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I’m an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Virginia Tech. Before moving to beautiful Blacksburg, I was a graduate student at Princeton University; I wrote my dissertation under the supervision of Hendrik Lorenz and Benjamin Morison.

I work both in ancient philosophy and in contemporary ethics. Much of my work explores the Aristotelian idea that there is something intrinsically valuable about developing and exercising capacities that are central to our nature as human beings.  See my research page for more information.

Outside of my research, I’ve been involved in a number of initiatives to improve the discipline. I am on the Steering Committee for the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy; I am a faculty advisor for the Virginia Tech chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP); I spear-headed the Compass Workshop; and I’ve taught several philosophy courses at local correctional facilities through Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative.

shirji@vt.edu