Each year, the college presents Distinguished Alumni Awards as part of its annual Celebration of Achievement. The awards exemplify the many ways our alumni can take an active role toward confronting essential questions and problems in our society.
This year’s Distinguished Alumnus from the Department of Philosophy is Christian Carrozzo, BA Philosophy ’10, MA ’12. Carrozzo is the founder of the Program for Neuroethics and Clinical Consciousness at the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he serves as resident faculty and senior editor of the Journal of Hospital Ethics.
The program is a special research unit devoted to the intersections of philosophy, neuroscience, empirical psychology, and clinical neurology. Its mission is to contribute to relevant policy and practice, improve evaluations of decision-making capacity in disorders of consciousness, provide specialized analyses of clinical cases involving neurointensive care, and generate relevant interdisciplinary work in the form of peer-reviewed scholarship, conference presentations, and educational program development.
Carrozzo is an advanced PhD student with the department of philosophy at the University at Albany, State University of New York; adjunct faculty with the department of philosophy and religion at American University and with the department of philosophy at George Washington University; adjunct clinical faculty with Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; and co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Neuroethics Affinity Group. His areas of specialty are the philosophy of mind and philosophy of neuroscience, and his present research areas are in the cognitive science and metaphysics of consciousness, as well as the role of values in neuroscientific practice and with the development of assistive communication devices for particular disorders of consciousness (a modified application of technology developed originally by Intel for use by Stephen Hawking).
Published summer 2020