Talia Mae Bettcher
Department of Philosophy
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8114
Office Phone: 323-343-4179
Ph.D., Philosophy, UCLA; Fall 1999
C. Phil., Philosophy, UCLA; Spring 1997
B.A. Honours, Philosophy, Glendon College, York University, Canada, 1991
Doctoral Dissertation: The Spirit and the Heap: Berkeley and Hume on the Self and Self-Consciousness
Dissertation Committee: John Carriero (Chair), Tyler Burge (certifier), David Sabean (certifier), Barbara Herman, Rogers Albritton
Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, CSULA Summer 2008-
Associate Professor, CSULA, Philosophy, 2006-
Assistant Professor, CSULA, Philosophy, 2000-2006
Faculty Service Learning Director, CSULA Winter – Spring 2002, Winter 2005, Fall 2005
Visiting Professor, UCLA, LGBT Studies, Fall 2004 (one course)
Visiting Professor, UCLA, Philosophy, Spring 2003 (one course)
Visiting Professor, UCLA, Philosophy, Spring 2002 (one course)
Sessional Lecturer, University of Victoria, 1999-2000 (full teaching load, one year)
Part-time Instructor, CSULA, Spring 1999
Summer Instructor, UCLA, 1996-1998
Early Modern Philosophy, Transgender Studies, Feminist Philosophy, Queer Theory
AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Contemporary Moral Issues, Critical Reasoning, Logic, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion
AWARDS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS
American Communities Program Research Fellow (2009-10)
Sabbatical (Fall 2006)
Distinguished Woman Award (Spring 2005)
CSULA Creative Leave (Fall 2004)
CSGS Research Release Time Award (Fall 2003)
Service Learning Curriculum Development Award (Winter 2002)
Service Learning Curriculum Development Award (Winter 2001)
Canadian Council Doctoral Fellowship (1993-96)
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1991-93)
York Full Tuition Scholarship (1990)
York Entrance Scholarship (1985)
For samples of my writing, visit www.calstatela.edu/faculty/tbettch
Publications in Early Modern Philosophy
“Abstraction: Berkeley Against Locke” in Berkeley's Lasting Legacy: 300 Years Later (ed. Bertil Belfrage and Timo Airaksinen), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010 (forthcoming).
“Berkeley and Hume on the Self and Self-Consciousness" in Topics in Early Modern Philosophy of Mind (ed. Jon Miller), Springer Verlag, 2009, pp. 195-224.
“Berkeley’s Dualistic Ontology,” Analisis Filosofico 28:2 (2008), 147-174.
Berkeley: A Guide for the Perplexed, Continuum Press, 2008.
“Berkeley on Self-Consciousness” in New Interpretations of Berkeley’s Thought (ed. Stephen Daniel), Journal of the History of Philosophy Books Humanity Press, 2008, pp. 179-202.
Berkeley’s Philosophy of Spirit: Consciousness, Ontology and the Elusive Subject, Continuum Press, 2007.
Entries on T.E. Jessop and A.A. Luce in Thoemmes’ Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers (General Editor: Professor Stuart Brown), Thoemmes Continuum Press, 2005, pp. 474-5 and pp. 590-3.
Publications in Trans Studies
"Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-trans/, 2009.
Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gender Realities, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 24:3 (2009). Special issue co-edited with Ann Garry.
“Trans Identities and First-Person Authority” in You've Changed: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity (ed. Laurie Shrage), Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 98-120.
"Pretenders to the Throne" a commentary on Alice Dreger's "The controversy surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A case history of the politics of science, identity, and sex in the internet age," Archives of Sexual Behavior 7:3 (2008), 430-33.
“Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 22:3 (2007), 43-65.
“Gender, Identity, Theory, and Action” in Gender, Identity, Equity and Violence (ed. Geraldine Stahly), monograph series Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Enduring Societal Issues, Stylus Publications, 2007, pp. 11-24.
“Appearance, Reality, and Gender Deception: Reflections on Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Pretence" in Violence, Victims, and Justifications (ed. Felix Ó Murchadha), Peter Lang Press, 2006, pp. 175-200.
"Understanding Transphobia: Authenticity and Sexual Abuse” in Trans/Forming Feminisms: Transfeminist Voices Speak Out (ed. Krista Scott-Dixon), Sumach Press, 2006, pp. 203-210.
“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual Individuals” (co-authored with Emilia Lombardi) in Social Injustice and Public Health (eds. Barry Levy and Victor Sidel), Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 130-144.
“Berkeley’s Positive Notion of Substance,” International Berkeley Conference, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, April 6-9, 2010 (upcoming).
"Berkeley and Divine Foreknowledge," International Berkeley Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, June 26-8, 2008.
"Trans Authenticity, Sexual Violence, and Race," TransSomatechnics: Theories and Practices of Transgender Embodiment, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, May 1-3 2008.
“Locke and Berkeley on Abstraction,” International Berkeley Conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 7-9, 2007.
“Berkeley on the Privacy of Ideas,” International Berkeley Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia, September 5-8, 2005.
“Berkeley on Self-Consciousness,” International Berkeley Conference, Texas A & M, April 3-5, 2003.
“The Ontology of Perception in Berkeley’s Philosophy,” Berkeley’s Philosophy of Mind: A Workshop in Honor of the 300th Anniversary of the Principles of Human Knowledge, The University of Western Ontario, September 24-6, 2010 (upcoming).
“Towards a Genuinely Intersectional Trans Feminism,” Rockefeller Colloquium, CSULA, April 17, 2009.
Author Meets Critic (Berkeley’s Philosophy of Spirit) as respondent to Daniel Flage, APA Eastern Division, Philadelphia, December 28, 2008.
“Modesty, Race, and Deception,” Queer Studies Conference, UCLA, October 9-10, 2008.
"Trans Identities and First Person Authority," Writing in Progress Colloquium, American Communities Program, Cal State Los Angeles, March 5, 2008.
“Berkeley and Divine Foreknowledge,” Department of Philosophy, Cal State Northridge, April 9, 2008.
“Trans Identities and First Person Authority,” Sex and Gender Research Colloquia Series, Center for Sex and Gender Research, Cal State Northridge, September 21, 2007.
“Transphobia” (Discussion Leader), Center for Sex and Gender Research, Cal State Northridge, May 11, 2007.
Session: “Spinoza on the Intelligence of the Passions” (Chair), APA-Pacific
Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 3- 8, 2007.
“Berkeley and Hume on the Self and Self-Consciousness” at the conference Topics in Early Modern Philosophy of Mind at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, November 3-5, 2006.
“Hallucinating in the Borderlands: Reflections on Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion,” SWIP session ‘Theorizing Transgender’ at American Philosophical Association Pacific Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 25, 2006.
"Action Research to Address Gender and Sexuality-Based Violence" First CSU Conference on Community Based Teaching and Research, CSU Long Beach, March 4, 2006.
“Transphobia and Authenticity,” Doctor of Public Health Program Series, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health, April 8, 2005.
“Authenticity, Transphobia, and Sexual Abuse," Ninth Annual Southern California Philosophy Conference, University of California, Irvine, October 30, 2004.
“Mind Dependence in Berkeley’s Philosophy,” Southeast Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Florida, April 18, 2004.
Session: “Race, Capital Punishment, and the Cost of Murder” (Chair), APA-Pacific Meeting, Pasadena, March 24, 2004.
“Philosophy, Performance, and Absolute Nonsense,” performance-piece as part of Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities Lecture and Performance Series, California Sate University, Los Angeles, June 3, 2003.
“Philosophy, Performance, and Absolute Nonsense,” performance-piece at Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Pacific Division – Southern California Meeting, May 17, 2003.
“Philosophy of Gender, Service Learning, and Community Partnerships,” presentation at APA Eastern Division Meeting, special session on philosophy and service-learning, December 30, 2002.
“Berkeley, Ontology, and Self-Consciousness,” The New England Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy, Dartmouth College, May 31-June 2, 2002.
Commentator for “Happiness, Identity, and Well-Being” by Daniel M. Haybron, presentation for Pacific APA Meeting, Spring, 2002.
“Berkeley’s New Substance,” The Midwest Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy, The University of Chicago, April 28-29, 2001.
Commentator for “Was Berkeley a Common-Sense Realist?” by Charles McCracken, presentation for the fifth annual Southern California Philosophy Conference, California State University, Long Beach, October 1, 2001.
“The Spirit and the Heap: Berkeley and Hume on the Self and Self-Consciousness,” presented at the Early Modern Studies Graduate Symposium, The Claremont Graduate University, March 6, 1999.
As Visiting Professor (UCLA)
LGBTS 187: Introduction to Transgender Studies (Fall 04)
Phil 100C: History of Modern Philosophy (Spring 03)
Phil C112/212: Locke and Berkeley (Spring 02)
As Assistant and Associate Professor (CSULA)
Phil 230: Meaning of Human Life: A Multicultural Approach
Phil 300: Philosophical Research and Writing
Phil 313: History of Modern Philosophy
Phil 327: Philosophy, Gender and Culture
Phil 413: Issues in Feminist Philosophy: Introduction to Trans/Feminism
Phil 458: Major Figures (The Philosophy of George Berkeley)
Phil 458: Major Figures (Modern Philosophy of Self)
Phil 480: Philosophy of Language
Phil 510: Graduate Seminar in History of Philosophy (Modern Philosophy of Self)
Phil 510: Graduate Seminar in History of Philosophy (The British Empiricists)
Phil 510: Graduate Seminar in History of Philosophy (Berkeley)
Phil 531: Graduate Seminar in Metaphysics (Philosophy of the Self)
Phil 531: Graduate Seminar in Metaphysics (Theorizing Gender and Sexuality)
Phil 531: Graduate Seminar in Metaphysics (Introduction to Trans/Feminism)
Womn 500: Integrative Graduate Seminar in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
As Sessional Lecturer (University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada)
Phil 100: Introduction to Philosophy
Phil 214: The Philosophy of Religion
Phil 310: The Empiricists and Kant
Phil 314: The Philosophy of Language
As Part-time Instructor (CSULA)
Phil 160: Critical Reasoning
Phil 220: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues in a Multicultural Context
As Summer Instructor (UCLA)
Phil 4: Contemporary Moral Issues (Focus: Ethics and Prostitution)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Manuscript reviewing for Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Social Philosophy Today, The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Professional Affiliations (American Philosophical Association, Society for Women in Philosophy, International Berkeley Society)
Chair of America Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the Profession (Summer 09-Present), Member of Committee (Winter 04-Present)
Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities (Summer 08-Present)
CSGS Advisory Board: Chair (Fall 07-Spring 08), Member (Fall 03-Present), Community-
Partnerships Subcommittee Chair (Fall 03-Summer 05), CSGS founding steering committee (Fall 02-Fall 03)
Faculty Service Learning Director (Winter – Spring 2002, Winter 2005, Fall 2005)
Service Learning Curriculum Development Committee (Fall 02 General
Education Subcommittee rep; Winter 02 Faculty Service Learning Director;
Winter 05 Faculty Service Learning Director; Fall 05 Faculty Service Learning
Service Learning Advisory Council (Chair/Faculty Service Learning
Director, Winter/Spring 02, Winter 05, Fall 05)
Curriculum Subcommittee (Fall 08-Present); Advising for Hiring at Cross Cultural Centers (Spring 08) , Search Committee for American Communities Project Director (Alternate Winter-Spring 07, Member Summer 07-Fall 07); Distinguished Woman Award Selection Committee (Spring 06); Faculty Retreat Planning Committee (Fall 04, Winter 05, Summer 05, Fall 05); General Education Subcommittee (Fall 02, Spring 03, Winter 04-Spring 04); Academic Master Plan ad hoc Committee (General Education Subcommittee Rep, Fall 02)
RTP B (2008-9); Instructional and Student Affairs Committee (Fall 01- Spring 02; Winter 03-Winter 2005, Spring 2009); Graduate Council (Fall 01, Winter 04)
Graduate Studies Committee (Fall 00-Spring 04); Undergraduate Advisor (Fall 00-present); Outreach & Web Page Coordinator (Fall 00-Spring 04); Service Learning Coordinator (Fall 02-present); Instructional Affairs (Fall 00-present, Chair Fall 05-present); Advisor to Student Organizations/Philosophy Club (Fall 00-Spring 04); Social/Public Relations (Fall 03- Present); Assessment Committee (Fall 00-Spring 01)
CSULA and Other Student-Related Presentations
Moderator for “Trans Identities”, panel as part of CSULA’s student organized conference, Gender, Sexuality, and Power, May 12, 2009.
Moderator for “LGBT Issues,” panel as part of CSULA’s student organized conference Gender, Sexuality, and Power, May 13, 2008.
Moderator for “Breaking Silences on Sexualities,” panel as part of CSULA’s student organized conference Gender, Sexuality, and Power, May 15, 2007.
Moderator for “Gender, Race, and Sexualities,” panel as part of CSULA’s student organized conference Gender, Sexuality, and Power, May 19, 2005.
Presenter for “Sexual Violence and LGBT Issues” as part of CSULA Violence Awareness Day, April 14, 2005.
Keynote Speaker for LGBT Student Awards Ceremony, Cal Poly Pomona, April 14, 2005.
Moderator for "Trans Identities," panel part of UCLA's LGBT QGrad: A Graduate Student Conference on Sexuality and Gender, October 16, 2004.
Organized Panel "So You're a What? A Panel of Transgender Identity,” April 22, 2004. Event was part of Pride Month at CSULA.
Presenter for “Service Learning Faculty Workshop” at CSULA, April 8, 2004.
Mistress of Ceremonies at Pride Month Kick-Off at CSULA, April 1, 2004.
“No Justice! No Peace!” (panelist presenter; topic: hate crimes) (sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers), January 24, 2003.
“The F-Word” (facilitator, topic: feminism) (sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers), January 15, 2003.
Organized CSULA Service Learning Symposium “Productive Partnerships,” May 24, 2002.
Student Recognition Event (speaker) (for Educational Participation in Communities), May 17, 2002.
Organized and Presented in Service Learning Workshop for New Faculty, as part of Faculty Development Program, CSULA, March 8, 2002).
“Philosophy, Values, Our Everyday Lives” panelist for Cal State LA Philosophers,
May 7, 2002.
“The Power of Politics” Conference: Panel: Gender Politics (Chair). (Sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers), January 19, 2002.
“Identity, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Life,” David Lawrence Memorial Lecture, GE Honors Club, March 5, 2001.
“Gay/Les/Bi/TransLife 101” panelist, part of CSULA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Awareness Series, April 10, 2001).
“Sex Sells: The Exploitation of Women in Popular Culture” (sole panelist/discussion leader), part of “Love for Sale” Event-Series (sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers), CSULA, Nov 12, 2001.
“Anthrax, God, and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Terrorism, Retaliation, and Religion,” Philosophy Club, November 1, 2001.
Additional University Contributions
Rockefeller Foundation Grant ($325, 000): “Becoming and Belonging: The Alchemy of Identity in the Multiethnic Metropolis”: Involved in preparation for grant as well as site visit (Spring 2002).
Faculty Advisor for the student organization Feminist Major Leadership Alliance [FMLA] (Winter 00-Spring 2003).
Faculty Advisor for student organization The Queer Connection (Fall 2005-Present).
Transgender Working Group to Develop Policy for LAPD interaction with Transgender Individuals (June 2009-Present).
Equality and Parity II: A Statewide Action for Transgender HIV Prevention and Care - Conference Presentation “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: Transphobia and Transphobic Violence,” Los Angeles, January 27, 2009
Icon Award (awarded for service in LA trans community). Trans-Unity 2008.
Co-Organizer/Presenter for panel “TransFeminisms” for TransUnity 08, June 1, 2008.
Presentation “Transphobia and Violence” as part of LA County Drug and Alcohol Taskforce TranSolutions III Transgender Conference, June 4, 2008.
Board Member: East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Winter 2001- Summer 2008. Vice-Chair, Winter 2006-Summer 2008.
Radio Interview about “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: On Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion.” KPFK (Pacifica, Los Angeles) “Morning Review with Riku Matsuda.” July 26, 2007.
Co-Organizer/Presented for panel “TransFeminisms” as part of TransUnity (Transgender Pride), June 3, 2007.
Member of LOTUS (League of Trans Unified Sisters), September 2006-September 2007.
Participant in FTMLA Alliance/TG LA Center Community Clinic Campaign (Winter 2007).
Organizing Committee “What does the ‘L-Word’ mean to you?” 2nd Annual L.A. Lesbian Health Conference, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, October 15, 2005.
Transgender Youth Research Project, member of Transgender Advisory Committee, Childrens Hospital/Transgender Youth Consortium, January 1 2005- January 1 2006.
Workshop Presentation “Transphobia and Violence” as part of LA County Drug and Alcohol Taskforce TranSolutions Transgender Conference, May 4, 2005.
Presented on panel “On Sex” American Values Series/Philosophers’ Café, April 4, 2005.
Presented on Panel “Morality and the State” American Values Series/Philosophers’ Café, February 7, 2005.
Panelist in City of West Hollywood Town Hall Forum, Facing Hate:
Discrimination & Hate Against the Transgender Community, June 23, 2004.
Co-Organizer/Presented on panel “Transgender Issues and Domestic Violence” as part of TransUnity, June 15 2004.
Co-Organizer/Presented for panel “Transgender Issues in Education” as part of TransUnity, June 15, 2004.
TransUnity Organizing Committee Member, Spring and Summer 2004.
Transgender Youth Symposium, assisted in organization, presenter, June 4, 2004.
Transgender Leadership Initiative – Curricular Development, Transgender Youth Consortium/FTM LA Alliance, Summer 2003-Summer 2004.
Member of Organizing Committee for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20th, 2003.
Co-Organizer/Presented for Panel “Trans Feminism” as part of TransUnity Event, June 14, 2003.
Panelist: “The Transgender Reality,” session of Prototypes conference Healing Our Village 2003.
Board Member: Los Angeles County Transgender Taskforce, 1998-2000.