Alycia W. LaGuardia-LoBianco, Ph.D.


Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco, Ph.D.

Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

United States Naval Academy

Areas of Specialization

Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Social Philosophy

Areas of Competence

Moral Psychology, Philosophy and Psychiatry, Chinese and Indian Philosophy


Resident Ethics Fellow, Stockdale Center for Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy (2018-2019)


Ph.D. (Philosophy), Summer 2018

University of Connecticut

M.A. (Philosophy), 2014

University of Connecticut

B.A. (Philosophy), 2011 Summa Cum Laude

Stony Brook University


Suffering and Self-Sabotage in Ethical Life

Advisors: Paul Bloomfield, Daniel Silvermint, Lewis Gordon

External Reader: Michael Brady (University of Glasgow)


(2018) “Complicit Suffering and the Duty to Self-Care.” Philosophy, 93(2): 251-277

Articles Under Review

“Self-Saboteurs and Ethical Relationships” (R&R)

“Self-Injury, Shame, and Agency” (R&R)

“Sexist Harms of the American Wedding Industry”

Works in Progress

“Repairing the Morally Burdened Self: Abuse, Trauma, and Moral Reeducation”

“Narrative Identity, Psychopathology, and Bad Faith”

Fellowships and Honors

Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (2017-2018)

University Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Connecticut (2018-2019)

Doctoral Student Travel Award, University of Connecticut Graduate School (Spring 2018)

1st Place, Graduate Student Presentation, 2018 Mississippi Philosophical Association Annual Meeting. (February 2018)

Fall Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award, Graduate School at UConn (Fall 2016)

Recognition for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Provost (2015, 2016)


Invited Talks

“Self-Saboteurs and Ethical Relationships.” University of Minnesota Duluth. Duluth, MN. April 12, 2018.

National Peer-Reviewed Conferences

“Trauma, Abuse, and Compassionate Blame.” Blame, Punishment, and Health Workshop. Rutgers University-Camden. Camden, NJ. April 5, 2019.

“Narrative Identity and Psychopathology.” 2018 Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. New York City, NY. May 6, 2018.

“Understanding Self-Injury Through (Body) Shame and Oppression.” Society for Analytical Feminism Session at the Pacific APA 2018. San Diego, CA. March 28, 2018.

“Understanding Self-Injury Through (Body) Shame and Oppression.” 2018 Joint Meeting of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy and the North Carolina Philosophical Society. Winthrop University. Rock Hill, SC. March 24, 2018.

“Suffering, Moral Luck, and the Duty to Self-Care.” The Northwestern Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics Annual Conference. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL. March 8, 2018.

“Suffering as a Component of Well-Being.” 2018 Mississippi Philosophical Association Annual Meeting. Mississippi State University. Starkville, MS. February 9, 2018.

“A Feminist Analysis of the Bridezilla.” The Wedding Conference: The Social Philosophy and Business Ethics of the American Wedding. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. November 4, 2017.

“Self-Injury, Shame, and Agency.” Conference on Ethics and Mental Health, Viterbo University. La Crosse, WI. April 7, 2017.

“Caring For Those Who Make Themselves Suffer.” Great Lakes Philosophy Conference, Siena Heights University. Adrian, MI. March 26, 2017.

“Caring For Those Who Make Themselves Suffer.” 2017 Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Savannah, Georgia, March 22, 2017.

“Complicit Suffering and Self-Care.” Transform-able Identity/ies Graduate Conference, Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR. March 10, 2017.

“Complicit Suffering and Self-Care.” U.S. Midwest SWIP 2016 Conference, Centre College. Danville KY. October 8, 2016.

“Complicit Suffering and Self-Care.” Society for Analytical Feminism Conference, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lowell, MA. September 17, 2016.

“Invisible Suffering.” In/Visibility: UMass Interdisciplinary Political Studies Conference, University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA. March 12, 2016.

Local Conferences and Presentations

“Self-Injury, (Body) Shame, and Agency.” UConn Humanities Institute Fellowship Public Talk. Storrs, CT. October 25, 2017

“Suffering and Self-Regarding Obligations.” Grue Bag Graduate Conference, UConn Philosophy Department. Storrs, CT. January 23, 2016.

“Coping with Illusion: Suffering, Self-Deception, and Adaptive Preferences.” Grue Bag Graduate Conference, UConn Philosophy Department. Storrs, CT. January 31, 2015.

“Towards a Concept of ‘Suffering.’” Grue Bag Graduate Conference, UConn Philosophy Department. Storrs, CT. August 30, 2014.

“How Does Suffering Impact Moral Responsibility?” UConn Philosophy Department Graduate Presentations. Storrs, CT. April 7, 2015.


Stephen Darwall, “Trust as a Second-Personal Phenomenon,” Problem Promises Workshop, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. March 1, 2015.


Instructor of Record (Fall 2014-Summer 2017)

Philosophy 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics

This class is an introduction to major ethical theories, including virtue ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, and care ethics, and explores questions such as: do we have to be ethical to live a happy life? Is morality always other-directed, or can one have self-regarding moral duties? Can ethical inquiry help us find meaning in our lives?

I’ve taught four sections of this course.

Average median rating of teaching by students: 4.5/5.0

Sample student comment: “When she started teaching the material, she made it natural for students to give their opinion, and she never made anyone feel like what they said didn't matter. People seemed eager to contribute to class and her humor is casual, which makes people comfortable in class.”

Philosophy 1107: Philosophy and Gender

This course is an introduction to some of the major questions surrounding gender from the standpoint of social ethics. Topics include: gender essentialism and gender constructivism, transgender and intersex identities, intersectionality, masculinity, gender oppression and the obligation to resist.

I’ve taught three sections of this course.

Average median rating of teaching by students: 4.6/5.0

Sample student comment: “She allowed the students to have some jurisdiction over what we discussed and how long we spent on one topic. This flexibility was really nice because we were able to fully understand things that we might not have if we had rushed over them.”

Philosophy 1106: Non-Western and Comparative Philosophy

This course is in introduction to some of the major philosophical and religious views that grapple with questions of death, ethics, and reality. Texts representing Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Islam, and Akan philosophies are analyzed and compared to Western philosophers like Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Beauvoir.

I’ve taught two sections of this course.

Average median rating of teaching by students: 4.5/5.0

Sample student comment: “She was very enthusiastic about the topic which made learning more interesting. She also related philosophical content to modern day life which made it easier to understand the subject.”

Philosophy 1101: Problems in Philosophy

This course serves as an introduction to some of the major questions in philosophical discourse, including: does God exist, and if so, how can God let suffering occur? How do we know what we know? What does it mean to do the right thing? Are we free?

I’ve co-taught this course once.

Teaching Assistant (Fall 2012-Spring 2014)

PHIL 1101 Problems of Philosophy (four sections)

PHIL 1102 Philosophy and Logic (four sections)

PHIL 1104 Philosophy and Social Ethics (four sections)

PHIL 1107 Philosophy and Gender (four sections)

Research Assistant

Graduate Assistant, UConn Contested Sexual Consent Workshop (Fall 2016)

Graduate Assistant, UConn Dominating Speech Conference (Fall 2014)

“Invisible Disabilities,” project with Daniel Silvermint (Spring 2015)


Secretary, Philosophy Graduate Student Association, UConn (2013-2014)

Coordinator, Society for Women in Philosophy, UConn (2014-2015)

Co-organizer, Political and Moral Philosophy Writing Group, UConn (2014-Present)

Co-organizer, Undergraduate Philosophy Club, UConn (2015)

Referee, Ergo (Fall 2014)

Referee, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (Spring 2018)


Paul Bloomfield, Professor of Philosophy


206 Manchester Hall

344 Mansfield Rd, U-1054

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-3745

Daniel Silvermint, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


332 Manchester Hall

344 Mansfield Rd, U-1054

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-7928

Lewis Gordon, Professor of Philosophy

(Committee Member)

205 Manchester Hall

344 Mansfield Rd, U-1054

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-9118

Michael Brady, Professor of Philosophy

(External Reader)

R503 Level 5, Philosophy, 69

Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow

G12 8LP

(0141) 330-3706

Ian Kidd, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts

(External Reader)

Room C48

University Park




+44 (0115) 951-4831

Rhiannon Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology

154 Bousfield

406 Babbidge Road U-1020

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-4941

Teaching Reference

Mitch Green, Professor of Philosophy

304 Manchester Hall

344 Mansfield Rd, U-1054

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-9119