Whitney Ronshagen

whitney [dot] ronshagen [at] emory [dot] edu

Sixth Year PhD Candidate

Mellon Public Scholarship Teaching Fellow, Emory University (2019-2020)


  • Areas of Specialization: 20th Century Continental Philosophy (esp. phenomenology), Feminist Philosophy, Ethics
  • Areas of Competance: 19th Century Continental Philosophy, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Food
  • Dissertation:  “Gut Relations: A Phenomenology of the Affective and Social Significance of Eating”
    • Director: Dr. Cynthia Willett


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Emory University – in progress
  • M.A. Philosophy, Emory University, 2018
  • B.A. Philosophy with Honors, minor English Literature, Trinity College (Hartford), 2014


  • “Disgusting Food, Disgusting People: The Social Significance of Affect and Eating.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy: Feminism and Food, Guelph, Canada. October 2019
  • “An Entangled Ethics of Eating” (invited talk), Food Justice and Morality Workshop, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. September 2019
  • “Visceral Relations: On Eating, Affect, and Sharing the World,” International Merleau-Ponty Circle. September 2019
  • “Eating Together as ‘World’-Travelling.” philoSOPHIA, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland. May 2019
  • “Close Enough to (Be) Touch(ed): The Affective Politics of Proximity.” Collegium Phaenomenologicum Participants Conference, Città de Castello, Italy. July 2017
  • “When Words Fail: Ethical Practices of Empathy in Art Therapy.” Society for Women in Philosophy, Galway, Ireland. December 2016
  • “(Re)constructing the Cosmopolitan Womb: The Gender of Rational Development in Kant’s Practical Philosophy,” Workshop on “Whose Community?: Intersections of Race, Sex, and Nationality in Kant and German Idealism.” philoSOPHIA, Atlanta, GA. May 2015

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record:

  • PHIL 285: Philosophy of Food (with support of Mellon Humanities PhD Interventions Project), Emory University, Spring 2020
  • PHIL 123: Introduction to Feminist Philosophy, Emory University, Fall 2018
  • PHIL 115: Introduction to Ethics, Emory University, Spring 2017
  • PHIL 100: Basic Problems in Philosophy, Emory University, Fall 2016


  • 19th & 20th Century Philosophy (Co-Taught with Dr. Noelle McAfee), Emory University, Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant:

  • Contemporary Moral Issues (Teaching Assistant for Dr. Thomas Flynn), Emory University, Fall 2015
  • Philosophical Themes in Western Culture (Teaching Assistant for Dr. Drew Hyland), Trinity College, Fall 2013


  • Graduate Faculty Representative, Department of Philosophy, Emory University, 2016-2017
  • Graduate Assistant, North American Kant Society Third Biennial Meeting, Hosted at Emory University, 2016
  • President, Philosophy Forum, Emory University, 2015-2016
  • Committee Member, Philosophy Forum Speaker Series Planning Committee, Emory University, 2015-2016
  • Committee Member, Philosophy Forum Conference Planning Committee, Emory University, 2014-2015


  • Mellon Public Scholarship Teaching Fellow, Mellon Humanities PhD Interventions Project, Emory University, 2019-2020
  • Laney Graduate School Fellow, Emory University, 2014-2019
  • Blanchard W. Means Prize in Philosophy, Trinity College, 2014
  • President’s Fellow of Philosophy, Trinity College, 2013-2014