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Director of Outreach & Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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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 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).

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

I am committed to forging lasting partnerships between the academy and the community, and to cultivating the philosophical voices of people of all ages. At Penn I was awarded the inaugural Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship to design and teach a new Academically Based Community Service course entitled Public Philosophy & Civic Engagement. You can read more about my fellowship activities here, here, here, and here. I was also an active member of Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young (P4Y).

In my spare time I enjoy tutoring folks of all ages in subjects like Ancient Greek, Latin, Philosophy, and Logic.

A copy of my CV is available here.