John McHugh newly tenured professor
Denison University’s Board of Trustees has awarded tenure to seven members of the faculty. Those who have been granted tenure and who will be promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2021 are John McHugh, Emily Nemeth, Omedi Ochieng, Hyun Woong Park, Luis Villanueva, Sarah Wolff, and Hoda Yousef.
McHugh joined Denison’s Department of Philosophy in 2011. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Providence College and a doctorate from Boston University. His current main research interest is in the moral theories of David Hume and Adam Smith. In addition to introductory surveys, he teaches courses on ethics, on metaethics, on death and the meaning of life, and on the history of early modern western philosophy. McHugh leads seminars on Hume and Smith and teaches “Commerce and Society,” the introductory course in Denison’s Global Commerce major that questions the ways in which globalization impacts the width of the moral point of view and the nature of individual responsibility; the course also investigates the moral features of commercial life, including the kinds of people it produces, the kinds of values it encourages, and the kinds of work it requires.