English and Philosophy Welcomes Nathan Hanna

October 5, 2011 — The Department of English and Philosophy warmly welcomes a new tenure-track faculty member this term: Dr. Nathan Hanna, assistant professor of English and Philosophy.

Nathan Hanna

Dr. Nathan Hanna

Assistant Professor, Department of English and Philosophy

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Degree: Ph.D. Philosophy, Syracuse University
Research Interests: Ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy; most interested in legal punishment and its justification

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Non-Academic: The Cairo Trilogy, Naguib Mahfouz; Academic: A Theory of Justice, John Rawls

Q: Who is your idol or who inspires you?
A: (Well, it’s not one person but…) I really admire those participating in the Bard Prison Initiative. The BPI is a program in NY State that tries to provide quality education to prison inmates. It’s met with remarkable results.

Q: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
A: Philosophical conversation.

Q: What’s one thing every student who plans on taking one of your classes should know about you?
A: I don’t take myself seriously, but I take philosophy seriously – and I expect students to do it. That is, I expect them to think hard about the subject and to discuss things in class. I don’t lecture much.

Q: What did you do before joining Drexel?
A: Uihlein Fellow of Ethics at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin (a three-year postdoc)

Q: What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
A: I hope to get students to think hard about subjects they’ve probably not thought a lot about, to learn to do so well, and to develop the courage to challenge common sense and convention.

See him in action: CoAS Dean’s Seminar Series: “Is Legal Punishment Morally Justified?" November 9, 2011, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Disque 109