About Janice Tzuling Chik
Janice Tzuling Chik, also known as Janice Chik Breidenbach, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University and Associate Member of the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford, where she is also a Visiting Research Scholar (in 2017 and 2019). Beginning in July 2019, she is the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow at University of Pennsylvania. She earned an AB at Princeton University, with degrees in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Musical Performance. She holds an MA in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Darrell K. Royal Fellow in Ethics and American Society, and a PhD Fellow in the Law and Philosophy Program. She earned her doctorate in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, UK, where she was the Scottish Overseas Research Award Scholar from 2010-2013.
Janice Chik has received research grants from the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, the Philosophical Quarterly Research Fund, and the Center on the University and Intellectual Life at the Witherspoon Institute. Her research spans the philosophy of action, Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics, philosophy of science, and human rights. Her work has been published in the Review of Metaphysics, Routledge, University of Cambridge Press, and other venues. She has given scholarly talks at universities in the US and abroad, including: Edinburgh, Notre Dame, Oxford, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Princeton, Cambridge, KU Leuven, and St Andrews. At AMU, she teaches logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of action, and introduction to philosophy.
Her academic and professional advisors include Sarah Broadie (St Andrews), John Haldane (St Andrews), Robert Koons (UT-Austin), and Stephen Brock (Santa Croce). Other influential mentors and professors have included Gideon Rosen (Princeton), Beatrice Longuenesse (NYU), Al Martinich (UT-Austin), Ben Morison (Princeton), Dale Jamieson (NYU), and Alex Mourelatos (UT-Austin).
Beyond philosophy, she is classically trained in violin and piano, and an amateur vocalist. She has played in several orchestras, including the Princeton University Orchestra as Principal Chair, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. During her musical career she performed public masterclasses with Andrew Manze, the Tackas Quartet, and the Brentano Quartet. She was the winner of the 14th annual Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist's Competition, the Orlando Music Society Piano Competition, and was twice awarded first prize in the FSMTA State Concerto Competition. She sang in the Schola Cantorum Princetoniensis at Princeton University, in its heyday.
She is married to the intellectual historian Dr. Michael Breidenbach, and has a son, Paul Thomas. They abscond to read and think on the beautiful sands of Naples, FL as frequently as possible.