Departmental Directory

Martha Satz

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas


Martha Satz exploits her dual background in philosophy and literature and experience in trans-racial culture to teach and write about a diversity of topics.  She teaches courses in minority literature, most notably African American and Jewish American literature, ethics and children’s literature, literature and disability, and ethics and literature.



Courses taught

  • African American Women Writers
  • Literature and Culture of Disability
  • Ethical Implications of Children’s Literature
  • Minority Literature

Publications (selected)

  • “Genetic Counseling and the Disabled:  Feminism Examines the Stance of Those Who Stand at the Gate” (with Annette Patterson), Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, ed. Thomas A. Lanham, Maryland:   Shannon, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005 , 33-58.   Originally published in Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy 17:3  (Summer 2002), 118-142.
  • “Implicated in a Color Change:  Memoirs of White Mothers of African American Children” in Autobiography and Maternal Subjectivities  ed. Andrea O’Reilly and Silvia Caporale Bizzini, SUNY Press (forthcoming).
  • "Teaching Native Son:  A Missionary to Her People" in Approaches to Teaching Richard Wright's Native Son, ed. James A. Miller, (New York:  Modern Language Association, 1997), 54-66.
  • "An Epistemological Understanding of Pride and Prejudice:  Humility and Objectivity," in Jane Austen:  New Perspectives, ed. Janet Todd, Women and Literature, new series, Vol. 3, (New York, London:  Holmes and Meir Publications, Inc., 1983), 171‑186.