Dr. Rachel McKinney
Philosophy Department 
Suffolk University
73 Tremont Street   
Boston MA 02108


2018-present: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Suffolk University
2017-2018: Postdoctoral Associate, Humanities Center and Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
2016-2017: Fellow in Residence, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
2015-2016: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2015: Ph.D (with honors), Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center 
    Dissertation: "Communication, Labor, and Communicative Labor"            (advisor: Linda Martín Alcoff)
2014: M.Phil, Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
2007-2009: Ph.D student, Philosophy, Syracuse University 
2007: B.A. cum laude, Philosophy and English, Albion College

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Language, Social/Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy
Areas of Competence: Epistemology, Critical Theory, Business Ethics, Political Economy

2016: "Extracted Speech" - Social Theory and Practice (Vol 42, Issue 2)
2018: "Political Dissent in Practice: Insights from Social Theory"- Voicing Dissent, Routledge Press (edited by Casey Johnson)

2017: "The False Premises of the Alt-Right" in Public Seminar 
2012: "The Bluths and the Bourgeoisie: Class Status in 
Arrested Development" in Arrested Development and Philosophy, edited by Kristopher Phillips and J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Blackwell. 

"Ways of Life and Ideology" for Ideology, Oxford University Press (edited by Robin Celikates, Sally Haslanger, and Jason Stanley)
"Discursive Antagonism and the Value of Conversation" 
"Threats from Below"
"Requests, Commands, and Threats" (coauthored with Daniel Harris)

"Political Dissent in Practice: Insights from Social Theory" 
2017: Voicing Dissent conference, University of Connecticut; Defective Communication conference, CSMN/University of Oslo; Nova Scotia Meaning Conference, Shobac 

"Threats from Below" 
2016: Cornell Workshop in Linguistics & Philosophy, Cornell University; New York Philosophy of Language Workshop, NYU; Committee for Public Philosophy, Pacific APA; Colloquium, Bard College Philosophy; Keynote, CUNY Philosophy Graduate Conference

"Commands as Indirect Threats" (with Daniel Harris, Hunter College)
2016: Work in Progress seminar, MIT Philosophy

"Discursive Antagonism, Communication, and the Value of Conversation"
2016: Wellesley College Philosophy; 
Collective Agency and Speech Actions at University of Trieste; Texas Christian University Philosophy; Albion College Philosophy
2015: MAP, Harvard University Philosophy

"On Labor (Reproductive and Otherwise)"
2015: WOGAP, MIT Philosophy

"Communicative Labor" 
2014: New York Philosophy of Language Workshop, NYU 

"Extracted Speech"
2014: MAP, UC-Riverside Philosophy; SWIPShop, NY Society for Women in Philosophy; University of Connecticut Dominating Speech Conference; FEMMSS 5, University of Waterloo 

"Discourse and Defective Context" 
2011: New York Philosophy of Language Workshop, NYU

"Language Use in Defective Contexts" (with Daniel Harris, Hunter College)
Pacific APA

"Variation and Force Marking" 
2012: Pacific APA 

April 2017: Comments, Eleonore Neufeld’s “Essentialist Theory of the Meaning of Slurs,” Pacific APA 
August 2016: Comments, Kate Ritchie's "Social Position and the Reclamation of Slurs", Dartmouth Mind & Language Workshop
January 2016: Comments, Rahel Jaeggi's "Ideology and Social Praxis," Yale Ideology Conference, Yale University
August 2015: Comments, Meena Krishnamurthy's "Radical Distrust," Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
August 2014: Comments, Jessica Keiser's "Bald-Faced Lies," Princeton Networking and Mentoring Workshop, Princeton University
April 2013: Comments, Leo Yan's “Externalist Accounts of Racial Epithets” Pacific APA, San Francisco, CA
2012: Comments, "Occupy Wall Street: Women in Philosophy Respond," Sue Weinberg Lecture Series, NYSWIP
Spring 2009: Comments, Bill Cameron's "Pornographic Performers: Representations for Arousal and Moral Distinctions of Pornography," Syracuse University Graduate Philosophy Conference

2011-2017: Referee for Hypatia; Journal of Social Philosophy; Journal of Applied Philosophy; Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association; Erkenntnis 
2016: PIKSI-Boston
2009-2015: steering committee member, New York Society for Women in Philosophy SWIPshop workshop series
August 2013-2015: steering committee member, New York Society for Women in Philosophy Sue Weinberg Lecture Series
December 2014: Chair, "
Symposium: Implicit Bias in Philosophy of Mind," Eastern APA, Philadelphia, PA
April 2014: Invited discussant, Minorities and Philosophy group series, University of California-Riverside Philosophy Dept, Riverside, CA

April 2014: Co-organizer, "Power, Pedagogy, and Philosophy’s 'Women Problem'" conference at the New School for Social Research, NYC, NY
October 2013: Panelist, "Why Are There So Few Women in Philosophy?" roundtable for SUNY Purchase College Philosophy Club, Purchase, NY 
May 2013: Co-organizer, "Lectures in Honor of Ruth Barcan Marcus: A Celebration of Women in Formal Philosophy," Sue Weinberg Lecture Series, NYSWIP
April 2013: Chair, Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy panel, "Paul Grice's Philosophy of Language," Pacific APA, San Francisco, CA 
Summer 2011: APA grant writer, New York Society for Women in Philosophy

2016: pedagogy workshop, MIT Philosophy Professional Development Day
2011-2014: member, Committee on Representation, Philosophy Department, CUNY GC
2011-2013: member and chair, Student Steering Committee, Philosophy Department, CUNY GC
Spring 2011: Co-organizer, CUNY GC Philosophy Graduate Conference 
2009-2010: Colloquium Reception Coordinator, Syracuse University Philosophy Department

2017: Guest, The Owl podcast 
2017: Organizer, Ask a Philosopher booth, MIT Day of Action
2017: Speaker, Community Book Connection, Community College of Baltimore
2017: Dilemmas Series, Night of Philosophy & Ideas
2015: Guest, UnMute podcast
2014: Contributor, The Second Shift blog 
2013: "Sound of Da Police: Extracted Speech and Authority" Brooklyn Public Philosophers, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn NY
2012: "Critical Thinking for Critical Theorists" teach-in at the Free University of New York, May Day, Madison Sq. Park, NYC

October 2004-May 2007: Survivor Advocate, Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County, Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek, MI
2005: Organizer, Students for Women's Health, Albion College, Albion MI

2013: CUNY Doctoral Student Research Grant
2011: APA Board of Officers grant for NYSWIP SWIPshop workshop series
2011-2014: Mellon Fellow, Committee on Religion, CUNY Graduate Center 
2009-2010: University Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center 
2009: Syracuse University Summer Research Grant
2007-2008: University Fellow, Syracuse University 
2007: Jack Padgett Award for Excellent in Philosophy, Albion College 
2006: FURSCA Fellow, Albion College 
2006: Albion College Fellow, Albion College

2017-2018: Postdoctoral Associate, Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Social Philosophy
Feminist Philosophy

2015-2016: Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Linguistics & Philosophy
Feminist Thought
Topics in History of Philosophy (co-taught with Sally Haslanger)
Ethics in Your Life (co-taught with Patricia Weinmann)

2014-2015: Graduate Assistant, Hunter College Philosophy
Feminist Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy

2010-2013: Graduate Teaching Fellow, Brooklyn College Philosophy
Business: Moral Issues
Knowledge, Reality, Values

Spring 2011: Grader, Rutgers University-Newark Philosophy
Philosophy of Law (Ishani Maitra)

Spring 2010: Grader, Baruch College Philosophy
Philosophy of Psychology (David Pereplyotchik)

2008-2009: Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University Philosophy
Introduction to Logic (Mark Brown)
Introduction to Ethics & Value Theory (Laurence Thomas)