Our Mission

black child choosing white dollThe Moral Communities Project is a research organization founded in 2012 at the University of California, Santa Cruz to examine contemporary social and political issues from the perspectives of moral psychology and social psychology.

We are a non-partisan, non-profit research organization advocating the use of social science research to inform and enlighten public discourse.

Our mission is three-fold:

  1. to help EDUCATE the public by providing theoretically-based and empirically-supported analysis of social and political issues
  2. to DISSEMINATE the research findings of our organization as well as those of others; and,
  3. to encourage members of the general public to PARTICIPATE in our studies as well as those of other social researchers.