Philosophy Department

Faculty and Staff


Michael Strawser

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


Stephen M. Fiore

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

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

Shelley M Park

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

Nancy A. Stanlick

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

Mason Cash

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

Jennifer Mundale

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

Claudia Schippert

Research Interests: Queer Theory; Feminist Theories; American Cultural Studies; Religions in America; Ethics and Social Change.

Jonathan Beever

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

Luis H. Favela

Research Interests: : Philosophy of cognitive sciences; philosophy of mind; philosophy of science. : Buddhism; ethics (applied, neuroethics); history (early modern Western philosophy, existentialism, and pragmatism).; Dynamical systems modeling (decision-making and neural dynamics), perception-action (affordance perception and sensory substitution).

Luciana Garbayo

Research Interests: Philosophy of Science, Epistemology (Formal, Virtue Epistemology, Epist. of Disagreement), 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

Michael Muhammad Knight

Research Interests: Islamic studies, American Islam, hadith literature, gender studies, theories of the body, Deleuze

Lanlan Kuang

Research Interests: Aesthetics, Silk Road Studies, Dunhuangology, Heritage and Tradition, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Museum and Tourism, Performance Studies, Media Studies, 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

Christy Flanagan-Feddon

Research Interests: Feuerbach, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Culture, 19th-20th Century Continental Philosophy, Christian Tradition, Ethics, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

Derek Green

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Language

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, gender and sexual ethics, feminist theology, queer studies in religion, social scientific methodologies in the study of religion 

Mark Fagiano

Research Interests: Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy of Race, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Poetry

Stacy Lynn Tanner

Research Interests: American Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, WGSS, Critical Theory, and Museum Studies.

Part-time Faculty

Remy Christopher Ansiello

Research Interests: Peace and Justice, Social Equality, Scandinavian Contemporary Issues, Existentialism, Metaphysics

Katherine Bailey

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

Kevin Michael Beers

Research Interests: German Idealist philosophy, especially Arthur Schopenhauer's metaphysical pessimism and its interactions with the arts, as well as the theories and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, specifically his expression of Platonic Forms through architecture and his parallels to Schopenhauer's artistic genius. 

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

Mathew 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

Natasha Noel Liebig

Research Interests: Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Feminism, Foucault, Nietzsche, Lacan

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

Nam Nguyen

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

Peter Olen

Research Interests: The history and philosophy of science, American philosophy, and epistemology. 

Nick Ruiz

Research Interests: Critical theory and cultural studies


Cathy Baust

Emeritus Faculty

Kristin G. Congdon

Research Interests: Ways of Seeing; Art and Digital Media; Community Arts; Eco-Feminism; Feminist Art Criticism; Folk Art, Traditional Art; Multicultural Education; Teaching in Non-traditional Settings; Mental Health and Art Products and Processes; Art Criticism; Arts Organizations and Political, Cultural, and Sociological Power; Aesthetics; Folklore and New Technology

Robert Flick
Philosophy Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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