Emma Prendergast

Emma Prendergast


Academic Philosophy


McPherson Fellow

I graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy. I was awarded the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Award in Philosophy and the Scovill Award in 2013. The philosophy department at Millikin is a highly supportive environment, and I absolutely loved my professors. The excellent instruction that I received at Millikin directly influenced my decision to study philosophy at the graduate level. I’m currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I received an M.A. in Philosophy in 2017. I was awarded a competitive two-year University Fellowship at Wisconsin, and I was one of fifty-one students nationally to receive a Phi Kappa Phi fellowship in 2014. Recently, I was named a McPherson Fellow by the Center for Ethics and Education. I’ve discovered a love of teaching in graduate school, spending the past few years lecturing undergraduate courses in moral philosophy, business ethics, the philosophy of sex and love, and feminist philosophy. I'm writing a dissertation in political philosophy.

Millikin provides excellent preparation for study at the graduate level, including opportunities to engage in research and to produce scholarship. I wrote a senior thesis on philosophy of mind, which I presented at the annual Day of Scholarship at Millikin. I presented my paper “Mo Tzu’s Law of Universal Mutual Love and the Prisoner’s Dilemma” at the Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference at Truman State. Finally, as a James Millikin Scholar, I conducted a sociological research project titled “Cell Phones, Social Media, and Young Adult Dating Abuse.” I found many opportunities for performance learning at Millikin, including my participation in moot court. In the three competitions in which I participated, my team took second place twice (2013 and 2014), and I was honored with the John Williams Award for Most Outstanding Attorney in 2013. Participating in moot court gave me confidence in public speaking and invaluable practice in argumentative reasoning. My experiences as a philosophy major at Millikin got me forever hooked on thinking about the exciting questions raised in philosophy and provided the critical thinking, writing, and independent research skills necessary for success in graduate school.