Nathifa Greene

Assistant Professor




Campus Box 0404


Weidensall Hall
Room 316
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Gettysburg College, 2003
MA Stony Brook University, 2011
PhD Stony Brook University , 2015

Academic Focus

Ethics, social and political philosophy, including Latin American and Caribbean philosophy

Nathifa Greene joined the department in 2016. Her teaching and research interests are in ethics and in social and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and decolonial philosophy of the Americas. Her current book project is an ethical analysis of habits in moral psychology, considering the role of habits in liberatory social practices.

Prof. Greene incorporates contemporary problems and students' concerns into her teaching, providing a broader view of philosophy beyond hegemonic Western philosophical traditions. Transnational and decolonial perspectives are key elements of her course design.


Major collaborations with faculty and staff across the College since 2016:

  • Information Literacy Grant, Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty Council Member, Peace and Justice Studies
  • Fellowship in Community Based Learning, Center for Public Service


New courses introduced at Gettysburg College include:

  • Bioethics 
  • Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy
  • First Year Seminar "Sorry, Not Sorry" (This seminar uses the apology as a lens to study moral questions of conflict, reconciliation, and restorative justice)


Additional courses Prof. Greene teaches include:

  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence
  • Philosophy of Human Rights


Prof. Greene is also proficient in four languages, and is eager to develop opportunities for students to earn academic credit in philosophy translation through the College's Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum program. 


After completing her Ph.D. at Stony Brook University (State University of New York), Prof. Greene taught at American University in Washington DC before joining the Gettysburg College faculty in 2016. Greene is particularly enthusiastic about this return to the liberal arts tradition, since Gettysburg College is her alma mater.