Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rebecca M. Taylor
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Emory Intergrity Project

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Rebecca Taylor

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 B.A. with honors in Mathematics and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, an International Master in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Stanford University.

Dr. Taylor’s research agenda explores the ethics of educational policy and practice and the aims of education in democratic society. Her doctoral work investigated open-mindedness as an intellectual virtue and the role of open-mindedness in intellectual development and in education for democratic citizenship. Prior to joining the Center for Ethics at Emory, Dr. Taylor was a Research Associate in the Stanford Criminal Justice Center at Stanford Law School and a Lecturer in the Graduate College of Education at San Francisco State University. At the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, she contributed to the “Renewing Communities: Pathways from Corrections to College” project, which aimed to expand access to postsecondary education for currently and formerly incarcerated people in California. As part of this project, she co-authored a comprehensive report, which was presented to California State Legislators, on the current state of postsecondary educational opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated students in California. Her current research as part of the Emory Integrity Project investigates the aims of higher education and the moral and civic development of college students.

She has presented her work at both national and international conferences and has published articles in the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Democracy and Education, and the Philosophy of Education Yearbook. 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.

Areas of Expertise:
Ethics of Educational Policy and Practice
Virtue Epistemology
Democratic Education
Higher Education Policy, including Postsecondary Correctional Education