The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Gina Schouten and Jeff Behrends, both members of the philosophy department at Illinois State University, will be joining our department in the fall of 2016.
Gina received her PhD in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and spent the past three year as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Illinois State University. Her research interests include gender justice, educational justice, and political legitimacy. She has recently been working on projects concerning the legitimacy of political interventions to alter the gendered division of labor, in which she argues that progressive gender egalitarian political interventions can constitute legitimate exercises of political power. She is currently working on a series of papers that apply her work on political legitimacy to issues of educational justice. She has also written on the challenge of diversifying the discipline of philosophy, justice in higher education, and various topics in applied ethics. We are proud to have her join us as Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
Jeff joins Harvard University as Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy after spending three years as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Illinois State University. Prior to that, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff's research interests include practical normativity, especially (at present) instrumental reasons, and the metaphysical grounding of practical reasons; moral epistemology; well-being and relational value. A Cincinnati native, Jeff is a committed Reds fan, and all-around baseball enthusiast. When not working on philosophy or contemplating the beauty of baseball statistics, he'll often be found playing board games or practicing kung fu.
Please join us in welcoming Gina and Jeff to the department!