Interim Association Director of the Honors Program

Catherine Villanueva Gardner, PhD

Professor

Women's Studies

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Liberal Arts 356

Education

1996University of VirginiaPhD

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Preparation for Honors thesis or project. Students should take this seminar no later than the semester BEFORE they plan to begin work on the project. The course explores topics such as creative and critical thinking, project and time management, research ethics, and public presentation. By the end of the semester, students will identify their project supervisor and submit their initial project proposal.

Preparation for Honors thesis or project. Students should take this seminar no later than the semester BEFORE they plan to begin work on the project. The course explores topics such as creative and critical thinking, project and time management, research ethics, and public presentation. By the end of the semester, students will identify their project supervisor and submit their initial project proposal.

Research

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • History of Women Philosophers
  • Feminist Theory
  • Philosophy and Literature

Professor Catherine Villanueva Gardner specializes in feminist philosophy, especially ethics, epistemology, and the retrieval of forgotten historical women philosophers. This latter retrieval of excluded philosophers from the canon is both an historical project and a social justice project. Gardner is currently working on retrieving neglected or marginalized African-American women philosophers from the nineteenth century, in particular Frances E.W. Harper, who began her activist work in New Bedford, MA. Gardner’s most recent book (PSU Press, 2012) explores whether there is a distinctive feminist approach to the history of philosophy. Gardner has also published two other books in feminist history of philosophy and multiple articles in journals and edited collections.

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