I am assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. From Jan 2020-Dec 2021, I am also a research fellow in the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University, in Melbourne, where I (would have spent) the months of June-July (were it not for COVID-19).
For the academic year 2021-22, I am on research leave as an Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics/Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Joint Fellow-in-Residence at Harvard University, and an American Council of Learned Societies fellow. During this leave I'm working on finishing my book (Rewriting Rights; more info here!)
My research explores questions like:
Before coming to Michigan, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and University Center for Human Values, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy, at Princeton University. Before that, (from Sept 2017-July 2019), I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Philosophy at Australian National University. My work there focused on the moral significance of risk, as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) project with Seth Lazar, Lara Buchak, Alan Hajek, Philip Pettit, Frank Jackson, and Katie Steele.
Before that, I completed my Ph.D. in political philosophy at the University of Southern California (2017), working primarily with Jonathan Quong, Robin Jeshion, and Mark Schroeder.
In my spare time I paint. I've started a series of portraits of philosophers, painting various famous philosophers in style that highlights themes central to the philosopher's work. You can see those paintings here.
As of August 2021, I am using 'Jorgensen' as a surname, though my activity prior to that date appears under the name 'Renée Jorgensen Bolinger'.
When citing work, please simply use the surname under which it was published ( helpful guide here). When referring to me, please use 'Renée Jorgensen'