Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City
Carrie-Ann Biondi is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, NYC. She holds a BA and MA in American Studies and an MA and PhD in Philosophy. Her research interests include citizenship theory, consent theory and political obligation, patriotism, immigration policy, Aristotelian virtue ethics, children’s rights, and Socratic pedagogy. She also has over fifteen years of experience in professional editing (of books and academic journals), and is Co-Editor-in-Chief with her husband, Irfan Khawaja, of Reason Papers.
Having arrived late to the Harry Potter party (on account of grading thousands of student essays over the past seventeen years), she quickly made up for lost time by falling in love with and reading the entire saga in less than two weeks. Wondering what to do in “life after Potter,” she did what any teacher would do: developed a course on it—which shall run every year until she’s no longer able to hold a piece of chalk in her hand—and began following the excellent conversations here at The Hog’s Head.
Eclectic interests include translating Ancient Greek philosophy (especially Aristotle); reading Sherlock Holmes stories; watching “Star Trek”; admiring American landscape painting of the Hudson River School; hiking in woods and rocky terrain; listening to Rush, Yes, Styx, Supertramp, AC/DC, Mozart, and Beethoven; and wishing that her life-size replica lightsaber would turn into a real one so that she could realize her life-long dream of becoming a Jedi Knight.
Don't talk to me...I want to fix that in my mind forever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret...
Ron Weasley Goblet of Fire
Demelza Robins, the Gryffindor Chaser in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, is named after Daniel Radcliffe's favourite charity: the Demelza House Children's Hospice, which cares for terminally ill youngsters in Kent, East Sussex and South London.