Associate Professor of Philosophy & Department Chair. My teaching, research and personal interests
mesh together in a rather seamless fashion. Currently I teach three
courses that reflect my areas of specialty and my intellectual curiosity:
Philosophy of Women’s Lives, Knowledge and Social Change, and Knowing Bodies.
Each of these courses seeks to understand the connection between theory and
practice, philosophy and lived experience, and epistemology and politics.
The position I take in all my teaching is that philosophy without action
is rather purposeless. What makes the study of philosophy so important
is the way that it can translate into action and change in the everyday world.
My hope is that my courses inspire students to critically assess those things
they may have taken for granted and to feel empowered to act upon those things
they wish to improve or change.
Because of my commitment to the connection between philosophy and everyday
life, I try to be active in my community. I am on the board and the governance
committee of a women’s shelter called Project Woman. I also am on the board
and an organizer of a girls’ group called Grrlz to Womyn.
Summer of 2004 I went to Viet Nam with my colleague Molly Wood
(a feminist historian) to participate in a seminar entitled “Transition and
Transformation in Viet Nam.” We were in Ha Noi and Saigon, for
17 days. It had a profound effect upon both of us. It led me to my current
project that I am tentatively calling “The War on Reproduction.” While in
Viet Nam I visited a peace village attached to Saigon’s Women’s Hospital.
In this peace village were children--infants through teens--that
were suffering the genetic effects of Agent Orange that was sprayed thirty
years ago during the Viet Nam war. The experience
I had in the peace village coincided with interests I already had in the
way pesticides, herbicides, and pharmaceuticals reconstructed the very materiality
of our bodies and disproportionately affected women’s lives. This experience
and prior interest have initiated the very beginning stages of “The War on
Reproduction,” which I hope to spend my 2006-2007 sabbatical year researching.
My recent publications include “It’s In the Meat: Science Studies, Science
Fiction and Ruth Ozeki’s Demystification of Scientific Knowledge,”
in Science Studies and Science Fiction, M. Grebowicz, ed, forthcoming,
and “Telling Her Own Truth: June Jordan, Standard English and the Epistemology
of Ignorance,” in Still Seeking an Attitude, Kinloch,
V. and M. Grebowicz, eds. 2004. Both of these projects came out
of a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Seminar on Feminist Epistemology,
hosted by Nancy Tuana and Shannon Sullivan, 2003. I
am writing a feminist philosophy reference book, Feminist
Philosophies A-Z for Edinburgh University Press that should be out
fall of 2006.
I am also on the steering committee of a new feminist philosophy group, FEMMSS
(Feminist Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology and Science Studies).
Our fearless organizer is Cate Hundleby, Windsor University. She and
Lynn Nelson hosted our first bi-annual conference at University of Washington,
Seattle, fall of 2004.
My Ph.D. is from Temple University, where I was also a Visiting Assistant
Professor of Philosophy for two years and the Associate Director of the
Awareness of Teaching and Teaching Improvement Center. My M.A. is
from Cleveland State and my B.A. is from Lake Erie College. I came
to Wittenberg in 2000.