Desirée Ramacus-Bushnell


BA, Philosophy - Hampshire College

MA, Philosophy - University of Memphis



Ethics (with an emphasis on normative ethics, moral psychology, history of ethics)


Modern Philosophy (with an emphasis on epistemology and identity), Social and Political Philosophy, African-American Philosophy, Phenomenology/19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Dissertation title

Agent Centered Restorative Justice: The Limits of Forgiveness and the Duty to Resent


Chair: Remy Debes
Committee: Verena Erlenbusch, Bill Lawson, Somogy Varga
External Readers: Charles Griswold


Review Article: Bernard W. Bell, Bearing Witness to African American Literature: Validating and Valorizing Its Authority, Authenticity, and Agency (Wayne State University Press). Journal of American Studies 48:3 (August 2014): 891-893.

Review Article: Nicholas Buccola, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty, (New York: New York University Press, 2012). Journal of American Studies 47:3 (August 2013): 847-8.


"Violence and Forgiveness: Why Community Matters." Presented at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary.Net Meeting on Forgiveness at Mansfield College, July 2013 (refereed)

"Reconsidering the Conditions for Restorative Justice." Presented at the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Political Philosophy conference "Justice: Violence and Forgiveness" at Boston University, May 2013 (refereed)

"The Saying of Responsibility Between Levinas, Heidegger, and Derrida." Presented at the 4th Annual Meeting and Conference of the North American Levinas Society at the University of Toronto, June 2009 (refereed)


Morton Dissertation Award, University of Memphis
Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship


Courses taught

Fundamental Issues in Philosophy, Values in the Modern World, Biomedical Ethics