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Linda Alcoff
Uma Narayan
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  • (Ph.D. Harvard): Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy, Affiliate Professor in Jewish Studies, LGBT Studies, Women’s Studies, Affiliate Professor in Environmental Studies. Ethics (Kant, character, virtues & vices, evil); social & political philosophy (justice; crime & punishment); feminist philosophy; environmental philosophy; lesbian culture.
  • Author of The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil (Oxford, 2002), The Unnatural Lottery: Character and Moral Luck (Temple 1996), Lesbian Choices (Columbia 1995), and more than 100 articles and reviews; editor of Feminist Ethics (Kansas 1991), Adventures in Lesbian Philosophy (Indiana 1994), The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir (Cambridge, 2003), On Feminist Ethics and Politics (Kansas 1999), and a special issue of Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy (1992).
  • Editor of book series Feminist Ethics (University Press of Kansas); Philosophy Bk Review Editor for Journal of Homosexuality; member of editorial or review boards for Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia, Ethics and the Environment,  bk series Feminist Ethics (Oxford University Press), and Essays in Philosophy (biannual journal, online).
  • Former chair of APA Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People in the Profession, (1997-2001); Senior-Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (2002-2007).

  • Teaching: (Philosophy 241 "Introduction to Ethics"; Philosophy 341 "Contemporary Moral Issues"; Philosophy 439 "American Philosophy"; Philosophy 441 "Environmental Ethics" (cross-listed with Environmental Studies); Philosophy 442 "Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust" (cross-listed with Jewish Studies); Philosophy 543 (variable content: Kant's Ethics; Crime and Punishment; Theories of Justice; Theories of Evil); Philosophy 556 "Topics in Feminism and Philosophy"; graduate seminars in ethical theory, feminist theory, and political philosophy.

Linda Martín Alcoff

Linda Martín Alcoff works primarily in continental philosophy, epistemology, feminist theory, and philosophy of race. Her books include Feminist Epistemologies (Routledge, 1993), Thinking From the Underside of History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), Epistemology:  The Big Questions (Blackwell), Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory of Knowledge (Cornell, 1996), Identities (Blackwell, 2002).  She has written over forty articles concerning Foucault, sexual violence, the politics of knowledge, and gender and race identity, and is at work on a new book forthcoming with Oxford entitled Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self.  She held an ACLS Fellowship for 1990-1991 and a fellowship from the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University for 1994-1995.

In recognition of her outstanding undergraduate teaching, Professor Alcoff was awarded a Laura J. and Douglas Meredith Professorship.  She was one of three professors at Syracuse University named in the first year of these awards.

She has been chair of the APA Committee on Hispanics/Latinos, a member of the Executive Committee of the Eastern division APA, and Co-Director of SPEP, the Society for the Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.

For 2002-2003 she was a Visiting Professor at SUNY Stony Brook in Philosophy and Women's Studies.  She is currently serving a three-year term as Director of the Women's Studies Program at Syracuse University.

Uma Narayan

Uma Narayan received her B.A. in Philosophy from Bombay University and her M.A. in Philosophy from Poona University, India. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1990. She is the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism. She has coedited Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives with Prof. Mary L. Shanley, Having and Raising Children with Prof. Julia Bartkowiak and Decentering the Center: Postcolonial and Feminist Challenges to Philosophy with Prof. Sandra Harding. She regularly offers courses on Contemporary Moral Issues, Social and Political Philosophy and Feminist Theory in the philosophy department. She frequently teaches courses for the Women's Studies program, such as Introduction to Women's Studies and Global Feminism.