Philosophy Department’s Newest Professor Hopes to Explore New Territory

Professor Megan Mitchell, who will start teaching in at Stonehill in August, comes to Stonehill from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Professor Megan Mitchell will start at Stonehill in August.

The newest addition to the Philosophy Department faculty brings with her an opportunity for students to explore the philosophical aspects of race, feminism and bias.

Professor Megan Mitchell, who will start teaching in at Stonehill in August, comes to Stonehill from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses upon political and Africana philosophy, especially issues of race and racism.  In particular, she studies implicit bias and institutional racism. 

In addition, she has taught English in China, computer courses to orphans in Uganda, philosophy at a juvenile detention center and Greek tragedies at a drug rehab facility.

Mitchell also has a strong background in feminism and will be teaching a first-year seminar entitled “Our bodies, our selves” in the fall, approaching philosophy through a feminist lens.

As she explains, “Philosophers have sometimes been accused of dismissing the experiences of the body in favor of living a ‘life of the mind.’  In an effort to both recognize and combat this trend in philosophy, this course will explore some of the questions that are raised by the realization that we are not just minds—we are embodied creatures.”