Director & Staff
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Sarah Stroud joined the department in 2018. She was previously Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, where she taught from 1993 to 2018. She holds degrees from Harvard (A.B.) and Princeton (Ph.D.). She works across central areas of moral philosophy, with a particular focus on foundational issues in moral psychology and moral theory and on the intersection of such issues with metaethics and the philosophy of action. She has published papers on such topics as partiality, moral demandingness and overridingness, lying and testimony, practical irrationality, and the moral implications and significance of personal relationships. She co-edited Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality (OUP, 2003) and the International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
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Marina graduated from UNC with a BA in English and Slavic Languages and Cultures, with a minor in Creative Writing. She was a Parr Center Undergraduate Fellow for 2.5 years before joining the Center full-time in 2020. She completed a senior honors thesis in poetry, and continues to write and edit after graduation.
Director, National High School Ethics Bowl
Alex works at the intersections of ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of education. He is an award-winning teacher and a strong advocate for public and pre-college philosophy pedagogy. Alex’s philosophical work focuses on the liberal virtue of civility, and its role in the non-ideal politics of democratic societies like our own. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2021.
Director of Outreach
Michael received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities from Villanova University in 2014, and completed the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. He is committed to forging lasting partnerships between the academy and the community, and to cultivating the philosophical voices of people of all ages. At Penn he was awarded the inaugural Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship to design a new Academically Based Community Service course on public philosophy and civic engagement, and to conduct research that involves community problem-solving and service learning. He was also an active member of Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young. His research interests include ancient philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of education.
Director of Undergraduate Programming
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Sally received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. Shortly after, she joined the department as the Parr Center’s Administrator. Sally transformed the Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship and then transitioned into her current role as Director of Undergraduate Programming in 2019. When not in the Parr Center, Sally can be found in the UNC School of Government, completing coursework for the Master in Public Administration program. She will graduate with an MPA and a Graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good in 2023.
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Jordan received a BA in Economics and Political Science with a minor in History from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019. She is now working as the Events Coordinator for the Department of Philosophy, Parr Center for Ethics, and PPE Program. Jordan is particularly interested in the philosophy of politics and law, and she is excited to learn more about these fields while working alongside the wonderful staff and faculty in the department.
Graduate Research Assistant
Audra is a third-year graduate student in Philosophy whose interests are primarily in moral psychology and political philosophy. She spends a lot of time thinking about moral emotions, social norms, and ideology. She has equally strong interests in public-facing philosophy — especially pre-college philosophy.
When she isn’t doing philosophy, teaching philosophy, or facilitating philosophical discussions, she likes to take long walks with Finnegan (the Frenchie/Corgi that lives with her), cook (but not bake!!) vegan food, read.