Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2016
M.A., Philosophy, University of South Carolina, 2012
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Columbia International University, 2007
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Trauma, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics
Areas of Competence
Philosophy of Disability, Medieval Philosophy, Russian Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Bioethics
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, English and Philosophy Department, Murray State University (2017-Present)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Religious Experience Project, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame (2016-2017)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “Distorting Concepts, Obscured Experiences: On the Role of Hermeneutical Injustice in Religious Trauma,” in Hypatia (Forthcoming).
- “Gender and Justice: Human and Divine Gender in Analytic Theology” in T&T Clark Companion to Analytic Theology, eds. James Arcadi and J. T. Turner (Forthcoming).
- “The Simplicity of Divine Ideas: Theistic Conceptual Realism and the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity” in Religious Studies (Forthcoming).
- “That We May be Whole: Doing Philosophy of Religion with the Whole Self” in The Lost Sheep in Philosophy of Religion: New Perspectives on Disability, Gender, Race, and Animals, edited by Blake Hereth and Kevin Timpe, 55-76 (New York: Routledge, 2019).
- “The Shattered Spiritual Self: A Philosophical Exploration of Religious Trauma,” Res Philosophica, 95 (2018): 505-530.
- “Created and Uncreated Things: A Neo-Augustinian Solution to the Bootstrapping Problem,” International Philosophical Quarterly, 56 (2016): 99-112
- “The Russian Artist in Plato’s Republic,” Гуманистическое наследие просветителей в культуре и образовании: материалы Международной научно-практической конференции (VII Акмуллинские чтения) 7 декабря 2012 года. [The Humanistic Heritage of the Enlightenment in Culture and Education: Proceedings of the International Scientific-Practical Conference (7th Akmulla Lecture), 7 December, 2012] (Ufa: BGPU, 2013), 574-585.
- Voices from the Edge: Centering Marginalized Perspectives in Analytic Theology, eds. Michelle Panchuk and Michael Rea. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019 (In Press).
- “Immutability and Impassibility,” invited contribution to Wiley- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (Forthcoming)
Works in Progress
- Believing in Trauma, monograph manuscript in progress
- “Insidious Trauma: Hermeneutical Injustice and the Integrity of the Self”
- “Has God Indeed Said? Skeptical Theism and Scriptural Hermeneutics”
- “Toward a Liturgy of Protest,” in Liturgies: Philosophical Explorations of Embodied Religious Practice, eds., Bruce Benson, Neal DeRoo, and J. Aaron Simmons. (Paper under revision.Volume proposal in progress)
- “Holenmeric Horcruxes: The Metaphysics of Soul-splitting,” co-authored with Julie Swanstrom
Grants and Awards
2019-2020 — Profession Development and Scholarly/Creative Activity Research Grant from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Murray State University “Religious Belief and Practice in Religious Trauma: A Focus Group Study.”
2019-2020 — Research Circle Grant from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Murray State University, “Mentoring Writing in the Humanities”
2019 — Small Department Lecture Grant from The Society of Christian Philosophers, “‘Sacramental Shame’ Public Lecture by Theresa Tobin”
2018-2019 — Consultancy Grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, “Approaches to Our Common Humanity: Religious Studies Topics at Murray State University,”co-authored with Barbara Cobb, Christina Lindner, Ray Horton, and Robert “Moses” Fritz
2015 — “Two Thumbs Up” Award from the Department of Disability Services, University of South Carolina, for making a difference in the life of one or more of their students
2020 — “Insidious Trauma: Hermeneutical Injustice and the Integrity of the Self,” Logos Workshop in Analytic Theology, Notre Dame, IN
2019 — “Power and Protest: A Christian Liturgical Response to Religious Trauma,” Plenary address to the joint meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the Evangelical Theological Society
2018 —“Responding to Religious Trauma: Empathy, Solidarity, and Protest,” University of North Carolina, Asheville
2017— “The Shattered Spiritual Self,” Colloquium Talk,Marquette University
2019 — “Skeptical Theism, Moral Commitments and Scriptural Hermeneutics” Midwest Meeting the of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Holland MI
2019 — “Narrative Death: Hermeneutical Injustice as Structural Violence,” Philosophical Engagements with Trauma, University of North Carolina, Asheville
2018 — “Skeptical Theism, Moral Intuition, and Scriptural Hermeneutics” Theistic Ethics Workshop, Wake Forest
2018 — “That We May Be Whole: Doing Philosophy of Religion with the Whole Self,” Society of Christian Philosophers, 40th anniversary meeting, Calvin College
2017 — “Distorting Concepts, Obscured Experiences,” The American Academy of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts
2017 — “Toward a Liturgy of Protest,” The Society of Christian Philosophy, Asbury University
2017 — “Toward a Liturgy of Protest,” The Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology, Furman University
2016 — “When Religion Harms: Philosophical Reflections on Religious Trauma and loss of Faith,” The Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Meeting
2016 — “The Epistemological Significance of Suffering and the Problem of Evil,” The Society of Christian Philosophers, Midwest Meeting
2016 — “The Simplicity of Divine Ideas,” Junior Metaphysicians Workshop, Texas Christian University
2016 — “Holenmeric Horcruxes,” co-authored with Dr. Julie Swanstrom, Joint meeting of the South Carolina and North Carolina Societies for Philosophy
2014 — “Created and Uncreated Things,” South Carolina Society for Philosophy Conference, Furman University
2013 — “Created and Uncreated Things” Plenary Address, Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Region, University of Southern Florida
2013 — “The Russian Artist in Plato’s Republic,” South Carolina Society of Philosophy Conference, College of Charleston
2013 — “The Russian Artist in Plato’s Republic,” Southern Conference for Slavic Studies, Greensboro, North Carolina
Formative Peer Reviewer for Public Philosophy Journal
Referee for Religious Studies
Program committee for the Society of Christian Philosophers at the American Academy of Religion.
Co-organizer for Logos Workshop in Analytic Theology, 2018
Committee for outreach to Belarus, Russian, and Ukraine, Society of Christian Philosophers
Interviews/Citations in the Press
2019 — Podcast Interview with Blogos: http://blogos.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2019/06/25/939/
2018 — Video Interview on Religious Trauma, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame:
(1) “What is Religious Trauma?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BQF7qvtkGQ&index=38&list=PLUwpbayMegSQgoLiRsmN5NLkCn7T0iGuT
(2) “How Have Communities Perpetuated Religious Trauma?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfFvJPDBeHs&index=37&list=PLUwpbayMegSQgoLiRsmN5NLkCn7T0iGuT&t=2s
(3) “How Can Religious Communities Support Sufferers of Religious Trauma?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TSBBGCijyU&list=PLUwpbayMegSQgoLiRsmN5NLkCn7T0iGuT&index=37
(4) “How is Religious Trauma Related to the Traditional Problems of Evil and Divine Hiddenness?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e53NH5JbCng&list=PLUwpbayMegSQgoLiRsmN5NLkCn7T0iGuT&index=39
2018 — Murray State News, Daniella Tebib, “Title IX training deadline approaches,”, http://thenews.org/2018/10/11/title-ix-training-deadline-approaches/
2018 — Truth Out, Eleanor J. Bader, “Anything to Avoid a Scandal: How Colleges Sideline Sexual Abuse Complaints,” https://truthout.org/articles/anything-to-avoid-a-scandal-how-colleges-sideline-sexual-abuse/
2018 — Salon, Amanda Marcotte, “Crisis of faith: Evangelical Christians struggle with their own #MeToo moment,” https://www.salon.com/2018/06/06/evangelical-christians-struggle-with-their-own-metoo-moment/
2016 — “Does Violence Foster (the Right Kind of) Intimacy?” Online Symposium on Michael Harris’s “But Now My Eye Has Seen You’: Yissurin Shel Ahavah As Divine Intimacy Theodicy,” http://www.theapj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/111.pdf.
2015 — “Trauma and Deconversion: Questions for Pastors and Philosophers” Philosophy Goes to Church, https://philosophygoestochurch.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/trauma-and-deconversion-questions-for-pastors-and-philosophers/.
2018 — “Mitigating the Effects of Trauma on Body, Spirit, and Mind,” Keynote Address, co-presented with Dr. Christy Sim and Katie Deaver, PhD, Christian Feminism Today, St. Louis, MO
2018 — “Women in Theological Discourse: Religious Trauma and Hermeneutical Injustice,” Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel on “Women, Religion & Power,”Murray State University
2018 — “Celebrate Diversity Storytime” at the Calloway County Public Library is a service learning component of“Philosophy of Race”
2016 — “Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac,” Public Lecture at Church for You, Vinnitsa, Ukraine
2016 — “What is Evil?,” Public Lecture at Window on America, Temeryazyeva Library, Vinnitsia, Ukraine
Murray State University
History of Philosophy: Mind and Reality (History of Metaphysics); Feminist Philosophy; Literature and Philosophy: Science Fiction and Feminism; Philosophy of Race; Literature and Philosophy: Themes in Russian Literature and Russian Philosophy; Ethics; Philosophy: The Big Questions
University of South Carolina
Honors Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction to Formal Logic; Contemporary Moral Issues, Philosophy of Sex (teaching assistant to Leah McClimmans), Intermediate Russian II (on-line); Elementary Russian I
Columbia international University
Introduction to Philosophy (Camille Griffin Graham Women’s Prison); Senior Seminar in Philosophy of Religion; Classical (Ancient) Philosophy
Philosophy of Trauma; Philosophy of Disability; Philosophy in Harry Potter; Medieval Philosophy; Russian Philosophy