Amber A. Díaz Pearson
Kenan Institute for Ethics
Duke University
Box 90432
Durham, NC 27708


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I am a Research Scholar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. I work with the Religions and Public Life Initiative, the Kenan Graduate Fellows Program, the KIE Campus Grants Program, the Moral Purpose Award essay competition, and the Global Human Rights Scholars program, and am responsible for educational program assessment at the Institute. I hold a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University, and a A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.

My research interests include ethics education, ethics and politics, religion and politics, refugee and migration policy, public opinion, and moral decision-making among college students. Recent publications from the Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility project have appeared in the Journal of College and Character. I also co-lead a faculty group on Race, Religion, and Politics, serve as co-PI (with Stacy Tantum) of a grant from the 2019 Lane Family Ethics in Technology Program, Integrating Ethics with Introductory Machine Learning, and serve as co-investigator (with Luke Bretherton) of a 2020 Community Ethics collaboration, Faith-based Organizing, Congregational Development, and Coalition Politics. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Rights at KIE where I taught refugee policy and practice for DukeImmerse (Uprooted/Rerouted and De-Constructing/Re-Constructing the Refugee Experience), and served as the DukeImmerse Field Director in Nepal.