Ada Jaarsma


BA University of Waterloo
MA Trent University
PhD Purdue University

Office: EA3189
Phone: 403.440.8545

Main areas of scholarly interest and/or expertise:
Ada Jaarsma is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities. She teaches courses in continental philosophy, existentialism, feminist philosophy, philosophy of science and philosophy of sex and love. Her book Kierkegaard After the Genome: Science, Existence and Belief in this World (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) makes the case for the existential import of placebos, epigenetics and science studies. Ada researches the philosophical implications of placebos and placebo effects with Dr. Suze Berkhout (University of Toronto). She's completing a co-edited collection on dissonant methods of teaching in the Humanities. She is currently writing about epigenetics, nocebos and critical race theory.

Ada facilitates the audio project, The Learning Gene, in collaboration with students. Listen to the podcast, read the blog and discover an array of pedagogical resources related to podcasting at

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