Department of Philosophy Faculty

Philosophy Convocation 2014

Department Chair

Andrew Fiala

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A; CSU Long Beach, MA; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D.

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Pedro Amaral

University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Modern Philosophy

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Mariana Anagnostopoulos

University of California, Irvine M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Theory of Action

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Vanneya Athithan

Union Biblical Seminary (India), B.D.; Princeton Theological Seminary, Th.M.; Calvin Theological Seminary, Th.M; University of Glasgow, Ph.D.

Research Interests: 19th Century Philosophy, Christian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

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Vincent Biondo

University of California, San Diego B.A.; San Diego State University, M.A; University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Western Religious Traditions, Islam in the U.S. and Britain, Religion and the Practice of Daily Life

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Carolyn Cusick

St. Louis University, B.A.; Lewis, M.A.; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Philosophy of Gender and Race, Epistemology, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Education

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Andrew Fenton

Dalhousie University, M.A.; Acadia University, B.A.; University of Calgary, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ethics, Bioethics, Animal Ethics, Philosophy of Autism


TwoTrees Haar Farris

Miami University of Ohio, B.A. and M.A.; Graduate Theological Union, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Scholarship as Spiritual Practice, Theory and Methods for Study of Religion, Philosophy, Interdisciplinarity between Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Thomas Higgins 

Drew University, B.A.; Graduate Theological Union, M.A.; University of Virginia, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Contemporary Ethics and Cultural Theory

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Veena Howard

St. John's College, M.A.; University of Lancaster, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Asian Religious Traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism

Email | Phone: (559) 278-0507

Robert Maldonado

University of California, Davis, B.A.; Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley S.T.L.; Graduate Theological Union M.A./ Ph.D.

Research Interests: Religion, Hermeneutics, Feminism

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Leonard Olson

University of California, Davis Ph.D.

Research Interests: Marxism, Religion

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Negin Tahvildary

Tehran University (Iran) B.A. and M.A.; Azad University (Iran), B.A. (L.L.B.); Beheshti University (Iran), Ph.D.

Research Interests: Law, Peace Studies, Middle East Studies

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Terry Winant

Reed College B.A.; Claremont Graduate School Ph.D.

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Feminism

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Emeritus Faculty


Karen Bell

Boston University A.B.; University of Kansas M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Ann Berliner

Goddard College B.A.; California State University, Sonoma M.A.; Graduate Theological Union Ph.D.

Research Interests: Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion

Don Blakeley

California State University, Fresno B.A.; University of Hawaii M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Comparative (Asian/Western), Ancient Greek and Roman, Philosophy of Religion, Chinese Philosophy 

Hague Foster 

University of Chicago B.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests:  Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Marxism

Warren Kessler

University of Wisconsin M.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Ethics, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Jack Pitt

Research Interests: Marxism

James Slinger

University of Wisconsin B.S., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Logic, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology

James Smith

Research Interests:  Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Social Philosophy