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Amy Allen and Nancy Tuana win 2020 College of Liberal Arts Faculty Awards

Amy Allen, Head of the Department of Philosophy and Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, is the recipient of the 2020 Class of 1933 Distinction in the Humanities Award. Dr. Allen is an internationally recognized scholar in Critical Theory, in feminist philosophy, and in 20th century French philosophy. She is highly-reviewed among authors in political philosophy. The centerpiece of Dr. Allen’s recent work is her 2016 book, The End of Progress (Columbia University Press). She has just completed (submitted to Columbia University Press) a new book on Critical Theory and psychoanalysis, tentatively entitled The Sting of Negativity.

Nancy Tuana, DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, is the 2020 recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Sustainability Award. Dr. Tuana has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the value of sustainability through her research and teaching. She is part of an interdisciplinary research team at Penn State that has developed a more robust model of scientific ethics to more adequately reflect the impacts of ethical issues in scientific practice. She is also engaged in research on justice issues in the context of climate change and is author of a number of articles on the topic of gender and climate change.


You can read more on the Faculty 2020 College Spring Awards: here

Professor Mendieta interviewed for Truthout

Professor of Philosophy, Eduardo Mendieta was interviewed by George Yancy for Truthout. To read the interview, please visit:

Philosophy Alum Camisha Russell wins 2021 Baruch A. Brody Award in Bioethics

PSU Alumna, Camisha Russell has been named the winner of the 2020-2021 Baruch A. Brody Award & Lecture in Bioethics from The Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Houston Methodist and the Rice University Department of Philosophy. Russell graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with her PhD in Philosophy. Russell was selected for her significant contributions to the field in research and scholarship on the topics of bioethics, critical philosophy of race and feminist philosophy. Her focus on the concept of race as a technology embodies Dr. Brody's commitment to racial equality and social justice and helps inspire positive change. The virtual award presentation and lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. Please visit: to read the full announcement.

Philosophy and African American Studies Graduate Student Kevin Cedeño-Pacheco to be published in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy

"Kevin Cedeño-Pacheco’s article “Race and the ‘Right to Growth’: Embodiment and Education in the Work of Anna Julia Cooper” will be published in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy in a special issue on 19th Century women philosophers.

Abstract: One of the distinctive features of Anna Julia Cooper’s political philosophy and philosophy of education is the frequency with which she uses corporeal and organicist imagery to support her analyses of and arguments against racist and sexist oppression. This paper draws on the work of Black feminist scholars to develop a philosophical analysis of Cooper’s use of corporeal and organicist rhetoric across some of her published and unpublished works on politics and education. Part I reviews three exemplary passages from her most known and studied work, A Voice from the South, to show the important overlap in the ways Cooper formulates her arguments and insights. Part II provides a similar analysis of several writings preserved in her scrapbook from the 1930s. By closely tracing the themes of vitality and education in Cooper’s racial and gender politics, this paper aims to reveal some of the implicit insights and criticisms that might go unseen or under-theorized were it not for sustained analysis.