Ashby Butnor is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Colorado State University. She earned her doctorate in comparative philosophy with emphases in East Asian philosophies, cross-cultural ethics, and feminist studies from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Her work in philosophy is pluralistic in nature and draws from multiple philosophical traditions in her investigations of embodied knowing, ethical know-how, and care ethics. This pluralistic methodology is demonstrated in her scholarship, especially her co-edited volume, Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions (Columbia University Press, 2014), which introduces the field of feminist comparative philosophy and the growing dialogue between contemporary feminist theory and the classical texts and philosophical traditions of Asia.
Dr. Butnor teaches a wide variety of courses, including ethics, feminist philosophies, philosophies of East Asia, socially engaged Buddhism, and world philosophies. She has recently developed a course in the ethics of global poverty, which explores the obligations and motivations of affluent world citizens to address the pressing moral issue of rising inequality and chronic poverty. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Butnor has extensive experience in high-impact teaching and learning practices, including first-year seminars, learning communities, and service learning. She has received numerous teaching awards, particularly for her work with first-year and first-generation students.
Dr. Butnor very much looks forward to this Semester at Sea voyage and the bringing together of many of her personal and professional commitments—from global education, pluralistic methodologies, experiential learning, and service to community projects. She is especially excited to share this experience with her partner, fellow faculty member, Dr. Matthew MacKenzie, as well as their two young sons, for their first overseas trip.