Sara Saba

PhD Student

sara [dot] anne [dot] saba [at] emory [dot] edu
6th Year PhD


M.A. Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2015

B.A. Philosophy and Literature, (Summa Cum Laude), University of New Mexico, 2012

Current Research Interests

Areas of Specialty: Philosophical Psychology

Areas of Competence: Bioethics (especially relating to mental illness), Continental Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Moral Psychology

Dissertation Title

“Breakdowns of Self: Living With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant:

  • Ancient & Medieval Philosophy (Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan Bredlau), Emory University, Fall 2016


  • Philosophy of Race and Film (Co-taught with Dr. George Yancy), Emory University, Spring 2017

Instructor of Record:

  • (PHIL 116) Introduction to Bioethics, Emory University, Summer 2021 (Online).
  • (PHIL 285) Special Topics: Philosophy of Mental Health and Illness, Emory University, Spring 2021. 
  •  (PHIL 116) Introduction to Bioethics, Emory University, Spring 2020.
  •  (PHIL 115) Introduction to Ethics, Emory University, Spring 2018.
  • (PHIL 117) Contemporary Moral Issues, Emory University, Fall 2017.

Conference Presentations:

  • “Ascending Bone and Descending Flesh: Georgia O’Keeffe and Francis Bacon on the Human Body and the Animal Spirit” Collegium Phaenomenologicum Participants Conference,  Città di Castello, Italy, (2017)


  • Climate and Culture Liaison, Emory Department of Philosophy, (2017)
  • Conference Co-Organizer, Emory Philosophy Speaker Series, (2016-2017)
  • Secretary, Graduate Philosophy Society at Emory, (2016-2017)
  • Primary Conference Organizer, 8th Annual Stony Brook University Philosophy and the Arts Conference “Outsides” (2015)
  • Panel Respondent, 7th Annual Stony Brook University Philosophy and the Arts Conference “Facades” (2014)

Departmental Talks:

  • “Rational Knowledge and Irrational Action: Akrasia and Psychic Trauma” Emory University (2019)
  • “PTSD and the Limits of Knowing Oneself” Emory University (2018)
  • “Temporal Exile and the Body in a Crypt: Levinas and Kristeva on the Ethics of Loneliness”  Emory University (2017)


  • Melon Interventions Project Public Scholarship Fellow (2020-2021)
  • Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship, (2015-2020)
  • Ronald E. McNair/Research Opportunity Scholar,  University of New Mexico, (2011-2012)