Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

The Role of Language in Shaping Emotional Phenomenology

By: Norah Hannel '14
Faculty Adviser: Derek Turner

Overcoming Transcendence: Charles Taylor and Nihilism

By: David Liakos '12
Faculty Adviser: Lawrence Vogel

Freedom and Authentic Political Action: A Critical Examination of Hannah Arendt’s Philosophical Analysis of the French Revolution

By: Stephanie Levin '11
Faculty Adviser: N/A

Healthcare and Justice: A Moral Obligation?

By: Ian Henneberger '11
Faculty Adviser: Derek Turner


Student profile

Norah Hannel Norah Hannel


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I fell for the diverse course selection. I liked the erudite and encouraging faculty, the engaging discussion-based classes, the nationally ranked top-10 career services office, and the honor code – it promised an atmosphere of warm-heartedness and respect.

Q: What has been your most challenging or rewarding class?
A: "Feminist Philosophy" with Professor Feldman uprooted my assumptions regarding not only feminism but also ethics, semantics, politics, culture and my own personal experiences.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to Paris. The chance to take philosophy classes at the Sorbonne – the stomping grounds of Jean-Luc Godard and Simone de Beauvoir – and wander aimlessly down little cobblestone tributaries of bakeries and flower shops was a dream.

Q: What role has CELS, the College's career development and internship program, played for you?
A: It has enriched my understanding of the job-search process. My CELS counselors have been a guiding light in proposing possibilities for my future, and I know that I will consult them whenever I apply for jobs further down the road.

Selected courses

  • The Meaning of Life
  • God
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Existential Philosophy
  • American Philosophy
  • Heidegger
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Race and Racism
  • Philosophy of Art
  • The Science and Ethics of Extinction
  • Happiness
  • The Philosophy of Perception
  • The Divided Self


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