Grant Cornwell

Grant Cornwell

Professor; President of the College

Department/Affiliation: Philosophy, President's Cabinet
Phone: 330-263-2311
Office Address: Galpin


  • B.A., St. Lawrence University 1979
  • M.A., University of Chicago 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1989

Courses Taught

  • The Ethics of Global Citizenship
  • Philosophy from Africa and the Diaspora
  • Ethical Theory
  • Comparative Philosophy of Nature
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics, Politics & Aesthetics
  • Economic Justice: Capitalism, Socialism, and the Ideal State
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Ancient Philosophy

I.S. Projects

  • Co-advisor with Professor Ron Hustwit for Jaimy Stoll (’08). The title of her I.S. is “In Praise of a Brighter Future: Theories of Post-Colonial Identity Formation”.
  • Advisor for Amihan Jones (’09). The title of her I.S. is “An Investigation into Human Rights: The Case of Female Genital Cutting in the Gambia”.

Awards and Professional Memberships

Cornwell serves on the advisory board for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education and is a member of the SAGE Group, formed as a collective of national educational leaders by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to work with institutions to realign practices toward more intentional undergraduate education.


  • Cornwell is co-editor of two books: Global Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives on Ethnicity, Race, and Nation and Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education.
  • He has authored more than two dozen scholarly articles or chapters in edited volumes, as well as a CD-ROM on the history of slavery and the sugar industry in St. Kitts.

Research Interests

Cornwell is nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment, he served on the national advisory board of Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy, a three-year faculty and curriculum development initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, from 2001 to 2004. He also served as a fellow of the National Learning Communities Project, a leadership group convened by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, from 2000 to 2004.