Darby Vickers is PhD candidate in philosophy with a passion for research, teaching, and educational policy and reform. Her research focuses on the intersection of epistemology, ethics, and pedagogy/philosophy of education in both ancient Greek and contemporary philosophy.

Darby is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation examines on Plato’s views on the ways to transmit ethical knowledge stably form one generation to the next (focusing on Plato’s Meno and Republic). She is also the creator and co-organizer of an applied epistemology and information literacy project, Archaeology in a Post-Truth World: An Interdisciplinary Philosophical Conference (which includes an outreach component, Debunking 101). Additionally, Darby serves as a co-investigator on a study on graduate student well-being and doctoral writing productivity (with Professor Barbara Sarnecka’s lab). Also, Darby has been working on a project on ethics and AI. She is co-organizing

She also received a Masters of Arts in Classics from the TriCampus Program in Classics (based at UCI) in 2015. Her MA thesis explored the self-conscious representation of oral history in the Odyssey (Books 8-12). She partnered with Sara Rodriguez (MFA Directing, UCI) to create a podcast on the OdysseyOdyssey & Chill— which provides highlights and insights into Homer’s epic.

Darby was one of the 2019 Pedagogical Fellows in the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation at UCI. To see her pedagogical training and teaching experience, look at her teaching page.

Darby is also passionate about outreach and public pedagogy. She has a public-facing component to her work on information literacy, Debunking 101 . She works with a program called TH!NK, which brings philosophy graduate students into local elementary schools to teach 5th graders critical thinking. In 2018, she won the People’s Choice Award for a presentation of her work on intellectual pleasure for a public audience (at UC Irvine’s AGS Symposium). She has been interviewed on two podcasts: This Grad Life hosted by Dr. Ted Yoo (December 3, 2019) and The Wonders of the World Pocast (1, 2). She and Sara created the short podcast, Odyssey & Chill to introduce the public to the Odyssey in an accessible manner (which debuted December 5, 2019). She also runs a podcast, currently on hiatus: The History of Greece Podcast. Find a more detailed bio here or learn more about her research interests here.

Contact: you may contact Darby via email (vickersd AT uci DOT edu) or via Twitter @DarbyVickers

Photo: This is a photo I took when I was in Athens during an NEH Summer Institute. The photo of me in the side panel was taken by Eugenia Barbuc.