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Aminah Hasan-BirdwellAssistant Professor


  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • BA, Hampshire College, 2008

Current Work

My research focuses on marginalized figures in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy and their contributions to issues of ontology, political thought, and ethics, while shedding light on the presence of racialist and misogynistic ideas in the philosophical canon. I am completing a book, Early Modern Women on War and Peace, that treats early modern women philosophers’ ethical and political responses to the Thirty Years’ War and the English Civil War, as well as their challenges to dominant thinkers such as Grotius, Hobbes, and others.

In addition, I am working on a second project examining concepts of natural law in the thought of Ottobah Cugoano and other Black abolitionist thinkers of the eighteenth century. My research has been supported by fellowships at the Huntington Library and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and by positions at Columbia University and University of Southern California.