University Professor, Department of Philosophy
Fellow, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Nancy Sherman is a distinguished University Professor at Georgetown, appointed in the Philosophy Department and affiliated with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She has also taught at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she is a co-founder of the Philosophy and Law joint seminar. She has written over 60 articles in the areas of ethics, military ethics, the history of moral philosophy, ancient ethics, the emotions, moral psychology, and psychoanalysis. From 1997 to 1999 Ms. Sherman served as the first Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the US Naval Academy, designing the brigade-wide required military ethics course as well as laying the groundwork for the new Stockdale Ethics Center. She has taught at Yale, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland and has trained in psychoanalysis at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Since 1995, she has consulted for the U.S. Armed Forces on issues of ethics, resilience, and posttraumatic stress, lecturing at many military academies, bases, and veterans groups throughout the U. S. as well as abroad. In October 2005, Ms. Sherman visited Guantanamo Bay Detention Center as part of an independent observer team, assessing the medical and mental health care of detainees. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.
Professor Sherman has received fellowships for her work from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the Yale Whitney Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, and the Newcombe Fellowship of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. At Harvard she was awarded the George Plympton Adam Prize for the most distinguished dissertation in the area of history of philosophy. She received the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute’s Gary O. Morris Award for her psychoanalytic writing in 1999. Professor Sherman has served on the National Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association, elected as Representative of the Association’s Eastern Division, 2007-2010. She also served as the American Philosophical Association’s National Representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, appointed to the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. She has been a frequent contributor in the media, appearing on multiple television news shows, and with articles, opinion pieces, and reviews of her work appearing widely in the press.