Daniel A. Morris holds a BA from Davidson College, an MA from Yale University, and a PhD from the University of Iowa, and has been teaching in higher education for eight years.
Morris’s training and research explore religion, ethics, and American democracy. His first book, Virtue and Irony in American Democracy: Revisting Dewey and Niebuhr (Lexington Books, 2015), asked about the qualities of character that are required for democracy to flourish. His current research studies the rhetoric of force in American quests for racial justice in conversation with the Christian just war tradition. Morris has published several articles and book chapters in a variety of peer-reviewed publications, and has presented scholarship at both national and regional conferences in relevant disciplines.
At Norwich, Morris teaches Comparative Religion, Criminal Justice Ethics, Survey of Ethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Non-Violence, and other related courses. These courses guide students through diverse ways of looking at the world and thinking about what is right and good. They also help students think more deeply and critically about their own positions on moral questions.
Morris serves on the Committee on Academic Standing and Degrees, the Academic Advising Council, and the English and Communications Department Assessment Committee. He is also the Advisor to Norwich Tribunal, the student debate club. He lives in Northfield, has three kids, and enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and swimming in the beautiful Green Mountains with his family.
“Norwich students are excellent conversation partners. I love talking about religion, philosophy, and ethics with them every day!”