Mark Woods, PhD

Mark Woods
Phone: (619) 260-6865
Office: Founders Hall 167B

Associate Professor, Philosophy

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder; Philosophy
  • M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; Philosophy
  • B.A., Minnesota State University at Moorhead, Philosophy
  • Certificate in Environmental Policy,  University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ethics Center at the University of South Florida

Mark Wood, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1997.  In addition to teaching undergraduate philosophy courses, he has been an affiliated faculty member of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since the inception of the Master’s Program in Peace and Justice Studies in 2002.  He is also an affiliate of USD’s Ethnic Studies Program and co-chaired USD’s Gender Studies Program for four years.  Currently he is the secretary of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.  Originally from North Dakota, Professor Woods discovered philosophy while serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Scholarly Work

Woods’ research has focused on environmental philosophy.  His soon to be completed book Rethinking Wilderness is an interdisciplinary defense of the concept of wilderness and the philosophy of wilderness preservation that responds to a variety of critiques of wilderness from philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, environmental management, and environmentalism.  He has published entries and articles in the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, the Blackwell Companion to Environmental Philosophy, and the environmental philosophy journals Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, and Ethics, Place & Environment.  Woods’ research also has focused on the intersection of environment and war, and he has published articles in the journal Ethics & International Affairs and the book Rethinking the Just War Tradition.  During the academic year 2008-09, he coached a USD team of four undergraduate students that took first place in the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition.

Areas of Interest

Woods has taught a variety of different courses at USD.  His recent teaching interests are primarily in ethics.  He regularly teaches Environmental Ethics, and from this course he has created two new philosophy courses:  Environmental Justice and Animal Ethics.  He revived the Ethics of War and Peace course that he now teaches on a regular basis.  He regularly teaches a Peace and Justice Studies graduate course on Environmental Justice.  Woods also teaches Philosophy of Natural Science and a team-taught honors course in Environmental Studies.  Currently he is developing a new undergraduate course in Development Ethics.