Moral Psychology, Social Epistemology, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science
Ethics, Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophy of Culture, and Moral Psychology
Mary is a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She studies the role of visual humor both in terms of its language-like behavior and non-linguistic modes of communication as they relate to the style, norms, and traits unique to the depictive form, with a focus on cartooning, Deepfakes, gifs, and related media. In particular, her research focuses on an underexplored aspect of visual humor: the way in which visual jokes meant to disempower a person or group can be taken up by the targeted person or group as a means of empowerment. Her areas of specialization include humor ethics, aesthetics (especially black aesthetics), philosophy of disability, and gender studies.
Mandy Long is a Ph.D. candidate writing about the philosophical history of work, the indispensable role of work in good human lives, and questions of meaning-making, enrichment, oppression, or degradation in different kinds of work or work conditions. She has taught Intro to Social Ethics at UConn’s branch campuses since 2019, bringing these questions to undergraduates so that they can effectively choose the kinds of work they want to undertake in their professional and personal lives. Mandy holds a B.S. in Psychology from Western Carolina University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Georgia State University, and another M.A. in Philosophy from UConn. She is a three-time recipient of UConn’s Excellence in Teaching achievement and a proud recipient of a CALI Excellence for the Future Award from UConn’s Law School in the course “Labor Law: Organizing and Collective Bargaining.” Mandy is from the foothills of western North Carolina and enjoys gardening, true crime documentaries, traveling (photo: at the site of Aristotle’s Lyceum in August 2021), and hiking with her dog Maya.
Theories of rationality and philosophical logic
Aesthetics, Existentialism, and Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of science, philosophy of language, meta-ethics