Faculty Profile

Kim De Wolff

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Philosophy and Religion
College
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2014.
Major: Communication and Science Studies
Dissertation Title: Gyre Plastic: Science , Circulation and the Matter of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
MA, Queen's University, 2007.
Major: Sociology
Dissertation Title: H20 to Go: Marketing and Materiality in the Normalization of Bottled Water
BM, University of British Columbia, 2003.
Major: General Music

Current Scheduled Teaching*

PHIL 6950.713, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2024
PHIL 2500.400, Environment and Society, Fall 2024
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Fall 2024

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

PHIL 6950.716, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2024
PHIL 4200.001, Science, Technology, and Society, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6900.007, Special Problems, Spring 2024
PHIL 6950.713, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2023
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Fall 2023 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 5900.002, Special Problems, Fall 2023
PHIL 6760.001, Topics in Environmental Philosophy, Fall 2023 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6950.716, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2023
PHIL 4700.001, Environmental Philosophy, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 4200.001, Science, Technology, and Society, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6900.007, Special Problems, Spring 2023
PHIL 6950.713, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2022
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 4200.001, Science, Technology, and Society, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 5900.002, Special Problems, Fall 2022
PHIL 6950.716, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2022
PHIL 2500.003, Environment and Society, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 2500.203, Environment and Society, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6750.001, Environmental Justice, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 5900.001, Special Problems, Spring 2022 Syllabus
PHIL 2500.003, Environment and Society, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 2500.203, Environment and Society, Fall 2021 Syllabus
PHIL 4700.001, Environmental Ethics, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6900.711, Special Problems, Fall 2021
PHIL 6950.003, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2021
PHIL 4700.001, Environmental Ethics, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6950.008, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2020
PHIL 2500.005, Introduction to Contemporary Environmental Issues, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 5900.008, Special Problems, Fall 2020 Syllabus
PHIL 6760.001, Topics in Environmental Philosophy, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6760.901, Topics in Environmental Philosophy, Fall 2020
PHIL 6950.716, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2020
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Spring 2020 Syllabus
PHIL 6750.001, Environmental Justice, Spring 2020 Syllabus
PHIL 5950.001, Master's Thesis, Spring 2020
PHIL 4700.001, Environmental Ethics, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 2500.005, Introduction to Contemporary Environmental Issues, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2019 Syllabus
PHIL 2600.020, Ethics in Science, Summer 5W1 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 2600.005, Ethics in Science, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 2600.705, Ethics in Science, Spring 2019 SPOT
PHIL 2600.901, Ethics in Science, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 6740.001, Environmental Ethics, Science, and Public Policy, Spring 2018 SPOT
PHIL 4900.710, Special Problems, Spring 2018 Syllabus
PHIL 3440.001, Bioethics, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PHIL 4740.001, Environmental Justice, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book
De Wolff, K., Faletti, R., López-Calvo, I. (2022). Hydrohumanities: Water Discourse and Environmental Futures. University of California Press. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520380455/hydrohumanities
Book Chapter
De Wolff, K. (2023). Plastivores and the Persistence of Synthetic Futures. Living in the Plastics Age. https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/L/bo184776259.html
Book Review
De Wolff, K. (2023). Review of The Wonder of Water. Other. https://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/boh/item/344-wonder
De Wolff, K. (2023). De Wolff on Davis, 'Plastic Matter'. H-Net. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=58020
De Wolff, K. (2021). De Wolff on Zubiaurre, 'Talking Trash: the Cultural Uses of Waste.'. H-Net Reviews. https://networks.h-net.org/node/19397/reviews/7257222/de-wolff-zubiaurre-talking-trash-cultural-uses-waste
De Wolff, K. (2018). Review: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet edited by Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan and Nils Bubandt and Unreal Objects by Kate O’Riordan. Other. 4(1), . https://catalystjournal.org/index.php/catalyst/article/view/29643
De Wolff, K. (2011). Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools. Other. 5, 570-573.
Encyclopedia Article
De Wolff, K. (2014). Garbage Patch. Discard Studies Compendium.
De Wolff, K. (2012). Water Treatment. Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste.
Journal Article
De Wolff, K. (2024). 'Floating things' and methodological drift: Accounting for haunted materialities in the North Pacific Ocean. Social Studies of Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/03063127241226829
De Wolff, K. (2017). Plastic Naturecultures: Multispecies Ethnography and the Dangers of Separating Living from Nonliving Bodies. Other. 23(3), 23-47. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1357034X17715074
Other
De Wolff, K. R. (2018). Materiality. Keywords for Ethnography and Design. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/materiality

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
De Wolff, K. R. (Principal), "Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, Funded. (2013).
Grant - Service
Klaver, I. J. (Co-Principal), Kim, D. (Co-Principal), Samantha, L. (Co-Principal), Terra, R. (Co-Principal), "Women Philosophers Mentoring Group Grant," Sponsored by CLASS Dean's Office, University of North Texas, $5000.00 Funded. (September 2018August 2019).
Grant - Teaching
De Wolff, K. R., "Connect Learning Grant," Sponsored by Career Connect, University of North Texas, $1500 Funded. (October 2018 – Present).
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Overall
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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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