Philosophy Department

Faculty and Staff


Michael Strawser

Research Interests: Kierkegaard, Spinoza, Continental Philosophy (Modern & Contemporary), Ethics, Philosophy of Love, Philosophy of Religion


Bruce B. Janz

Research Interests: Contemporary African Philosophy; Postcolonial Thought ; Theories of Place/Space; Urban Studies; Environmental Thought; Contemporary European Philosophy: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Deleuze; Contemporary Cultural Theory & Aesthetics; Visual Culture; Technology & Culture; Digital Humanities; Theories of digitality; Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies; Scholarly Cognition; Philosophy & History of Mysticism; Religion, Philosophy & Culture

Nancy A. Stanlick

Research Interests: Ethics; Social Philosophy; Academic Ethics; History of Modern and American Philosophy

Mason Cash

Research Interests: Philosophy of cognitive science; Philosophy of mind; Philosophy of language; Ethics

Stephen M. Fiore

Research Interests: Shared Cognition; Technology as External Cognition; Collaborative Problem Solving; Narrative and Training; Technology and Learning; Narrative Systems for Teams

Jennifer Mundale

Research Interests: Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Neurophilosophical aspects of Cognitive Science, Critical Thinking.

Shelley M Park

Research Interests: queer kinship; transracial adoption; polymaternal families; the ethics of care in a technological era; home and homelands

Claudia Schippert

Research Interests: The central focus of Dr. Schippert's research in queer theory and religion is the body: how bodies are discursively constructed in religious traditions as well as in American culture; how popular culture and various media affect representations and practices of bodies; and how these questions can be pursued in ways that call attention to the role of gender, race, and sexuality in contemporary society.

Jonathan Beever

Research Interests: Environmental Bioethics; Simulation and Representation; Soundscape Ecology; Ethics and Science; Animal Ethics; Research Ethics

Luis H. Favela

Research Interests: Philosophical: AOS: Philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science. AOC: Ethics, existentialism, phenomenology, philosophy of religion. Empirical: Dynamical systems modeling (decision-making and neural dynamics), perception-action (affordance perception and sensory substitution).

Luciana Garbayo

Research Interests: Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Philosophy of Medicine & Bioethics/Medical Ethics

Ann Gleig

Research Interests: Asian religions, Asian religions in America, Religion and Psychoanalysis

Donald E Jones

Research Interests: Philosophical Reasoning, Nanoethics, Metaphilosophy

Lanlan Kuang

Research Interests: Aesthetics, Heritage and Tradition, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Museum and Tourism, Performance Studies, Media Studies, Identity and Body Politics, Institutionalization, Historicalization, Ethnic and Cultural Policies, Buddhist and Taoist arts, Globalization and Transnationalism.

Christian Ravela

Research Interests: 20th Century Multi-Ethnic Cultural Production, Comparative Racialization, Critical Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian American Studies, Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory, Social Movement History, Liberalism and the Left

Sabatino DiBernardo

Research Interests: Pyrrhonian Skepticism; Philosophy of Religion; Deconstruction; Philosophy, Religion and Popular Culture

Doug Evans

Research Interests:
History, Humanities, religion studies, cultural studies in historical contexts, social anthropology

Nicholas Shrubsole

Research Interests: The rights of Indigenous Peoples; Contemporary Indigenous Religious Traditions and Philosophy; Religious Freedom; Religion and the law; Religion and politics; Religion in Canada; Secularization

Jeanine Viau

Research Interests: Catholicism in America, theological ethics, gender and sexual diversity, social scientific methodologies in the study of religion 

William Butchard

Research Interests: Philosophy of Social Science: Law-like Explanation, Social Ontology; Philosophy of Mind: Mental Causation, Objects of Thought; Metaphysics: Grounding, A Priori Explanation

Jeffrey Nall

Research Interests: Feminist studies of men and masculinity; Social conceptualizations of childbirth; Political philosophy and economic justice; Feminist theory and social philosophy; Philosophies of education; Gender and popular culture; Public intellectualism; Philosophy of protest and social change

Part-time Faculty

Katherine Bailey

Research Interests: Humanities, Victorian Era, Gothic Literature, Film

Anthony Crisafi

Research Interests: My research includes digital humanities, phenomenology, extended and embodied cognition, and critical theory.  In my work I  argue that while much of the field of New Media Studies focuses on poststructural and postmodern discourses concerning media and technology, phenomenology, with its emphasis on the relationship between intentional consciousness and the actualized text, can contribute both to theory and to methodology for studying how digital media is more than merely a representation of materialist textual practices.  I specifically research the areas of digital and networked art, cultural contexts of digital humanities, the history of texts and technology, as well as their relationship to extended and embodied cognition.

Christy Flanagan-Feddon

Research Interests: Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Culture, Ethics, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Christian Tradition, Continental Philosophy

Didi Jackson

Research Interests: Humanities, Ekphrastic Poetry, Postmodern Visual Arts, Art of the 20th Century, Art and Art History, Contemporary American Poetry

Mathew Jacob

Research Interests: Christian Theology; Orthodox Theology; Severus of Antioch; Patristics; World Religions; Humanities; Baroque Paintings; Writings of Paulose Mar Gregorios; Early Christian Mysticism

Nam Nguyen

Research Interests: Continental philosophy, Pragmatism, Philosophical theology, Existentialism, and Ethics

Nick Ruiz

Research Interests: Critical theory and cultural studies


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