PhD Candidate Kathryn (Kate) Wojtkiewicz has won the 2019-2020 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Society of Aesthetics. According to ASA Secretary-Treasurer Julie Van Camp,
“[Kate] was selected from among seven applicants by a review committee of senior ASA members. Her dissertation, ‘The Social Responsibility of Creation: Fiction Creators and their Hermeneutical Responsibilities,’ explores the ways in which narrative fiction is well-placed to combat and deconstruct harmful stereotypes, whether by gender, race, sexuality, religion, and so on. She aims to develop a positive ethical idea of creative responsibility connected to both aesthetics and virtue theory. Wojtkiewicz received her B.A. from Manhattan College.”
Kate’s award marks the second ASA Dissertation Fellowship awarded to a CUNY Philosophy PhD student within the five years the fellowship has been awarded; alum Marilynn Johnson received the award in AY 2016-17.