Cara O’Connor

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Human Services

A doctoral candidate in philosophy at Stony Brook University, Cara O'Connor comes to BMCC with expertise in philosophical approaches to respect and self-respect. She has taught a variety of philosophy and gender studies courses and has a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Though her primary research is in Rawlsian political liberal theory and feminist moral theory, she has an abiding interest in the thought of Hannah Arendt. Her article, "Arendt, Jaspers, and the Politicized Physicists," was recently published in Constellations, a journal of democratic theory.
She is interested in questions of status and opportunity at the most practical level. For this reason, in 2010 she became a certified tutor in adult literacy and had the privilege of helping students on the path to literacy, tutoring weekly for over a year with Literacy Partners, NY. A 1995 graduate of the Cooper Union (BFA), she has roots in the art world, and celebrates the ongoing mutual curiosity between artists and academic intellectuals. She is delighted to be bringing these diverse experiences and inspirations into her teaching and mentoring at BMCC.