Two Philosophy Ph.D. Candidates Are Named 2021 Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellows

Two Graduate Center philosophy Ph.D. candidates, Shannon Brick and Alex Steers-McCrum, were named 2021 Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellows by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. They are among 22 recipients of the prestigious fellowship that supports promising scholars whose dissertations address topics in ethics and religion. Each fellow receives $27,500 for the final year of dissertation writing.

Brick’s dissertation project is titled Rehabilitating Authenticity. “I defend a rehabilitated account of personal authenticity,” Brick writes on her website. She adds, “I argue that the value of authenticity can explain some otherwise puzzling features of deference to moral and aesthetic testimony.” 

Steers-McCrum was also named the Robert M. Adams–Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow in Philosophy. For his dissertation, titled What Does “Native” Mean? Disentangling and Decolonizing Settler Terms and Categories, he is exploring the varied and interconnected meanings of Native Americanness.

Submitted on: MAY 18, 2021

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