What is your major?
I am pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Military Ethics.
Why did you choose to study this subject?
I first saw military ethics as a way for me to fuse my two academic passions: military history and normative philosophy. Once I began my studies, however, I learned that studying military ethics is not only a way to satisfy my intellectual curiosities, but, more importantly, it provides a beautiful opportunity to enact positive change. I love being able to do philosophy in an intentional way, producing scholarship with the goal of improving and supporting the experiences of all military personnel.
What is your favorite class and/or faculty member, and why?
Dr. Shannon French is absolutely the most enjoyable person to learn from. Her classes are always an enlightening blend of historical perspective, current positions, and future possibilities – as well as a few good jokes and semi-tangential fun facts! She is an incredible and supportive adviser who I am endlessly grateful to work with.
What do you like best about CWRU?
I really enjoy the wide variety of events and lectures that take place on campus. I frequently attend lectures hosted by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the law school, and always leave knowing more than when I arrived. I also love being in a learning environment where students actively want to learn, and can ask questions and engage in critical discussion together with faculty. Being in a positive academic environment where everyone works hard and cares deeply inspires me to continually strive for excellence.
Describe any research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities you have had as a result of being a CWRU student.
Because of my being in the Military Ethics program at CWRU, I was able to attend conferences for both the North American and European chapters of the International Society for Military Ethics in 2018. Being able to engage with people from all over the world in my field of interest was an incredibly valuable and amazing experience. (Getting to eat gelato in Spain for four days straight wasn’t bad either!) Also, this past summer I co-authored a paper with my adviser, Dr. Shannon French, about artificial intelligence in the military. Being able to write and do research over the summer about such a cutting-edge topic was a great experience.
What are some of your other interests and hobbies?
I am a proud cat mom of three adorable and entertaining fur babies: Milk (8), Domino (6), and Potato (5). When I’m not reading books or watching documentaries about ancient history, Russia, or WWII, I enjoy creative journaling, online shopping and video games.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
On my way to finishing my Ph.D. in philosophy; hopefully with all my sanity intact!