Elizabeth Scarbrough – Scarbrough C.V. 2016 Short Form


2015     PhD and MA, Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2005     MA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

1998     BA, History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Areas of Specialization: Ethics, Aesthetics

Areas of Competence: Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Feminism

Academic Appointments

2016-present     Lecturer in Philosophy, Florida International University

2015-2016          Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University

2014-2015          Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Philosophy Department, University of Washington

2014-2015          Director, Philosophy Department Writing Center, University of Washington

2013-2014          Soden-Trueblood Graduate Publishing Fellowship (University of Washington Press)

2012-2013          Editorial Assistant, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

2010-2011          Research Assistant, UW Program on Values in Society

2005-2010          Teaching Assistant, Philosophy Department, University of Washington


2016     “Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Cultural Tourism or Poverty Tour?” The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 34, Issue 3 (2016).

2015     “Authenticity in Ruins: Art Restoration, Architecture, and Beautiful Decay,” ARCADE Magazine, Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design and Art, Issue 33.2 (Fall 2015).

2014     “Unimagined Beauty,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 72, Issue 4 (Fall 2014), 445-449.

2014     Book review of Peg Zeglin Brand (ed.), Beauty Unlimited, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/HRO/reviews/content/194)

Research Grants and Awards

2014-2015          Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship in the Humanities

2014-2015          Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship (University of Washington)

2013-2014          Soden-Trueblood Fellowship in Academic Publishing

2013                 Oberlin College Alumni Award

2012                 Melvin Rader Fellowship for Innovative Philosophical Projects

2010-2011          Joff Hanauer Fellowship for Excellence in Western Civilization

Conference Presentations

2015     “Industrial Ruins as Cultural Tourism,” at the Philosophy of the City Conference (PSU, Portland, OR)

2015     Panel Commentator on “Negative Aesthetics,” “Disgusting Images” by Cynthia Freeland (University of Houston), “Stay Positive: Some Pleasures and Benefits of Negative Emotions” by Dan Kelly (Purdue University), “Transforming Negative Aesthetic Responses,” by Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma, at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting (Vancouver, BC)

2014     “Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Cultural Tourism or Poverty Tour?” at the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (Guimarães, Portugal)

2014     “Unplanned Beauty: The Pleasures of Ruins” at the APA, Pacific Division (San Diego, CA)

2013     “Ruin Porn? The Ruins of Detroit” at the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Society for Aesthetics (University of Victoria, B.C.)

2013     Comments on “On Things That Aren’t There Anymore” by Jennifer Judkins (UCLA) at the         American Society for Aesthetics Pacific Division Meeting (Asilomar, CA)

2012     Comments on “The Minimal Condition of Authenticity” by Dobin Choi (SUNY) at the American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting (St. Louis, MO)

2012     “Appiah’s ‘Cosmopolitan Aesthetic Experience’ and Its Limits” at the Cosmopolitan Rights and Responsibility Conference (University of Washington)

2012     Comments on “Second Personal Reasons and Moral Obligation” by Wenwen Fan (University of Missouri) at the 6th Biannual Graduate Student Conference on Responsibility (University of Washington)

2010     Comments on “Should the Bamiyan Buddhas Rest in Peace?” by James Janowski (Hampden-Sydney College) at the American Society of Aesthetics Annual Meeting (Victoria. B.C.)

2009     Comments on “Why So Serious? An Inquiry on Racist Jokes” by Luvell Anderson (Rutgers University), at the 5th Biannual Graduate Student Conference in Moral Psychology (UW)

Teaching Experience

Florida International University

Introduction to Normative Ethics

Applied Ethics


Philosophy of Film

Portland State University

Critical Thinking

Philosophy of Sex and Love

University of Washington

Introduction to Normative Ethics

Moral Problems (three times)

Aesthetics of Everyday Life

Topics in Ethics: The Intersection of Aesthetic and Ethics

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to the Philosophy of Law

Co-Taught As Primary Instructor                                                                With

Seminar in Teaching Philosophy for Graduate Students   Ann Baker

Introduction to Moral Problems                                                Patrick Taylor Smith

Practical Reason                                                                             Joe Ricci

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Introduction to Philosophy (three times)

Additional Teaching and Mentoring Experience

2015 -2016         Judge, Annual High School Ethics Bowl in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA

2014-2015          Workshops “Activities to Engage your Students in Learning,” “Balancing Graduate School Demands,” at the 2014 and 2015 Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research (UW)

2014                 Seattle Academy High School Ethics Bowl Co-Coach, Inaugural Year State Champions

2012                 Workshops “Teaching Your Own Class: First Day and Beyond,” at the Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research (UW)

2010-2011          Coach, University of Washington Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team

2010                 Teaching Seminar, “Teaching as a Woman in Philosophy,” with Amy Reed and Asia Ferrin

2008-2009          Coach, University of Washington Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team

 Applied Aesthetics Experience

2015-2016          Manager, Clinton Street Theater (Portland, OR)

35mm projection cinema and performance arts space.

2008-2015          Outreach Coordinator / Film Projectionist, Grand Illusion Cinema

Volunteer projectionist (35mm) and cinema outreach coordinator for a not-for-profit art house cinema in Seattle. Named volunteer of the year in 2011.

1999-2003          Audio Post-Production Supervisor, Henninger Digital Audio [1]

Basic knowledge of post-production audio engineering (recording, sound design, mixing).

1994- 2005         Musician

Secondary Flute status at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Freelance flute teacher.


American Philosophical Association

American Society for Aesthetics

Canadian Society for Aesthetics

Society for Women in Philosophy

Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory


Available upon request.

[1] Video Credits as Audio Post Production Coordinator (1 hr television specials): Jack The Ripper (Discovery Channel), GOLD! Four part series (History Channel), The Curse of the Hope Diamond (Discovery Channel), Crash Landing: Stories of Survival (Henninger Productions), Seized At Sea: Situation Critical (Henninger Productions), Rocky Mountains (National Park Service). I have also worked on numerous political ads for national and local campaigns.