Specializing in early modern philosophy, philosophical rhetoric, and the history and philosophy of math and science, Dr. Emily Rolfe Grosholz has thrived as an educator, poet and philosopher. She began her journey at the University of Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in ideas and methods in 1972, and continued on with a PhD in philosophy from Yale University in 1978.
Dr. Grosholz is presently utilizing her extensive knowledge as a liberal arts research professor of philosophy, African American studies, and English at Pennsylvania State University, where she has been since 2011. She has also been an associate professor at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh since 1992. Previously, Dr. Grosholz garnered experience as a senior foreign researcher at SPHERE/REHSEIS/CNRS University Paris 7, the largest governmental research organization in France, where she has also served as a visiting professor and scholar, and as a senior research fellow at the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include analytic philosophy, ethics, feminist philosophy, modern philosophy, the philosophy of race, and the philosophy of science.
Driven by her love for spreading knowledge, Dr. Grosholz was always looking for new ways to reach her peers outside the classroom. She authored the likes of “Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis and Cosmology,” “Catesian Method and the Problem of Reduction,” “Representation and Productive Ambiguity in Mathematics and the Sciences,” and “Proportions of the Heart,” and is currently working on “Great Circle: The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry,” which is due out in 2018. Notably, the 2014 book “Childhood,” which she co-authored, is now available in Japanese, French, and Italian, with a German edition on the way. Dr. Grosholz is also proud to have contributed numerous articles to professional journals, including the “Journal of Ideas,” “Studia Leibnitiana,” and the “Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.”
When Dr. Grosholz isn’t teaching or spreading her knowledge of philosophy, she enjoys writing poetry. She has published six books of poetry thus far: “Eden,” “The Abacus of Years,” “Shores and Headlands,” “The River Painter,” “Leaves/Feulles” in collaboration with the artist Farhad Ostovani, and her newest one, “The Stars of Earth: Selected Poems.” She is the advisory editor for “The Hudson Review,” one of America’s most respected literary magazines, and has received grants for her poerty from the Guggenheim and the Ingram Merrill Foundations.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Dr. Grosholz was selected for a fellowship at the National Humanities Center of Research in Triangle Park, N.C., the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment of the Humanities. She was also a Transatlantic Cooperation Research grantee from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and was featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.