Jennifer Baker


Address: 16 Glebe Street, Room 101
Phone: 843.953.5687

Jennifer Baker is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, 1995) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2003). Her research is on virtue ethics, and she looks to ancient ethical theories as positive examples of how ethics ought to be done today. She teaches courses on ethical and political theory, environmental ethics and philosophy, business ethics, bioethics, and American philosophy.


2003 - Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Arizona
1995 - B.A., Philosophy and Political theory, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Virtue theory
  • Contemporary ethical theory
  • Applied ethics
  • Political theory


Economics and the Virtues, edited by Jennifer A. Baker and Mark D. White, Oxford University Press, forthcoming (December 2015). 

“The Commonwealth of Nature: Stoic Economics” Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation, Oxford University Press, 2015.

“You Did That: The Devil and Virtue Ethics” The Devil: Philosophy for Everyone, Robert Arp, ed. Blackwell-Wiley, 2014.

“Who’s Afraid of a Final End? The Omission of Traditional Practical Rationality from Contemporary Virtue Ethics” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Springer, Volume 16, Issue 1, February 2013, pp. 85-98

"Virtue Ethics and Practical Guidance," Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):297-313 (2013).  Also printed in New Essays in Moral Philosophy, David Schmidtz, ed., Cambridge University Press 2013.

"Children's Agency, Interests, and Medical Consent," HEC Forum, 25 (4):311-324 (2013).

 “Natural Childbirth is for the Birds: An Analysis of the Normativity of Natural” Motherhood: The Birth of Wisdom, Sheila Lintott, ed., Blackwell-Wiley, March 2011.

"Procrastination" - Interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge January 23, 2011.

"How to Justify the Market", Accepting the Invisible Hand, Mark White, ed. Perspectives from Social Economics Series. Palgrave MacMillon Press, November, 2010.

"Procrastination as Vice", The Thief of Time, Chrisoula Andreou, ed. Oxford University Press, March 2010.

"Virtue and Behavior", Review of Social Economy: Incorporating Ethical Theory into Models of Economic Choice, Volume 67, Issue 1, March 2009, pp. 3-24. Accepted for reprint in forthcoming volume.

"Virtue Ethics", Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, Robert Kolb, ed., SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2008, pp. 2191-2196. Recipient of the CHOICE award for Outstanding Academic Title.