Public Philosophy Journal Editorial Advisory Board


The Public Philosophy Journal (PPJ) Editorial Advisory Board is appointed by the PPJ Editors. In collaboration with the Editors, Board members provide counsel and editorial leadership by helping to monitor the quality of Journal content and to ensure that all features of the PPJ project (the Journal, the Current, the Learning Network, and the Community Building Coalition) reflect our mission to share, create, and publish scholarship by and for the public.

PPJ Editorial Advisory Board Members

    • Luvell Anderson, University of Memphis
    • Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University
    • Andrea Christelle, Sedona Philosophy Experience
    • Tressie M. Cottom, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University
    • Shane Epting, University of Nevada, Philosophy of the City Research Group
    • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Michigan State University
    • Erin Glass, University of California San Diego
    • Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants
    • John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
    • Andrew Light, George Mason University
    • Noëlle McAfee, Emory University
    • Nancy A. McHugh, Wittenberg University, Public Philosophy Network
    • Eduardo Mendieta, The Pennsylvania State University
    • Sol Neely, University of Alaska Southeast
    • Lynn Pasquerella, Association of American Colleges & Universities
    • Yannik Thiem, Villanova University
    • Ronald Sundstrom, University of San Fransisco
    • Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University
    • Shelley L. Tremain, Discrimination and Disadvantage Blog
    • Renee Wallace, Doers Consulting, Food Plus Detroit
    • Eric Weber, University of Kentucky, SOPHIA
    • Kyle Whyte, Michigan State University



The PPJ editorial team will occasionally consult Editorial Advisory Board members for support in strategic selection of Formative Peer Reviewers and Coordinators, as well as of Field Editors. Members can also expect to provide advice and guidance regarding ongoing issues related to the project, its mission, and direction. The editorial team has an open door policy and welcomes feedback from board members related to any aspect of the PPJ.


Editorial Advisory Board members contribute to the quality of content published in the PPJ by agreeing to regularly participate in the PPJ’s Formative Peer Review Process. Board members should expect to serve as a Formative Peer Reviewer for a manuscript in their field of expertise at least twice per year. Because successful Formative Peer Review also depends on active Review Coordinators, board members should also expect to serve as Formative Peer Review Coordinator at least twice per year.

Handling Special Issues

Special Issues enable the PPJ to publish content centered on specific themes or topics of public relevance. The PPJ editorial team will consult with Editorial Advisory Board members for the approval and management of proposed Special Issues. Special Issues may be proposed by the PPJ editorial team, Guest Editors external to the Editorial Advisory Board, or Board members themselves. When Board members propose a Special Issue, the PPJ editorial team may request that those members serve as Guest Editors for that Special Issue.

Advocating for the Journal and Community Building

The Editorial Advisory Board provides essential support for the PPJ’s mission to connect communities working on similar issues of public concern. To that end, Editorial Advisory Board members should participate in the PPJ community by posting to the Current, engaging in discussions of Current material, and sharing a variety of PPJ content (from the Current, in the Journal, items relating to the Learning Network, etc.). Further, members should work to cultivate connections between the PPJ community and other communities of which they are a part. We encourage members to animate interest among students, colleagues, and fellow advocates in the many opportunities for utilizing the PPJ and in seeking to publish in the Journal. Such efforts may include discussing the PPJ at scholarly conferences and meetings and with publicly-engaged activists and organizations, as well as promoting the PPJ on social media platforms.