Professional Bio

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 1996. Dissertation: Knowledge Underground: Gossipy Epistemology. Director: Robert J. Ackermann.

B.A. in Philosophy, University of Houston, 1989. Senior Thesis: The Ethics of Self-Ordered Philosophy. Director: Cynthia Freeland.

Professional Associations

American Philosophical Association
American Association of University Professors
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Philosophers in Jesuit Education
North American Nietzsche Society

Research & Scholarship

Recent Publications


Gossip, Epistemology, and Power: Knowledge Underground (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).


Articles and Book Chapters

Adkins, Karen. "Productive Alienation via Service Learning." Teaching Philosophy 41:4 (2018). 

Adkins, Karen. "When Shaming is Shameful: Double Standards in Online Shame Backlashes." Hypatia (forthcoming, 2018).

Adkins, Karen and Ron DiSanto. "How to Make Philosophical Arguments." Conversations: On Jesuit Higher Education 52 (Fall 2017): 21-23.

Adkins, Karen. "Eichmann in Albuquerque," in The Philosophy of Breaking Bad, eds. David Koepsell and Robert Arp (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017): 17-34.

Adkins, Karen. “The Erasure of Empowered Gossip in Academia.” Nouvelle Revue Synergies Canada.  Volume 7 (2014).

Adkins, Karen. “Bringing Home the Bacon.” In The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia, eds. Robert Arp and Kimberly Belser (Open Court, 2013): 137-147.

Adkins, Karen. “The Liberating Arts.” Regis University Magazine 20:1 (Fall 2011): 16-17.

Adkins, Karen. “Secret Meetings: the Truth is in the Gossip.” In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything is Fire, eds. Erik Bronson and William Irwin (Blackwell, 2011).

Adkins, Karen. "Against (Simple) Efficiency.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 17:2 (Fall 2010): 58-67.



Adkins, Karen. "The Value of Place: Productive Alienation via Service Learning." American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Seattle, WA. April 14, 2017.

Adkins, Karen, Abigail Gosselin, and Jason Taylor. "Teaching Justice through Service Learning." Thirty-first International Social Philosophy Conference: a Meeting of the North American Association for Social Philosophy, William Jewell College (Liberty, MO). July 2015.

Awards & Recognition

Administrator of the Year, Regis University, 2011 - 2012

Administrator of the Year, Regis University, 2008 - 2009

Faculty Member of the Year (teaching award), Regis University, 2004

Faculty Lecturer of the Year (general award), Regis University, 2004

Service Award, Regis University AAUP, 2003

Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 1997-1998

Service Award, Regis University AAUP, 1997

University Honors and honors in Philosophy, University of Houston, 1989

Omicron Delta Kappa, elected to membership in 1989

Community Involvment & Service

Professional Service

Book Award Committee, North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP), 2016-2018.

Graduate Award Committee, North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP), 2014-2016.

Community Involvement

Reading Buddy, Roots Elementary (northeast Park Hill), 2017-present

Committee Member (appointed), DPS Park Hill/Stapleton, February – December 2012

Reading Buddy, Odyssey School Denver, 2011 - present

Writing Coach, Arrupe High School Leadership summer program, 2007 – present (summer)

Writing Coach, College Summit, 2000 –2006 (summer)

Writing Coach, Daniels Fund, 2003 – 2007 (summers)

Prepared and served meals at Urban Peak (residence center for homeless teenagers), Catholic Worker House, 2001 – 2003