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Dr. Sarah Kenehan

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


  • Ph.D., Graz University, Austria (Philosophy)
  • M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Philosophy)
  • B.A., University of Scranton (Philosophy)
  • B.S., University of Scranton (Biology)

In 2007 Dr. Kenehan transferred from University of Tennessee to Graz University in Austria to accept a funded fellowship for her dissertation research on climate change and justice. Her current research interests include Rawlsian political philosophy, environmental ethics/justice, and climate justice. Dr. Kenehan is also very interested in animal ethics and philosophy of science. In her spare time, she enjoys running competitively. She was a member of her cross country team in college and while in Knoxville was sponsored by a local running club to train and compete. Dr. Kenehan also enjoys cooking, most recently taking an interest in vegan cooking, a change inspired by her work with many animal welfare groups.

Recent Published Work:

  • “In Defense of the Duty to Assist: A Response to Critics on the Viability of a Rawlsian Approach to Climate Change” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, forthcoming 2014  


    Recent Presentations:

    • “Animal Agriculture and Climate Change: How Justice Demands We Eat Less Meat” 30th International Social Philosophy Conference, Hamden, CT, July 11 - 13, 2013
    • “In Defense of the Duty to Assist: A Response to Critics on the Viability of a Rawlsian Approach to Climate Change”
      • North Carolina Philosophical Society, Greenville, NC, February 15-16, 2013
      • 22nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Professional and Practical Ethics, San Antonio, TX, February 28 – March 2, 2013. (Early Career Scholar Award winner)
      • 87th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, San Fransisco, CA, March 27-31, 2013
      • Invited Speaker, SUNY Binghamton Philosophy Colloquium, Binghamton, NY, September 20, 2012
    • “Global Health and Global Justice” Invited Speaker, Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA, November 15, 2012


  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Global Justice
  • Introduction to Philosophy


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