I have a Ph.D. in philosophy and write about moral and political psychology, with special attention to race and racism. Until recently I was an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
My work has been published in Ethics, Ergo, Critical Philosophy of Race, Ratio, The Journal of Social Philosophy, The Journal of Value Inquiry, and Philosophical Papers. (Download my work here.) Here is my cv.
On August 16, 2021, I resigned my position at UAH in protest of the University of Alabama System's inadequate COVID-related health and safety policies.
Here is my resignation letter.
Here is a related petition, including a list of its 135 UAH signatories, that I helped to author, distribute, and present to UA System administrators in July 2021.
Here is a blog post I wrote that sketches some of the dilemmas that instructors now face:
Here is an interview where I elaborate on my concerns that an atrocity is in progress in Alabama:
Emma Arceneaux, World Socialist Website (9.15.2021): "Interview with Dr. Jeremy Fischer, philosophy professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, who resigned over COVID-19 safety and morality concerns"
Here are various media reports of my resignation:
Brian Leiter, Leiter Reports (8.16.2021): "Tenured philosophy professor resigns position over university's mishandling of the COVID crisis"
Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous (8.17.2021): "Philosophy Professor Resigns to Protest University’s COVID-19 Plan"
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed (8.18.21): "Refusing to Proceed as Normal"
Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education (8.20.2021): "As Delta Variant Surges, Faculty Urge Their Colleges to Change Course"
Chris Burt, University Business (8.18.2021): "Why a tenured professor is resigning over university’s COVID-19 policies"
Lee Roop, AL.com (8.23.2021): "Alabama professor resigns over school’s COVID plans, compares reopening to infamous Tuskegee Study"
Paul Basken, Times Higher Education (8.27.2021): "US partisan divide over Covid splitting apart campuses"
Susan Svrluga, The Washington Post (9.22.2021): "With students back on campus, many faculty members are worried about covid — and pushing back"