Zack Selected as 2019 Romanell – Phi Beta Kappa Professor

Naomi Zack, professor of philosophy at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), has been awarded the 2019 Romanell – Phi Beta Kappa Professorship.

The award includes delivering three lectures open to the public, the opportunity to publish the lectures in the Romanell Lectures Series from Oxford University Press, and a prize of $7,500. It is given annually to scholars working in philosophy to recognize “not only distinguished achievement but also the recipient’s contribution or potential contribution to public understanding of philosophy.”

The award was established in 1983 and is named in honor of Patrick Romanell, H.Y. Benedict Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso, and his wife Edna Romanell. It is sponsored by the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Professor Zack will be delivering her lectures at Lehman College.

A press release about the award states:

Dr. Zack has researched and written on a variety of topics, notably in the areas of race, political philosophy, feminism and disaster ethics. Her most recent book is titled Reviving the Social Compact: Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics (2018). She has published nine books and edited five anthologies, including the Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Race (2017). Dr. Zack recently joined the faculty at Lehman College, moving from the University of Oregon, to focus on the opportunity to teach undergraduate members of under-represented groups and support their candidacy for post-graduate degree programs.
In the past few years, Dr. Zack has turned her attention to the study of social intersectionality. As one colleague observed about her selection for the Romanell award: “Prof. Zack has chosen, as the topic for her lectures, intersectionality, a concept developed originally in jurisprudence to cover cases of multiple-layered discrimination or oppression, especially as experienced by women of color, usually in the workplace….I cannot think of a more timely and appropriate topic, nor one more in need of a rigorous philosophical analysis, and I cannot imagine a philosopher more equipped to provide this analysis than Prof. Zack.”

There is further information here.

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