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Sarah Clark Miller

Professor Miller (PhD, Stony Brook University) joined the department in 2003. Her research and teaching interests include ethical theory, practical ethics, social and political philosophy, the history of moral philosophy, and feminist theory. She has published on the themes of global ethics, need and obligation, harm and moral injury, Kant’s practical philosophy, biomedical ethics, and Simone de Beauvoir in journals such as Social Theory and Practice and the Journal of Social Philosophy. Her first book, The Ethics of Need: Agency, Dignity, and Obligation, appeared with Routledge Press in September 2011. She is currently writing a second book on global responsibility.

In 2009, Dr. Miller received two national awards: the March of Dimes Young Scholar Award in Perinatal Bioethics from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the March of Dimes and the Award for Best Paper by a Young Faculty Member from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. She was also awarded the Early Career Research Award by the University of Memphis (2009).

Dr. Miller is currently visiting Penn State University as the Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and as a Senior Research Associate in the Philosophy Department. Previously, she was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics (2006-07) and held an American Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (2006-07). She was also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at the Philipps-Universität Marburg (2001-02) and a Max Kade Foundation Research Fellow (2000-01).

Dr. Miller is on leave during the Fall 2011 semester.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

The Ethics of Need: Agency, Dignity, and Obligation (Routledge Press, 2011).

"A Feminist Account of Global Responsibility," Social Theory and Practice 37, no. 3 (July 2011): 391-412.

"Cosmopolitan Care," Ethics and Social Welfare 4, no. 2 (July 2010): 145-57.

"Moral Injury and Relational Harm,” Journal of Social Philosophy 40, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 504-23.


Recent & Upcoming Presentations

"Care and Conflict," Symposium on the Work of Sara Ruddick, Pacific Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association (April 2012).

"Harm, Repair, and Human Rights: Responding to Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War," Eastern Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association (December 2011).

"Corporeally Inscribed Conflict: Moral Harm and Genocidal Rape," 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (October 2011).

"Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones and the Possibility of Moral Repair," Advancing Public Philosophy Conference (October 2011).

Author Meets the Critics Session on The Ethics of Need: Agency, Dignity, and Obligation, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (March 2011).

Contact Details
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 103 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-5049
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: scmillr1<at>memphis<dot>edu
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Office Hours (Fall 2011):
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