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  1. Cameron Bassiri, Professorial Lecturer

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    I joined the community at AU in the fall of 2013. I am currently a Professorial Lecturer and have taught several courses that have focused on ethical theories and issues. I also help co-organize the DC Area High School Ethics Bowl that brings togethe… More

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  2. Evan Berry, Associate Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Evan Berry is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research examines the relationship between religion and the public sphere in contemporary societies, with spec… More

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    (202) 885-2493

  3. Farhang Erfani, Associate Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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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    (202) 885-2206

  4. Ellen Feder, Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social pol… More

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    (202) 885-2931

  5. Gershon Greenberg, Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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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    (202) 885-2912

  6. Kimberly Leighton, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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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    (202) 885-2415

  7. Shaeeda Mensah, Instructor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Shaeeda Mensah earned a BA in Sociology from Spelman College. She has a master’s in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and is currently working towards the completion of her Ph.D in the same department. Her areas of specialization are Soc… More

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  8. Martyn Oliver, Director, Arab World Studies

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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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    (202) 885-2943

  9. Amy Oliver, Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion

    CAS - 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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    (202) 885-2140

  10. Jin Y. Park, Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Jin Y. Park is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Founding Director of Asian Studies Program at American University. Park's research areas include East Asian Buddhism (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), postmodernism, deconstruction, Buddhist… More

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    (202) 885-2919

  11. Shubha Pathak, Associate Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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 thei… More

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    (202) 885-2957

  12. Jeffrey Reiman, Professor Emeritus

    Please contact at Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Social Policy. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. After receiving his PhD, he joined the American University faculty in… More

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    (202) 885-2925

  13. Flor Rivas, Senior Administrative Assistant

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  14. James Stanescu, Professorial Lecturer

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  15. Andrea Tschemplik, Associate Professor

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    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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    (202) 885-2921

  16. Lauren Weis, Director, WGSS

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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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    (202) 885-2926

  17. Perry Zurn, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Perry Zurn is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. He researches in the fields of political philosophy, gender theory, and applied ethics. Dr. Zurn is currently writing a monograph-length study of curiosity as a philosophical met… More

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Part-Time Faculty

  1. Debra Bergoffen, 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

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  2. Solange Bumbaugh, Adjunct Instructor

    Solange Bumbaugh earned her BA in Intercultural Studies at Simon's Rock College and earned 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.

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  3. Rebecca Carr, Scholar in Residence

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

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  4. Erik Cooke, Adjunct Instructor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    I'm an educator, proposal writer, and nonprofit strategist based in Washington, D.C. I lead government business development for Easterseals, initiating and supporting partnerships with federal, state, and local governments. Past gigs within the nonpr… More

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  5. Chase de Saint-Felix, Adjunct Instructor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    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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    (202) 885-2925

  6. Jane Flax, 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

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  7. Nabina Liebow, 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

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  8. Mark Schaefer, University Chaplain

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    Mark is the tenth University Chaplain in American University's history, appointed to the position in September 2016 after having served for 14 years as AU's United Methodist Chaplain. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained… More

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    (202) 885-3336

  9. Michael Sigrist, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  10. James Stam, Scholar in Residence

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    James Stam is Scholar-in-Residence.

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Affiliate Faculty

  1. Jonathan Loesberg, Professor Emeritus

    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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    (202) 885-2998

  2. Richard C. Sha, Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism, and in Asian American Literature. His new book, Imagination and Science in Romanticism, 1750-1850, is forthcoming from the Johns Hopkins University Press … More

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    (202) 885-2928

  3. Alan Levine, Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

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    (202) 885-6257