Dr. William H. Harwood


Political Science and Philosophy
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Political Science and Philosophy
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • BA, Philosophy, 2001, Boston College
  • MA, Philosophy, 2006, Penn State University
  • PhD, Philosophy, 2011, Penn State University


  • PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
  • PHI 305 Symbolic Logic
  • PHI 306 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHI 314 Asian Philosophy
  • PHI 332 Data Ethics

Professional experience

Selected journal articles

  • Harwood, W. H., Gashtili, P. (2023). Heroes and Demigods: Aristotle’s Hypothetical "Defense” of True Nobles. Eirene: Studia Graeca et Latina, 59(I-II), 67-98.
  • Harwood, W. H. (2023). Ancient Racists, Color-Blindness, and Figs: Why Periodization and Localization Matters for Anti-Racism. Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 29(1), 5-36.
  • Harwood, W. (2022). Aliens and Monsters: Aristotle’s Hypothetical “Defense” of Natural Slavery. Dialogue and Universalism, 32(2), 103-126.
  • Harwood, W. H. (2020). Genes are the New Black: Racism and “Roots” in the Age of 23andMe. Social Philosophy Today, 36, 153-177.
  • Harwood, W. H. (2018). The Canary in the Gold Mine: Ethics, Privacy, and Big Data Analytics. Dialogue and Universalism 29(3), 141-150
  • Harwood, W. H. (2017). Secrecy, Transparency, and Government Whistleblowing. Philosophy and Social Criticism 43(2), 164-186

Research and professional interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Critical Data Studies and Information Ethics
  • Philosophy of Race
  • Social and Political Philosophy

Awards and honors

FCTL Excellence in Teaching Award, Missouri State University, 2023