Quinnipiac University
Rebecca Bamford is Full Professor of Philosophy (with tenure). She joined the Department of Philosophy & Political Science in 2012, when Quinnipiac inaugurated the Philosophy major.

Dr. Bamford is from the UK originally, and earned a BA in Combined Studies in Arts (German, Philosophy, Russian Studies), an MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy, from the University of Durham (UK). She was the first woman President of the Middle Common Room of University College, Durham, in 2000.

Dr. Bamford's research focuses on post-Kantian European philosophy and ethics, including bioethics. She received Quinnipiac's Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award in 2016. Her research in Nietzsche studies is internationally recognized, and she has been invited to present on her decolonizing bioethics research at the University of Fort Hare, the University of Cape Town, and the University currently known as Rhodes. She also serves as a mentor in Medical Humanities for the Netter Medical School.

Dr. Bamford teaches early modern epistemology and metaphysics, post-Kantian European philosophy, ethics, African philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, environment, and social transformation, and introduction to philosophy. She also teaches interdisciplinary courses in bioethics, and ethics & public policy. Many of her QU courses, especially "I" courses, incorporate feminist and decolonial theory.
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  • BA, Durham University
  • MA, Durham University
  • PHD, Durham University

Areas of Expertise

  • Post-Kantian European Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • African Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy


  • Philosophy

Office Location

  • College of Arts & Sciences 1 328

Mail Drop

  • CL-AC1


Quinnipiac University

Professor of Philosophy

Hamden, CT, USA

2020 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Hamden, CT, USA

2016 - 2020

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Hamden, CT

2012 - 2016

University of Minnesota Rochester

Assistant Professor, Center for Learning Innovation

Rochester MN

2009 - 2012

Hunter College, CUNY

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

New York, NY

2007 - 2009

Emory University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Atlanta, GA

2006 - 2007

Rhodes University

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy

Makhanda, South Africa

2004 - 2006

University of Bradford

Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy

Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

2003 - 2004

Selected Publications

Free Spirits and Experimentation

Bamford, R.

83(3) Review of Politics (2021)

Nietzsche, the ethical, and disability

Bamford, R.

Continental Philosophy Research Seminar, England, Royal Holloway, University of London (2021)

Nietzsche’s “Ecce Homo”

Bamford, R.

Ecce Homo: Philosophical Autobiography in the Flesh 1st ed. 91-114 Berlin/New York (Walter de Gruyter 2021)

Free Spirits and Experimentation

Bamford, R.

Book Symposium on Jeremy Fortier’s The Challenge of Nietzsche: How to Approach His Thought (Chicago UP), New York, NY, City College of New York, CUNY (2020)

Nietzsche’s Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge

Ansell-Pearson, K., Bamford, R.

1st ed. vii-270 Oxford (Wiley-Blackwell 2020)

Wagner as Nietzsche’s exemplar: freedom and democracy

Bamford, R.

82(4) Review of Politics 628-631 Fall (2020)

Digital Humanities and the History of Philosophy: The Case of Nietzsche’s Moral Psychology

Bamford, R.

51(2) Journal of Nietzsche Studies 241-249 Fall (2020)

Science and epistemic virtue in Nietzsche

Bamford, R.

Northeast Nietzsche Workshop (NiNE), Hamden, CT, Quinnipiac University (2019)

Bioethics, decolonization, and epistemic injustice

Bamford, R.

Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Republic of South Africa, University of Fort Hare (2019)

Experimentation, Curiosity, and Forgetting

Bamford, R.

50(1) Journal of Nietzsche Studies 11-32 (2019)

Debating African Philosophy: Perspectives on Identity, Decolonial Ethics, and Comparative Philosophy

Bamford, R.

Decolonizing bioethics via African philosophy: Moral neocolonialism as a bioethical problem 1st ed. 43-59 London (Routledge 2019)

Contra Moralism: Nietzsche’s Relevance to Clinical Research Ethics

Bamford, R.

Nietzsche and Humanity: (Anti-) Humanism, Posthumanism, Transhumanism: 25th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, Netherlands, Tilburg University (2019)

Critic, Author Meets Critics: Jeffrey Church’s Nietzsche’s Unfashionable Observations

Bamford, R.

American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, N/A (2019)

Nietzsche’s Metaphilosophy: The Nature, Method, and Aims of Philosophy

Bamford, R.

The relationship between science and philosophy as a key feature of Nietzsche’s metaphilosophy 1st ed. 65-82 Cambridge (Cambridge University Press 2019)

Routledge Philosophy Minds: Nietzsche

Bamford, R.

Dawn 1st ed. 25-40 London (Routledge 2018)

Nietzsche and socio-political imagination

Bamford, R.

American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Kansas City, MO, N/A (2017)

Truth, lies, and science: Nietzsche’s scientism-free approach to science

Bamford, R.

Northeast Nietzsche Workshop, Providence, RI, Providence College (2017)

Distributed Survival

Bamford, R.

8(3) American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience 183-184 (2017)

Nietzsche on truth, lies, and science

Bamford, R.

Philosophy Research Seminar, Bennington, VT, Bennington College (2016)

Nietzsche and thought experiments

Bamford, R.

North American Nietzsche Society Inaugural Conference, New York, NY, Hunter College, CUNY (2016)

Good Europeanism and Colonialism

Bamford, R.

European – Supra-European. Nietzsche’s View from Afar. 22nd International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society and 27th International Conference of the Nietzsche-Gesellschaft & Friedrich Nietzsche Stiftung: Joint Bilingual Conference, Naumburg (Saale), Germany, N/A (2016)

Nietzsche, experimentalism, and agential-intra-action

Bamford, R.

Society for European Philosophy-Forum for European Philosophy (SEP-FEP) Conference, England, Regent’s University, London (2016)

Philosophies of Multiculturalism

Bamford, R.

Nietzschean perspectives on multiculturalism 1st ed. 43-60 London (Routledge 2016)