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Sybol Anderson

Chief Diversity Officer and Philosophy Instructor



Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philosophy


Dr. Anderson, a social and political philosopher, came to Loyola as Chief Diversity Officer in 2017. Her research focuses on Hegel’s theory of recognition, liberal theory, and the philosophy of race. She teaches courses on race and class.

Formerly an associate professor of philosophy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Dr. Anderson’s commitments to student success and promoting inclusive campus climates have been central parts of her career for more than 15 years. She is lead architect and former director of the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program, an academic and leadership program for high-achieving underrepresented students who enter college underprepared because of societal inequities. The DeSousa-Brent concept and design, rooted in Dr. Anderson’s theoretical work on recognition, combines increased academic rigor, leadership development, and support to accelerate student success. Program alumni have earned advanced degrees from Oxford University, Columbia University, and other prestigious institutions, and are excelling in professions internationally. In 2013 the Maryland General Assembly voted unanimously to establish the state-funded DeSousa-Brent Scholars Completion Grant to increase program enrollment.

Dr. Anderson is also a lecturer with The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy (SJD), an ensemble of musicians, literary artists, and scholars who apply lessons from jazz to promote inclusive democracy. SJD performs totally improvised concerts and conducts lectures and master classes nationally, most recently at Loyola, Regis University, The Voice of America, and the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, where she attained her bachelor’s and M.L.A. degrees, and a master’s degree in philosophy from American University. She is the author of three books, as well as book chapters, refereed conference papers, and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has delivered to a variety of audiences nearly 50 lectures and talks on inclusion, diversity, and equity topics. Her honors and awards include honorary inductions into the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society; and the Magis Outstanding Staff Award, Courtney Williams Dedicated Faculty/Staff Member Award, National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award, Lucille Clifton Award, Homer L. Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching, a four-year Henry C. Welcome Fellowship from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and a three-year Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.


Courses Taught

  • Power and Difference in Class (Fall 2019)
  • Race, Racism, and Social Justice (Fall 2018)



  • "Hegel's Theory of Recognition: From Oppression to Ethical Liberal Modernity" (Continuum Studies in Philosophy)
  • “Liberalism and Recognition,” in "The Oxford Handbook of Hegel" (Oxford University Press)
  • “Using Fiction to Teach Philosophy: An Empirical Study,” Teaching Ethics, (Vol. 12.1, Spring 2012) (co-authored with Boylan, M., Ackerman, F., Palmer-Fernandez, G., and Spence, E)