Updated September 2021
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Specialization: feminist philosophy, trans philosophy, metaethics
Areas of Competence: social epistemology, social ontology, applied ethics, philosophy of race
|2022||Ph.D. in Philosophy (Expected)
Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
|2014||Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude
East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Johnson City, TN
Double Major: Philosophy and Psychology
Selected Awards and Honors
financial awards in parenthesis
Summer Dissertation Fellowship ($4000)
The Graduate School, Syracuse University: Summer 2021
Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work ($500)
The Graduate School, Syracuse University: Spring 2021
SWIP-Analytic Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize ($300)
Paper: “Hermeneutical Injustice and Normative Social Roles”
Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) and the CUNY Graduate Center: Spring 2020
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
The Graduate School, Syracuse University: Spring 2020 (standing title)
Research In Progress
Dissertation: Predominant views in feminist metaphysics hold that gender norms apply to individuals on the basis of their gender categories. Drawing from the experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, I argue instead that gender norms apply to individuals on the basis of individual traits. I construct a theory of gender norms as a normative domain with attention to their colonialist history, their role in gender oppression, their contextual variance, and their normative authority over individual behavior.
Paper: “Inside and Out: Ascriptivism About Gendered Traits.” Under Review.
Paper: “Authenticity, Morality, and Gender Norms.” Under Review.
Paper: “Distorted Identities: Hermeneutical Injustice and Normative Social Roles.” Draft.
Paper: “’It’s Just Science’: Thick Concepts and Hermeneutical Injustice.” Draft.
Chapter: “(Un)Radical Feminism: Gender and the Limits of Imagination.” Forthcoming, in To Boldly Stay: Essays on the Series that "Went" Where No Trek Had Gone Before. In press.
Teaching Mentor, University-Wide TA Orientation, Syracuse University Graduate School, 2019-present. Competitive position.
Instructor of Record, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
|Fall||2021||Philosophy of Feminism|
|Fall||2020||Philosophy of Feminism (hybrid)|
|Summer||2020||Philosophy of Feminism (online asynchronous)|
|Fall||2019||Philosophy of Feminism|
|Summer||2019||Philosophy of Feminism (online asynchronous)|
Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
|Spring||2019||Ethics and the Media Professions|
|Fall||2018||Introduction to Logic|
|Spring||2018||Introduction to Logic|
|Fall||2017||Philosophy of Feminism|
|Fall||2016||Theories of Knowledge and Reality|
in chronological order
* denotes competitive selection
† denotes invited talk
* “The Trans Authenticity Paradox.” Presented at the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Committee Session, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), September 2021
“It’s Just Science: Thick Concepts and Hermeneutical Injustice.” Accepted for presentation at:
- * APA Central Meeting, February 2021. (Held virtually)
- * The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies 8. (Postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19)
“Distorted Identities: Hermeneutical Injustice and Normative Social Roles.” Accepted for presentation at:
- * APA Eastern Meeting, January 2021. (Held virtually)
- * Pitt-CMU Annual Graduate Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2020. (Postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19)
- * Boston University Graduate Conference, Boston, MA, April 2020. (Held virtually)
- * UT Austin Graduate Conference, Austin, TX, May 2020. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
* “Authenticity and Gender Norms.” Presented at MAP Flash Talks, May 2020. (virtual event)
† “Transgressing Normativity: The Metaphysics of Gender-Nonconformity.” Presented at Trans Philosophy Spring Workshop Series, Queens University, Kingston, ON, February 2020.
“Inside and Out: Ascriptivism about Gendered Traits.” Presented at:
- † EQS: Early Queer Scholarship Series, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, October 2019.
- * MAPWorks (Minorities And Philosophy Spring Workshop Series), Columbia University, Manhattan, NY, April 2019.
- * Liberating the Future: Concordia GSPA Spring 2019 Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, March 2019.
- * SWIPShop (Society for Women in Philosophy Workshop), Baruch College, Manhattan, NY, February 2019.
* “Gender and Traits.” Presented at Social Ontology 2018, Tufts University, Boston, MA, August 2018.
Bell, R.A., Taylor, D.A., White, C.D., Shi, D., Martin, B.A., & Dula, C.S. “Relationship between Grades, Academic Self-Efficacy, Family Conflict and Church Attendance.” Presented at Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN, April 2010. First Place Winner
Taylor, D.A., Bell, R.A., Martin, B.A., & Dula, C.S. “We Wouldn't Call It ‘Fighting’: The differences in how parents and students view conflict and the effects on grades.” Presented at Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, TN, November 2009. Third Place Winner
Taylor, D.A., Martin, B.A., Gibson, B.W., Bell, R.A., & Dula, C.S. “Effects of Home Environment Type on Family Conflict and Extracurricular Activities.” Presented at Mid-South Psychology Conference, Memphis, TN, February 2010. First Place Winner
Empirical Research Experience
Research Associate for the Applied Psychology Laboratory (APL) of ETSU. 2009-2010.
Director: Dr. Christopher S. Dula
|2009||Examining the Campus Racial Climate and its Effect on Student Persistence. (TBR Diversity Study.) Dr. Leslie McCallister, project leader.|
|2009-2010||Gear Up Study. August 2009-May 2010. Desta Taylor, project leader. Longitudinal study of middle- and high-school students from Washington County area of East Tennessee.|
Comments on “Two Conceptions of Essences,” by Laura Nicoera. Syracuse University Philosophy Graduate Conference, Syracuse, NY, April 2021. (Conference held virtually.)
Comments on “A Sensibility of Humour,” by Zoe Walker. Syracuse University Philosophy Graduate Conference, Syracuse, NY, August 2020. (Conference held virtually.)
Comments on “The Wrongful Inclusion Problem and Jenkins’s Analysis of Gender Concepts,” by Evan Woods. Syracuse University Philosophy Graduate Conference, Syracuse, NY, March 2017.
Professional Responsibilities and Organizations
* denotes paid position
*President (elected), SU Philosophy Graduate Student Organization, 2020-2021
Reviewer, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly Journal
*Founder and Organizer, MAP Anti-Racist Reading Group, Summer-Fall 2020
Founder and Co-Organizer, Syracuse-Queens Social Metaphysics Group, 2020-present
Peer Evaluator, Teaching Mentor Selection Committee, Spring 2020 & 2021
*Organizer, SU Philosophy Women & Gender Minorities Group, 2018-2020
Co-Organizer, MANCept Workshop, “What Is Gender? Vol. II”, Fall 2021
*Co-Organizer, SU Philosophy Graduate Conference, 2017-2018
Activities Coordinator, SU Philosophy Graduate Student Organization, 2017-2020
Member, International Social Ontology Society, 2018-present
Member, American Philosophical Association, 2019-present
Member, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Dr. Hille Paakkunainen
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
Dr. Katharine Jenkins
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Dr. Kara Richardson
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
Dr. Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University