For immediate release September 18, 2019

2019 Romanell - Phi Beta Kappa Professorship Awarded to
Naomi Zack, Lehman College 

WASHINGTON, DC – September 18, 2019 – The Phi Beta Kappa Society (ΦBK) is pleased to announce that Naomi Zack, Ph.D., (ΦBK, New York University) Philosophy Professor at Lehman College - CUNY is the winner of the 2019 Romanell - Phi Beta Kappa Professorship. Established in 1983 by Patrick Romanell (ΦBK, Brooklyn College), H.Y. Benedict Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso, and his wife Edna Romanell, this Professorship recognizes both distinguished achievement in philosophy and the recipient’s contribution or potential contribution to public understanding of philosophy.
As the 2019 winner, Dr. Zack will give a series of three public lectures on the topic of “A Philosophical View of Intersectionality” at Lehman College, CUNY in The Bronx, New York. She will be awarded a $7,500 stipend and a publishing opportunity with Oxford University Press. The Romanell Professorship is awarded annually by the ΦBK National Office, based on evaluations from a panel of distinguished philosophers.  The winner’s lectures are supported and hosted by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the winner’s institution.
A widely published author, Dr. Zack has researched and written on a variety of topics, notably in the areas of race, political philosophy, feminism and disaster ethics. Her most recent book is titled Reviving the Social Compact: Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics (2018). She has published nine books and edited five anthologies, including the Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Race (2017). Dr. Zack recently joined the faculty at Lehman College, moving from the University of Oregon, to focus on the opportunity to teach undergraduate members of under-represented groups and support their candidacy for post-graduate degree programs.
In the past few years, Dr. Zack has turned her attention to the study of social intersectionality. As one colleague observed about her selection for the Romanell award: “Prof. Zack has chosen, as the topic for her lectures, intersectionality, a concept developed originally in jurisprudence to cover cases of multiple-layered discrimination or oppression, especially as experienced by women of color, usually in the workplace….I cannot think of a more timely and appropriate topic, nor one more in need of a rigorous philosophical analysis, and I cannot imagine a philosopher more equipped to provide this analysis than Prof. Zack.”
Dr. Zack will present her lectures at Lehman College in March 2020.

Nominations/applications for the 2020 Romanell Professorship will open in spring of 2020. Please click here for more information.


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