John Corvino

John Corvino



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John Corvino

John Corvino, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy and the incoming Dean (in July 2018) of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. Much of his research 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 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/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; my current work is on emerging conflicts around religious liberty and discrimination. I also have interests in metaethics, and my dissertation was on the moral theory of the 18th Century Scottish philosopher David Hume.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

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

Currently Teaching

  • on leave Fall 2017 - Winter 2018


Courses taught

PHI 5800 Special Topics "Sex, Gender, and Religious Liberty" (3 cr.) Fall 2016, Fall 2017

PHI 1110 Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 cr.) Winter 2017