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Stephen J. Morse

Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society

Stephen Morse

Stephen J. Morse works on problems of individual responsibility and agency. Morse has published numerous interdisciplinary articles and chapters and has co-edited collections, including (with A. Roskies) A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience and (with L.Katz & M. Continue reading…


  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health Law


CRIME AND CULPABILITY: A THEORY OF CRIMINAL LAW (2009) (contributing author, with Larry Alexander & Kimberly Kessler Ferzan).
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FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL LAW. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999; Foundation Press, 2000 (co-edited with L. Katz & M.S. Moore).
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Articles and Book Chapters

Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission, 1 J. L. & BIOSCI. 224 (2014). (with Owen D. Jones, Richrd J. Bonnie, B. J. Casey, Andre Davis, David L. Faigman, Morris B. Hoffman, Read Montague, Marcus E. Raichie, Jennifer A. Richeson, Elizabeth S. Scott, Laurence Steinberg, Kim A. Taylor-Thompson, Anthony D. Wagner, Gideon Yaffe)

Common Criminal Law Compatibilism, in NEUROSCIENCE AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY (Nicole A. Vincent ed. 2013).

Legal Regulation of Addictive Substances and Addiction, in ADDICTION NEUROETHICS: THE ETHICS OF ADDICTION NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH AND TREATMENT 261 (Adrian Carter et al. eds., 2012).

New Therapies, Old Problems, or, a Plea for Neuromodesty, 3 AM J. BIOETHICS: NEUROSCIENCE 60 (2012).

Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility, in HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY VOLUME 11: FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY 440 (Irving B. Weiner & Randy K. Otto, eds., 2012) (with Alan M. Goldstein and Ira K. Packer).

Neuroimaging Evidence in Law: A Plea for Modesty and Relevance, in NEUROIMAGING IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY: FROM THE CLINIC TO THE COURTROOM 341 (Joseph R. Simpson ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
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Genetics and Criminal Responsibility, 15 TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES 378 (2011).

Mental Disorder and Criminal Law, 101 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 885 (2011).

Lost in Translation?: An Essay on Law and Neuroscience, LAW AND NEUROSCIENCE, 13 CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES 529 (Michael Freeman, ed., 2011).

Gene-Environment Interactions, Criminal Responsibility, and Sentencing, in GENE INTERACTIONS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 207 (Kenneth A. Dodge & Michael Rutter, eds., Guilford Press, 2011).

Severe Environmental Deprivation (aka RSB): A Tragedy, Not a Defense, 2 ALA. C.R. & C.L. L. REV. 147 (2011).

The Future of Neuroscientific Evidence, in THE FUTURE OF EVIDENCE: HOW SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE THE PRACTICE OF LAW 137 (Carol Henderson & Jules Epstein eds., ABA Publishing: 2011).
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Protecting Liberty and Autonomy: Desert/Disease Jurisprudence, 48 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 1077 (2011).

An Accurate Diagnosis, But Is There a Cure?: An Appreciation of The Role of Science in Law by Robin Feldman, 3 HASTINGS SCI. & TECH. L.J. 157 (2011) (book review).

Avoiding Irrational NeuroLaw Exuberance: A Plea for Neuromodesty, 62 MERCER L. REV. 837 (2011).

The Status of NeuroLaw: A Plea for Current Modesty and Future Cautious Optimism, 39 J. PSYCHIATRY & L. 595 (2011).

Neuroscience and the Future of Personhood and Responsibility, in CONSTITUTION 3.0: FREEDOM AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE 113 (Jeffrey Rosen & Benjamin Wittes eds., Brookings Institution Press, 2011).

Protecting Liberty and Autonomy: Desert/Disease Jurisprudence, 48 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 1077 (2011).

Addiction and Criminal Responsibility, in ADDICTION AND RESPONSIBILITY 159 (Jeffrey Poland & George Graham eds., 2011)

Against Control Tests for Criminal Responsibility, in CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Paul H. Robinson et al., eds., 2009).

The Ethics of Forensic Practice: Reclaiming the Wasteland, 36 J. AM. ACAD. PSYCHIATRY & L. 206 (2008).

The Uneasy Entente Between Legal Insanity and Mens Rea: Beyond Clark v. Arizona, 97 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 1071 (2007).

Moral and Legal Responsibility and the New Neuroscience, in NEUROETHICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: DEFINING THE ISSUES IN THEORY, PRACTICE AND POLICY 33 (J. Illes ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2006).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Neuroscience and Law


Penn Law - Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law (1988-); Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry (1991-); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1990-92)

USC - Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law (1982-88); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1979-80); Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (1979-88); Professor of Psychology (1982-88); Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (1977-79)

Visiting Professor - California Institute of Technology (Law and Social Science); Cardozo; Georgetown; Virginia

Trustee, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 1995-2004


  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Freedom & Responsibility
  • Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience: Mind, Brain and Society (co-taught in the College's Pilot Program)

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