The Harman Prize

The Gilbert Harman Memorial Prize for Early Career Researchers in Moral Psychology

Over his 54 years in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton, Gilbert Harman exerted an incalculable influence on academic inquiry, through both transformative research and inspirational mentoring. Gil was an early, and extraordinary effective, advocate for interdisciplinary disciplinary approaches to studying the mind, and a dauntless builder of bridges between the is of the human sciences and the ought of philosophical ethics. As a founding member of the Moral Psychology Research Group, Gil nurtured and inspired many junior colleges with his singular intelligence, wise judgement, and ready humor. The Gilbert Harman Memorial Award for Early Career Researchers in Moral Psychology is awarded in recognition of Gil’s intellectual achievements, in gratitude for his commitment to mentoring, and in celebration of his friendship.

Past Award Winners

2023 Harman Prize Award Winner:

Jillian Jordan (Assistant Professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School)

Professor Jordan's research investigates moral behavior and the psychology that surrounds it, with a focus on the role of reputation. When and why do people make personal sacrifices for moral causes, including through acts of prosociality and expressions of moral outrage? And how are the answers to these questions shaped by the powerful human drive to be seen positively by others? To address these questions, she explores the ways that reputation motives create hidden incentives that shape moral behavior, emotions, and cognition—often without people's conscious awareness. Her work integrates methods from psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary game theory. Prior to joining HBS, she received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. The
Google Scholar profile for Professor Jordan can be found here.