Kristen Renwick Monroe is a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, where she founded and directs the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. Her pathbreaking work—which has changed the fields of political psychology, political economy, and normative political theory—includes award-winning books on altruism and moral choice and focuses on a central problem in politics and ethics: our treatment of others.
While at Radcliffe, Monroe will complete a book about academia’s glass ceiling. She supplements survey and aggregate data with interviews with successful female academics to determine both individual paths to success and policy recommendations for workable solutions to gender discrimination/inequality. These range from reframing the problem to institutional adoption of alternative routes toward professional advancement.
A graduate of Smith College and the University of Chicago, Monroe studied in Paris and Geneva, as a Killam Fellow at the University of British Columbia, and as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University. The author or editor of 15 books on ethics and politics—including the award-winning The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2004)—she most recently published Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice (Princeton University Press, 2012). Monroe is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology and vice president of the American Political Science Association and has received several lifetime achievement awards for her work in ethics and political science.