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  • Michael Olson Receives a Participating Faculty Research Award
    This recognition and the $3000 award goes to full-time participating faculty member based on their record of scholarly activity. Congratulations, Michael!  

    Faculty Development Awards
    Congratulations to Jessica Wolfendale and Pol Vandevelde, recipients of FY22 Faculty Development Awards.

    Love, Sex and Justice in the South
    PhD students Karolyn Burns and Melady Elifritz were invited to speak on a panel at this year’s Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) Conference on Love, Sex and Justice in the South (3/24-3/26, virtual). The panel Feasting and the Ecologies of Sex weaves together sexual excess under racial capitalism from 16th century Europe, plantations of the American South and our current time. Love, Sex, and Justice in the South

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Summer Faculty Fellowships

Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation announced 2022 Summer Faculty Fellowships for three in the Philosophy Dept: Kimberly Harris, Javiera Perez Gomez, and Pol Vandevelde. 

Philosophy Graduate Programs

Are you interested in Marquette's two graduate programs in Philosophy and how they work? Take a look:
MA Program (Overview)
PhD in Philosophy (Overview)

Way Klingler Sabbatical Award

Congratulations to Philosophy's Corinne Bloch-Mullins, recipient of the 2022-2023 Way Klingler Sabbatical Fellowship Award. Way Klingler Award.


Irene Frances Gyzinski Scholarship Award

Current graduate student Heidi Hildemann is the recipient of the Irene Frances Gyzinski Scholarship fund award. The award is highly competitive and is given to long-term residents of Southeastern Wisconsin who are students of Polish Extraction.

Women in Philosophy Contribute to New Book

Now available: On the Vocation of the Educator in This Moment, published in conjunction with Marquette University Press. The book was edited by Dr. Jennifer S. Maney from the Center for Teaching and Learning and Dr. Melissa M. Shew, Philosophy. Three other department members also contributed chapters: Noel Adams, Theresa Tobin, and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio. On the Vocation of the Educator.

Congratulations to Society Scholars: Karolyn Burns and Bella-Rose Kelly

Graduate students Karolyn Burns and Bella-Rose Kelly have been selected as the "society scholars" of the Metaphysical Society of America, for the 2022 ACLS Intention Foundry on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism.  They and Prof. Tyler Tritten of Gonzaga University will work with other academic societies in virtual and live sessions at the Newberry Library in Chicago and at Rutgers University-Newark, to develop initiatives to diversify the field of metaphysics.  This is part of a $2 million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Society Scholars


Jessica Wolfendale on the Myth of “Precision” Weapons and “Precise” Strikes

Philosophy Chair Jessica Wolfendale published an article, "When Drone Warfare is Terrorism."

911 and the Erasure of American Torture

In a newly published article, Philosophy Chair Jessica Wolfendale discusses how the ongoing pattern of the justification and erasure of torture is indefensible

Undergraduate Student Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Noelle Douglass for the Francis X. Boden Memorial Award; Marinella Krezic for the James Robb Memorial Award and Eric Miller for the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award. Student Awards


Congratulations Dr. Desiree Valentine

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars announced the 2021 class of Career Enhancement Fellows. Among this year’s class is Marquette University Philosophy’s Dr. Desiree Valentine. Press release

Brett Yardley has accepted a tenure-track position with DeSales University 

As a member of the Department of Philosophy & Theology, Yardley will be Assistant Professor responsible for teaching both core courses, including Philosophical Thinking, Ethics, and Bioethics, and philosophy electives in Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, including philosophy in the Abrahamic traditions.

Philosophy's Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz: Spotlight on Research

Marquette’s Institute for Women's Leadership features Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz who shares the work she is doing around Latin American Philosophy and Latinx feminisms as well as philosophy of race, gender, and sexuality. Spotlight on research.


War Crimes by Australian Special Forces

Philosophy Chair Dr. Jessica Wolfendale wrote an op ed about collective responsibility for the war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldier. War Crimes.

Diversifying the Graduate Student Pipeline

Dr. Kimberly Harris will be a panelist on Diversifying the Graduate Student Pipeline, Thursday April 29th 1pm CST. The event is organized by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Diversifying the Graduate Student Pipeline

SEWSA Conference

Karolyn Burns, Philosophy PhD candidate, has been selected to present a paper at this year's SEWSA conference, March 11th - March 14th.  conference details. 



Sterling Knox

Sterling Knox, PhD candidate, accepted a position as Director of Abinoojiyag Noojimoo-wigamig (Children's Healing Center) on Red Lake Nation, a safe Anishinaabe worldview based 24-hour residential living facility for young Anishinaabe relatives. Children's Healing Center

Melissa Shew Promoted to Visiting Associate Professor

Dean of Arts & Sciences Heidi Bostic congratulated Shew on her promotion, calling it a well-deserved honor and thanking her for the work she does for Marquette.

Prestigious Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to Shaila Wadhwani-Greenhalgh, PhD Candidate, the recipient of an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow for 2021-22. The fellowship dedicates its resources toward a better and more humane world. Shaila also received the University Award for Teaching Excellence for a Graduate instructor. 


Raynor Fellowship

And congratulations to Nathaniel Taylor, PhD Candidate, the recipient of the Raynor Fellowship, an award for promising graduate students to engage in advanced study and research to prepare for professional lives of service to their community and country.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant Awarded to Philosophers

Dr. Theresa Tobin, Philosophy and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio, PhD candidate in Philosophy, are part of a team that received a $745,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to establish the Education Preparedness Program (EPP). Read the full article here.

International Reading Groups

Philosophy is sponsoring three levels of International Reading Groups in Medieval Arabic and Latin;1/30/2021- 4/3/2021 


Course Revision Awards

Philosophy's Anthony Peressini, Melissa Shew and Daniel Collette were awarded Course Revision Awards from the Center For Transnational Justice. With the awards they redesigned their spring '21 courses to better address issues of systemic racism.

Margaret Urban Walker

Margaret Urban Walker, Donald J. Schuenke Chair Emerita Philosophy
Apology: Its Role in Social and Political Life; Thur, April 15th 12pm-1:30pm

International Women's Day

For International Women's Day Philosophy’s Melissa Shew was quoted in “How women have shaped philosophy: nine female philosophers our authors admire.”


The Importance of Moral Reckoning

Jessica Wolfendale wrote about the importance of moral reckoning after the recent report on war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. Link to the article

114 Holiday (or any) Recipes Since 1986

Check out 2020’s newest recipe addition to Philosophy Richard Taylor's collection

Our Favorite Things

Philosophy’s Melissa Shew started a video series called Marquette’s Our Favorite Things, and was presented with an Excellence in Executive Education Award at a ceremony on December 5th.


2020 Undergraduate Philosophy Awards

Jason Hanselman, Francis X. Boden Award 
Jake Stavsky, James Robb Award 
Alanna McCauley Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award Student Awards