builders Award (for inclusive teaching)
  • 2018, 2015 and 2012: Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson Research Award
  • 2016: The Paul C. Empie ’29 Memorial Award for Excellence In Teaching
  • 2014: Robert C. Williams Research Award for Junior Faculty
  • 2014: Summer Collaborative Research Grant
  • 2019, ‘17, 16, ’15, ‘14, ‘12, and ‘11: Summer Research Grant
  • 2013-14: Grant for Women's and Gender Studies Forum, "Freedom, Personhood, and Justice," Co-organized with Beth Schachter (Theatre) and Sue Jansen (Media & Communications)
  • 2017, ‘14, ‘11 and ‘10: Faculty Course Development Grant, Center for Ethics

External Awards:

  • Summer 2010: Edna Hong Research Fellowship, Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College
  • 2010 and 2003: Visiting Scholar Grant, Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College
  • 2003 and 2000: Guest Scholar in Philosophy, Technical University of Dresden
  • 2000-01: Alice Gurwitsch Dissertation Fellowship, New School for Social Research
  • 2000-2002: DAAD Annual Fellowship in Germany, Potsdam University and Free University of Berlin
  • 2000: Research Grant, Institute for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship, New School for Social Research
  • 1999-00 and 2000-01: Dean’s Fellowship, New School for Social Research

Editorial Positions:
Reviewer of manuscripts and journal articles for Oxford University Press, Duke University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, Rowman & Littlefield, Palgrave Macmillan (including Southern Journal of Philosophy, Literature and Theology, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, among other journals). 

Selected Publications:


  • Morgan, M. (forthcoming 2020): Care Ethics and the Refugee Crisis: Emotions, Contestation, and Agency, Routledge Research in Applied Ethics. New York and London: Routledge Taylor & Francis.
  • Morgan, M. and Megan Craig, co-editors (2016): Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy: Thinking the Plural, with a Foreword by George Yancy, a Prologue by Edward S. Casey, and an Epilogue by Richard J. Bernstein, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield. Paperback in May 2019
  • Morgan, M. (2012): Kierkegaard and Critical Theory, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Heller, Agnes. (2012): The Concept of the Beautiful, Edited with an Essay by Marcia Morgan, Lexington Books.

Journal Articles:

  • Morgan, M. (2017): "An Existential Ecofeminism and a Renewed Critical Theory of Nature: An Imagined Dialogue between Simone de Beauvoir and Juergen Habermas," Revista Idéias (University of Campinas, Sao Paulo), vol. 7, no. 2.
  • Morgan, M. (2016): “The Affect of Dissident Language: A Possibile Dialogue between Theodor W. Adorno and Julia Kristeva,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy (University of Pittsburgh Press), vol. 24, no. 1.
  • Morgan, M. (2015): “Heller and Habermas in Dialogue: Intersubjective Liability and Corporeal Injurability as Foundations of Ethical Subjectivity,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie (Brussels and Paris), no. 3.
  • Morgan, M. (2014): “Transgression, Plurality, and the Romance of Philosophy,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, ed. John Stuhr (Penn State University Press), vol. 28, no. 4.
  • Morgan, Marcia. (2014): "Heller's Either/Or: Continuing a Recent Debate Between Richard J. Bernstein and Ágnes Heller," Thesis Eleven, ed. Andrea Vestrucci (Melbourne), no. 125.

Book Chapters:

  • Morgan, Marcia. (forthcoming 2020): “Adorno and Existentialism.” In Henry Pickford and Martin Shuster (eds.), Oxford Handbook to Adorno, Oxford University Press.
  • Morgan, Marcia. (2019): "Reading Kierkegaard." In Peter E. Gordon, Espen Hammer, and Max Pensky (eds.), A Companion to Adorno (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy), Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Morgan, Marcia. (forthcoming 2019): “Continental Feminism and the Environment: Undoing the Double Logic of Domination of Women and Nature,” Human/Nature, ed. Jonathan Maskit. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Morgan, Marcia. (2018): “Adorno and Beckett: Aesthetic Mimesis and ‘The New’.” In Nathan Ross and Corey McCall (eds.), Benjamin, Adorno and the Experience of Literature (Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy), Routledge.
  • Morgan, Marcia (2017): “Ágnes Heller and the Kantian Imaginary.” In John Rundell and Jonathan Pickle (eds.), Critical Theories and the Budapest School (Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought), Routledge.
  • Morgan, Marcia. (2016): "Critique, Dissidence, and Aesthetic Emancipation at the Margins." In Megan Craig and Marcia Morgan (eds.), Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy, Lexington Books.
  • Morgan Marcia. (2015): “The Benjaminian Moment in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory: Spatiality and the Topos of the Bourgeois Intèrieur.” In Nathan Ross (ed.), The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory, Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Hiles, Karen and M. Morgan. (2014): "Papageno: An Aesthetic Awakening of Ethical Desire." In Jon Stewart (ed.), Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Volume 16, Ashgate.

Encyclopedia Articles:

  • Morgan, Marcia. (2015): “Otherness, Alterity, and the Other.” In Jon Stewart (ed.), Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, vol. 15, tome I, ed. Jon Stewart, Ashgate.
  • Morgan, Marcia. (2015): "Spirit." In Jon Stewart (ed.), Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, vol. 15, tome I, Ashgate.

Other Positions:
Dr. Morgan has taught as a Guest Lecturer in the M.A. Program in Philosophy & Art at Stony Brook University. Prior to Muhlenberg, she taught as Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennyslvania and at Postdam University in Germany. She also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.