Jennifer Ann Frey


I am currently the Dean of the Honors College at the University of Tulsa, with a secondary appointment as professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Previously, I was an Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, where I was also a Peter and Bonnie McCausland faculty fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am also a faculty fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Newbigin Interfaith Fellow with The Carver Project. Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina, I was a Collegiate Assistant Professor the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where I was also a member of the Society for the Liberal Arts. I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, where I studied under John McDowell and Michael Thompson, and my B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval Studies (with a Classics minor) at Indiana University-Bloomington.

My academic research is primarily in moral psychology and virtue. I’ve co-edited a volume titled Self-Transcendence and Virtue with my former colleague Candace Vogler, and I am finishing up a volume titled Practical Truth with my husband and colleague, Christopher Frey. A third volume, titled Practical Wisdom, is under contract with Oxford University Press. In 2015, I was awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation, titled “Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life.” I frequently write more popular essays and book reviews in places like Breaking Ground, First Things, Image, and The Point. I host a philosophy, theology, and literature podcast called Sacred and Profane Love.