Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca M. Taylor
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Emory Intergrity Project

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Areas of Expertise:
Ethics of Educational Policy and Practice
Virtue Epistemology
Democratic Education
Higher Education

Rebecca M. Taylor is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Ethics at Emory University. She is part of the Emory Integrity Project, an initiative dedicated to creating a culture of ethics and integrity across campus. Dr. Taylor received a doctoral degree in Philosophy of Education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Mathematics and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Taylor’s research agenda explores the ethics of educational policy and practice through two primary lines of inquiry: one grounded in philosophy and one utilizing a mixed methods approach to educational ethics. She considers the intellectual and democratic aims of education in “The Good University: Excellence and Ethics in the Pursuit of Inquiry”—a project funded through the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin. This project takes a social virtue epistemological approach to exploring the aims of higher education institutions and to justifying inclusion. Questions include: How is the aim of pursuing inquiry understood both philosophically and practically by four-year colleges and universities? Given the intellectual aims of the university, as well as the social embeddedness of the pursuit of these aims, are particular virtues vital both for epistemic success and epistemic justice? How should institutions embody these virtues in their structures, policies, and practices? This project builds on her doctoral work at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, in which she investigated open-mindedness as an intellectual virtue and the role of open-mindedness as an intellectual and democratic aim in education.

Additionally, Dr. Taylor explores ethical questions in higher education through empirical, mixed methods research. As part of the Emory Integrity Project, she investigates the ethical development of college students and the efforts of institutions of higher education to advance ethics education. Additionally, she collaborates with a team of faculty and staff to develop programming for undergraduate students aimed at creating a culture of ethics and integrity across campus. Prior to joining the Center for Ethics at Emory, Dr. Taylor was a Research Associate in the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC) at Stanford Law School. At the SCJC, her work in the ethics of higher education focused on access to high-quality college programs for currently and formerly incarcerated people in California, as part of the “Renewing Communities: Pathways from Corrections to College” project.

She has presented her work at both national and international conferences and has published articles in the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Theory, and Educational Philosophy and Theory. Her teaching experience includes courses in research methods in education, the ethics of teaching, and policy analysis in education, as well as several community-engaged, service-learning courses, including a course on planning and evaluating community building initiatives for undergraduates at Emory.