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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develop a philosophical analysis of Cooper’s use of corporeal and organicist rhetoric across some of her published and unpublished works on politics and education.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.

Philosophy department announces Adams and Thomas as dissertation fellows for 2020-21

Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, The Philosophy Department has been able to appoint two Mellon dissertation completion fellows for 2020-21: Jeremy Adams and Bailey Thomas. Jeremy is a 5th year PhD student currently writing a dissertation entitled "'We Are Revolutionaries!' Black Radical Women on Love, Liberation, and Revolution." Bailey is a 4th year PhD student writing a dissertation entitled "Knowing While Black:  Insidious Ignorance and Oppositional Knowledge."

Congratulations, Jeremy and Bailey!



Christopher Moore has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center

Christopher Moore, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Philosophy, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2020-21 academic year. 

To read the full article, please visit: Penn State News.

Congratulations, Christopher!