Sergia Hay

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Sergia Hay

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 201-E

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, 2003
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1996
  • B.A., Wellesley College, 1994

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy


Why do you serve on the Peace Scholars Committee?

I am pleased to serve on the Peace Scholars Committee because this is an exceptional opportunity for our students to develop skills in dialogue and leadership. My discipline, philosophy, has a long and rich tradition of dialogue which cultivates the conditions for understanding and peace. This program not only provides occasion for serious and substantial dialogue practice, it also inspires students to become active advocates for peace and is consistent with PLU’s mission, which includes the aim of educating students for lives of leadership.

Professional information

Dr. Sergia Hay studied at Wellesley College, Cambridge University, Luther Seminary, and Columbia University and has previously taught philosophy in Massachusetts and Germany. At PLU since 2011, she teaches courses in applied ethics and the history of philosophy. Her area of scholarly specialization is Søren Kierkegaard and her current research investigates his views on language as well as the influence on his work by Johann Hamann, a contemporary of Kant. Dr. Hay believes that in addition to posing fascinating questions, philosophy can help us solve pressing problems like hunger and environmental degradation.