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Justice and Ethics in Modern America Faculty and Mentors

It’s never too early to shape a more enlightened world view. Our Summer Institute in Justice and Ethics in Modern America can help you do that. It’s a four-week, remote study program that introduces the relevance of philosophy in examining both the ethical and political challenges that currently face American society.

This course is part of the Pre-College at SUNY Geneseo program, which provides junior and senior high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses taught by distinguished faculty.


David Levy

David Levy

Co-Director, Faculty

David Levy is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy. He specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy, with a focus on how the Ancient Greeks understood moral attitudes and how best to shape them. He has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for both Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Faculty Service. A proud graduate of SUNY Geneseo, he grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. An avid cook, he enjoys involving his children in the creation of meals the entire family can safely enjoy (his wife—also a Geneseo graduate—is gluten-intolerant).


Carly Herold

Carly Herold

Co-Director, Faculty

Carly Herold is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department, Coordinator of the Conflict Studies minor, and Co-Director of the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy. She is interested in how classical political philosophy can help us think about the role of reason in politics, as well as ancient, early-modern, and contemporary accounts of leadership, rhetoric, and ambition. Hailing from New York City with family living across Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East, and having lived all over the United States, she enjoys trying (and generally failing) to recreate French crepes, Turkish street food, and Texas BBQ at home.


Brian Barnett

Brian Barnett

Faculty

Brian C. Barnett attended the University of Oklahoma (in his home state) as a first-generation college student and McNair Scholar. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Philosophy, he further pursued Philosophy at the University of Rochester on a Dean’s Fellowship, completing an M.A. and a Ph.D. Brian’s primary teaching and research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of religion, Eastern philosophy, and the philosophy of nonviolence. He is the editor of Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology (an open access textbook with Rebus Community Press) and a regular contributor to meetings of the American Philosophical Association and Concerned Philosophers for Peace. Outside of academia, Brian enjoys hiking, nature photography (especially waterfalls), and all things music.


Ted Everett

Ted Everett

Faculty

Professor Ted Everett has been teaching at Geneseo for twenty-five years.  He comes from suburban Boston by way of Indiana University, the University of Iowa, Cornell University, and the University of Wisconsin.  He has published articles on the logic of vagueness, the nature of consciousness, the concept of knowledge, scientific and religious rationality, inductive reasoning, economic justice, disagreement, and existence.  He and his wife Char have one daughter, one dog, two cats, plus hundreds of spiders in the basement of their old house.


Aaron Herold

Aaron Herold

Faculty

Aaron Herold is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, coordinator of Legal Studies, and co-director of the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy. He studies modern political philosophy, American constitutionalism, and religion and politics, and he teaches courses at Geneseo on political theory, constitutional law, and judicial politics. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he has a B.A. from Emory University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Geneseo, he taught at Boston College, Rhodes College, the University of Richmond, and the College of the Holy Cross. These days, he spends most of his spare time trying to reason unsuccessfully with a toddler, but when that is not necessary he enjoys hiking, sports, opera, and trying to read books that are way too long for him to finish.


Amanda Roth

Amanda Roth

Faculty

Amanda Roth is an associate professor in the philosophy department and coordinator of the women's and gender studies program. She specializes in bioethics, feminist philosophy, sexuality/lgbtq+ issues, and moral & political philosophy. Her latest research interests have to do with queer family-making and reproductive ethics, and her recent courses have focused on bioethics, gender & sexuality, ethics, philosophy of race, and mass incarceration. She grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania in a working class family and was the first person in her family to earn a bachelor's degree. She has been riding out the pandemic with her exuberant 7 year old, her ex-feral cat, and many baking projects.


Jes Heppler

Jes Heppler

Mentor Coordinator

Jes is a third-year PhD student in Philosophy at UC Berkeley. She works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, social & political philosophy, and epistemology. She is currently developing a view about the nature, politics, and epistemology of embodiment, including notions like embodied knowledge and embodied memory. She is originally from Long Island and graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, genealogical research, and working on her musical.


Keith Hurley

Keith Hurley

Mentor

Hi, my name is Keith Hurley, and I am a graduating senior at SUNY Geneseo. I am a Philosophy and Political Science double major, and plan on going to law school after I graduate. I live about an hour away from Geneseo in Buffalo, New York. Being from Buffalo, I am a huge Bills fan, and have been going to the Bills games since I was a kid. I was lucky enough to attend the wild-card playoff game over winter break. 


Emma Mandella

Emma Mandella

Mentor

My name is Emma Mandella and I'm from New Rochelle, NY. I'm a graduating senior at Geneseo, majoring in English literature and philosophy. I hope to continue studying English after Geneseo, concentrating on Black studies. Outside of class, I like to listen to music and practice playing the bass. 


Emma Raupp

Emma Raupp

Mentor

Emma is a 2021 Geneseo graduate with a B.A. in English Literature and a Philosophy minor. Beyond near-constant reading, writing, and self reflection, she enjoys exercising her creativity by drawing, painting, and playing around with code on her laptop.


Aaron Roddy

Aaron Roddy

Mentor

My name is Aaron Roddy and I’m from Troy, New York. I’m a graduating communication and philosophy double major. I am also the New Media Director for the college radio station, 89.3 WGSU. Aside from my studies, I enjoy my time as an independent professional wrestler.