Mission Statement 

In the short term, MAP provides a forum for students to discuss topics concerning minorities and philosophy and connect with interested peers. In the long term, we hope that MAP will contribute to improved department cultures and facilitate increased participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy. 

About Us

MAP is a collection of students in philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation. Currently, MAP has 134 chapters throughout the world. 

Through MAP's network, students can exchange ideas on topics related to minorities and philosophy, meet and support peers, and learn from other philosophy departments. MAP chapters can choose to provide their respective departments with regular feedback on the department climate. 

Each chapter aims broadly at addressing (a) minority issues in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc, and (c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or graduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias).

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Membership in MAP is composed of graduate and undergraduate students who share interests in improving the state of the discipline of philosophy through representation and examination of diverse topics from diverse perspectives. 

Benefits of Membership

  • Participation in a philosophical community
  • Promotion of issues and identities that are underrepresented in philosophy
  • International support for these communities and their allies

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ASU Chapter Board of Representatives

Graduate Students
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Aubrey C. Spivey -- Chair 

Bio: I earned a BA from the University of Utah in Philosophy with a Certificate of Criminology and Correction. I also earned a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Florida. I’m currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy whose research focuses on the applied ethics of prison, punishment, and criminal justice. I’m also earning a Certificate of Criminal Sentencing and Sentencing Advocacy from the schools of Criminal Justice and Social Work. I teach philosophy at the Arizona State Prison in Florence. I’m also serving as a non-fiction editor for Iron City Magazine, which prompts and publishes the creative works of the incarcerated and recently released inmates. In conjunction with these projects I’m interested in understanding and promoting diversity in the profession through my past work with the American Placement Data and Analysis (APDA).

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Katie Kirkland

Bio: I’m originally from Birmingham, AL, though I have also lived in Atlanta, GA while earning an M.A. in Philosophy at Georgia State University. Before that, I lived in Jackson, MS while earning my bachelor’s from Millsaps College. My research interests lie broadly in feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, and applied ethics. More specifically, I am interested in oppression and injustice and the way that oppression and injustice alter our moral obligations. When I am not doing philosophy, I enjoy reading novels, running, hiking, and playing with my cats, among other things!

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Carter Johnson

Bio: I received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Florida in 2014 and is a PhD student in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. My areas of research are in ethics and the philosophy of sex and love; my areas of competence include ancient Greek philosophy, early modern philosophy, and feminist theory. I am currently working on a dissertation about an ethic of universal love.


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Undergraduate Students

Elections for the Undergraduate Representative: For undergraduate students who are interested in this role please submit a paragraph stating your qualifications and interest in the role along with a CV to acspivey@asu.edu with “MAP REP” in the subject line. More information can be found here.


Faculty Advisor
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Maura Priest

Bio: I am an assistant professor of philosophy and bioethicist at Arizona State University. My research interests are in medical ethics, normative ethics, epistemology, and the intersection of ethics and epistemology. I am currently working on too many articles and two books, one of elites, and one on the ethics of dating. You can read more about my research and other interests at maurpriest.com.


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Rachel Levit Ades -- Accessibility Consultant

Bio: Rachel works to ensure all MAP events are accessible and inclusive, and serves as the point person for accommodations. She is training as an ADA coordinator. Rachel is also a Philosophy PhD student and member of MAP. 

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Contact Us

For any questions please contact Aubrey C. Spivey at acspivey@asu.edu 

For questions or requests regarding event accessibility please contact Rachel Levit Ades, our accessibility consultant, at Rachel.levitades@asu.edu