Reimagining the PhD Cohort: Anna Bates

Anna Bates stands in front of plants and wears a white shirt.

Anna Bates (she/her/hers)

Doctoral Student
Cohort Year

2021 Mellon Collaborative Summer Fellowship for Public Projects in the Humanities

Fostering Respect across Publics: A Documentary on the Community of Philosophical Inquiry at the Washington Correctional Center for Women

Anna Bates and Paul Tubig’s project seeks to explore the question: what is the meaning of respect in a diverse community of philosophical inquiry and how can it be fostered across publics? This exploration will build on previous work of creating open, critical spaces for philosophical engagement between incarcerated students and non-incarcerated students.

The project aims to produce three artifacts: (1) a documentary of incarcerated students’ experiences in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl as well as a mixed enrollment summer seminar course; (2) a workshop on the meaning and practice of respect in a mixed community of critical inquiry; and (3) a multimedia report on student perspectives.


2020 Mellon Community College Collaborative Fellowship for Reaching New Publics

Collaborative project with Erika Versalovic.

AdvisorJean Roberts (Philosophy)
MentorsAnthony Ferrucci (Philosophy, South Seattle College) and Larry Cushnie (Political Science, South Seattle College)


2020 Mellon Collaborative Summer Fellowship for Public Projects in the Humanities

Philosophy Behind/Beyond Bars: Exploring the Intersection between Philosophy and Prisons

Paul Tubig and Anna Bates’s project seeks to engage the relationship between philosophy and prisons. Prisons have a significant role in the history of philosophy—both as a context from which philosophers, as incarcerated subjects, have critically examined important philosophical questions, and as an object of philosophical inquiry. This project aims to design and facilitate a collaborative seminar series and culminating symposium that critically engages with philosophical work related to carceral systems and incarcerated persons. The participants will include both students at Washington Correctional Center for Women and students at the University of Washington. The project aims to trouble the traditional understanding of a humanities classroom, while destigmatizing incarcerated persons by recognizing them as equal contributors to philosophical discourse. It also aims to expand the study of philosophy to marginalized communities who are uniquely positioned to contribute to philosophical discourse.