Anthony Norton

Anthony Norton

  •  I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Dallas/Fort Worth. I did my undergraduate work at University of Texas at Austin in Philosophy and Government where I composed a thesis on Nietzsche's moral psychology under the supervision of Kathleen Higgins.
  •  I chose to come to Brandeis because of the conversations I had with faculty members prior to matriculating as well as the fantastic opportunities for PhD placement.
  •  My impressions of Brandeis were great! What I loved (and miss) is that the community at Brandeis is very close. I never felt left behind or forgotten. I never felt like my professors didn't have time for me. You are respected as a real member of the department's community at Brandeis Philosophy, and that was fantastic. Moreover, I felt like the students at Brandeis were very supportive and genuinely helped each other achieve everything we could in the applications process. Additionally, Brandeis's location in the Boston area allowed me to visit other campuses and engage with academics at other institutions. I found this to be a tremendous benefit.
  •  I worked closely with Marion Smiley on issues of political philosophy and ethics. Professor Smiley's course on Feminist Ethics was life-changing, and TAing for her course on Justice transformed how I see and will teach the subject.
  •  My relationships with professors at Brandeis were very productive. I got extensive comments on drafts, and was met with a genuine willingness to help me better my work. Faculty members at Brandeis were also extremely helpful with the applications process, which is truly invaluable given the difficulty of the process and the amount of learning it requires of applicants.
  •  I am currently researching in political theory and international relations theory. My dissertation, while still shaping up, will quite likely focus on secessionist conflicts in the context of international law and diplomacy. Interestingly enough, my fascination with the subject started with an independent study I did with Bernard Yack at Brandeis!
  •  I am currently a PhD student in the department of Political Science at UCLA. I am studying Political Theory with a secondary focus in International Relations. Overall the department is great! I have had to learn the ins and out of having political scientists as colleagues, but doing so has also given me a new perspective on a number of issues. I am happy to be working in politics explicitly now, but philosophy is still in my heart. I miss Brandeis all the time!