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Emily Rolfe Grosholz

Emily Rolfe Grosholz

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, English, and African American Studies

201 Sparks Building
Department of Philosophy

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1676

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  • Spring 2021: Please contact me by email at

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. B. A. Ideas and Methods 1972 University of Chicago
  2. Ph. D. Philosophy 1978 Yale University

Professional Bio

Emily Rolfe Grosholz (born 1950 in Philadelphia)is an American poet and philosopher. She is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English, and a member of the Center for Fundamental Theory / Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, at Penn State. She was a 1988 Guggenheim Fellow, held NEH fellowships in 1985 and 2004, ACLS fellowships in 1982 and 1997, and a Research in Paris Grant in 2011. She has served as an advisory editor for the Hudson Review since 1984, and has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Ideas since 1998, the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics since 2010, and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts since 2018. Her current c.v. is available on her website. Her book The Stars of Earth: New & Selected Poems was published in 2017 by Word Galaxy Press, and her work was featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Able Muse Review, including an interview with Mark Jarman along with six new poems. Her book Childhood has so far raised over $3500 for UNICEF, and has been translated into Japanese, Italian, French and German, and into music, on four CDs, and into dance. Her new book Great Circles: The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry is being published by Springer in October 2018.She teaches and presents regularly at summer conferences, including Writing the Rockies, the West Chester University Poetry Conference, and Bridges.