colby-sawyer faculty

Rachel Fredericks

Assistant Professor, Humanities
(603) 359-3422 |

Professor Fredericks joined the faculty in 2013 with a PhD and MA in philosophy from the University of Washington and a BA in philosophy from Reed College. She teaches courses in philosophy, focusing primarily in the various subfields of ethics, though she also enjoys teaching about philosophies of feminism (and their relation to philosophies of race, class, and so on), philosophy of mind, and ancient philosophy. Her research specialty is in moral psychology, and specifically the moral significance of emotions and interpersonal relationships such as friendship.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment
  • Ethics
  • Sex and Gender Studies
  • Writing

Recent Presentations

  • Fredericks, Rachel. "Jealousy and Self-Respect." 39th Conference on Value Inquiry. Western Kentucky University. Bowling Green, Ky. 12 April 2013. Conference Presentation.

  • Fredericks, Rachel. “Courage as an Environmental Virtue." University of Calgary. Calgary, AB. 23 November 2012. Colloquium Lecture. and Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah. 9 November 2012. Conference Presentation at Fort Lewis College. Durango, Colo. 29 October 2012. Philosophy Club Lecture.

  • Fredericks, Rachel. “Jealousy: Foe to Caring Relationships." 63rd Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference. Lewis and Clark College. Portland, Ore. 5 November 2011. Conference Presentation.

Recent Publications


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, 2012, University of Washington
  • M.A., Philosophy, 2009, University of Washington
  • B.A., Philosophy, 2004, Reed College

Curriculum Vitae

Rachel Fredericks, Ph.D.