About Me

Teaching Assistant Professor

Director of Outreach

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael Vazquez

I am Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach in the Department of Philosophy and the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My research interests span ancient philosophy (and the history of philosophy more broadly), ethical theory, philosophy of education, and democratic theory.

I am a summer lecturer on the Social Foundations of Education for Penn’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2020. My dissertation was entitled Practical Reasoning in Stoic Ethics, and my committee members were Susan Sauvé Meyer (supervisor), Errol Lord, Sukaina Hirji, and Jacob Klein. Prior to my doctoral studies, I received a BA in Philosophy and Humanities from Villanova University (2014) and completed the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2015). I was also a visiting student in Classical Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford (2013).

As an educator, I have an abiding interest in experiential education & service-learning in higher education, pre-college pedagogy, learning across the lifespan, and civic education. I am committed to forging lasting, democratic, and collaborative partnerships between the academy and the community, and to cultivating the philosophical voices of people of all ages.