Curriculum Vitae
Independent Scholar
Rondabowen2012@gmail.com

Education:

  • Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. Ph.D., Philosophy, Social and Political Thought. 2006-2008. (No Degree).
  • Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL. M.A. Philosophy, August 2004-2006.
  • California State University, Chico. B.A. Philosophy May 2002. Honors in the Major. Senior Thesis Title: Much to Do About Suffering. January 2000-May 2002.
  • Butte College. Oroville, CA. January 1999-May 1999
  • Diablo Valley College. Pleasant Hill, CA. January 1995-July 1997

Languages:

  • French-Advanced Reading Skills
  • German-Advanced Reading Skills
  • Latin – Basic Reading Skills
  • Greek – Basic Reading Skills
  • Spanish – Basic Reading Skills

Areas of Specialization:
Kant and 19th – 20th Century Philosophy, History of Social and Political Philosophy, Ancient philosophy

Areas of Competence:
Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Technology, Logic, Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Feminism

Teaching Experience:

  • Plato’s Academy, 2nd-7th grade, 2007-2012, Courses taught included: logic, language arts (Spelling, phonics, grammar, writing), Latin (I had a student finish the Exploratory Latin Exam Cum Laude), French, math (concepts through pre-algebra), basic Spanish, basic Chinese, science (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy), U.S. and world history, great books world literature, art and art history, philosophy, music theory and history
  • Frederick Rauscher, Michigan State University, Teaching assistant, Integrative Study of the Arts and Humanities 231 A: Freedom in the Modern World, Fall 2007
  • Grant Dowell, Michigan State University, Teaching Assistant, Philosophy 130 (Logic and Reasoning) Spring 2007
  • CSU Chico Learning Center. Advanced Logic Tutor. January 2002-May 2002.
  • CSU Chico Learning Center. Intermediate Logic Tutor. August 2001-December 2001.
  • Maryanne Bertram, Internship in Teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Fall 2000

Research Experience:

  • Bernard Finifter, Graduate Research Assistant, Sociology. June 2006-January 2008
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Graduate Assistant, Foreign Languages, August 2005-May 2006

Current Research:

  • Suffering and the responsibilities of states to citizens
  • Group responsibility
  • Nietzsche and state legitimacy
  • Plato’s erotic dialogues and social theory
  • Leibniz and responsibility
  • The metaphysical status of suffering
  • The epistemic status of testimonies about pain
  • Comparative studies of perspectives on suffering between eastern and western philosophies
  • Perspectives on technology and its relation to mediating reality
  • Contemporary solutions to environmental problems
  • Responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies to patients
  • Responsibilities of agricultural companies to citizens
  • The impact of social media on community
  • Biomedical ethics and antibiotics

Publications:

  • “Birthday Parties.” The Social History of the American Family. Marilyn Coleman & Lawrence Ganong eds., September 2014.
  • “Engagement Parties.” The Social History of the American Family. Marilyn Coleman & Lawrence Ganong eds., September 2014.
  • “Sweet Sixteen.” The Social History of the American Family. Marilyn Coleman & Lawrence Ganong eds., September 2014.
  • “Wealthy Families.” The Social History of the American Family. Marilyn Coleman & Lawrence Ganong eds., September 2014.
  • “Barn Facades and Crime-Solving: How do we know a crime was solved.” In Psych and Philosophy, Robert Arp, Ed. Popular Culture and Philosophy. New York: Open Court Press 2013.
  • “Paternalism, Tradition, and Assimilation in Ang Lee’s ‘Father Knows Best’ Trilogy.” in The Philosophy of Ang Lee (The Philosophy of Pop Culture). Robert Arp, Adam Barkman, and James McRae, Eds. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2013.
  • “Friends and Lovers: Why Your Best Friend May be Your Greatest Love.” in What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Lover. Edited by Sharon Kaye. Oxford: Blackwell, March, 2012.
  • “Artichoke” in Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: From Acacia to Zinnia. Christopher, Cumo, Ed. Santa Barbara, CA; ABC-Clio, 2013.
  • “Celery” in Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants. Christopher, Cumo, Ed. Santa Barbara, CA; ABC-Clio, 2013.
  • “Georgia” in Native America: A State by State History, Daniel S. Murphy, Ed., Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2012.
  • “Vermont” in Native America: A State by State History, Daniel S. Murphy, Ed., Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2012.
  • “Tennessee” in Native America: A State by State History, Daniel S. Murphy, Ed., Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2012.
  • “Maine” in Native America: A State by State History, Daniel S. Murphy, Ed., Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2012.
  • “Is There Life on Pandora? Review of James Cameron‟s Avatar,” Jura Gentium Cinema: Cinema and Globalization, April 2010.
  • “Bringing Back Focal Practices to Combat a Hot, Flat, and Crowded World: A Critique of Thomas L. Friedman” in Infinity Journal (Feb/March 2010), Spotlight Article.
  • Freelance Editor, THINK Philosophy, Pearson Publishing, Forthcoming
  • “Review of Thomas L. Friedman (2008) Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution – and how it can renew America” in In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics, and Societies (Vol. 4, No. 1 – 2009) 101-102
  • “Wealth and Poverty” in The Encyclopedia of the Early Republic & Antebellum America, Sharpe Reference, 2010.
  • “Maternal Ethics” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood, SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “ADD” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood, SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Christopher Columbus‟ Mother” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood, SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Nannies” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood, SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Royal Mothers” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood, SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Should We Be Raising Altruists?” with Legg, E., Lavis, F., and Gillette, S. in The Philosophy Student Writer’s Manual. Graybosch, A. J., et al. Pearson, 2003. p. 238-245.

Presentations:

  • “Small Steps to Sustainability: Treating Going Green as a Change Management Project.” Presented at This Way to Sustainability VII Conference, March 2012.
  • “Sustainable Life Practices: Returning to Focal Practices.” Presented November 6, 2010 at This Way to Sustainability, VI. Chico, CA.
  • “The General Will toward Perpetual Peace: A look at the general will in Kantian Political Theory” Presented at the 2007 International Social Philosophy Conference, Millersville, PA.
  • “Kantian Politics in The Critique of Pure Reason’’ Presented at the 2007 MPSA Conference, April 12th -15th Palmer House Hilton Chicago, IL
  • Chair for Hobbes Panel 2007 MPSA (Midwest Political Science Association) Conference April 12th – 15th Palmer House Hilton, Chicago IL
  • “Much to Do About Suffering” Presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference Roundtable on Inequality and Poverty, April 20 2006.
  • “Much to Do About Suffering” Presented at NIU Graduate Student Conference April 15, 2006
  • “Can We Bridge the Gap? A Commentary on Sarah Grubb’s ‘Bridging the Gap’” Presented at NIU Graduate Student Conference April 15, 2006.
  • “If My Friend Fails, Should I Help Her Up?” Presented NIU Graduate Student ConferenceJanuary 28, 2005
  • “Much To Do about Suffering.” presented at 2002 HFA Symposium. Chico, CA

Service:

  • 2011-2012 Stonewall Alliance Chico Communications Committee
  • 2011 Chico Habitat for Humanity Women Build
  • 2010-2012 Chico Natural Foods Co-Op Newsletter Editor
  • 2007 Michigan State University Graduate Representative to Hiring Committee
  • 2006-2007 Michigan State University 8th Annual Graduate Conference Organizing Committee – Treasurer
  • 2005-2006 Northern Illinois University Philosophy Department Graduate Student Association Committee.
  • 2001-2002 Chico State Phi Sigma Tau Treasurer. Also served on various committees to bring in speakers and organized speaker events.