Christia Mercer

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching
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Christia Mercer is the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, editor of Oxford Philosophical Concepts, and co-editor of Oxford New Histories of Philosophy, a book series devoted to making philosophy more inclusive. In 2017 she initiated the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy at Columbia and in 2018 she created Just Ideas, an educational program in Brooklyn’s high security Metropolitan Detention Center. Among other awards, she is the recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS, Humboldt, and Radcliffe Institute Fellowships, and is the current president of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Mercer has been honored with Columbia’s two most prestigious teaching awards, the 2008 Columbia College Great Teacher Award, and the 2012 Mark van Doren Award, which annually recognizes a professor for “commitment to undergraduate instruction, as well as for humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership.”

As the LSR Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton's Center for Human Values, she will be finishing a book project, Feeling the Way to Truth: Women, Reason, and the Development of Modern Philosophy, which argues that late medieval women contributed significantly to the development of modern philosophy and so that the history of philosophy needs to be rewritten.