Curriculum Vitae

Updated September 2022

the.real.rowan.bell@gmail.com
Department of Philosophy
University of Missouri
233 Middlebush Hall, Columbia, MO<./span>

Academic Appointments

2022 - 2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy / Preparing Future Faculty: Faculty Diversity | University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri)
2023 - Assistant Professor, Philosophy / Sexualities, Genders, and Social Change | University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario)

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Specialization: feminist philosophy, trans philosophy

Areas of Competence: metaethics, social epistemology, social ontology, philosophy of race

Education

2022 Ph.D. in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Dissertation Title: “Gender Norms and Gendered Traits”
2014 B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude
East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Johnson City, TN

Research

Forthcoming: “Being Your Best Self: Authenticity, Morality, and Gender Norms.” In Hypatia. Download PDF.

Under Review: “The Role of a Lifetime: Trans Experience and Gender Norms.”

Draft: “Distorted Identities: Hermeneutical Injustice and Normative Social Roles.”

Draft: “‘It’s Just Science’: Thick Concepts and Hermeneutical Injustice.”

Published:  “(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 Experience

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
Spring 2021 Logic
Fall 2020 Philosophy of Feminism (hybrid)
Summer 2020 Philosophy of Feminism (online asynchronous)
Spring 2020 Human Nature
Fall 2019 Philosophy of Feminism
Summer 2019 Philosophy of Feminism (online asynchronous)

Selected Research Presentations

* denotes competitive selection
† denotes invited talk

“What Is Philosophy For? Sweaty Concepts and Methodological Conflict.” Upcoming presentations:

  • † East Tennessee State University Speaker Series, October 2022
  • * Atlantic Regional Philosophers’ Association (ARPA) Annual Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2022

“The Role of a Lifetime: Trans Experience and Gender Norms.” Accepted for presentation at:

  • * Young Philosophers’ Lecture Series, Depauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, October 2022.
  • * 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.” Presented at the APA Eastern Meeting, virtual meeting, January 2021.

* “Authenticity and Gender Norms.” Presented at MAP Flash Talks, virtual event, May 2020.

† “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
Projects:

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.

Grants Awarded

$2500. Engaged Humanities Grant, Syracuse University. For Syracuse University’s Philosophy Lab, a branch of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO).

Commentaries

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

Invited Panelist, MAP PhD Panel, Mudd Undergraduate Ethics Conference, March 2022

*President (elected), SU Philosophy Graduate Student Organization, 2020-2021

*Founder and Organizer, MAP Anti-Racist Reading Group, Summer-Fall 2020 (online)

Founder and Co-Organizer, Syracuse-Queens Social Metaphysics Group, 2020-present (online)

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”, September 2021 (online)

Lead Organizer, MANCEPT Workshop, “What Is Gender? Vol. III”, September 2022 (Manchester, UK)

*Co-Organizer, SU Philosophy Graduate Conference, 2017-2018

Activities Coordinator, SU Philosophy Graduate Student Organization, 2017-2020

Reviewer, Ergo

Reviewer, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly

Reviewer, Hypatia

Reviewer, Journal of Social Ontology

Member, International Social Ontology Society

Member, American Philosophical Association

Member, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Member, North American Society for Social Philosophy

References

Dr. Hille Paakkunainen
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
hpaakkun@syr.edu

Dr. Katharine Jenkins
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Katharine.Jenkins@glasgow.ac.uk

Dr. Kara Richardson
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
kricha03@syr.edu

Dr. Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
verlenbu@syr.edu