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Lauren Weis Sr Professorial Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy Philosophy and Religion

Contact
weis@american.edu
(202) 885-2926 (Office)
CAS | Philosophy/Religion
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Fall 2023 Office Hours, Wednesday 2:30-4:30 and by appointment
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Philosophy
Degrees
PhD, Boston College
MA, University of Memphis

Favorite Spot on Campus
Walking around, admiring the beautiful campus gardens
Book Currently Reading
"Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation" by Ebony McGee; "How We Read Now" by Naomi Baron;
Bio
I earned a PhD in Philosophy from Boston College specializing in Continental and History of Philosophy with a focus on ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, gender studies and feminist theory. Since joining the American University faculty in 2008 in a full-time appointment in philosophy and religion, I have served as director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; founding member of the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies; and founding member of the AU Initiative for STEM Education, Equity and Ethics (iSE3). ISE3 is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary faculty research initiative dedicated to fostering a safe and inclusive experience for all students, designing professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff do their best work, and amplifying AU’s engagement with the wider Washington, DC community through internal and external partnerships. This includes community outreach initiatives like the Washington, DC High School Ethics Bowl, for which I serve as a faculty coordinator.
See Also
Department of Philosophy and Religion
ISE3 - Initiative for STEM Education, Equity and Ethics
For the Media
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Teaching

Spring 2024

  • PHIL-220 Moral Philosophy

  • PHIL-220 Moral Philosophy

  • PHIL-416 Feminist Philosophy

Fall 2024

  • PHIL-120 Do the Right Thing

  • PHIL-120 Do the Right Thing

  • PHIL-400 Ancient Greek Philosophy

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

History of Philosophy, Feminist Theory, Continental Philosophy, Theory of Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology