About Me

I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where I’m also the Program Chair for the college’s General Arts and Sciences major as well as its Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences.  Before joining the faculty at Behrend, I was a graduate student at Indiana University, where I earned a PHD in philosophy.  I also studied at Bard College and at the University of Chicago.

My research and teaching focus on ethics.  My primary research interest at the start of my career was Emmanuel Levinas’s concept of ethical responsibility.  Over the years, I’ve become more interested in bioethics.  My most recent publications are on ethical dilemmas raised by reproduction, parenthood, and assisted reproductive technology.

I’m also an aspiring fiction writer.

Please feel free to check out my research page to learn more about my work in philosophy and to access selected essays.  More information about my stories can be on my fiction page.

Contact Information

The best way to reach me is by email at jjs34 “at” psu “dot” edu.