St. Lawrence University
Erin Jien McCarthy, Ph.D., is chair and professor of philosophy at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she also teaches in the Asian Studies program. A comparative feminist philosopher, in her work and teaching she brings together Japanese philosophy, ethics, and feminist and continental philosophy. Author of the book Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese and Feminist Philosophies (Lexington, 2010), her work has also been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy and the Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy. Her current research interests include medieval Japanese philosopher Dōgen as a resource for contemporary feminist philosophy, early Japanese feminist philosophers and another strand integrates feminist and contemplative pedagogies.
McCarthy was an inaugural recipient of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship for Buddhist studies and American culture and values at Naropa University in 2009. She sits on the editorial boards of the journals Comparative and Continental Philosophy, The Journal of Japanese Philosophy and Body and Religion, and from 2011 through 2017 served as co-editor of the ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. She has also served as chair of the board of directors of ASIANetwork. She is a founding member of CoZen, a group dedicated to the cooperative integration of contemplative practice and academic study. In addition, Dr. McCarthy is a trained teacher of Mindfulness for Symptom Management and Mindful Self-Compassion, modalities which she brings to her teaching and the campus community as a whole.