Amy L. Shuster grew up an Air Force “brat” and pursued her first love, dancing, at the Orange County High School for the Arts. In college, she discovered her second love: all things politics. She left the US for the first time upon graduating from college, and went to India to work for a women and development project of Sanchetana. That experience taught her that she had a lot more to learn, which convinced her to go to graduate school, where she discovered her third love: all things philosophical.
Prior to coming to Denison, Dr. Shuster taught social and political philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of gender, modern political philosophy, and contemporary democratic theory. At Denison, she will teach Introduction to Philosophy, a first-year writing course on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and a second-year philosophy course at a local prison on the model of Inside-Out.
Dr. Shuster’s research connects ancient philosophy to contemporary questions and concerns. She has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, and Hannah Arendt in History of Political Thought, Polis: The Journal of Ancient Greek Political Thought, SPECTRA, and PS. She is currently working on a project that explores how ambiguous language can be a resource for democratic politics, which has led her to expand her research into the American philosophical tradition.