Christine Susienka, Ph.D.
I grew up in Massachusetts and spent the last decade in New York City. Early ponderings about ethical questions, human relationships, and a tendency to always ask why led to my eventual pursuit of a Ph.D. in Philosophy. When not teaching or doing research, I can be found hiking, kayaking, or engaged in other outdoorsy activities in close proximity to the water. Given my research interests in human rights and global justice, I also attend international conferences whenever possible. I’m excited to be joining the SHU philosophy department this fall.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University (October 2017)
- M.S.T in TESOL from Pace University and Teach For America Corps Member 2007
- B.A. in Philosophy with a Minor in English from Colgate University
- Social and Political Philosophy
- Virtues, Acts, and Consequences
I believe that philosophy is best learned by doing. Working at writing centers has also led me to be especially interested in writing pedagogy. As such, I strive to make discussion and writing a significant part of all of my courses. I have taught courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. This fall at SHU I am teaching:
Research Interests and Grants
How does participation in particular relationships shape human agency and give rise to responsibilities? What is the content of those responsibilities and in what ways can we fulfill them? I work primarily in moral and political philosophy, and my research is guided by questions such as these. I have recently begun thinking about these issues in the context of human rights and climate change. For example, how might using a human rights framework help us identify who has which responsibilities for preventing and responding to human rights violations brought about by changes to our environmental conditions? With the support of a Mellon INCITE fellowship, I cultivated an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration that I look forward to continuing to pursue at SHU.