James FritzInstructor: James Fritz

James Fritz is a PhD candidate in the Ohio State University philosophy department. He does philosophical research in the areas of metaethics and epistemology.

James has a long history of working with summer camps; most recently, he served as the director of Wyandot Day Camp in Highbanks Metro Park. He also has a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and five years of experience teaching middle school English.





Julia JoratiInstructor: Professor Julia Jorati

Julia Jorati is an assistant professor in the OSU philosophy department; she received her PhD from Yale University. Her research focuses on early modern European philosophy, but she teaches a wide variety of philosophy courses including a class on philosophy of religion and a class on death and the meaning of life. Julia is one of the people who came up with the idea for this summer camp and she is looking forward to discussing philosophy with camp participants. 




Preston Lennon

Instructor: Preston Lennon

Preston Lennon is a PhD student in the philosophy department at The Ohio State University. He has research interests in the philosophy of mind and value theory. Preston's teaching interests are varied and wide-ranging; he particularly enjoys teaching applied ethical issues. He has taught at Ohio State and Virginia Tech, and can’t wait to help introduce philosophy to the campers this summer!





Eric MacGilvrayGuest Lecturer: Professor Eric MacGilvray

Eric MacGilvray (Ph.D., Chicago, 1999), Associate Professor, has research and teaching interests which center in modern and contemporary political thought, with an emphasis on liberal, republican and democratic theory and the pragmatic philosophical tradition.  He is the author of The Invention of Market Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Reconstructing Public Reason (Harvard University Press, 2004).  His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, and a number of other journals.  He is currently working on a book entitled Liberal Freedom.  He is one of the core faculty leaders of the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values.



Lavender McKittrick-SweitzerInstructor: Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer

Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer is a PhD student in the Ohio State University philosophy department. Her research is broadly focused on political philosophy, more narrowly concerning theories of global justice. Lavender has been interested in sharing philosophy with high school students for quite a while, helping begin high school outreach programs in St. Louis, MO, while she was completing her Master's degree. She is excited about having the opportunity to discuss philosophical issues with the camp's participants this summer. 





Tristram McPherson

Guest Lecturer: Professor Tristram McPherson

Tristram McPherson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State. He works on foundational philosophical questions about ethics (like: are there ethical facts? If so, how could we know anything about them?), as well as questions in practical ethics, especially concerning our relations to non-human animals and the ethical relations of individuals to unethical social institutions and patterns. 






Evan Thomas

Instructor: Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is a PhD student in the department of philosophy at The Ohio State University. Evan’s current research focuses on what René Descartes thought about the difference between humans and animals. He’s also interested in the meaning of life, what we can do to make the world a better place, and how philosophy can best be used to enrich people’s lives. Evan has experience teaching people of all ages and is excited to do philosophy with the campers!  



Amy Shuster

Guest Lecturer: Professor Amy Shuster

Amy L. Shuster is a visiting assistant professor in the OSU philosophy department.  She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.  She is currently working on a book that will map out the various ways we can determine the meaning of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.  Her research also engages with ancient Greek sources, especially Plato and Aristotle.  She teaches a broad range of courses in political philosophy, and engages in outreach activities at a local prison.  She is part of a growing network of college instructors who are committed to creating a prison-to-college pipeline.