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Assistant Professor Desirée Lim to join Philosophy Department in August 2018

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce that Desirée Lim will be joining the department as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Rock core faculty member in August 2018!

Desirée completed her PhD in Philosophy at King’s College London, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University. Her primary research interests lie in contemporary political philosophy, with a special focus on questions about migration, citizenship, and global justice. Her current book project, Immigration and Social Equality, provides a distinctive social egalitarian critique of existing immigration practices (such as wrongfully discriminatory selection processes). She also has strong interests in bio-ethics, feminist philosophy, and the critical philosophy of race. 

We look forward to welcoming Desirée next Fall!

Black Issues in Philosophy

The latest Black Issues in Philosophy is now available. It features a discussion of a recent forum on Charles Mill's recent book and debates regarding intersections of gender and race. It discusses recent work by our colleague Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly Kathryn Gines) that was published in Critical Philosophy of Race, the journal edited here by Robert Bernasconi.


Past issues of the blog can be accessed here:

Graduate Student Chosen as Winner of 2017 CSCP Essay Prize!

Tiffany Tsantsoulas, Philosophy Graduate Student and Ph.D. Candidate's paper "From Anonymous Bodies to Demonic Grounds: Sylvia Wynter's Decolonial Rejoinder to Judith Butler's Ethics of Vulnerability" was chosen as the winner of the 2017 CSCP/SCPC Graduate Student Essay Prize (Canadian Society of Continental Philosophy).


Congratulations Tiffany!!

Professor Featured in "On Race:34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis" by George Yancy

Prof. Mendieta's conversation on postrace and Latinos with philosopher George Yancy has appeared in George Yancy's On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

Philosophy Undergrad Named National Player of the Week

Washington Picks Up Pair of Weekly Honors

Senior Haleigh Washington was named Sports Impact / AVCA National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week for her performance this past weekend


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Sept. 5, 2017 – Senior Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Co.) was named both the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time this season on Tuesday morning, as announced by the AVCA and the Big Ten Conference office.

Washington was dominant on the weekend, continuing to be a consistent presence for the Nittany Lions. She finished with a weekend total of 22 kills on a clip of .435, adding 13 blocks, four digs, and an ace.  She was named ‘Best Blocker’ of the Texas A&M Tournament.

Washington put away 10 kills on a .625 hitting percentage against Stanford, adding a match-best seven blocks, helping the Nittany Lions out-block one of the top blocking teams in the nation, 12.0-7.0.

Against Texas A&M, she tallied 12 kills on a clip of .417, adding six blocks. Washington was instrumental in closing out the key third set against the Aggies, as she put away seven kills on all seven of her attack attempts.

This marks the sixth career Big Ten weekly honor for Washington. In her freshman season, she earned Big Ten Player of the Week once (11/3/14), and picked up Player of the Week honors (9/7/15, 9/21, 9/28, 10/26, 11/23) in her sophomore season. The national honor is the first of Washington’s career.

Penn State heads to Champagne, Ill., for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge this coming weekend. The Nittany Lions will open with a bout against Colorado at 5:30 p.m. ET, and they will meet up again with No. 4 Stanford on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

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