John Corvino

John Corvino

Dean, Irvin D. Reid Honors College
Professor of Philosophy


313-577-6425 (fax)

2100 Adamany Undergraduate Library
5155 Gullen Mall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

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Philosophy, Irvin D. Reid Honors College

John Corvino

John Corvino, Ph.D., is Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University.

Corvino's research mainly focuses on controversial "culture war" issues surrounding sexuality and marriage. He is the author or co-author of three books from Oxford University Press: Debating Same-Sex Marriage (with Maggie Gallagher), What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?, and, most recently, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, with Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis.

In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Corvino has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Huffington Post, The New Republic, Slate, Commonweal, and other popular venues. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Wayne State University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents Council of the State Universities of Michigan. In the last 25 years, he has spoken at over 250 campuses on issues of sexuality, ethics and marriage. His online videos have received over two million views.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Ethical theory, applied ethics, LGBT studies


My research focuses mostly on ethical questions in the "culture wars." For many years, I worked on moral arguments for same-sex marriage and moral defenses of same-sex relationships; more recently I have explored conflicts around religious liberty and discrimination. My current projects concern free speech, civility, and the ethics of public discourse. I also have interests in metaethics, and my dissertation was on the moral theory of the 18th Century Scottish philosopher David Hume.


  • B.A., St. John's University, New York
  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

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