Prof. Dana Kay Nelkin, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

University of California, San Diego


Dana Kay Nelkin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Affiliate Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. From 1995 to 2001, she was Assistant Professor at Florida State University before coming to UC, San Diego first as Assistant Professor and later as Associate Professor. She was appointed as Full Professor in 2011. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA.

Dana Kay Nelkin´s areas of research include moral psychology, ethics, bioethics, and philosophy of law. She is the author of Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility (New York / Oxford, 2011) and a number of articles on a variety of topics, including friendship, self-deception, the lottery paradox, psychopathy, forgiveness, and praise and blame. She co-edited The Ethics and Law of Omissions and Forgiveness: New Essays (Oxford, 2017). Her work in moral psychology includes participation in an interdisciplinary research collaboration of philosophers and psychologists, The Moral Judgements Project.

Dana Kay Nelkin is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.