Book by Jennifer Morton (’02) is the 2021 Princeton Pre-read

Thursday, Apr 29, 2021

“Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility” by Department of Philosophy alumna Jennifer Morton (‘02) has been chosen as the Pre-read for the incoming Princeton Class of 2025. The book represents the first Pre-read selection by a Latinx author.

Princeton philosophy majors had a preview of the subject of Morton’s book in the Fall 2019 semester, when she spoke at the Department of Philosophy’s Princeton & Beyond dinner one week after the book was published. The department’s undergraduate P & B dinner provides an opportunity for philosophy juniors and seniors to hear from alumni who share their personal experiences studying philosophy at Princeton and what impact that may have had on their career paths.

Although she’s Latina, an immigrant, and was a first-generation college student, Morton told the audience of philosophy majors and faculty it wasn’t until her first teaching job at The City College of New York that she started to think about the ethical issues of education for upward mobility and “the sacrifices that first-generation and low-income students make in areas of their lives like their relationships to their friends, their families and their communities – and, ultimately, their self-identities.”

Currently an associate professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Ethics and Education, Morton will be a Presidential Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

The Department of Philosophy congratulates Jennifer Morton on the selection of her book as this year's Princeton Pre-read and hopes that all members of Princeton’s philosophy community will take advantage of the opportunity to read this important and timely book.

Read the full University announcement.