John Corvino

Faculty Profile


Secondary Title

Professor of Philosophy






2100 Adamany Undergraduate Library
5155 Gullen Mall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202


John Corvino, Ph.D., is Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University.

Corvino's research mainly focuses on controversial "culture war" issues surrounding sexuality and marriage. He is the author or co-author of three books from Oxford University Press: Debating Same-Sex Marriage (with Maggie Gallagher), What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?, and, most recently, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, with Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis.

In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Corvino has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Huffington Post, The New Republic, Slate, Commonweal, and other popular venues. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Wayne State University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents Council of the State Universities of Michigan. In the last 25 years, he has spoken at over 250 campuses on issues of sexuality, ethics, and marriage. His online videos have received over two million views.


Courses taught

PHI 5800 Special Topics "Sex, Gender, and Religious Liberty" (3 cr.) Fall 2016, Fall 2017

PHI 1110 Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 cr.) Winter 2017



Research Description

I work on ethical issues related to sexuality and marriage, especially the debate over same-sex marriage. More recently, I have become interested in emerging debates about anti-discrimination policies and religious freedom.

Affiliated Departments