Updated: March 2018

Daniel Silvermint
332 Manchester Hall
Office: (860) 486-7928
daniel [dot] silvermint <at> uconn [dot] edu


AOS:  Feminist Philosophy, Ethics, Social Philosophy

AOC:  Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Disability, Applied Ethics, Moral Psychology



Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, 2013-present

Joint appointment: Philosophy & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Residential Fellow, UConn Humanities Institute, 2016-2017

GRIPP/RGCS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McGill University, 2012-2013



Ph.D.  University of Arizona.  Philosophy.  2006-2012

Dissertation: Oppression and Victim Agency
Committee: David Schmidtz (Advisor), Cheshire Calhoun, Thomas Christiano, Michael McKenna

B.A.  University of Minnesota.  Political Science & Philosophy, double major.  2005

Distinctions: Summa cum Laude, High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa



Articles and Chapters

2018.  Passing as Privileged.  Ergo, 5 (1), 1-43

2018.  Resisting for Other Reasons.  Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 48 (1), 18-42

2017.  Feminist Perspectives on Sexism and Oppression.  In Philosophy: Feminism (Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks), ed. Carol Hay, 37-69

2017.  Rage and Virtuous Resistance.  The Journal of Political Philosophy, 25 (4), 461-486

2013.  Resistance and Well-being.  The Journal of Political Philosophy, 21 (4), 405-425

Invited Reviews

2014.  Carol Hay’s Kantianism, Liberalism, and Feminism: Resisting Oppression.  Hypatia Reviews Online


Research Awards

Second Place, 2015 3QD Public Philosophy Prize, for “How We Talk About Passing”


Work in Progress


Identity Passing.  Article for Philosophy Compass

When Men Oppress Themselves.  Article for Philosophical Topics

Discussion piece on Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.  Symposium in Philosophy & Phenomenological Research

Articles / Monograph (selected)

Costly Bodies in an Ill-fitting World

Mental Illness, and the Diverging ‘Invisible Disability’ and ‘Passing’ Frameworks

The Ethics of Repurposed Slurs (with Ralph DiFranco)

Complicit Identities: The Ethics of Looking Out for Yourself


Blogging and Short Work (selected)

2015.  “How We Talk About Passing,” Feminist Philosophers blog

2014.  “Grad Traps,” Daily Nous

2011.  “Ecofeminism and Three Models of Oppression,” section introduction in Environmental Ethics, ed. David Schmidtz and Elizabeth Willott (Oxford University Press).  Rewritten as a short contribution for the forthcoming 3rd edition



Invited Presentations

TBD.  York University.  Colloquium.  Toronto, CA.  Fall 2018.

TBD.  Bled Philosophical Conference on Ethics.  Bled, Slovenia.  June 4-8, 2018

[Cancelled] “Costly Bodies in an Ill-fitting World.” Symposium on Masculinity.  APA Eastern.  Savannah, GA.  January 3-6, 2018

“Passing as Privileged.”  Women & Minorities in Philosophy group, St Andrews.  St Andrews, Scotland.  June 26, 2015

“Passing as Privileged.”  University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.  April 24, 2015

“Complicity and Well-being.”  Society for Analytical Feminism.  APA Pacific.  Vancouver, Canada.  April 1-5, 2015

“Looking Out for Yourself: Victims, Complicity, and Resistance.”  Amherst College.  Forry and Micken Lecture Series on “The Promise and Problems of Citizenship.”  Amherst, MA.  March 26, 2015

“Complicity and Victim Well-being.”  Kansas State University.  Colloquium.  Manhattan, KS.  October 16-17, 2014

“Resisting for Other Reasons.”  Bled Philosophical Conference on Ethics.  Bled, Slovenia.  June 2-6, 2014

Conference Presentations (selected)

“Should We Understand Mental Illness as an Invisible Disability?”  Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress X.  Boulder, CO.  August 10-13, 2017

“Passing as Privileged.”  Midsummer Philosophy Workshop.  Edinburgh, Scotland.  June 28-30, 2015

“Resisting for Other Reasons.”  Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress VII.  Boulder, CO.  August 7-10, 2014

“Rage and Virtuous Resistance.”  CEHUM, University of Minho.  Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy.  Braga, Portugal.  May 15-16, 2014

“Blaming Non-Resisting Victims.”  Manchester Centre for Political Theory.  Brave New World series.  Manchester, United Kingdom.  June 27-28, 2011

“Political Virtue in Oppressive Circumstances.”  Brown University.  Shapiro Graduate Philosophy Conference.  Providence, RI.  November 6-7, 2009

Local or Workshop Presentations (selected)

“Mental Illness as a ‘Covered’ Identity.”  UCHI Fellows Talk.  Storrs, CT.  February 8, 2017

“Rage and Virtuous Resistance.”  Injustice League Workshop on the Duty to Resist Oppression.  Commentator: Alison Kerr.  Storrs, CT.  September 20-21, 2013

“Rage and Virtuous Resistance.”  Toronto/Montreal Joint Ethics Workshop.  Montreal, Canada.  April 11-12, 2013

“Oppression Without Patterns.”  Arizona Current Research Workshop.  Commentators: Marilyn Friedman and Samantha Brennan.  Tucson, AZ.  March 2, 2013


Alex Madva, “Biased Against De-Biasing: On the Role of (Institutionally Sponsored) Self-Transformation in the Struggle Against Prejudice.”  Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress VI.  Boulder, CO.  August 8-11, 2013

Pin-Fei Lu, “Meeting the Demand of Family Justice: Arguing for Rawls’s Consistency.”  APA Pacific.  Seattle, WA.  April 4-7, 2012

Edward Song, “Acceptance, Fairness and Political Obligation.”  APA Pacific.  San Diego, CA.  April 20-23, 2011

Helga Varden’s “The Lockean ‘Enough-and-as-Good’ Proviso – an Internal Critique.”  APA Pacific.  San Francisco, CA.  March 31-April 4, 2010

Clair Morrissey, “Two Arguments from ‘Human Rights Violation’ to ‘Universal Jurisdiction’.”  APA Pacific.  Vancouver, Canada.  April 8-12, 2009


Teaching Recognition and Awards

2018.  Nominee, University Teaching Innovation Award

2018.  Office of the Provost recognition for excellence and achievement in teaching

2016.  Office of the Provost recognition for excellence and achievement in teaching

2014.  Office of the Provost recognition for excellence and achievement in teaching

2012.  Meritorious Performance as a Graduate Teacher, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (Arizona)

2011.  Julia Annas Graduate Teaching Award, Philosophy Department (Arizona)


Teaching Experience

Professor, University of Connecticut

PHIL 5315: Grad Seminar on Self-regarding Ethics (S19)

PHIL 5314: Grad Seminar on Non-ideal Agency (S16)

PHIL 3218: Feminist Theory (F15, S17, S18, F18)

PHIL 3216: Environmental Ethics (S14, F14, F17)

PHIL 1107H: Philosophy and Gender (F17)

PHIL 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics (F13)

WGSS 3270: Masculinities (F14, S16, S18, F18)

WGSS 3252: Genders and Sexualities (S19)

WGSS 1105: Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life (F13, S14, F15)

Postdoctoral Instructor, McGill University

PHIL 334: Ethical Theory (S13)

Graduate Instructor, University of Arizona

PHIL/WS 330: Feminist Philosophy (S12)

PHIL/JS 325: Jewish Philosophy (Su09)

PHIL 323: Environmental Ethics (online: F11)

PHIL 321: Biomedical Ethics (F09)

PHIL 320a: Justice and Freedom (F10)

PHIL 320b: Morality and Freedom (S08)

PHIL 213: Contemporary Moral Problems (online: Su11)

PHIL 111: Introduction to Philosophy (F08)

Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona

PHIL/ECON 205: Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation (F07, S09)

PHIL 150c: Philosophical Perspectives on Society (S07)


Professional Service


Member, Philosophy Placement Committee, 2017-present

Member, Philosophy Climate Committee, 2016-present

Member, Philosophy Graduate Committee, 2014-2015


Coordinator, Philosophy Brown Bag series, Spring 2017

Organizer, Political Violence Workshop, December 4-6, 2015

Co-organizer, Political/Moral research group, 2014-2016

Co-organizer, Dominating Speech Workshop, November 21-23, 2014

Co-organizer, Injustice League Lecture Series, 2013-2017


Faculty Advisor, Graduate Teaching Mentorship Program, UConn philosophy, 2014-present

Facilitator, GTA Teacher Training Program, Arizona philosophy, 2010-2012

GTA Mentor, Arizona philosophy department, 2011-2012

Refereeing and Editing

Referee, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2017-present

Referee, Public Affairs Quarterly, 2017-present

Referee, Hypatia, 2016-present

Referee, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, 2016-present

Referee, Res Philosophica, 2016-present

Referee, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2015-present

Referee, Oxford University Press, 2014-present

Referee, Ethics, 2014-present

Referee, The Journal of Political Philosophy, 2013-present

Project editor, Social Philosophy and Policy, 2012-present

‘Ecofeminism’ section editor, Environmental Ethics 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2011)


Chair, “Relational Autonomy 10 Years On,” McGill University, September 2012

Chair, “Symposium on Exploitation: Zwolinski, Mayer, and Cohen,” APA Pacific, April 2010

Indexed Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

Graduate member, UA philosophy department program review committee, 2008

Graduate representative to the UA philosophy faculty, 2007-2008

Annual presentations to the UA Undergraduate Philosophy Club, 2008-2011

Conducted UA philosophy department’s new graduate orientation, 2007, 2009, and 2010


Selected Grants and Fellowships

Humanities Institute Residential Fellow, University of Connecticut, 2016-2017

Curriculum development for UA’s Online Certificate in Applied Ethics, as part of a grant sponsored by the UA Initiative for the Development of Online Programs, 2010-2011

Summer Research Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, 2011

Earhart Fellowship, 2006-2007



Society for Analytical Feminism, 2014-present

Public Discourse Project, University of Connecticut, 2014-present

Injustice League research cluster, University of Connecticut, 2013-2017

American Philosophical Association, 2007-present