Faculty Profile: Christia Mercer

Christia Mercer

Gustave M. Berne Professor, Philosophy


“My own research has been very significantly influenced by the Core and teaching undergraduates here. I am editing a new book series for Oxford University Press. The idea of interdisciplinary reflections in the series developed straight out of my work in the Core with students and fellow faculty.”


A Columbia Great Teacher Award-winner, Professor Mercer was drawn to teach Core courses by her interest in how philosophy, history and art intersect. She is the chair of Literature Humanities, one of the cornerstone Core courses. In 2012, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow, an honor given to those who show “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Literature Humanities
  • Philosophy and Feminism
  • History of Feminism