Jennifer O. Gammage

I am currently a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of Philosophy at DePaul University and serve as chair of the Graduate Student Council of the American Philosophical Association (APA).

I am currently teaching courses on race and identity and philosophies of criminalization and punishment in the Department of Philosophy and the Liberal Studies Program at DePaul. I was honored to have been awarded The Michael Mezey Excellence in Teaching Award for my undergraduate philosophy courses on ethics, existentialism, affect theory, and social and political thought. In addition to my teaching in philosophy, I have worked as a program instructor for DePaul’s Mitchem program and collaborated with the McNair program to provide research preparation training, professional development workshops, and mentorship to undergraduate students that have historically been under-represented and under-served within the academy at large.

I approach research from a historical, critical, hermeneutical, and phenomenological perspective. My research strengths are within Ethics and Social Justice, History of Philosophy, 19th and 20th century Continental Philosophy, Social and Political philosophy, Moral Psychology, Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Trauma Studies. I am especially interested in questions about temporality, memory, identity, and political oppression.

I earned my BA and MA in Philosophy from The University of New Mexico. My undergraduate studies included minors in cultural anthropology and religious studies. While pursuing my MA, I taught college writing courses in the Department of English and served as a mentor with the Women’s Resource Center.

Outside of my training at UNM and DePaul, I have participated in several institutes and workshops, including: PIKSI Rock; Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy; Collegium Phaenomenologicum; and Chicago Torture Justice Center’s Liberatory Memory Workshop.

When I am not teaching, reading, or writing, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs, and supporting local grassroots efforts to promote mutual aid, advocate for autonomy and resources for unhoused persons, and address and combat racial and carceral violence.