Years at Knox: 2007 to present
Ph.D., 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., 2005, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., 2003, Knox College.
Philosophy of Music, Philosophy in Literature, American Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, Symbolic Logic.
"Tortured Calculations: Body Economies in Shakespeare's Cultures of Honor." Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference: Selected Papers, forthcoming.
"Prelude to a Theory of Musical Representation." Paper, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting, San Francisco, forthcoming (2013) and Illinois Philosophical Association meeting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, forthcoming.
"Kant, Enlightenment, and the Freedom to Flourish: Philosophical Reflections on a Knox Education." Annual First-Year Preceptorial Opening Lecture. Knox College, 2012.
"Making Sense of Music." Paper, The Philosophy of Performance: Art in Modern Society Conference, Notre Dame University, 2012.
"Tortured Calculations: Body Economies in Shakespeare's Cultures of Honor." Paper, Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. Michigan State University, 2011.
Member, American Philosophy Association.
Member, American Society for Aesthetic.
Member, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Knox College First-Year Preceptorial Steering Committee, 2012-present.
Member, Knox College Religious Studies Program Committee, 2012-present.
Faculty editor, The McNair Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Knox College, 2011-present.
Faculty advisor, Knox College Philosophy Club, 2010-present.
Faculty advisor, Knox College Improv Club, 2010-present.
Faculty advisor, Interfraternity Council of Knox College, 2010-present.
Chapter advisor, Delta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, 2010-present.
"Studying and working with Brandon Polite is so enjoyable, one easily forgets that there is learning or work involved. He approaches teaching with a gifted mind and great affability that renders the most intimidating of texts understandable. After class, he is always available to answer questions or extend a classroom discussion. He also works closely with students on the development and fruition of their ideas, providing them multiple opportunities for success. His passion, both for Philosophy and for puns, leaves a fond and lasting impression."
-Lauren Assaf, English Literature Major and Japanese and Philosophy Minor
Michael Cooke and Ritu Gyawali are chosen for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, which awards up to $5,000 for costs related to studying abroad.
John Podesta, a Knox College graduate and member of the Board of Trustees, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, according to media reports.
Music and writing students collaborated and performed with renowned bassist and composer Ben Allison, as jazz fans got a live, free preview of Allison's new album, during Knox's inaugural Mirza Jazz Residency.