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ASA Announces Election of Trustees and Secretary-Treasurer

Wednesday, January 1, 2020  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics announces the election of three new trustees: Eva Dadlez, Charles Peterson, and Brian Soucek. They will serve for three-year terms (February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2023). In addition, the secretary-treasurer, Julie Van Camp, has been re-elected for a second term (February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2025).

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.

Interested in running in the future? In December 2020, ASA members will elect three new trustees and a new Vice-President. If you would like to be considered for nomination by the Trustees, please notify the secretary-treasurer by summer 2020 at

The new trustees

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:

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.

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.


Julie Van Camp, ASA Secretary-Treasurer since February 1, 2015, has been elected to 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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