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Faculty Profile

Amy McKiernan

Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Director, Ethics Across Campus & the Curriculum (2017)

Contact Information

East College Room 204


Amy McKiernan received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2017, where she focused on ethics and feminist philosophy. Prior to that, Amy earned her M.A. in philosophy and social policy from American University in 2011 and her B.A. in philosophy from The University of Scranton in 2007. Her teaching and research interests include the ethics of care, the ethics of blame, the ethics of punishment and mass incarceration in the United States, animal ethics, critical disability studies, and biomedical ethics. Amy also serves as the Director of the Ethics Across Campus & the Curriculum program.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., The University of Scranton, 2007
  • M.A., American University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2017

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

PHIL 104 Practical Ethics
This course introduces students to contemporary debates in practical ethics. Course materials investigate how theoretical approaches to ethics apply to practical issues, including discussions of animal ethics, environmental ethics, reproductive ethics, civil disobedience, and the ethics of mass incarceration and the death penalty. This course is best suited for students interested in thinking about the relationship between ethical theory and practice, with an emphasis on how power, privilege, and responsibility intersect in our everyday lives.

HEST 500 Independent Study

PHIL 500 Independent Study