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Faculty Fellows - Fall 2020

Four faculty members make up the fifth cohort of Mellon Faculty Fellows hired for tenure-track positions

Coe College

Anthony Kelley

Anthony Kelley

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D: Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder

M.A.: Philosophy, Northern Illinois University

A.B.: Women's and Gender Studies, Columbia University

Research: Ethical Theory, with a focus on well-being; Applied Ethics, with a focus on the allocation of scarce medical resources

Teaching: Introduction to Philosophy, Bioethics, Ethical Theory, Philosophy and Race, Philosophy and Gender, and Logic

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Coe College

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Patricia Valderrama
Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D: Comparative Literature, Stanford University

B.A.: Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Research: 20th- and 21st-century Latinx and Latin American literatures, environmental humanities, decolonial studies, climate change, animal studies

Teaching: Latinx and environmental literatures


Lake Forest College

Roshni Patel

Roshni Patel
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D: Philosophy, Emory University

B.A.: Philosophy, History, University of Texas - Austin

Research: My research engages Indian Buddhist philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy in cross-cultural synthesis. I explore the possibility of an ethics that is not predicated upon a powerful and sovereign will, but rather emerges from our constitutive relation and interdependence. I am also interested in questions about epistemic virtues and modalities that contribute to being a responsive and receptive knower, rather than a knower who inhabits the subject pole of a dualistic configuration.

Teaching: Asian Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Moral Philosophy

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St. Olaf College 

Timothy Rainey II

Timothy Rainey II
Instructor in Religion

Ph.D: Emory University | Department of Religion (candidacy)

M.Div.: Princeton Theological Seminary

B.A.: Morehouse College

Research: Religion, economy, and African repatriation in the early Nineteenth Century

Teaching: History of Religion in the Americas, Black Church Studies, the African American intellectual tradition, Religion in Sierra Leone, Africana Religions, and Religion and Capitalism in the Atlantic World

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