Worcester State University
Philosophy Department

 

Kristin Waters

Education
A.B., Bard College

M.A., Ph.D.,University of Connecticut

     When Dr. Kristin Waters came to Worcester State College in 1999, her focus was teaching philosophy in ways that make the field accessible to undergraduate students, and further developing the Women’s Studies concentration into a model interdisciplinary program at WSC.  She directed the Women’s Studies program for five years, working with faculty and administrators to establish such annual programs as regular book discussions, the Candace M. Scola lecture on violence against women, the Sarah Sharbach Memorial Lecture, celebrations for Women’s History Month, and recognitions for Women’s Studies concentrators.  

      Dr. Waters has contributed to the development and implementation of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC), working with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and serving as LASC coordinator. In the department she has worked with philosophy minors and general education students to help them make the most of this rich and rewarding field.

      In the Worcester community, Dr.Waters is a corporator and long-time supporter of the Worcester Art Museum, serving on its Diversity Committee for many years.  For five years she was a member of the YWCA Board of Directors and she co-chaired the YWCA/Daybreak Services for Women and Children Standing Committee for a number of years, still serving as a member of that committee. She is also a member of the Worcester Women’s History Project and helped to organize the Women 2000 event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the First National Women’s Rights Convention held here in Worcester.

     Among her research associations, Dr. Waters has undertaken work through the Department of External Studies at Oxford University, England, and been a Visiting Research Professor in the Clark University Women's Studies Program. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

     Among her many professional affiliations, she is a founding member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, an organization dedicated to studying  people of the African diaspora, and a long-standing member of SWIP, the Society for Women in Philosophy.

 

Selected Scholarly Activity:

Enlightened Conversations: Women and Men Political Theorists, (Blackwell 2000)

Black Women's Intellectual Traditions: Speaking Their Minds (University of Vermont Press, 2007), co-edited with Carol Conaway,  is the 2007 recipient of the Letitia Woods Brown Award of the Association of Black Women Scholars for Best Anthology of 2007.

“Wonderful Philosophies of Mary Seacole” in Philosophia Africana, Fall  2009

"(Re)turning to the Modern: Radical Feminism and the Postmodern Turn," in Radically Speaking, edited by Diane Bell and Renate Klein, Spinefex Press.

 "Women in Kantian Ethics: A Failure at Universality," in Modern Engendering: Critical Feminist Readings in Modern Western Philosophy, edited by Bat-Ami Bar On. SUNY Press.

 

Courses Taught:

PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy

LASC-Human Behavior and Social Processes

The fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.

 

PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy

LASC-Human Behavior and Social Processes

The fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.

 

PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800

LASC- Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

Engages central topics of Western philosophy through study of important modern philosophers, typically from Descartes through Kant.

 

PH 110 Critical Thinking

Critical thinking through informal logical analysis of argument styles, including identification of fallacious arguments.

 

PH 130 Ethics: Human Conduct and Values

LASC- Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture

The nature of morality and value and their place in the world of human action.

 

PH 150 Women in Western Ideas

Investigates the concept of woman from ancient Greece to the present.

 

PH 240 Political Theory

LASC-Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World.

Investigates concepts including political power, equality, revolution, liberties, slavery, socialism and liberalism, patriarchal power, race and gender.

 

PH 250 Global Feminism

LASC-Global Perspectives; Thought, Language  Culture.

 
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