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Graduate Activity

Many of our graduate students engage in teaching, research, and service in areas supportive of institutional diversity and inclusiveness. Below are some examples.

Tiffany N. Tsantsoulas is writing a paper in which she develops critical intersections between vulnerability ethics and decolonial feminism: “Narrating Different Genres of the Vulnerable Human: A Decolonial Critique of Judith Butler’s Ethics of Vulnerability,” and another where she explores how Indigenous feminisms change the discourse around mass incarceration: “Displaced and Expropriated Bodies: a Decolonial Feminist Approach to the Mass Imprisonment of Indigenous Women in Canada.” She embraces the Socratic idea that good pedagogy is transformative. Philosophy ought to challenge students to think critically, to question who they are, and to grow intellectually and morally. These goals require diverse syllabi that put differently situated voices into conversation and emphasize the intersections of theory and praxis. All of her courses at Penn State reflect these commitments. She works with the Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI), a dedicated interdisciplinary group of Penn State grad students, faculty, and community partners. She is the treasurer and co-teach a Creative Writing course to female inmates at the local jail. They seek to provide the women with a space to develop self-knowledge and confidence through literary expression. She is developing a capstone project for the women to polish a piece of their writing over several weeks, alone and collaboratively, aiming to publish it on the RJI website. She also hopes to create philosophy-specific curriculum for incarcerated persons.