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Evan Berry

Evan Berry

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Assistant Professor

Evan Berry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research interests focus on the role of religious ideas, persons, and organizations in ... [More]

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Farhang Erfani

Farhang Erfani

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Associate Professor

I joined the AU community in 2005. My teaching and research are focused on democratic theory, globalization, exile, existentialism and aesthetics, particularly philosophy of film.

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Ellen Feder

Ellen Feder

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Associate Professor

Ellen K. Feder works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social policy. Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender applies Foucault's method to... [More]

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Gershon Greenberg

Gershon Greenberg

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Professor

Gershon Greenberg is the author of three definitive bibliographies of religious thought and the Holocaust, and numerous articles on German-Jewish philosophy, history of Jewish thought in America and religious responses through the Holocaust. He has s... [More]

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Nathifa Greene

Nathifa Greene

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Instructor

I was born in Trinidad & Tobago and spent my childhood in Venezuela, attended secondary school in Trinidad, and finished high school in Brazil before attending college in the US. After college I lived in Belgium for a few years, and returned to the U... [More]

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Kimberly Leighton

Kimberly Leighton

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Assistant Professor

Kim Leighton was raised in the Boston area, and has spent much of her life in New York and Western Mass. She spent her junior year abroad studying at Oxford University. After finishing her dissertation in philosophy on understandings of self-knowledg... [More]

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Justin Marquis

Justin Marquis

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Professorial Lecturer

I came to American University in 2012 after living in Chicago. My research interests are epistemology and metaphilosophy in the thought of Nietzsche, Deleuze and Foucault. I teach courses on 19th Century Philosophy and the Philosophy of Art. My curre... [More]

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Martyn Oliver

Martyn Oliver

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Professorial Lecturer

Martyn was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington State and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction of religious identity, particularly how Western lit... [More]

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Amy Oliver

Amy Oliver

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Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion

Professor Oliver's teaching and research on Latin America explore philosophical topics such as marginality, feminism, nepantlismo, and transfronterismo. She works on the Hispanic essay of ideas and Latin American narrative. She has lived in Mexico, A... [More]

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Jin Y. Park

Jin Y. Park

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Associate Professor

Jin Y. Park is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Founding Director of Asian Studies Program at American University. Park specializes in East Asian Buddhism (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), philosophy of religion, postmodernism, ... [More]

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Shubha Pathak

Shubha Pathak

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Associate Professor

Shubha Pathak is a historian of religions who studies the mythological literatures of India, Greece, and Rome.  In addition to teaching courses on comparative philosophy and comparative religion, she is researching Greco-Roman and Indian epics in the... [More]

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Jeffrey Reiman

Jeffrey Reiman

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Professor

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. After receiving his PhD, he joined the American University faculty in 1970, in the Center for the Administration of Justice (now called... [More]

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Andrea Tschemplik

Andrea Tschemplik

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Associate Professor

I came to American University in 2001 and have been teaching a variety of courses in the History of Philosophy, as well as thematic courses such as the Philosophy of Love and Friendship. My primary scholarly interest is in Ancient Philosophy, where I... [More]

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Lauren Weis

Lauren Weis

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Director, WGSS

I joined the American University faculty in 2008, and have been teaching courses in the history of philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, gender studies, and feminist theory. My philosophical research focuses on critiques of the Western metaphysical tradit... [More]

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Part-Time Faculty

Cameron Bassiri

Cameron Bassiri

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Cameron Bassiri's areas of specialization include continental philosophy, phenomenology, and existentialism.



Debra Bergoffen

Debra Bergoffen

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Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy

Dr. Debra Bergoffen is the Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy at American University and Professor Emerita of Philosophy at George Mason University. During her tenure at Mason she chaired the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and was... [More]



Solange Bumbaugh

Solange Bumbaugh

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Adjunct Instructor

Solange Bumbaugh earned her BA in Intercultural Studies at Simon's Rock College and is working on her PhD in Egytology at the University of Chicago. She has conducted research in Egypt and excavated at the royal cemetery of El-Kurru in Sudan.



Sandra Cai Chen

Sandra Cai Chen

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Bishop Hamilton Ethicist in Residence

Originally from Mexico City, I was born to and raised by Chinese immigrants, making me a first-generation Chinese-Mexican. I came to the United States in 2009 in need of a more flexible and diverse cultural and academic environment, where I discovere... [More]



Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr

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Scholar in Residence

Rebecca Carr is Scholar-in-Residence. She teaches courses in American philosophy, moral philosophy, and logic.



Chase De Saint Felix

Chase De Saint Felix

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Senior Administrative Assistant

Chase de Saint-Félix is a southerner at heart, having spent most of his life in Arkansas and Tennessee. While in Memphis, he received his BA in Religion and Philosophy from Christian Brothers University, where he focused on issues of gender and sexua... [More]

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Jane Flax

Jane Flax

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Scholar in Residence

My research and teaching interests include feminist theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, contemporary European and American political theories, philosophy of mind and ethics. I also maintain a private psychotherapy practice in Washington, DC... [More]



Nabina Liebow

Nabina Liebow

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Adjunct Instructor

Nabina Liebow's research focuses on ethical issues surrounding prejudice, injustice, and oppression. She also has an interest in bioethics. Nabina received her MA from Georgetown in 2014 and is continuing on to earn a PhD. In addition, Nabina is pass... [More]



Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

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Adjunct Instructor

Mark was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Center Brunswick, New York, near Albany. He earned degrees in Russian Language and Literature from the State University of New York at Albany before moving to Washington to attend the George Washingto... [More]

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Michael Sigrist

Michael Sigrist

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



James Stam

James Stam

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Scholar in Residence

James Stam is Scholar-in-Residence.

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Affiliate Faculty

Jonathan Loesberg

Jonathan Loesberg

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Professor

Professor Loesberg has written three books, Fictions of Consciousness: Mill, Newman and the Reading of Victorian Prose; Aestheticism and Deconstruction: Pater, Derrida, and De Man; and A Return to Aesthetics: Autonomy, Indifference, and Postmodernism... [More]

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Richard Sha

Richard Sha

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Chair, Department of Literature

Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism and in Asian American Literature. He has drafted a new book entitled,  Science and Imagination in Romanticism, 1750-1850, for which he has received a 2012-... [More]

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Alan Levine

Alan Levine

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Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

Alan M. Levine is Associate Professor of political theory in the Department of Government and the founding director of the Political Theory Institute. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in AU’s Department of Philosophy. He has held fellowsh... [More]

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