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New Faculty in Philosophy

Xinhe Wu and Nevin Johnson

Two scholars with different areas of expertise joined NC State’s continuing faculty in philosophy as assistant professors in August 2023.

Xinhe Wu, who grew up in China, specializes in philosophical logic, mathematical logic, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. Her teaching will include courses in logic up to advanced levels and the philosophy of language. Wu’s appointment will strengthen the B.S. in Philosophy with a Concentration in Logic, Representation & Reasoning and the Minor in Logic and Methodology. It will also help serve the needs of NC State students in philosophy, mathematics, computer science and related fields.

Wu completed the Ph.D. in Philosophy with a minor in Mathematical Logic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2022. Her dissertation was on Boolean-Valued Models and Their Application. She also has a B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame (2017), where she submitted a senior thesis entitled Sorites Paradox, Context Sensitivity and Knowability.

Wu joined NC State after spending the 2022-23 academic year as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, where she worked on a European Research Council project on Truth and Semantics.

Nevin Johnson, who grew up in Ohio, specializes in philosophy of law, ethics and applied ethics. His teaching will include the core courses in the B.A. with a Concentration in the Philosophy of Law and he will serve as an academic advisor for students in this unique concentration. He will also be a potential resource for all pre-law students at NC State.

Johnson completed the Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2023 with a dissertation on The Role of Purpose in Legal Reasoning. He also has an M.A. in Legal Philosophy from Rutgers (2016), a J.D. from Cleveland State University College of Law (2014) and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Akron (2010).

While in law school, Johnson served as a judicial extern for a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and then as an extern and an appellate intern at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the same district. He was later appointed as a graduate fellow in this office. After completing his Master’s degree at Rutgers, he worked for over a year at a law firm that specializes in civil rights litigation, doing research on legal issues and drafting pleadings for civil rights cases. So our students will benefit not only from Johnson’s academic qualifications, but also from his practical legal experience.