Lila Wakeman

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Philosophy
1402 Patterson Office Tower
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Spring 2020 Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 am MWF in 1402 POT

Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Kentucky, ABD

M.A. (Philosophy), University of Kentucky, 2017

B.A. (Philosophy), Michigan State University, 2012

B.S. (Zoology), Michigan State University, 2012

Biography & Research

In 2007, I began studying zoology at Michigan State University with an interest in wildlife conservation and environmental sciences. After exploring the life sciences a bit, a growing love of neurobiology and its unsolved mysteries turned my attention towards the human animal. My experience in the natural sciences met dramatically with the ideas I encountered in courses on existentialism and social and political philosophy, and I decided to seek a career in philosophy. I completed my undergraduate education interested in research in social and political philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics.

In 2014, I began attending the University of Kentucky as a doctoral candidate in philosophy. Having earned my MA and completed my coursework and qualifying exams, my dissertation is focused on the interplay of power and subjectivity in America's educational institutions today. Relying on the work of Michel Foucault, Herbert Marcuse, and John Dewey, I am developing a transparent account of power relations in the classroom today. From this account, I hope to derive practical implications for empowering all students to be autonomous yet socially and politically responsible citizens.

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