“The nineteenth century has been prolific of candidates for discovery as women philosophers. Ednah Dow Cheney, Julia Ward Howe, Lydia Maria Child, Marietta Kies, Susan Blow, Anna Brackett, Grace Bibb, Ellen Mitchell, Lucia Ames Mead, Eliza Sunderland, Ella Lyman Cabot, Emma Lazarus, Zitkala-Sa, Anna Julia Cooper, Julia Gulliver, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Christine Ladd-Franklin, are just some of the figures whom scholars have brought back to academic attention since the feminist movement arrived in philosophy.”
Carol Bensick completed her Ph.D. in English at Cornell University, specializing in canonical American Literary and Intellectual History and the European Novel to 1914. She has taught at the University of Denver, the University of Oregon, and the University of California, Riverside, as an assistant professor in American Literary and Intellectual History, with a focus on the nineteenth century.
Since joining CSW, she has presented papers on women philosophers at the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers and the Association for the Advancement of American Philosophy. A regular contributor to CSW’s Research Affiliate Brown Bags, Bensick has presented a paper on unknown Mississippi philosopher Sarah Dorsey and is tentatively scheduled to give another paper on Julia Ward Howe in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Her paper on Sarah A. Dorsey is forthcoming in a Springer volume provisionally titled Women in the History of Science, Philosophy, and Literature. She is scheduled to contribute an article on Amalie J. Hathaway to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of American and British Women Philosophers in the Nineteenth Century. She is also a scheduled speaker for “Wollapalooza III” (a short course on Mary Wollstonecraft), in conjunction with the American Political Science Association’s annual convention in September 2020. Bensick will speak on Wollstonecraft’s American sister-in-law Nancy Kingsbury. Pending completion of a book, she is always on the lookout for opportunities to share pieces from her accumulated research in the growing field of women philosophers and their history.