I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan.
My research explores questions like:
I spent the 2021-22 academic year as an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and Joint Fellow in Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Their support made it possible for me to write Rewriting Rights: Making Reasonable Mistakes in a Social Context, under contract with Oxford University Press. More info here!
Before coming to Michigan, I was an assistant professor in Political Theory 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'
Pronouns: she/her, but 'they' is fine too.
(This is a link to an article by Saguay, Williams, Dembroff & Wodak making the case for defaulting to neutral pronouns in general.)
see my research page for work in progress.