Melanie johnson-moxley, ph.d.  
  "Onward and ever upward!"


Dr. Melanie Johnson-Moxley is an Assistant Editor for The Philosopher's Index from the Philosopher's Information Center. 


Melanie's research interests include process metaphysics, ethics, and philosophical anthropology. Her applied concerns include education and social justice.


In 2023, her chapter on "A. N. Whitehead: Mysticism and the Expressive Impulse" was published in Mysticism, Ineffability, and Silence in the Philosophy of Religion 


She has previously published "Bound to Face the Truth: The Ethics of Using Wonder Woman's Lasso" in Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Amazonian Mystique (2017), "Rethinking the Matter: Organians are Still Organisms" in The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy (2016), and "Our Jane and Gītā-Yoga: Non-Gender Exclusiveness of the Bhagavad-Gītā" in The Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion (2010).


She is a member of the International Institute for Field-Being, the American Philosophical Association, and The Society for the Study of Women Philosophers.


Johnson-Moxley received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in May 2008 under the direction of Dr. Bina Gupta. Her dissertation, Vasubandhu's Consciousness Trilogy, explores the metaphysics and epistemology of an early Indian school of Buddhism, Yogācāra. Her Master's thesis explored the intersection of Yogācāra with Whitehead's process philosophy. 


She taught as an adjunct and as a visiting assistant professor of philosophy in the department of History, Philosophy and Political Science at Columbia College from 2008-17. She also taught for the Department of Philosophy and the Trulaske School of Business at MU during those years. She developed and taught bioethics courses for Center for Health Ethics at the University of Missouri from 2019-24. 


Her teaching portfolio includes introductory courses in the history of Western philosophy, Asian philosophies, ethics, logic & critical thinking, and religious studies, upper-level undergraduate courses in ancient philosophy, modernism, political philosophy, existentialism, philosophy of gender, and the philosophy of A.N. Whitehead, and graduate courses in health ethics and business ethics.


Dr. Johnson-Moxley served as the faculty advisor for the Columbia College Philosophy Club from  2010-17, and as a member of the CC Women's History Month Committee from 2011-17. She created the annual Columbia College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference series (2012-15). She has served as a judge for the MU Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum (2016) and for the Missouri High School Ethics Bowl from 2014-2021. She presented at the MU Women's Leadership Conference (2011-15) and served as an instructor for the CC Summer Expeditions Program for gifted fifth- and sixth-grade students (2012-13).


Melanie lives in Columbia, Mo., with her husband, David Moxley, MLS, and their rescue dog Magnolia "Maggie" Moxley. She enjoys science fiction, comics, long hikes, fiber arts, digging in the dirt and improvisational cooking. -- Updated June 13, 2024