Karen McCarthy

PhD Student

karen [dot] l [dot] mccarthy [at] emory [dot] edu


Ph.D., Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta, anticipated 2016.
Prospectus defended Oct 2013 | M.A. granted Dec. 2013
Dissertation Title: “‘True, but that root is hope’: Judgment and the possibility of hope in Hannah Arendt”
Advisor: Dr. Noëlle McAfee

M.A., Philosophy, University of Toledo, Toledo, 2009
Thesis Title: “The World in Common: Arendt, Nancy, and a re-housing of the political self.”
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Pryor

B.A., Philosophy with Women’s Studies Minor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 2006


Hannah Arendt’s Political and Phenomenological Philosophy
20th Century Phenomenology
Feminism and Social Justice

Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy


  • “A Plea for Justice: Analyzing the deconstruction of black men’s citizenship through the construction of criminal plea deals,” Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship: 13th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies, Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University, April 2016.
  • “Archimedes and Agents: Science and Human Responsibility in the Universe,” 16th annual Building Bridges Conference, Southern Illinois University, October 2013.
  • “‘Talking back and measuring up’: The judging role of speaking together in Hannah Arendt’s thought,” 7th Independent Conference for the Hannah Arendt Circle, University of Antwerp, May 2013.
  • Vanitas: A reading of spirals and resistance in Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, Vol. I” 14th Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Michigan State University, March 2013.
  • “‘If the real DS ever returns do you promise that you will still treat me as a friend and love me?’: Ernst Cassirer’s Philosophy of Symbolic Forms and Psychopathologies of Depersonalization” New Voices Conference 2013, Georgia State University, January 2013.
  • “Arendt and Friedan: The Family and the Political Self,” Women’s Studies Student Research Program, University of Toledo, April 2010.
  • “Is There Such a Thing as Medical and Legal Ethics?,” Law and Social Thought Program, University of Toledo, December 2009.
  • “Reintegrating Lost Voices in the Teaching of Philosophy,” American Association of Philosophy Teachers, University of Guelph, August


  • Karl Jaspers Award, Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. “Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the Feeling of Being One’s Self.” 2016.
  • Woodruff Library/ECDS Graduate Fellowship with Digital Humanities, 2015-16 Sponsor: Sarah Melton, Digital Projects Coordinator, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
  • Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University Schatten Scholarship Grant, 2013-14 Used for research at the Hannah Arendt Library, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, January 2014
  • Full tuition waiver and additional stipend, Philosophy Department, Emory University, 2010-15
  • Full tuition waiver and additional stipend, Philosophy Department, University of Toledo, 2007-09
  • Friends of History and Philosophy Scholarship, History and Philosophy Department, Eastern Michigan University, 2006


  • Introduction to Existentialism and European Philosophy (PHIL 111), Emory University, Fall 2015* Online integrated final group project
  • Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 120), Emory University, Spring 2015* Online integrated final group project
  • Basic Problems in Philosophy (PHIL 100), Emory University, Summer 2014
  • Belief, Knowledge and Truth (PHIL 127), Emory University, Spring 2013
  • Logic (PHIL 110), Emory University, Fall 2012, Summer 2015
  • Critical Thinking (PHIL 120), Eastern Michigan University, Winter 2010
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 2200), University of Toledo, Summer 2011* Online course
  • Business Ethics (PHIL 3120), University of Toledo, Summer 2010* Online course
  • Contemporary Moral Problems (PHIL 2400), University of Toledo, Spring 2010
  • Evidence and Reason (PHIL 1020), University of Toledo, Spring 2010* Integrated traditional and online course
  • Medical Ethics (PHIL 3370), University of Toledo, Fall 2009* Online integrated final group project
  • Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL/LST 3750), University of Toledo, Summer 2009
  • Critical Thinking (PHIL 1020), University of Toledo, Fall 2008

*Syllabi and evaluations available upon request.


  • Co-managing editor with Atlanta Studies. Experience working with journal and symposium planning members, organizing submission guidelines and editorial structure. (August 2015 to present)
  • Coordinator, Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern, a multimodal archival and educational project for Atlanta Studies and Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Creating digital presence, coordination with multiple organizations. (September 2015 to present)
  • Project Coordinator, Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative (Emory University School of Law) website redesign. Liaison between intra-mural departments, reorganization of site materials for better user experience and scholarship access. (August-October 2015)
  • Visual editing for Emory University’s online course program. Redesign of PowerPoint slides, audio-visual editing of lectures using Final Cut Pro. (January-May 2015)
  • Digital archive curation, Women’s Genre Fiction Project for the Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections (Emory University). (October-December 2014)
  • Digital Scholarship graduate intern, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Assisting faculty, staff, and students navigating educational, academic, and creative software, including Final Cut Pro, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, BlackBoard, and WordPress, for effective use of digital tools in pedagogy and scholarship. (September 2014 to August 2015)
  • Instructor of Record, University of Toledo, Eastern Michigan University, Emory University. Experience with course design for a wide variety of topics, platforms, and students. Syllabus and pedagogical design for courses presented in person, on-line, and hybrid digital/classroom. (August 2008 to present)
  • Vice President, Friday Philosophy Forum, Emory University, 2011-2013
  • Assistant Editor, Journal of Philosophy at the University of Toledo, 2007