Mia Wood, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA. She teaches courses such as critical thinking and writing, logic, ethics, moral issues, and topics in the history of philosophy. She also participates in campus-wide projects aimed at facilitating student transfers to four-year institutions and thematizing the general education program for greater comprehensibility. From 2015-2017, Mia was on a partial leave from Pierce while living in Rhode Island, first teaching part time at Bridgewater State University, then a one-year appointment at the University of Rhode Island, and working on various writing projects. She has now resumed her position at Pierce, and is delighted to continue working for URI’s R.N. to B.S.N. program.
Mia wrote her dissertation under the supervision of Martin Donougho and Alfred Nordmann at the University of South Carolina. (Her dissertation is entitled, “A Standpoint for Critique: The Epistemological Significance of Metaphor in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason”.) She holds an M.A. in Philosophy from the same institution, and a BA in Philosophy from Pepperdine University.
Mia’s main non-academic, non-fiction research interests are at the intersection of philosophical analysis and contemporary issues, such as the value of higher education, same-sex marriage, economic virtue, philosophy and film, and the death penalty. She also writes fiction (short stories and screenplays), has ghostwritten more than ten non-fiction books (mostly memoirs, but also branding and business titles), and ghosted the conversion of a dissertation and a thesis for mainstream audiences. She is also the academic consultant and co-writer for the Wisecrack, Inc. show, “8-Bit Philosophy“.
Born in Manhattan to Gene and Carleen Wood, Mia was raised in Pelham Manor, NY, Malibu, CA, and various locations along the East Coast. As a successful junior equestrian (a national champion in 1986), Mia traveled extensively to train and compete. Although she decided to leave the sport almost 20 years ago to pursue philosophical studies, her love of horses has remained undiminished.