Cheryl Foster

  • Professor
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 303
  • Phone: 401.874.4022
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Cheryl Foster writes and teaches at the intersection of political theory, aesthetics, ethics, the natural world, and theories of knowledge. She sees her commitment to teaching, research and community outreach as a form of political practice, striving to crack open access to education and life opportunities for people from all walks of life. A winner of the URI Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, Cheryl has twice served as Associate Director of the URI Honors Program and in 2013 was named the CASE/Carnegie Professor for Rhode Island as well as a Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher.

Currently Professor Foster serves on the executive committee of URI’s John Hazen White Center for Ethics and Public Service, is involved with program development as a higher education specialist with the Forest Foundation (a non-profit focused philanthropic group), and explores the Experience of War as a faculty member with the Providence Clemente Veterans Initiative, a free program for military veterans sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Clemente Course in the Humanities. She is also, on occasion, involved in the theatre on campus and community wide.


• Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Edinburgh (UK)
• M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago
• B.A., Philosophy and English, Bowdoin College