New Faculty 2014-15: Ingrid Anderson


Ingrid, congratulations on your full-time appointment in the department! How are you finding the change from part-time to full-time?

It was a bit of an adjustment at first, but it is amazing what a difference it makes to dedicate your professional energies to one institution, and to be surrounded by such wonderful, engaging colleagues.

What have you found especially helpful during your transition?

This academic year, I presented some new research at an international conference that seems like a promising new project.  That proved to be very centering for me.  But what truly made the transition easier was my colleagues. Fellow faculty consistently checked in with me to see how they might be of help, and department meetings and events also provided motivation and support.

Are you teaching any new courses?

For AY 2014-1015 I introduced a new course entitled “After Auschwitz: The Search for Ethics in Post-Holocaust Thought” which has been exciting and engaging. After this semester, I will no longer teach the KHC Studio, and instead I plan to introduce an additional new course in 2015-2016 entitled “Beyond Night: The Work of Elie Wiesel.”

Ingrid Anderson received her PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University in September 2013. Her dissertation is titled “Making Ethics ‘First Philosophy’: Ethics and Suffering in the Work of Emmanuel Levinas, Elie Wiesel and Richard Rubenstein.” Ingrid has taught in the Writing Program since 2008, first as a GWF and then as a part-time lecturer. She has also taught at Emmanuel College and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


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