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Skye Cleary (email@example.com) is the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and coeditor of How to Live a Good Life (Vintage 2019). She teaches at Columbia, Barnard College, the City University of New York, and previously the New York Public Library. Skye is an advisory board member of Strategy of Mind and a certified fellow with the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. Previously, she was an international equity arbitrageur and management consultant. Skye received her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Macquarie University in Australia. Her work has been published with Aeon, LA Review of Books, The Paris Review, The Independent, TED-Ed, The Conversation, New Republic, Business Insider, HuffPost, The Philosopher’s Zone, The Institute of Art and Ideas, The Philosophers’ Magazine, and others. Follow Skye on Twitter @Skye_Cleary.
Nathan Eckstrand (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marian University, and before that a Merton Teaching Fellow at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. His dissertation, written under Fred Evans and defended in September 2014, is called “The Event of Revolution: Theorizing the Relationship between the State and Radical Change” and studies concepts of revolution from the Early Modern period to the present day. Nathan is also co-editor of Philosophy and the Return of Violence: Essays from this Widening Gyre, and has published articles on Deleuze, Foucault, Fanon, and Said. In addition to publishing his dissertation and writing articles about race, Marxism, and social contract theory, Nathan is working on a reader of theories of revolution. Nathan’s primary research project at the moment is the question of how to conceive of revolution and resistance without making revolution advocate for one type of political state. Nathan received his PhD from Duquesne University in 2014, his MA from Boston College in 2009, and his BA from Earlham College in 2005. Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanEckstrand.
David V. Johnson (email@example.com) is senior editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is a former philosophy professor turned journalist with more than a decade of experience as an editor and writer. Previously, he was senior opinion editor at Al Jazeera America, where he edited the op-ed section of the news channel’s website. Earlier in his career, he served as online editor at Boston Reviewand research editor at San Francisco magazine the year it won a National Magazine Award for general excellence. He has written for The New York Times, USA Today, The New Republic, Bookforum, Aeon, Dissent, and The Baffler, among other publications. He has taught at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). David earned a PhD in philosophy from Stanford University, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master’s degree in classics from Cambridge University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley. Follow David on Twitter @contrarianp.
Sabrina D. MisirHiralall (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ed.D. is the author of Confronting Orientalism A Self-Study of Educating Through Hindu Dance. MisirHiralall uses Kuchipudi Indian classical Hindu dance to educate non-Hindus about Hinduism with postcolonialism in mind. MisirHiralall together with Christopher Fici and Gerald Vigna edited the text Religious Studies Scholars as Public Intellectuals for the Routledge in Religion Series. She published several articles in scholarly journals. Her most recent article, (Un)Dressing to Unveil a Spiritual Self, is published in the Journal of Aesthetic Education. MisirHiralall received her doctorate degree in the Pedagogy and Philosophy program at Montclair State University. She taught several courses across campuses in higher education. MisirHiralall earned the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award 2015 from Middlesex County College. She currently teaches part time in the Educational Foundations Department and Religion Department at Montclair State University. She also teaches Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality part time for the Women and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University. She is a member of the American Education Research Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Philosophical Association.
Michaela Maxwell is a student at Middlebury College in Vermont. Her academic focus is primarily on eastern philosophy, with a strong emphasis on moral philosophy and Buddhist philosophy of mind. Michaela believes that eastern philosophical perspectives, often overlooked by the field or labeled ‘religious studies’ can greatly contribute to a more holistic approach to philosophical discussions in our diverse global community. For this reason, she aspires to one day be a professor of Buddhist Philosophy. Currently, Michaela is writing her senior thesis on Buddhism and social inequalities, focusing on the ways in which early Buddhist texts dealt with notions of gender and caste, and how contemporary Buddhists might interpret these ideas in ways that could benefit social justice movements.
Lewis R. Gordon (Black Issues in Philosophy) is Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; the 2018–2019 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair in Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, Portugal; and Chair of Global Collaborations for the Caribbean Philosophical Association. His most recent books are the forthcoming Fear of a Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA and Penguin Book in the UK) and, with Fernanda Frizzo Bragato, Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South (London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018). Follow Lewis on Facebook and Twitter @lewgord.
William A. B. Parkhurst (Learning and Teaching Video Series) is a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida. His dissertation focuses on Nietzsche’s critique of the principle of identity. His research uses a historical and archival approach to evidence. His work has been published in Nietzsche-Studien, Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch, and several book chapters. He has conducted research internationally in collaboration with the New York Public Library, the University of Edinburgh Archives, the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, the Goethe-und-Schiller Archiv, the Schopenhauer-Archiv, and the Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt. His archival research earned him a residential doctoral fellowship at the Linda Hall Library and a residential fellowship with the Leo Baeck Institute. He received his MA in Philosophy for San Jose State University and his BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Adriel M. Trott (Women in Philosophy) is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Gender Studies at Wabash College. Her research focuses on the concept of nature in ancient philosophy and the contemporary implications and possibilities of ancient concepts of nature for thinking community, subjectivity and gender today. She also works in continental political thought in the line of Arendt, Foucault, Agamben, Badiou and Rancière. Trott and colleagues at neighboring midwestern institutions recently completed a collaborative initiative grant focusing on Ancient Philosophy Teaching and Research funded by the Great Lakes College Association. She is currently working on a Mellon-funded grant to develop better policies for ethical practices in philosophy publishing. She is a member of the APA Lectures, Publications and Research Committee. Trott thinks what is happening on social media and the blogosphere is real life, and she regularly blogs at The Trott Line.
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