Asia Ferrin

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I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. As a researcher, I work to present counternarratives to what Hilde Lindeman Nelson calls “master narratives.” Master narratives are constructed by and for socially dominant groups and in turn limit the identities and agency of marginalized and oppressed people. I am currently working on developing counternarratives in moral psychology, normative ethics, political philosophy, the philosophy of education, and the philosophy of gender. A recent copy of my CV is here.

At the moment, at the center of my research is a book manuscript in which I argue that given the intelligence of automatic processing and the centrality of empathetic capacities in moral agency, we need new pedagogical frameworks for moral education and moral development. This project, like much of my work, intersects with empirical psychology and cognitive science. 

My recent courses include Ethical Theory, Moral Philosophy, Feminist PhilosophyMoral Psychology, Bioethics and Justice, Introduction to Philosophy, Implicit Bias, and Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance. Beyond my teaching, I am committed to improving the academic philosophical climate and providing outstanding mentorship to students. Check out, for example, my recent pieces on productive philosophical conversation and surviving the PhD.