Jonathan Keeney

Jonathan Keeney

Jonathan Keeney

PhD Candidate
Organizational Behavior


Jonathan Keeney is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Organizational Behavior at Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina. Jonathan's research utilizes laboratory and field methods to explore the psychological, social, and organizational factors that contribute to ethical failures in the workplace. Drawing on his background in moral philosophy and psychology, the primary goal of Jonathan's work is to identify simple interventions that can make organizational life more ethical and pleasant, and less dangerous and discriminatory. Jonathan's dissertation focuses on the role that ethical awareness can play in promoting workplace safety, by making salient workers' obligations to protect one another from harm.

As a researcher, Jonathan is a contributing member of the Lab for Fair Play in Business and the Mind Perception and Morality Lab. He also serves as a Student Representative for the Academy of Management's Research Methods Division (RMD). Jonathan has presented his work at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and International Association for Conflict Management. 

Jonathan graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2011 with an MBA in Sports Management, and from the University of North Carolina in 2008 with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Jonathan worked in the event management and sports marketing industries. Jonathan is a proud father of two, an avid motorcyclist, and a founding member of UNC's national champion underwater hockey team. 


Gray, K., & Keeney, J. E.​ ​(in press). Impure, or just weird? Scenario sampling bias raises questions about the foundation of morality. ​Social Psychology and Personality Science.

Gray, K., & Keeney, J. E. (in press). Disconfirming moral foundations theory on its own terms: Reply to Graham (2015). Social Psychology and Personality Science.

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