Jen in the Icelandic highlands

Hello there! I'm Jen, a DPhil student in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (Reuben College). My areas of specialization include moral philosophy and practical ethics—with particular interests in the ethics of technology (including artificial intelligence), intergenerational ethics, and moral status. I also have projects in experimental philosophy.

My doctoral project spans several topics in AI ethics through the lens of moral agency. I am primarily interested in who—or what—gets to make moral decisions. My supervisors are Carissa VĂ©liz and Alison Hills. I'm an Oxford-Reuben scholar and a Forethought Foundation Global Priorities Fellow.


I have an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies from the University of Iceland, and a BA in Philosophy and Public Policy from Duke University.


Feel free to contact me at jen.semler@philosophy.ox.ac.uk