Julie Pedersen, PhD
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Julie Pedersen is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts. She obtained her PhD and Master’s degrees from Purdue University, where she specialized in the work of Descartes and Sartre and the implications of that work for Philosophy of Mind. Dr. Pedersen began her undergraduate education at Loyola University – originally as a biology major. After taking her first philosophy course, she switched majors and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Dr. Pedersen returned to Loyola after obtaining her Doctorate and began teaching a variety of courses on their Lake Shore, Downtown, and Medical Center campuses. While taking time off from teaching to raise her family, she launched a career in journalism. She started out as a reporter for local newspapers before quickly advancing to writing feature stories for the Chicago Tribune Sunday edition. Dr. Pedersen is also the author of several screenplays, the most recent of which has been recognized by the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (an affiliate of the Academy Awards). Her screenplays draw heavily from her philosophy background and focus on comedic interpretations of our existential condition. Dr. Pedersen began working for Ashford in 2009 and strives to bring all aspects of her experience to the online classroom by engaging her students, sharing her knowledge, and nurturing their writing skills. She especially likes sharing the tools and insights philosophy has to offer. Dr. Pedersen says, “I enjoy the diverse student population at Ashford. The online classroom is a remarkable and exciting educational experience that can bring into the same classroom a grandmother from Alabama, a dad working two jobs in Colorado, and a soldier in Afghanistan.” She currently resides in Chicago, IL.