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Siobhain Lash
  • 2022 - 2023 Graduate Fellow
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy
  • slash@tulane.edu


Siobhain Lash is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at Tulane University. Her interests primarily lie in philosophy, politics, and economics, applied ethics, public philosophy, and environmental ethics. Siobhain’s dissertation title is “Popular Environmental Justice Questions: A Philosophical Evaluation,” supervised by Chad Van Schoelandt.

In 2021-2022, she was an Adam Smith Fellow through the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. From 2020-2022, she was a Mellon fellow through the Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, involved in a project with Tulane Environmental Law Clinic that incorporated philosophy, politics, and economics with environmental justice. Her article, "The Nightmare Before Christmas and Moral Responsibility," was published in Philosophy Now's December 2020/January 2021 edition and her public philosophy article, Louisiana’s Idiosyncratic Economic Incentive Programs and Cancer/Death Alley, was published in the American Philosophical Association’s Blog. In March 2022, Siobhain gave a TEDx Talk on her research, Cancer Alley: Environmental Justice, Governance, and Civic Associations. In Summer 2021, she received a Summer Writing Grant from the Mellon Graduate Program. In addition, she received the 2021 Summer Fellowship through the Mellon Graduate Program in which she worked with two undergraduate interns on local environmental justice issues. In Summer 2022, she received the 2022 Humane Studies Fellowship through the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

In Fall 2022, Siobhain will be a Job Market Candidate.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.