Jack Morris

PhD Student

A picture of me


  • My legal name is John, but everyone’s always called me Jack. (This confuses enough people that I thought it worth mentioning here.)

  • In a past life, I was an avid geocacher, and want to eventually find a geocache in all 50 US states. Over the summer of 2023, I drove across the country twice and managed to snag geocaches in quite a few of the more obscure states.

  • I have a lot of interests outside of research. I enjoy practicing different forms of exercise (running, weightlifting, playing basketball, occasional yoga) and making (mediocre) music. I also spend a lot of time with my wonderful group of friends, who I am very grateful for. :)


I’m a pretty avid reader. Here’s a list of books that I enjoyed or moved me in some significant way:

  • Barbarian Days (William Finnegan)

  • All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

  • The Brief And Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz)

  • The Elephant Vanishes (Haruki Murakami)

  • Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

  • Moonwalking With Einstein (Joshua Foer)

  • As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)

  • Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey)

  • A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie)

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)

  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)

  • The Happiness Hypothesis (Jonathan Haidt)

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (Gabrielle Zevin)

  • Consider the Lobster (David Foster Wallace)

  • Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)