Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson


Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, working on the Virtues and Vocations Initiative at the Oxford Character Project. Matthew is a moral philosopher whose research focuses on topics related to ethics, embodiment, empathy, and the emotions. He is also a leading researcher on the psychology of joy, and recently authored the target article for a special issue on joy of the Journal of Positive Psychology. Matthew earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, writing his dissertation on the role that the imagination plays in moral perception and character formation. He also holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University and an MPhil in Social Psychology from Cambridge. Previously, Matthew has consulted for Google AI, was a contributing scholar at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, was an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, and has taught in the University of Cambridge’s Philosophy and Psychology Departments.

Research Area/s: 

Christian and Religious Ethics

Philosophical Theology

Science and Religion

Research Interests:

Moral Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Mind

Research Centres & Projects: 

Oxford Character Project