Dietrich School Doctoral Candidate Awarded Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Dietrich School doctoral candidate Samuel Gavin has been named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work. Gavin, a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy, is completing his dissertation, titled "Constitutivism and Natural Normativity in Ethics." The dissertation seeks to reconcile two schools of thought in ethics, one that bases morality on reason and another that bases it on human nature.