This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Amber Rose Carlson
PhD. Candidate in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
In this talk, Amber Carlson, will present on the necessity of belief as a precursor for change. Particularly, this presentation will highlight how society does not, but should, believe rape victims and how the #MeToo movement is uniquely instantiated in academia.
Amber Rose Carlson is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Vanderbilt University who specializes in social epistemology, feminist philosophy, and ethics. Amber’s dissertation argues for the epistemic significance of rape victim testimony—arguing not only that responsible cognizers should believe rape victim testimony, but also that rape victim testimony calls us to reimagine our current epistemic standards for reliable testimony.
Holding graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div), Texas A&M (M.A., philosophy), and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., philosophy), Amber supplements her specializations with a broad philosophical background. Her areas of concentration include philosophy of religion, trauma theory, and the history of philosophy, especially Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern eras.
In addition to her research, Amber works for women's rights as a writer and advocate, with a specific focus on sexual assault. Visit her website at AmberRoseCarlson.com.