Ornaith O'Dowd

Ornaith Mary O'Dowd

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Professional Summary

I am a philosopher specializing in ethics, social and political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. My published work and conference presentations have focused on Kantian ethics, the role of care in moral theory, and moral responsibility in the context of systemic problems. 


PhD, City University of New York New York, 2011 (Philosophy)

Positions and Work Experience

08-15-2013 -To Present Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UC Blue Ash, Cincinnati

08-15-2011 -07-31-2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Charleston,

Research and Practice Interests

Theoretical and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy


Peer Reviewed Publications

(2016. ) 'Caring about' and the problem of overwhelming obligations .Hypatia, , 31 (4 ) ,

(2012. ) Care and abstract principles .27 (2 ) ,

(2018. ) Microaggressions: a Kantian Account .Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, , 21 (3 ) ,


Paper Presentations

The political role of caring about .Florida. Conference.

Care in Kantian Ethics .Galway, Ireland. Conference.

Courses Taught

15-PHIL-111 CONT MORAL ISSUES Level:Undergraduate

Introduction to Philosophy Level:Undergraduate

Business Ethics Level:Undergraduate

Medical Ethics Level:Undergraduate

Moral and Political Ideas: Modern Europe Level:Undergraduate

Philosophy and religion Level:Undergraduate

Philosophy and sexuality Level:Undergraduate

Contact Information

Academic - UC Blue Ash
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash  Ohio, 45236