Oregon State has gotten a major boost in its faculty lately with the arrival of Stephanie Jenkins, whose work on moral theory challenges us to put our ethical notions into practice in everyday situations. When she visited campus to interview in February 2012, she introduced us to the range of issues facing individuals with chronic pain. She encouraged us to consider the implications for the philosophical investigation of pain and the ethical imperative to witness individuals’ pain testimonies. She joined the faculty of the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in Fall 2012.
Jenkins defended her dissertation on “Disabling Ethics: A Genealogy of Ability,” and received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University earlier this year (2012). It was a dual Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She has been a research assistant at the Rock Ethics Institute, where she wrote a extensive handbook on ethics pedagogy across the curriculum and organized workshops for faculty on incorporating ethics into their classrooms.
Here at OSU she plans to teach courses and develop research projects on 20th century continental philosophy (especially French), feminist philosophy, disability studies, critical animal studies, and ethics.
The School of History, Philosophy and Religion is delighted to welcome Stephanie Jenkins aboard. Undergraduate or graduate students (or prospective ones) are encouraged to contact her directly about their interests. Check out her faculty website. You can also follow her on twitter: @scjenkins