Whitney Ronshagen

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


  • 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

Research Interests

  • Areas of Specialization: 20th Century Continental Philosophy (esp. phenomenology), Feminist Philosophy, Ethics
  • Areas of Competence: 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


  • 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

Presentations (2019 – 2021)

  • “The Relational and Ecological Significance of Edibility in a Changing World,” Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Estes Park, Colorado. July 2021 (accepted for 2020 conference; deferred due to COVID-19)
  • “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

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record:

  • PHIL 110: Introduction to Logic, Emory University, Summer 2020 (Online), Fall 2020 (Online), Spring 2021
  • 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

Co-Teacher (course design, grading, and teaching evenly shared):

  • PHIL 204W: 19th & 20th Century Philosophy, Emory University, Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant:

  • PHIL 119: Contemporary Moral Issues, Emory University, Fall 2015
  • Philosophical Themes in Western Culture, Trinity College, Fall 2013

Additional Teaching Training & Work

  • Online Teaching Support Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Emory University, Fall 2020
  • Emory College Online Teaching Strategies Course, Emory University, Spring 2020
  • Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) Summer Teaching Intensive, Emory University, Summer 2019
  • Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Inclusive Pedagogy Reading Group, Emory University, Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Service (Abbreviated)

  • 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