PIKSI Rock Graduate Assistants
Group 1 Leader
Amy Billingsley is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at University of Oregon, where she has taught in both philosophy and women’s and gender studies. Her work centers on feminist philosophy, transgender studies, and queer theory, with her dissertation focusing specifically on humor as an unstable medium for feminist political engagement. Amy is also interested in securing a place for trans philosophy in the discipline. In this context she was one of the main organizers for the first Trans* Experience in Philosophy Conference and has taught courses on both trans philosophy and trans literature.
Amy is most excited in philosophy as an innovative, collaborative, and hilarious space of determination. At its best, she sees philosophy as a source for joyful world-making, and is committed in her writing and teaching to centering marginalized voices. Beyond this, she enjoys hiking, creative writing, practicing humor through social media, and baking tons of bread.
Group 2 Leader
Lacey J. Davidson is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Purdue University. She grew up in a very small town in Northern Minnesota. As a child she spent most of her time outdoors with her father, and as teen she worked at a bowling alley/pizza joint. She completed her undergraduate work at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. After college, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Springfield Promise Neighborhood, a community organizing collaborative that seeks to transform early education through parent engagement and resident-led community revitalization. Now, her research focuses on issues within philosophy of mind and cognitive science, especially as they relate to implicit bias, discrimination, and social justice. Her background in community organizing and political activism informs her practice and research. Outside of her academic work, Lacey spends her time with friends going to local music shows, cooking, and organizing woman to fight for social and political change locally.
Group 3 Leader
Francisco Gallegos is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgetown University. He loves doing philosophy with people from diverse backgrounds, because he believes that philosophy can be a powerful tool for empowering all people to live free and meaningful lives. He believes that philosophy is done best when it is done from the heart…and with a sense of humor!
Francisco’s own research is located at the intersection of phenomenology and moral psychology. His dissertation examines the profound role that moods play in shaping our experience, both individually and collectively. He has a strong interest in Latin American philosophy, and he regularly incorporates Latin American thought into his research and teaching. He was recently awarded the prestigious 2016-2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship in recognition of his commitment to bring diverse perspectives into the academy.
Francisco was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His father is from a small ranch in Baja, Mexico, and his mother is from a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Francisco’s background has instilled in him a fascination with philosophical issues surrounding the concept of “mixed race” and intersectionality in general. Francisco loves playing guitar and listening to music with his son, José. Even though José is only a few months old, he is already a huge fan of Hamilton!
Group 4 Leader
Romy Opperman is in the third year of the doctoral program in philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. She works at the intersection of critical theory, decolonial philosophy, critical philosophy of race, poststructuralism and feminist science studies. Her dissertation considers how an ecological analysis of coloniality might transform Fanon’s conceptualization of decolonial temporality. Her M.Phil was at the University of Cambridge in Criticism and Culture, and BA in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick. Romy originally hails from South-East London, she is a vegan feminist with long standing commitments to techno, dark humor, prison abolition and radical social justice. She aims to keep herself and others empowered and excited through knowledge sharing and concept creation.
Guest speakers will engage with you through discussions and seminars.
PIKSI Rock will take place from June 27 - July 6, 2018.
Located on Penn State's University Park Campus in State College, PA.