Meet the Team

Dr. Kipton E. Jensen

Kipton E. Jensen, Ph.D. (Marquette University, 1996), is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Leadership Studies Program in the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership (AYCGL) at Morehouse College. He previously served as assistant director of the International Comparative Labor Studies Program (ICLS).

Prior to coming to Morehouse College, Dr. Jensen taught philosophy at the University of Botswana (2004-2008). His research in Botswana on the role of traditional healers and faith communities in public health was published as Parallel Discourses: Religious Identity and HIV Prevention in Botswana (2012). Jensen also published Hegel: Hovering (2012). Jensen’s scholarly essays deal with the philosophy of religion, social philosophy, pragmatism, nonviolence, and the philosophy of education.

As a graduate student Marquette University, Jensen studied in Karlsruhe, Germany (1994-1996). As a Fulbright Scholar at Martin-Luther-Universität (1999-2000), in Halle, Germany, Jensen taught courses in American transcendentalism and American pragmatism. Jensen was subsequently a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2001 and Emory University in 2009. Since coming to Morehouse in 2010, Jensen has published numerous articles and co-edited—with David Gowler (Emory)—a collection of Howard Thurman’s Sermons on the Parables (Orbis Books, 2018). Among his forthcoming publications is a manuscript titled Howard Thurman: Philosophy, Civil Rights, and the Search for Common Ground (University of South Carolina Press, 2019).

Recent publications include “Howard Thurman and the African American Nonviolent Resistance Tradition” and “Pedagogical Personalism: Mays as well as Thurman and King at Morehouse.” Jensen is presently editing a Festschrift on the life and work of Preston King, who is a scholar-in-residence at the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership.

As a professor in the Morehouse AYCGL leadership studies program, as well as in the department of philosophy and religion, Jensen teaches a first-year experience course that focuses on socio-ethical leadership as exemplified in ‘Mays, Thurman and King.’ Jensen’s approach to teaching is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cosmopolitan. Jensen has co-taught courses at Morehouse on Martin Luther King and Racial Capitalism, Violence and Nonviolence, and the Philosophy of Science. He co-advises the honor society in philosophy, Phi Sigma Tau, serves as a mentor in the Mellon-Mays program, and participates in an inter-institutional political theory colloquium series, SOPHIA-ATL.

Since coming to Morehouse, Jensen has taught summer courses in Shanghai and Beijing, China, as well as traveling with students and colleagues to Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and India. In his free time, Kipton enjoys painting portraits of this philosophical heroes and heroines as well as building treehouses. Kipton lives with his wife and children in Decatur.