Independent Scholar

Wichita, KS

Education:

  • Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. Ph.D. level courses, 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:

  • 19th – 20th Century Philosophy (Primarily Kant)
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Environmental Ethics 

Areas of Competence:

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • History of Analytic Philosophy (Russell, Wittgenstein)
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Feminism

Teaching Experience:

  • Plato’s Academy, 2007-Present, Private PreK- 12th Grade School. Courses taught include:
    • Logic
    • Language arts (Spelling, phonics, grammar, writing)
    • Latin (I had a student finish the Exploratory Latin Exam Cum Laude)
    • French
    • Math (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
    • Montessori-style early childhood education
  • 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 Assistant 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
  • 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
  • Encouraging civic engagement and political participation

Publications and Papers Delivered:

  • “Political Repression and Voting Rights” in Chicana and Chicano Movement Forthcoming
  • “Chicana/o Poetry” in Chicana and Chicano Movement Forthcoming
  • “Tank Girl (1995) in Encyclopedia of Sexism in American Cinema Forthcoming
  • “Supergirl (1984)” in Encyclopedia of Sexism in American Cinema Forthcoming
  • “They Can’t Handle the Truth: Plato’s Republic and Wikileaks” in What Philosophy Can Tell You about Wikileaks, Arp, R., ed. Chicago, IL: Forthcoming in 2018.
  • “Environmental Activism: Great Ideas Start Small.” Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. Crume, Richard ed. ABC-Clio: Forthcoming
  • “Population Trends, Health Implications of.” Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. Crume, Richard ed. ABC-Clio: Forthcoming
  • “Intensive Farming Practices and Health.” Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. Crume, Richard ed. ABC-Clio: Forthcoming
  • “Organic Agriculture.” Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases. Crume, Richard ed. ABC-Clio: Forthcoming
  • “Birthday Parties.” The Social History of the American Family. Coleman, Marilyn J. and Ganong, Lawrence H. eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing. 2014
  • “Engagement Parties.” The Social History of the American Family. Coleman, Marilyn J. and Ganong, Lawrence H. eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing. 2014
  • “Sweet Sixteen.” The Social History of the American Family. Coleman, Marilyn J. and Ganong, Lawrence H. eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing. 2014
  • “Wealthy Families.” The Social History of the American Family. Coleman, Marilyn J. and Ganong, Lawrence H. eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing. 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.
  • Success in Life through Personality Engineering. With Murali Chemuturi. Kindle Publishing. 2011.
  • Success in Life through Personality Engineering. With Murali Chemuturi. CreateSpace. 2011.
  • “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, 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: From Acacia to Zinnia. 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.
  • Freelance Contributor THINK Race and Ethnicity. Scott, Mona. New York: Pearson Education, 2011.
  • Freelance Contributor THINK Rock. Dettmar, Kevin. New York: Pearson Education, 2011.
  • “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 Critically. Facione, Peter. New York: Pearson Education, 2010
  • “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. Bates, Christopher, ed. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2010.
  • “Maternal Ethics” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. O’Reilly, Andrea, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “ADD” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. O’Reilly, Andrea, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Christopher Columbus’s Mother” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. O’Reilly, Andrea, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Nannies” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. O’Reilly, Andrea, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010.
  • “Royal Mothers” in The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. O’Reilly, Andrea, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: 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.
  • “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 Conference January 28, 2005
  • “Much To Do about Suffering.” presented at 2002 HFA Symposium. Chico, CA

Service:

  • 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 California State University, Chico, Phi Sigma Tau Treasurer. Also served on various committees to bring in speakers and organized speaker events.
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