Dr. Brynn Welch was born and raised in Kingsport, TN and was thrilled to return to southern Appalachia in 2012. Her primary areas of research are ethics and social/political philosophy, with a specific focus on the intersection of the family with other social institutions, such as education and health care delivery systems. Her publications include "A Theory of Filial Obligation" in Social Theory and Practice, "To Nudge or Not to Nudge" in The Journal of Political Philosophy, and "Shifting the Concept of Nudge" in Journal of Medical Ethics. She has also given several talks on parental partiality and educational justice.

In 2014, Dr. Welch was selected as one of fifteen liberal arts professors in the country to attend the Transylvania University Twenty-First Century Liberal Education Seminar. In 2015, Dr. Welch was invited back to the seminar to lead a workshop on diversity and inclusion in higher education.   

Educational Background

B.A., Philosophy (with Honors), Phi Beta Kappa, Davidson College (2005)

M.A., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin (2008)

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin (2012)