Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Grinnell College
Philosophy Department, 1120 Park Street, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690
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Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Ph.D. in Philosophy, September 2003
Dissertation: Radical Cartesian Politics and Spinoza’s Change of Mind
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
M.A. in Philosophy, August 1995
Thesis: “Nietzsche and the Overcoming of Spinoza.”
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.A. in Philosophy, Minor in Biology, December 1993
Areas of Special Competence
- Early Modern Philosophy, particularly Spinoza and the Dutch Enlightenment
- History and Philosophy of Science, particularly seventeenth-century physics
- Children’s Mental Health Policy and its underlying epistemological and metaphysical assumptions
2005-present Associate Professor of Philosophy, Grinnell College. Courses taught:
- PHI 233 History of Early Modern Philosophy
- PHI 257 Philosophy of Science
- PHI 255 History of Scientific Thought
- PHI 111 Introduction to Philosophy
- PHI 106 Contemporary Ethical Issues
- PHI 393 Advanced Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
- Spinoza’s Politics
- Spinoza’s Ethics
- Woman in Early Modern Philosophy: A Feminist Approach
- Spinoza and Radical Enlightenment
- Descartes and Cartesianism
- HUM 295 Space, Time, and Motion
- TUT 100 Tutorial
- A Woman’s Place
- What Counts as Philosophy as Why?
- PHI 499 Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPS), Student Project Titles:
- Unraveling Dualism
- Newton’s Sciences
- Language Thru Metaphysics
- Moral Certainty
- Mentored Posse Projects:
- Feyerabend’s Pluralistic Methodology Through the Study of Native American Science and Philosophy
- The Spectrum of Bare Life: Biopolitical Productivity, Social Death, and the Case of the Cambodian Refugee
2013 (Spring) Fellow-in-Residence, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa
2008-2009 Visiting Scholar, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Summer 2008 Reader, Huntington Library, Pasadena, California
2003-2005 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
July 2004 National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute: “The Intersection of Philosophy, Science, and Religion in the Seventeenth Century.”
2001-2002 Member of Research Program: The Early Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic,
1650-1750, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2000-2001 Instructor, Victor Valley Community College, Victor Valley, CA
2001 Instructor, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
2000 Multimedia Teaching Assistant, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
1999-2000 Instructor, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
1999-2000 Instructor, California State University, San Bernardino
1997-2000 Instructor, San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, CA
1996 Instructor, McLennon Community College, Waco, TX
1994-1995 Teaching Assistant, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Honors, Grants, and Awards
- Digital Bridges Fellow at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa, Fall 2018.
- Awarded grant from Innovation Fund at Grinnell College, 2018-2019.
- Digital Bridges Faculty-Student Pedagogical Partnership, Summer 2017, Grinnell College.
- The Isabel Turner Award from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, 2016.
- ID Action (Iowans with Disabilities in Action) 2014 Advocate of the Year.
- NEH Summer Stipend, 2013.
- Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Obermann Center, University of Iowa, Spring 2013.
- Scaliger Fellow, Scaliger Institute, Leiden University, 2013.
- Faculty Study Leave, Grinnell College, Spring 2013.
- Research Grant, Grinnell College, 2005-2014.
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Fall 2008.
- American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, 2008.
- 8-college Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Grant 2007.
- Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowship, 2005.
- Netherland-America Foundation Fellow (Fulbright Program) 2001-2002.
- Dissertation Grant, Claremont Graduate University, 2002-2003.
- Tuition Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, 1996-1999.
- Tuition Fellowship, Baylor University, 1994-1995.
- Member of Phi Sigma Tau: International Honor Society for Philosophy, Baylor University, 1994-1995.
Cartesian Empiricisms. Eds. Tammy Nyden and Mihnea Dobre, (#31 in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series), Dordrecht: Springer, 2013.
Spinoza’s Radical Cartesian Mind, Continuum, 2007.
Articles and Chapters
“Living Force at Leiden: De Volder, ‘s Gravesande and the Reception of Newtonianism,” in Newton and Empiricism. Eds. Zvi Biener and Eric Schliesser, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 207-222.
“Chapter 1: Introduction” by Tammy Nyden and Mihnea Dobre. In Cartesian Empiricisms. Eds. Tammy Nyden and Mihnea Dobre. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, 1-21.
“Chapter 10: De Volder’s Cartesian Physics and Experimental Pedagogy.” In Cartesian Empiricisms. Eds. Tammy Nyden and Mihnea Dobre. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, 227-250.
Bio-Bibliographical Appendix entry on Buchard de Volder. By Tammy Nyden. In Cartesian Empiricisms. Edited by Tammy Nyden and Mihna Dobre. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, 313-315.
“Sankara, Śāntarakṣita and Spinoza.” In Studies on Śāntarakṣita’s Yogācāra Madhyamaka. Eds. Marie-Louise Friquegnon and Noé Dinnerstein. New York, Global Scholarly Publications, 2012, 169-178.
“Experiment in Cartesian Courses: The Case of Professor Burchard de Volder.” In The Circulation of Science and Technology: The Proceedings of the 4rth International Conference of the European Society of the History of Science (ESHS), Barcelona, 18-20 November 2010. Ed. A. Roca-Rosell, Barcelona: SCHCT-IEC (Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica – Institut d’Estudis Catalans), 2012, 384-388.
“Conscientia,” and “Affectus: laetitia, tristitia, and cupiditas,” in Continuum Companion to Spinoza. Eds. W. van Bunge, H. Krop, J.M.M. van den Ven, and P. Steenbakkers. Continuum, 2011, 189-190 and 151-154.
“Radical Cartesian Politics: Van Velthuysen, De la Court, and Spinoza,” Studia Spinozana, Volume 15, 2006 (journal dated 1999), 35-65.
“Salvation in a Naturalized World: The Role of the Will and Intellect in the Philosophies of Nietzsche and Spinoza,” NASS Monograph # 7, ed. Steven Barbone. Baltimore: North American Spinoza Society, 1998, 17-31.
Notes, Reviews, Etc.
Book Review of Feminist Interpretations of Benedict Spinoza. Edited by Moira Gatens. The Pennsylvania University Press, 2009 in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, March 2010.
Book Review of Interpreting Spinoza: Critical Essays. Edited by Charles Huenemann. Cambridge University Press, 2008 in Philosophy in Review, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2009), 35-37.
Bibliographies for Pierre Bayle, Giordano Bruno, Chuang-tzu, Hsun-tzu, Mencius, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, and Isaac Newton, World Philosophy, rev. ed., Salem Press, 2000.
Papers presented at scholarly and professional meetings
“The New Physics at Leiden.” Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa. April 3, 2012.
“Not Scientia, but Not Nothing: de Volder on the Role of Experiment in Natural Philosophy.” The Battle for Scientia in the 17th Century: 2012 Princeton-Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Bran, Romania, June-29-July 4, 2012.
“How Theology in 17th-Century Leiden Influenced the Acceptance and Spread of Experimental Physics.” Science and Religion: A Role for Metaphysics? Bard College, April 16-19, 2012.
“From Moral Certainty to Moral Evidentia: an Epistemological Shift in the Leiden Physics Theatre.” Passionate Minds: Knowledge and the Emotions in Intellectual History. Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH), University of Bucharest, Romania, May 26-28, 2011.
“Experiment in Cartesian Courses: The Case of Professor Burchard de Volder.” The Circulation of Science and Technology: 4rth International Conference of the European Society of the History of Science (ESHS), Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), Barcelona, Spain, November 18-20, 2010.
“The Case of Burchard de Volder: Pre-Newtonian, Dutch Cartesian Experiment in the University.” Thought in Science and Fiction: 12th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Çankara University, Ankara, Turkey, 2-6 August 2010.
“De Volder and the Physics Theatre: Experimental Pedagogy, Cartesian Physics.” HOPOS (History of the Philosophy of Science) Biennial Conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, June 26, 2010.
“Living Force at Leiden: Burchard de Volder (1643-1709), Willem J. ‘s Gravesande (1688-1742) and the Teaching of Experimental Physics.” Newton and Empiricism Conference, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, April 10-11, 2010.
“De Volder’s Introduction of Experimental Physics to the University.” POROI (Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry) Rhetoric Seminar, University of Iowa, January 28, 2010.
“De Volder’s Cartesian Reasons for Bringing Experiment to the Academy.” The Princeton-Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Bran Romania, July 31, 2009.
“Spinoza’s Passionate Politics.” Passion & Body in Spinoza, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, July 2008.
“How Hobbes Got to Spinoza.” Early Modern Philosophy in Britain and the Netherlands 1500-1800. Conference sponsored by the British Society for the History of Philosophy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, March 26-28, 2007.
“Parallelism à la Mode.” The North American Spinoza Society, December 2005.
“Spinoza’s Radical Cartesian Roots: De la Court and Dutch Politics.” Iowa Philosophical Society, Simpson College, November 5, 2005.
“Sankara, Spinoza, and Santaraksita.” International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University, November 1, 2003.
“The Metaphysical Appendix and its Place in the Development of Spinoza’s Theories of Error and Falsity.” International conference: “le contexte intellectuel du spinozisme.” Le Groupe de recherches spinozistes (CERPHI) and l’Association des Amis de Spinoza. Sorbonne, Paris, France, March 30, 2002.
“Individuals and Singular Things: Spinoza’s Unified Account of Individuation and Identity.” Symposium on Spinoza and Leibniz, University of Turku, Finland, November 7, 2001.
“Self-identity in Spinoza.” Claremont Early Modern Studies Graduate Symposium, March 6, 1999.
“Salvation in a Naturalized World: The Role of the Will and Intellect in the Philosophies of Nietzsche and Spinoza.” North American Spinoza Society, May 1998.
“Salvation in a Naturalized World.” Syracuse University Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 7, 1998.
Other Presentations, Guest Lectures, and Panels
“Children’s Mental Health Care Legislation in the State of Iowa,” Mental Health Forum sponsored by the The League of Women Voters, Grinnell Iowa, April 5, 2018.
“What is Happening with Advocacy for Kids? or Why we can no longer wait?” NAMI Iowa Day on the Hill, Des Moines, February 21, 2018.
“The Status of Children’s Mental Health in Iowa,” Speaker at Community Connections, NAMI Greater Des Moines, January 16, 2018.
“The State of Children’s Mental Health in Iowa,” NAMI Iowa Annual Conference, Des Moines, November 17, 2017.
Co-Presented with Dionne Bensonsmith: “Mothers on the Frontline: Story Telling as Advocacy,” Federation of Familes for Children’s Mental Health National Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, November 10, 2017.
“Mental Health and Special Education: A Parent’s Perspective,” Guest Speaker at Grinnell College Education class, October 25, 2017.
“The Power of Our Stories: Achieving Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation Through Women’s Stories,” Grinnell Prize Week Panel with Mothers on the Frontline and the Essie Foundation, October 3, 2017.
“Making our Stories Count: Advocating for Children’s Mental Health in Iowa,” The 2017 Iowa Parents of Children with Behavioral Health Conference by Please Pass the Love, September 9, 2017.
“Advocacy: Mothers’ Stories,” Guest Speaker at meeting of University of Iowa Children’s Specialty Clinics Family Advisory Council, June 15, 2017.
“We Are All in this Together: Positive Systems Change for Iowa’s Children,” 3rd Annual Iowa School-Based Mental Health Conference, Des Moines, October 16, 2015.
“What Works: School Programs for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance,” Member of Parent Panel. 3rd Annual Iowa School-Based Mental Health Conference, Des Moines, October 16, 2015.
“Ways to Advocate for Children’s Mental Health,” Guest Lecture for Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp’s Graduate-level Practicum for Clinical Mental Health, Clinical Rehabilitation, and School Counseling Students, Drake University, September 30, 2015.
Webinar Speaker, Prevention of Disability Webinar, January 30, 2015.
“The State of Children’s Mental Health in Iowa”, presented at Iowa Health and Disability Advisory Board Meeting, January 27, 2015.
Keynote speaker at NAMI Iowa Walk, October 4, 2014.
“Wonder, Experiment, and Scientia at Leiden,” This presentation was part of a panel called “Wonder and the Scientific Method” that was part of the series: “From Wunderkammer to the Modern Museum, 1606-1884” at Faulconer Gallery, November 21, 2013.
Center for the Humanities Book Talk: “Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, Grinnell College, November 16, 2013.
“Paradigms Lost: How Leiden Made Experimental Physics Real Science.” Iowa Philosophical Association Work-in-Progress Workshop, November 9, 2013.
“Moral Certainty to Moral Evidentia: An Epistemological Shift in Leiden’s Physics Theatre.” Philosophy Colloquium. Grinnell College, October 12, 2011.
“Why Here? The Physical Digression and its Place in Spinoza’s Thought,” Guest Lecture in Katherin Brading’s Graduate Seminar on Individuation in Early Modern Philosophy, Notre Dame, October 6, 2005.
“Parallelism à la Mode,” Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, October 2004.
“Radical Cartesian Politics and Spinoza’s Change of Mind,” Graduate Student Colloquium, University of California, Irvine, May 2003.
“Where Did All the Laws Go?” Long Beach City College, April 2000.
Training related to Teaching and Research
- Digital Bridges Summer Institute: The Power of Digital Storytelling: Lights, Camera, Sound, and Scripts, May 30- June 3, 2017, University of Iowa.
- Digital Bridges Workshop, University of Iowa, January 14, 2015.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid, June 4-5, 2015, Iowa City.
Grinnell College service
- Member of Disability Task Force, Spring 2015.
- Elected Member of Faculty Personnel Appeals Board, Fall 2013-2015.
- Member of Neuroscience Committee, 2006-present.
- Sponsor of Writing Mentor, Spring 2014 and Fall 2014.
- Panel Member, “Inclusive Teaching” New Faculty Orientation, August 2012.
- Facilitator, Inclusive Teaching and Advising Breakout Session, New Faculty Orientation, August 2012.
- Chair of Ombudsman Search Committee, Summer and Fall 2012.
- Mentor, Mellon Mays Fellowship, 2010-2015.
- Initiator and organizer of monthly discussion series on Inclusive Teaching, 2012-2013.
- Initiator and organizer of summer workshop on Inclusive Teaching, Summer 2012.
- Elected Member Faculty Organization Committee, 2011-2012.
- Created “Best Practices for Committees”: http://web.grinnell.edu/dean/foc/BestPracticesCommittees.pdf
- Initiator and co-organizer of 4 campus-wide events for First Generation College students and bi-weekly First Generation lunches, 2011-2012.
- Member of the Ad Hoc Campus Climate Committee, 2010-2011.
- Co-organizer and co-host First Generation Dessert, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
- Chair and elected representative of the Humanities Division, Ad Hoc Ombudsman Committee, 2009-2010.
- Member of Faculty Governance Committee, 2009-2010.
- Member of Mellon Task Force for Planning Proposal Committee, Fall 2009.
- Member of EKI Advisory Board, 2007-2008.
- Member of Scholarship Selection Committee, Grinnell College, 2006-2007.
- Member of Humanities EKI Committee, Grinnell College, Fall 2006
- Grinnell Philosophy Department Service
- Department Review, 2015-2016.
- Sponsor of Philosophy Mentor, Fall 2015.
- Search Committee for assistant philosophy professor, 2014-2015.
- Initiated and Organized Philosophy Colloquium, 2011-2014.
- Initiated and maintain PhilNow department newsletter, 2006-2014.
- Search Committee for one-year visiting philosophy professor, Spring 2012.
- Organized trip for Grinnell philosophy students to attend the Ida B. Wells Philosophy Conference and visit the National Civil Rights Museum, October 27-29, 2011.
- Member of Iowa Philosophical Society Advisory Board, 2011-present.
- External review of journal article for Philosophy East and West, July 2016.
- External reviewer of journal article for Centaurus, May 2013.
- Referee for proposal to FWO: Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen (Research Foundation Flanders), June 2012.
- Referee for Journal of the History of Philosophy, Spring 2012.
- Organized and Hosted the 69th Annual Iowa Philosophical Society Conference, Grinnell College, Fall 2010.
- President, Iowa Philosophical Society, 2009-2010.
- Secretary-Treasurer, Iowa Philosophical Society, Fall 2005-2009.
- External reviewer of book for Edinburgh University Press, Spring 2007.
Co-founder and co-director of Mothers on the Frontline, January 2017-present.
Chair of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Iowa Children’s Mental Health Committee, May 2014-September 2015 and January 2016 – present. (Member May 2014-present).
Iowa Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workgroup. The workgroup is charged to provide Iowa governor and legislature with recommendation, September-December 2015 and September-December 2016.
Iowa Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. The council is charged to 1) review and make recommendations for the Mental Health Block Grant Plan (this is a federal grant to states); 2) advocate for children and adults with mental illness; 3) monitor, review, and evaluate the allocation and adequacy of Iowa’s mental health services. October 2014-present.
Co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition for a Children’s Mental Health Redesign in Iowa. The coalition consists of over 45 member organizations and over 90 mental health professionals, advocates, and stakeholders. October 2014-August 2015.
Produced “Statewide Call for Action: A Strategic Plan for a Children’s Mental Health Redesign in Iowa”: http://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/Childrens_MH_Redesign_Strategic_Plan.pdf
Family Advisor for the RAP (Regional Autism Assistance Program) Advisory Committee, March 2015-December 2015.
Founding Member of Parents Creating Change in Iowa, March 2014-present.
Founding Member of Ethics Committee, Mayflower Retirement Community, 2008-present.
Covered in “She foresaw disaster when her young son threw a computer at his teacher. How she helped him and other mentally ill kids,” by Sara Maraniss Vander Schaaff in The Answer Sheet Blog: The Washington Post, January 11, 2016.
Interviewed on River to River by Ben Kieffer, Iowa Public Radio, June 9, 2016.