Vanessa Carbonell

Vanessa Carbonell

Assoc Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Obed J. Wilson Professor of Ethics

Professional Summary

Vanessa Carbonell works at the intersection of ethical theory, metaethics, and moral psychology. She is particularly interested in moral agents (both ordinary and extraordinary) and how they navigate the moral landscape. This has led her to write about moral saints, moral motivation, moral sacrifice, and the relationship between knowledge and moral obligation. She also has research and teaching interests in bioethics and family ethics. For more information, including links to papers, visit Carbonell's personal website.


Ph.D: University of Michigan 2009 (Philosophy)

B.A.: Wesleyan University 2003 (Philosophy)

Research Support

Grant: #URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16 Investigators:Carbonell, Vanessa 05-01-2016 -04-30-2017 UC's University Research Council Moral Dilemmas in Dementia Care Role:PI $6,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC