NEH Summer Institute on Experimental Philosophy. Co-Directors: Shaun Nichols, University of Arizona and Ron Mallon, University of Utah. Hosted at University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT, June 22 - July 17, 2009.
"Interrogating 'Bullying': What It Might Be and What It Definitely Is Not"
I’m currently working on two major projects:
The Stereotype Project. This project involves a series of papers and an online resource for exploring the special challenge of understanding the impact of racial slurs. The online resource will include a resource library as well as a series of original papers clarifying some of the complex issues related to understanding the impact of slurs and stereotypes.
The Politics of Nonsense: The Dangerous Space Between Truth and Lies. This is a monograph being co-authored with Melissa Kozma. This purpose of this book is an extended analysis of the concept of purposeful nonsense. Our contention is that much public discourse -- especially where it concerns political and social power -- has shifted in focus and intention. This new discursive strategy is deceptive without being deception; it is earnest without being truthful. Purposeful Nonsense, we argue, is driving current discourse around race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability, both when these topics appears in formally political contexts -- in legislation, in debates in the national and state congresses, in briefs brought before and formal judgments made by the nation federal and state supreme courts, and in journalism (broadly defined) about the matter -- and especially when they appear in less formally political contexts -- i.e., mass media . Progressive, conservatives (and everyone in between) are taking advantage of the power of this discursive strategy. Our contention, however, is that despite the intentions of those taking advantage of purposeful nonsense, the outcome is always to sustain a status quo that disenfranchises the poor, marginalizes non-whites, disempowers women, and objectifies the disabled. In short, the final outcome of purposeful nonsense (no matter what the journey) is always creating and/or sustaining oppression.
“Interrogating Bully: What it Might Mean and What it Definitely Doesn’t” presented at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, March 25, 2016.
“Integrity Privilege: Why No One Who Likes You Calls You a ‘Social Justice Warrior’” presented at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, March 24, 2016.
“Bullies, Trolls, & #Feminism” forthcoming presentation at the Nation Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 14, 2014.
“Intersectionality: Why Race and Gender Still Matter” (with Namita Goswami, Melissa Kozma, Maeve O’Donovan, Heather Rakes, Jennifer Scuro, and Lisa Yount) presented at Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 23, 2014.
“Women Undergraduates, Justice, and the Future of Philosophy” (with Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Jean Keller, and Kathryn Norlock) presented at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, Collegeville, Minnesota, August 1, 2014.
“Reconstructing Race: The History & Future of Race and Racism” presented at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, October 30, 2013.
"Dangerous Discourse: Stereotype Threat and the Phenomenology of Social Opression" (with Melissa Kozma) presented at the 3rd Conference of the Society for Analytical Feminism at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, October 5, 2012.
"Nonsense as Discourse: The Continuing Importance of Critical Race and Feminist Analysis" (with Melissa Kozma) presented at the Spring Conference of the Eastern Society for Women at Philosophy, Notre dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD, April 28, 2012.
“Who Got Da’ Hookup: Revisiting the Unmarriagability of Black Women” presented at University of Wisconsin - Barron County, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, March 15, 2012.
“Invited Symposium: Sexual Harassment in the Academy: The 21st Century” (with Margaret Crouch, Kathryn Forbes, and Janet Slagter) presented at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego CA, April 20 - 23, 2011. • “The Knobe Effect and Hidden Racism: A Race Experiment” presented at California University in Pennsylvania, March 17, 2011.
“Keeping Score: The NFL, Women’s Tennis, and the Gendered Identity of Sports” presented at the sixth annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference, Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports. California PA, March 17, 2011.
“A Feminist Reading of Gay Marriage: Three Ways” (with Melissa M. Kozma and P. Lori Watson) panel discussion at Midwest Division Meeting of Society for Women in Philosophy, Madison WI, October 22, 2010.
"Demarcation: Arguing Race & Racism in the 21st Century" presented at Ball State University, Muncie IN, March 23, 2010.
“The Future of Feminism(s): Challenges, Controversies, and Re-Visions” (with Celia Bardwell- Jones, Marjorie Jolles, Amy Story, and Lisa Yount) keynote panel discussion at Eastern Division Meeting of Society for Women in Philosophy, Cleveland OH, March 2009.