Marcia Morgan Envelope

Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Co-Director, Philosophy/Political Thought Program
Affiliate Faculty Member in Jewish Studies,
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 at Muhlenberg College since 2009. She served as assistant director and subsequently co-director of the Faculty Center for Teaching (2011-2016), as director of the Women’s & Gender Studies interdisciplinary program (2013-2018), as program director for the Center for Ethics (2020-21 and 2012-13), 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, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Hegelian Dialectics: Interpretations and Applications, The Politics of Memory, and The Philosophy of Speech and Action. She has recently published her second sole-authored book, Care Ethics and the Refugee Crisis: Emotions, Contestation, and Agency (Routledge Research in Applied Ethics: Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2020), which has been included as a "Key Work" in the Philpapers Foundation entry on the history of philosophy of immigration: and discussed in Georgetown University's Berkley Forum:

Areas of Specialization:
Ethics, philosophy of art and aesthetics, 19th-20th century social-political Continental and American philosophy. Current scholarship in applied ethics of immigration and "refugee crisis," drawing on scholarly background in post-World War II émigré philosophy and philosophy of dissidence, and bringing together aesthetic, ethico-political, and religious frameworks of humanitarian care.

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

Selected Publications:


 Front cover of book by Marcia Morgan  

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. (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.