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BS Northeast Louisiana University 1978
MA University of North Carolina, Greensboro 1992
PhD Princeton University 1998

Professor Eddy focuses on American pragmatism and American religion in her work. She also enjoys working with students on the moral aspects of the biological sciences. Improving student reading comprehension and writing skills are important to her as a teacher. She enjoys facilitating class discussions on important but controversial questions where the answers are not clear, but the issues remain important ones.

Scholarly Work

The Rites of Identity: The Religious Naturalism and Cultural Criticism of Kenneth Burke and Ralph Ellison 2003

“Struggle or Mutual Aid: Jane Addams, Petr Kropotkin and the Progressive Encounter with Social Darwinism,” The Pluralist, Spring 2010 (5.1).

“Activist Communities Advance by Focusing on the Specifics,” Capitalism Nature Socialism, Volume 19, Number 3 (September 2008) pp. 141-143.

“Henry Samuel Levinson: 1949-2010,” Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society, Number 29, Fall 2011, p.33.

Professional Highlights & Honors
, 1996

Pragmatism and Empiricism in American Religious Thought group of American Academy of Religion


Worcester Business Journal
WPI professors raise ethical questions on CRISPR breakthrough

The Worcester Business Journal covered a WPI forum on the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. Noted in the article were: Dean, Arts and Sciences, Jean King; Assistant Professor, Social Science, Patricia Stapleton; Associate Professor, Humanities and Arts Bethel Eddy; Associate Professor, Biology and Biotechnology, Rita Rao; and Associate Teaching Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Destin Heilman.