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California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
Titan Hall, TH-1123
2010, Ph.D., Philosophy, State University of New York, Stony Brook
2007, M.A., Philosophy, State University of New York, Stony Brook
2002, B.A., Modern Culture & Media (with honors), Brown University
Public Humanities, Political Theory, Critical Social & Legal Theory, Critical Philosophy of Race, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, 19th & 20th Century European Continental Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy (esp. Ancient to Augustine), Cultural Studies
HONORS & AWARDS
- 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year Award, Project Rebound at CSU Fullerton
- Certificates of Recognition:
U. S. Congress
- 2021 U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA 39th District)
- 2021 U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA 39th District)
California State Senate:
- 2021, 2018 Senator Josh Newman (29th District)
- 2021 Senator Ben Hueso (40th District)
- 2020 Senator Nancy Skinner (9th District)
California State Assembly
- 2022 Speaker of the Assembly, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (63rd District)
- 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017 Assemlymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (65th District)
- 2021 Assemblymember Mark Stone (29th District)
- 2020 County Supervisor Doug Chaffey (4th District)
- U. S. Congress
- 2017 "100 Most Influential People" in Orange County – Orange County Register
- 2017 University Leadership Award – CSU Fullerton
- 2017 Outstanding Untenured Faculty Award – College of Humanities & Social Sciences, CSU Fullerton
- 2017 Dean’s Award for Faculty Scholarly Achievement – College of Humanities & Social Sciences, CSU Fullerton
- 2009 Graduate Dean’s Fellowship for Professional Activities – State University of New York, Stony Brook
- 2007 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – State University of New York, Stony Brook
- 2002 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence – The Italian School, Middlebury College
- 2002 William A. Gaston Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis – Brown University
- 2002 Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award – Brown University
- 2001 Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award – Brown University
Courses Regularly Taught
PHIL-100: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL-315: Philosophical Writing & Argument
PHIL-320: Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL-345: Social & Political Philosophy
PHIL-382: Marx & Marxism
PHIL-410: Ethical Theory
PHIL-490: Senior Seminar in Philosophy
Selected Journal Articles
- "Shackling Pregnant Women: U.S. Prisons, Anti-Blackness, and the Unfinished Project of American Abolition," philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Transcontinental Feminism 12.1-2 (2022): 1-35.
- "Abolition University: Mobilizing Black Feminist Philosophy to Transform Institutions of Higher Education into 'Vehicles of Decarceration' that Affirm the Lives of First-Generation Students," The American Philosophical Association Studies on Feminism and Philosophy 20.3 (Winter 2021): 31-38.
- "Feminism and the Carceral State: Gender-Responsive Justice, Community Accountability, and the Epistemology of Antiviolence" (co-authored with Sarah Tyson), Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 3.1 (2017): 1-36.
- "The Procedural Entrapment of Mass Incarceration: Prosecution, Race, and the Unfinished Project of American Abolition," Philosophy & Social Criticism 42.6 (2016): 594-631. This article was featured on National Public Radio.
- “Reinhabiting the Body Politic: Habit and the Roots of the Human,” differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 20.2-3 (Summer-Fall 2009): 73–102.
- “Foucault and the Black Panthers,” City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 11.3 (December 2007): 313–56.
- “The Passions of Michel Foucault,” differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 14.1 (Spring 2003): 22–52.
- “Excavating the Sedimentations of Slavery: The Unfinished Project of American Abolition,” in Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration , eds. Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman (Fordham University Press, 2015).
- “The American Archipelago: The Global Circuit of Carcerality and Torture,” in Colonial and Global Interfacings, eds. Gary Backhaus & John Murungi (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007): 84–117.
- “‘From the Prison of Slavery to the Slavery of Prison’: Angela Y. Davis’s Abolition Democracy,” in Radical Philosophy Today, Volume 5: Democracy, Racism, Prisons, ed. Harry van der Linden (Philosophy Documentation Center, 2007): 219–27.
Selected White Papers
- "Building Community, Growing Opportunity." California State University Project Rebound Consortium Annual Report, 2022.
- "A Community of Resilience." California State University Project Rebound Consortium Annual Report, 2021.
Edited Journal Issue
- Guest editor of Affectivity and Intersubjectivity: Perspectives from Phenomenology and Cognitive Science , a special issue of Continental Philosophy Review 41.2 (June 2008).
- “Michael Murphy, Multiculturalism: A Critical Introduction,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, August 2012.
Presentations & Lectures
- Webinar: "Voting Rights for Incarcerated Californians." California Humanities, California on the Ballot panel. July 20, 2022.
- Webinar: "Philosophers Working in Carceral Contexts." American Philosophical Association on demand panel. June 14, 2022.
- Expert Testimony to California State Assembly: "Project Rebound: Advancing Equity and Reducing Recidivism through the California State University." California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety, February 28, 2022. [Link is to video recording of Heiner's testimony in committee]
- Webinar: “Humanities Beyond Bars: Reimagining Public Safety.” Kegley Institute of Ethics panel, California State University, Bakersfield, November 2020.
- Podcast: “On Mass Incarceration and the Work of Project Rebound.” The Ethicist’s Corner Podcast. Kegley Institute of Ethics, California State University, Bakersfield. August 2020.
- Expert Testimony to California State Senate: "Ban the Box in Higher Education." California State Senate Education Committee, January 15, 2020. [Link is to video recording of Heiner's testimony in committee]
- Expert Testimony to California State Senate: "Increasing Equity and Reducing Recidivism Through Higher Education." California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education, April 4, 2019. [Link is to video recording of Heiner's testimony in committee]
- National Public Radio Interview: "Does Plea Bargaining Hurt People of Color?" Louisville Strange Fruit Radio Show, September 2015.
Grants & Special Projects
Heiner is the Founding Chair and Interim Executive Director of the CSU Project Rebound Consortium and the Founder and former Executive Director (2016-2022) of Project Rebound at CSU Fullerton, which is the recipient of the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year Award for the 65th Assembly District. The mission of Project Rebound is to support the higher education and successful reintegration of the formerly incarcerated.
The CSU Project Rebound Consortium is a state- and grant-funded network of 15 CSU campus programs that institutes equitable access, builds infrastructures of care, cultivates life-affirming communities of belonging, and provides basic needs and co-curricular supports for students with an incarceration experience.
In 2018, Project Rebound at CSU Fullerton established the John Irwin House, the first transformative housing community for formerly incarcerated university students in the nation, which the California State Assembly and State Senate have recognized, commended, and appropriated funding to replicate in other parts of the state.
COLLOQUIA & SYMPOSIA ORGANIZED
- Kyle Whyte, "Beyond Reserves: Indigenous Energy Justice," William H. Alamshah Memorial Lecture, CSU Fullerton Philosophy Department, March 2, 2020.
- Alisa Bierria, "Black Women, Domestic Violence, and Paradoxical Space," CSU Fullerton Philosophy Department Colloquim Series, May 9, 2018.
- "Rethinking Mass Incarceration; Gender, Race, and the Prison Industrial Complex," 44th Annual CSU Fullerton Philosophy Symposium, April 10-11, 2014.
- "Immigration and Justice With(out) Borders," CSU Fullerton Political Theory Forum, February 28, 2013.
- Kristie Dotson, "Considering Irreducible Epistemic Oppression," CSU Fullerton Philosophy Department Colloquium Series, October 18, 2012.