Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
James Rocha received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2007. In 2008, he joined the philosophy faculty at LSU. He currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for Philosophy and chairs the Curriculum Committee for Women's and Gender Studies.
Dr. Rocha teaches courses in ethics, applied ethics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, Kant, Marx, and political philosophy. He has developed courses in philosophy of law, environmental ethics, and philosophy and pop culture. He has published articles in various journals, including Journal of Applied Philosophy, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice, and Public Affairs Quarterly. He is currently working on a book on the morality of hooking up.
- PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (Meaning of Life)
- PHIL 2018 Professional Ethics (Engineering Ethics)
- PHIL 2020 Ethics
- PHIL 2024 Philosophy in Literature (The Anti-War Novel; Morality and Mortality)
- PHIL 2025 Bioethics
- PHIL 4015 Philosophy of Male and Female (Sexuality and Objectification)
- PHIL 4786 Feminist Legal Theory
- PHIL 4943 Problems in Ethical Theory (Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Autonomy)
- PHIL 7910 Seminar in Value Theory (Kant, Mill, Autonomy, and Identity)
- HNRS 3031 American Studies (Race in the Age of Obama)
- The UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award and Fellowship
- Pierce College’s Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
- LSU Office of Research and Economic Development Junior Faculty Travel Grant
- LSU Office of Research and Economic Development Summer Stipend Grant
- LSU Office of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Performance Review Grant
- “Autonomy Within Subservient Careers.” Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 18 (Oct 2011): 313-28.
- “The Sexual Harassment Coercive Offer.” Journal of Applied Philosophy 28.2 (May 2011): 203-16.
- “Scope too Wide: Including Internalized Sexism and Racism in Identity and Autonomy.” Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy 7.1 (Winter 2011): 1-5.
- “The Deliberative Responsibility of Autonomous Agents.” Philosophical Writings 40 (May 2011).
- With Ed Song. “Preemptive Anonymous Whistleblowing.” Public Affairs Quarterly, forthcoming.
- “The Glorification of Mutual Objectification.” Public Organization Review, provisionally accepted.
Chapters in edited volumes
- “The Racial Sensitive of Larry David.” In Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy, forthcoming.
- With Mona Rocha. “Elf Stereotypes: Fighting Racism through Greater NPC Creativity.” In Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy, forthcoming.
- With Mona Rocha. “Snoop’s Assassination of Gendered Expectations.” In The Wire and Philosophy, forthcoming.
- “Riding the Devil’s Tank and Complicit in His Mayhem.” In The Rolling Stones and Philosophy. Edited by Luke Dick and George A. Reisch. Chicago: Open Court, 2011.
- With Mona Rocha. “A Feminist Scandal in Holmes’s Generalizations.” In Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy. Edited by Josef Steiff. Chicago: Open Court, 2011.