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Professor of Philosophy, Radford University

Steven Fesmire is Professor of Philosophy at Radford University and President-elect of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. His recent public philosophy work—most of which has been in the ambit of ethics, education, and politics—has appeared in places such as Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation, Huffington Post, The Humanist, The Key Reporter, Education Week, and Vermont Public Radio. He is the author of John Dewey and Moral Imagination: Pragmatism in Ethics (Indiana University Press, 2003), winner of a 2005 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award. He is also the author of Dewey (Routledge Press, 2015), winner of a 2015 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award. Most recently, he is editor of The Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, 2019), and he is completing two book manuscripts: Beyond Moral Fundamentalism: Pluralism in Ethics, Education, and Politics, and Ignorance of Context: Cultivating an Ecological Imagination in Ethics, Education, and Politics. Professor Fesmire was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar at Kyoto University and Kobe University in Japan, a 2015–16 Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, and a 2016 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Prior to joining the Radford faculty, Professor Fesmire was Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Middlebury College, and he was for many years Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College


  • 1994 
    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ph.D. Philosophy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    Fulbright Grantee
    Kyoto University and Kobe University
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Fulbright Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, President-elect of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy