I approach teaching through direct discussion based engagement with students. This approach treats students as individuals with valuable contributions and the ability to develop and utilize their own intellectual abilities to academic problems. My ideal classroom is one of open-ended collaboration and respect where students are able to set and meet continually revised academic goals.
I have a masters degree in philosophy, and much of my previous work and studies have involved applying traditional philosophic tools to analyze histories of race and gender in the United States. I have directly taught in classrooms of up to twenty-eight students and have a proven track record of working through difficult and intricate texts with students. I also have direct experience with one-on-one writing tutoring with goals set by students.
Cancellation must occur at least 12 hours prior to a scheduled session.
Areas of Specialization:
Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, Intersectionality, Black Feminism(s), Hope
Areas of Competence:
Philosophy of Identity, Social Metaphysics and Ontology, Philosophies of Hope, Trans* Philosophy, Applied Ethics, History of Western Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Political Philosophy, Philosophies of Curiosity
MA American University, Washington DC, Philosophy, May 2019
Masters Paper 1: “A Cartography of Social Reality(ies)” Awarded highest distinction
Advisors: Lauren Weis & Asia Ferrin
Masters Paper 2: “A Curious Race: The Oppressive Politics of White Curiosity” Awarded highest distinction
Advisors: Perry Zurn & Onaje Woodbine
BA St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, Philosophy, May 2013
Thesis: “The Masters of the Earth”
Advisor: Brad Park
Honors and Awards
2018 AU Asian Studies Essay Contest Honorary Mention,
2017-2019 The Jeffrey Reiman and Sue Headlee Scholarship,
2017-2019 Philosophy Graduate Assistantship Award
2012 DeSousa-Brent Summer Scholars Grant,
2009-2013 DeSousa-Brent Scholar
Grants and Fellowships
2019 Co-Recipient of AU Inclusive Excellence Collaboration Mini-Grant for project entitled: The AU Trans Experience: Then and Now.
Spring 2018 Introduction to East Asian Philosophy, American University, Undergraduate course of 25 students. Responsibilities included: Lecturing, administering exams, leading discussion, administrative work.
Fall 2017 Introduction to Western Philosophy, American University, Undergraduate course of 28 students. Responsibilities included: Lecturing, designing exams, grading, running review sessions.
Presentations and Invited Lectures
2019 “Looking Inn the Stones: Trans*historical Archeology as Abolitionist Praxis” National Women’s Study Association Annual Conference. (Upcoming).
2019 “A Curious Race: The Oppressive Politics of White Curiosity” Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference.
2019 “A Cartography of Social Reality(ies)” Society for Analytic Feminism at the Central APA Meeting.
2018 “A Curious Race: The Oppressive Politics of White Curiosity” Western Philosophy 101 taught by Perry Zurn.
2018 Invited Speaker: Philosophy/Religion Graduate Student Symposium and Skills Workshop.
2018 “The Expansion of the Topic: Autobiography and East Asian Philosophy” Presented at AU Asian Studies Yearly Celebration.
2018 “A Cartography of Social Reality(ies)” Presented at AU Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference.
2013 “The Masters of the Earth” Presented at SMCM Senior Thesis in Philosophy Conference.
2012 “The Evolution of The Ideal White Male in the United States” Presented at SMCM De-Sousa Brent Summer Research Conference.
2018-Present Member of AU Academic Integrity Code Revision Committee
2018-Present AU Graduate Student Council Philosophy Co-Senator
2018-Present AU Minorities and Philosophy Chapter Co-Organizer
2018- Present AU Connects Facilitator
Worked at request to create constructive spaces for conversations about Race and diversity in various settings on campus.
2018-2019 DC Area High School Ethics Bowl Judge
2017-present Graduate Representative AU Chapter of Triota Triota Triota
Served as a liaison for graduate students seeking membership in the Women Gender Studies Honor Society.
2012 DeSousa-Brent Scholars Summer Mentor
Helped first-year students acclimate to and prepare for arriving on campus in the fall during an intensive two-week retreat.
Spring 2018 Prisons and Abolitionist Imaginations, Perry Zurn & Orisanmi Burton.
Spring 2018 Phenomenology and the Social World, Cameron Bassirri.
Fall 2018 Internship in Philosophy, Ellen K. Feder.
Fall 2018 Ethical Theory, Asia Ferrin.
Spring 2018 Philosophy and Curiosity, Perry Zurn.
Spring 2018 Feminist Philosophy, Amy Oliver.
Spring 2018 Black Feminism(s), Shaeeda Mensah.
Fall 2017 Radicalizing Experience: The Philosophy of William James, Rebecca Carr.
Fall 2017 Feminist Metaphysics, Lauren Weis.
Fall 2017 Philosophy and Modernity in East Asia, Jin Y. Park.
Fall 2017 Philosophic Writing, James Stam.
Summer 2017 Phenomenology and Time, Cameron Bassirri.
Relevant Work Experience
2019-Present Writing Center Tutor, American University.
2018-Present Research Intern, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Responsibilities included: Conducting independent research into African American historic sites in Jackson, MS for compilation into a geolocation history app that connects users to local history related to the offerings at the national exhibit.
2018-Present Professor Alison Thomas. Responsibilities included: Research cataloguing academic integrity codes, administrative management of working group, assistance facilitating campus discussion around academic integrity, opinion data collection of various campus demographics.
Fall 2018 Dr. Perry Zurn, American University. Responsibilities included: Source collection and annotation, discussion, proofreading, website administration for Trans Philosophy Project, social media assistance for 2018 Trans Philosophy Conference.
Spring 2018 Dr. Jin Y. Park, American University. Responsibilities included:
Grant writing assistance and management, class administrative work, research material collection.
Spring 2018 Dr. Shubbha Pathak, American University. Responsibilities included: Research material collection, annotation, and evaluation for current book project.
Curiosity, Mindfulness, and Education Working Group: AU Humanities Lab 2018-2019
I’ve known Stephen for nearly 10 years, both inside and outside the classroom, and in that time have found him to be a trustworthy teacher because he is always on time and always prepared. He spends so much time putting together his curriculum and lesson plans to make sure his students and peers can get the most from his classes. He is dedicated to his field in all aspects of life and makes every effort to keep discourse open and judgment free. Stephen is a great learning facilitator through his dedication and ability to build inclusive learning environments.
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