Philosophy Prof Pens Mystery Novels to Reach Millennial Thinkers

“PHILOSOPHY GIVES MEANING TO PEOPLE’S LIVES.” Dr. Kelly Oliver believes that statement. It’s why she feels privileged to teach philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s why she’s written 20 scholarly nonfiction books and launched a millennial feminist noir mystery series featuring Jessica James, a young & wry philosophical cowgirl detective. “Writing novels, I start with some social issue, the same kind of social issues that motivate and inspire my nonfiction and my work in philosophy,” Dr. Oliver explained. Her desire to write nonfiction books, like Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape and Carceral Humanitarianism: Logics of Refugee Detention stems from the same inspirational impulse that generated Wolf, Coyote, and F.O.X.  Dr. Kelly will reveal her creative process next week on The Studio with Cheryl on solar-powered KRUU.