Updated May 2022
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
Forthcoming: “Being Your Best Self: Authenticity, Morality, and Gender Norms.” In Hypatia. Download PDF.
Under Review: “‘It’s Just Science’: Thick Concepts and Hermeneutical Injustice.”
Draft: “Distorted Identities: Hermeneutical Injustice and Normative Social Roles.”
Draft: “The Role of a Lifetime: Trans Experience and Gender Norms.”
In press: “(Un)Radical Feminism: Gender and the Limits of Imagination.” in To Boldly Stay: Essays on the Series that "Went" Where No Trek Had Gone Before. Sherry Ginn and Michael Cornelius, eds. McFarland Books.
Selected Awards and Honors
financial awards in parenthesis
Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship (funding for one academic year)
The Center for the Humanities, Syracuse University: 2022-23. Offered and declined.
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)
Teaching Mentor, University-Wide TA Orientation, Syracuse University Graduate School, 2019-present. Competitive position.
Instructor of Record, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
|Spring||2022||Social & Political Philosophy|
|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 reverse chronological order
* denotes competitive selection
† denotes invited talk
“The Role of a Lifetime: Trans Experience and Gender Norms.” Accepted for presentation at:
- * Social Ontology and Collective Intentionality 2022, Vienna, Austria, August 2022
- * North American Society for Social Philosophy International Conference: Polarization, Reconciliation, and Community, Aston, PA, July 2022
- * APA Pacific Meeting, Vancouver, BC, April 2022
* “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.|
$2500. Engaged Humanities Grant, Syracuse University. For Syracuse University’s Philosophy Lab, a branch of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO).
Comments on “Is Gender Fictionalism Defensible and if not, How Should We Think About Gender?” by Lucia Dikaczova. Syracuse University Philosophy Graduate Conference, Syracuse, NY, March 2022.
Comments on “No Desires are Relevant to Well-Being,” by Nikki Fortier. Syracuse University ABD Workshop Series, Syracuse, NY, November 2021.
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
*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
Reviewer, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly Journal
Member, International Social Ontology Society
Member, American Philosophical Association
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