Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson

Postdoctoral Researcher

OCP Matthew

Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Matthew is a moral philosopher who works 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.