Monica Mueller

Instructor of Philosophy  

Office: CPS 203
Phone: 503 725 9932



Monica Mueller is Instructor of Philosophy at Portland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Binghamton University’s Program in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy (2009). Before coming to PSU in 2014, she taught at Capital University and Ohio University. Monica’s research interests are varied but tend to be focused on the promise of critical reflection to inform wise action. To this end, she dabbles in social and political philosophy and is concerned the construction and deconstruction of meaningful narratives that comprise the fabric of understanding. Monica is the author of “Contrary to Thoughtlessness; Rethinking Practical Wisdom”, Lexington Books, December, 2012. She is currently investigating the relationship of habitual thinking patterns and the inculcation of virtue, specifically interrogating the effects of shame and forgiveness on cognitive development. Otherwise, Monica plays outside in a variety of activities including (but not limited to): running, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, dancing, surfing, and skipping stones. She also loves to cook and share in the delights of food and drink with friends and family.