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Elections 2019: Candidates for At-Large Member of the Board of Officers
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The three candidates for election were given the opportunity to submit candidate statements, photos, and other ballot information. All information submitted by the candidates appears below, listed in alphabetical order by the candidates' last names. The candidates are as follows:

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Lewis Powell
Lewis Powell

Lewis Powell (University at Buffalo – State University of New York)

Candidate Statement

I am honored and excited to have been nominated for a position on the APA board. I am an Associate Professor at SUNY — Buffalo. My work focuses on early modern views of mind and language. I’ve previously been a member of the APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession, and I was the first Lead Editor of the Blog of the APA, supervising its launch and first several years of operation. I want to work to have the APA do more with respect to advocacy on behalf of the discipline. As state budgets continue to shrink and university administrators cut support for the liberal arts, reduction in department sizes and hiring constitute and lead to widespread negative effects on scholars, teachers, graduate students, and undergraduates. The APA has been effective in the past at responding to threatened departmental closures, and is a key member of the National Humanities Alliance, but as our primary advocacy organization, my hope is to increase our efforts to pro-actively improve the standing of the discipline and of philosophy departments in a fairly hostile budgetary climate. Beyond that focus, I also want to help continue the valuable work the APA has been doing to address demographic underrepresentation within the discipline, and explore what role the APA can take in re-evaluating the outsized influence of for-profit publishers in controlling the research output of philosophers (especially when so much of the peer-review labor is provided by academics without compensation or recognition).

Degree Information

PhD, University of Southern California, 2011

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo – State University of New York, 2018–present (Assistant Professor, 2012–2018)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wayne State University, 2011–2012

Professional Offices

  • Executive Committee Member, International Hume Society, 2019–present
  • Lead Editor, Blog of the American Philosophical Association, 2015–2018
  • Managing Editor, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2010–2011

Representative Major Publications

  • “Locke, Hume, and Reid on the Objects of Belief,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 35:1 (2018)
  • “Hume's Treatment of Denial in the Treatise,” Philosopher's Imprint 14:26 (2014)
  • “How to Avoid Mis-Reid-ing Hume's Maxim of Conceivability,” Philosophical Quarterly 63:250 (2013)

Website

Lewis Powell’s Website


Sergio Tenenbaum
Sergio Tenenbaum

Sergio Tenenbaum (University of Toronto)

Candidate Statement

I am honoured to be nominated to be part of the great work that the APA has been doing for our profession. The APA has done an outstanding job in organizing amazing conferences. But it is equally important, in these difficult times, to continue the APA’s public outreach in defence of the importance of philosophy and the humanities more generally, as well as its work in support of our colleagues whose academic freedom, and sometimes even their personal safety, is threatened. I also hope to help the APA in its efforts of inclusiveness and to reach out to ensure that we are representing all our members.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2010–present (Associate Professor, 2003–2010; Assistant Professor, 2000–2003)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of New Mexico, 1996–2000
  • Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Kansas State University, 1995–1996

Professional Offices

  • Member, APA Committee on International Cooperation, 2015–2018
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto Mississauga, 2009–2011; 2012–2015
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2014–present

Representative Major Publications

  • Appearances of the Good: An Essay on the Nature of Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “Vague Projects and the Puzzle of the Self-Torturer,” Ethics 123 (2012), with Diana Raffman
  • “The Judgment of a Weak Will,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59:4 (1999)

Website

Sergio Tenenbaum’s Website


Mariam Thalos
Mariam Thalos

Mariam Thalos (University of Tennessee–Knoxville)

Candidate Statement

One of the most rewarding aspects of the job of an academic philosopher, at least to my mind, is its ambassadorial aspects: the business of representing the work of philosophy to non-philosophers, especially other academics. Since becoming a department head 18 months ago, I have acquired a quantum leap of experience in representing philosophy to the wider academic community. I have learned a great deal in doing so, and will list here some highlights: that the reputation of a discipline, at least locally, can be enhanced with good faith efforts at collaboration; that conversation with other academics on any topic of mutual interest opens the doors to an appreciation of the value of philosophy; and—significantly—that the perceived lack of diversity in the discipline of philosophy has been a major barrier to such conversations and collaborations. I am making it my own mission to break down these barriers to conversation and collaboration. I use my role as a department head to reach across disciplinary lines, connecting not only myself but others in my department with people with whom we can have productive conversations and collaborations. I would do the same as a member of the Board of Officers, breaking down barriers between the discipline of philosophy and other disciplines, to connect APA members with potential collaborators and conversation partners in other disciplines.

Degree Information

PhD University of Illinois, 1993

Academic Appointments

  • Distinguished Professor and Head, University of Tennessee–Knoxville, 2018–present
  • Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah, 2001–2017
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow, Social & Political Theory Group, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, 1999

Professional Offices

  • Editorial Board Member and Article Editor, Sage Open, 2014–present
  • Member, APA Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession, 2001–2004
  • Program Member, Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program, 2017–present

Representative Major Publications

  • A Social Theory of Freedom (Routledge, 2016)
  • Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • “Truth Deserves to Be Believed,” Philosophy 88 (2013), winner of the inaugural Royal Institute of Philosophy Essay Prize

Website

Mariam Thalos’s Website

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