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ASA Announces Bios for Nominations for Trustee and Secretary-Treasurer

Saturday, September 14, 2019  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce biographical statements from the six nominees for ASA Trustee and the nomination for Secretary-Treasurer.

For Trustee (electing three)

Renee Conroy is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University Northwest and a Fulbright Scholar. An active member of the ASA since 2006, Conroy has co-chaired two Pacific Division Meetings (2013, 2014), acted as local organizer for one Annual Meeting (2016), and served on the Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize in Dance Aesthetics review committee four times, twice as chair. Conroy’s publications focus on dance and theatrical performance, philosophy of nature, and the aesthetics of commerce with the past. She co-edited a symposium on dance for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2013), and has been published in journals such as Ethics, Place and Environment and Midwest Studies in Philosophy, in addition to anthologies by Continuum, Bloomsbury, Springer, Brill, Dance Books, and Routledge. Her priorities for the ASA include continued support for graduate students, substantive grant opportunities for new projects, and increased integration between the work of professional artists and the society.   

Eva M. Dadlez is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She writes on issues at the intersection (often at the collision) of aesthetics, ethics and epistemology and is especially interested in encouraging graduate and undergraduate work that delves into such areas. She has written two books on the preceding: What's Hecuba to Him? Fictional Events and Actual Emotions (1997) and Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume (2009), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has most recently edited a collection entitled Jane Austen's Emma: Philosophical Perspectives for Oxford University Press (2018). Dadlez also publishes on issues in feminist ethics. She was an ASA trustee 2008-2010, she has reviewed for JAAC, served as program co-chair for Pacific division ASA, and is past president of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. Her cv:

Shen-yi (Sam) Liao is (untenured) Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Puget Sound. As an intellectual omnivore, he has worked on imagination, experimental philosophical aesthetics, and more. He is enthusiastic about making philosophy, and philosophical aesthetics, more welcoming for members of historically and currently oppressed groups. He has been involved in the ASA diversity committee and was the ASA-sponsored speaker for the 2018 Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University. In addition, he has served on the 2016 and 2020 ASA Annual Meeting Program Committee, semi-regularly contributed to Aesthetics for Birds, and reviewed quite a few manuscripts in aesthetics for both specialist and generalist journals.

Charles Peterson is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Oberlin College. He received his doctorate from the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture program at Binghamton University. His research interests include Africana Philosophy, Cultural Theory, and Aesthetics. Peterson organized the 2017 conference "Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color: Race and Aesthetics"  and co-edited (w/ A. W. Eaton) the JAAC special issue, "Race and Aesthetics" (Vol. 77: 4). His publications include the co-edited volume De-Colonizing the Academy  and DuBois, Fanon, Cabral: The Margins of Elite Anti-Colonial Leadership. His  goals for the ASA include: 1) Expanding the reach and membership of the ASA to broaden ASA’s areas and modes of inquiry and discussion; 2) Increasing diversity among our membership; ASA's relative homogeneity is not reflective of much of the work being done in Aesthetics within and without the discipline of Philosophy; 3)  programs that support underrepresented graduate students and junior faculty.

Sandra Shapshay is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College--CUNY. Her research areas are aesthetics and ethics in the 19th c, with focus on Schopenhauer and Kant, and environmental aesthetics. With Levi Tenen, Shapshay edited a JAAC special issue, “The Good, the Beautiful and the Green” (2018).  Other publications include: “Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Neglect of the Sublime” (BJA, 2013) and “The Problem with the Problem of Tragedy: Schopenhauer’s Solution Revisited” (BJA, 2012).  With Steve Cahn and Taffy Ross, she is editing Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology 2nd ed. (Blackwell), and her current book project is titled “An Aesthetics of Monuments and Memorials.” Committee work includes Program Committee (2016), and organizing ASA panels at the APA CD (2020, 2021). As Trustee, Shapshay would make it a priority to work on further diversification of the field via graduate student fellowships for underrepresented groups, and on supporting cross-disciplinary conference initiatives. 

Brian Soucek is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis (, where he teaches and publishes on constitutional law, LGBT rights, antidiscrimination law, and intersections between law and aesthetics. A philosopher of art since before he became a law professor (Ph.D. Columbia, 2006), Brian has published in the JAAC, BJA, and NDPR, spoken at 14 of the last 16 ASA Annual Meetings, and benefitted tremendously from ASA-funded seminars (, workshops (, and competitions ( As Trustee, Brian wants to: help expand the terrific support the ASA has been providing member projects like these; facilitate ways for philosophers of art to apply their expertise beyond philosophy, including in law; and continue ( pushing the ASA towards more transparent, member-focused, less legalistic ways of dealing with discrimination and harassment and promoting diversity of membership and interests within the Society.

As provided in the ASA By-laws, Article VII, the current Board of Trustees has nominated these six ASA members to stand for election as trustee. The three trustees elected will serve for three-year terms (February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2023).

Additional nominations can be made by any eight members of the Society. All such additional nominations, with the signatures of eight supporting members, must be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer no later than the two weeks following the annual meeting (October 26, 2019). These can be sent by e-mail ( or through the US Mail (American Society for Aesthetics, 1550 Larimer Street #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602), or delivered in person to the Secretary-Treasurer at the Phoenix annual meeting in October.

Voting will be conducted on the ASA web site from December 1-31, 2019, with an announcement in early January. All members of ASA in 2019 are eligible to vote by logging into the web site, looking for the red "Members" button in the upper-right, and clicking the "Trustee elections" sub-menu. Members unable to vote on-line should notify the Secretary-Treasurer no later than December 1, 2019, and will be sent a mail-in ballot; notification should be sent to the ASA mailing address, above.

Robert Hopkins, Anna Ribeiro, and Paul C. Taylor will complete their terms as trustees on January 31, 2020. For more information on the current trustees and the ASA By-laws, see the ASA Web page ( Look for the "ASA" red button in the upper-right and click the "About the ASA" sub-menu.


Julie Van Camp, ASA Secretary-Treasurer since February 1, 2015, has been nominated by the Board of Trustees for a second five-year term, after which she is term-limited. Her priorities have included rebuilding membership, addressing continuing issues of diversity, reaching out to interdisciplinary groups to show what aesthetics has to offer, and upgrading the professional accountability of the Society.  She worked with members on numerous grants for conferences, workshops, and other outreach activities, drawing on her experience as a Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. After serving as Director of Sponsored Research and Research Administration at Cal State LA and Associate Director of the UC Humanities Research Institute, she taught philosophy of art and philosophy of law at Cal State Long Beach for twenty years. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, JD from Georgetown University, and PhD from Temple University, where her dissertation advisor was Monroe C. Beardsley. 

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