Faculty & Staff

Jin Y. Park Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy & Religion CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Jin Y. Park is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at American University. She also served as Founding Director of Asian Studies Program from 2013-2020. Park specializes in East

  jypark@american.edu

  (202) 885-2919

Staff

Margaret Cummings Senior Administrative Assistant CAS - Philosophy and Religion

I graduated from UConn in May 2022 and am a graduate student in the School of Public Affairs, pursing my Master's in Public Administration. I hope to work in nonprofits upon finishing my education. As

  mcummings@american.edu

Full Time Faculty Fall 2021

Full Time Faculty - October 2021

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty by area of specialization:

African and African Diaspora Philosophy

Johnathan Flowers
Onaje Woodbine

Asian Philosophy and Religion

  • Joel Daniel
    Johnathan Flowers
    Joseph Harroff
    Jin Y. Park
    Shubha Pathak

European Philosophy

  • Cameron Bassiri
    Farhang Erfani
    Ian Rhoad
    Lauren Weis
    Perry Zurn

Jewish Philosophy and Religion

Gershon Greenberg

Latin American Philosophy

Amy Oliver

Middle Eastern and Islam Philosophy

  • Shatha Almutawa

African and African Diaspora Religion

Johnathan Flowers
Onaje Woodbine

Buddhism, Confucianism

  • Joel Daniels
    Joseph Harroff
    Jin Y. Park

Hinduism

Shubha Pathak

Islam

  • Shatha Almutawa

Judaism

Gershorn Greenberg

Aesthetics

  • Farhang Erfani
    Shubha Pathak
  • Critical Race Theory

  • Ellen Feder
    Johnathan Flowers
    Onaje Woodbine

Deconstruction, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Postmodernism

  • Cameron Bassiri
    Farhang Erfani
    Jin Y. Park
    Ian Rhoad
    Lauren Weis
    Perry Zurn
  • East-West Comparative Philosophy

  • Joel Daniels
    Joseph Harroff
    Jin Y. Park

Ethics Moral Philosophy 

  • Shatha Almutawa
    Cameron Bassiri
    Kelso Cratsley
    Joel Daniels
    Ellen Feder
    Asia Ferrin
    Gershon Greenberg
    Nabina Liebow
    Amy Oliver
    Jin Y. Park
    Ian Rhoad

Political Philosophy and Postcolonialism

  • Cameron Bassiri
    Farhang Erfani
    Ian Rhoad
    Perry Zurn
  • Women and Gender

    Joel Daniels
    Ellen Feder
    Amy Oliver
    Jin Y. Park
    Lauren Weis
    Onaje Woodine
    Perry Zurn

Please browse the page or use these links for Adjunct Faculty and Affiliate & Emeritus Faculty.

Full-Time Faculty

Shatha Almutawa Asst Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Shatha Almutawa is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Almutawa’s research interests are Islamic intellectual history, Islamic philosophy, postcolonialism, literary

  almutawa@american.edu

Cameron Bassiri Professorial Lecturer CAS - Philosophy and Religion

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 D

  bassiri@american.edu

  (202) 885-8144

Nicholas Buck Professorial Lecturer CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Nicholas Buck teaches and writes broadly on matters of ethics, religion, and politics. His primary research interests lie at the intersection of religious studies and moral and political philosophy, a

  nbuck@american.edu

Kelso Cratsley Professorial Lecturer CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Kelso Cratsley teaches courses in bioethics, neuroethics, and logic, and his research focuses on issues in, and often at the intersection of, bioethics, mental health, and global health. He has previo

  cratsley@american.edu

  (202) 885-2981

Farhang Erfani Assoc 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.

  erfani@american.edu

  (202) 885-2206

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, par

  efeder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2931

Asia Ferrin Asst Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. As a researcher, I work to present counternarratives to what Hilde Lindeman Nelson calls “master narratives.” Master narratives are co

  ferrin@american.edu

  (202) 885-2415

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 r

  greenbe@american.edu

  (202) 885-2912

Edward Guetti Professorial Lecturer CAS - Philosophy and Religion

I am a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy & Religion. Before arriving at American University, I taught at Hunter College (City University of New York) and Fordham University. I have

  guetti@american.edu

Joseph Harroff Professorial Lecturer CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Joseph Harroff teaches philosophy and religion. His primary research interests are in the field of intercultural comparative philosophy, Chinese philosophy, American pragmatism, and methods of philoso

  jharroff@american.edu

Nabina Liebow Director of CAS Leadership Program and Professorial Lecturer CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Nabina Liebow (she/her) is the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program Director (CAS LEAD) and a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Her

  liebow@american.edu

  (202) 885-6383

Amy Oliver Assoc Professor 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 ess

  aoliver@american.edu

  (202) 885-2140

Shubha Pathak Assoc Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Shubha Pathak is a historian of religions who interprets myths from India, Greece, and Rome. In her research and teaching, she compares Greco-Roman and Indian epics in their original and later literar

  pathak@american.edu

  (202) 885-2957

Ian Rhoad Professorial Lecturer and Director of Graduate Studies, Philosophy & Religion CAS - Philosophy and Religion

I am a Professorial Lecturer at American University, where I teach classes in the history of philosophy, ethics, and politics. In my philosophical research I work primarily in continental philosophy,

  ianr@american.edu

  (202) 885-2493

Yun Woo Song Professorial Lecturer

Yunwoo Song specializes in Chinese philosophy, with added focus on Confucianism and natural philosophy. His research focuses on the conceptions of the universe, problems of determinism, free will, and

  ywsong@american.edu

Delio Vasquez Postdoctoral Fellow CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Delio Vásquez is a Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He holds a PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California Santa Cruz with concentratio

  dvasquez@american.edu

Lauren Weis Asst Professor 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 focus

  weis@american.edu

  (202) 885-2926

Onaje Woodbine Asst Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Woodbine’s research explores the varieties of black religious experience, especially as they are lived on the margins of power and outside the bounds of established institutional authority. His mo

  woodbine@american.edu

  (202) 885-6733

Perry Zurn Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Perry Zurn is Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He researches primarily in political phil

  pzurn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2964

Adjunct Faculty

Roshan Abraham AUx Instructor & Advisor Provost, Office of the

Roshan Abraham (he/him/his) holds a PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to his current position at AU, Roshan was an Assistant Professor of Classics and Religio

  rabraham@american.edu

Erik Cooke Adjunct Instructor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Erik Cooke (he/they) has worked in the disability, aging, anti-hunger, and international development fields for more than 20 years. Currently, they direct grant and business development for Easterseal

  erik.cooke@american.edu

Jerome Copulsky Scholar in Residence CAS - Jewish Studies

Jerome Copulsky is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, specializing in modern Western religious thought, political theory, and church/state issues. His scholar

  copulsky@american.edu

  (202) 885-6740

Martina Ferrari Parttime Instruction

Martina Ferrari is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Oregon specializing in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy (esp. phenomenology), feminist philosophy, and decolonial

  ferrari@american.edu

Joseph Jebari Adjunct Professorial Lect

My primary research interests lie at the intersection of metaethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of the cognitive and social sciences. My research focuses on the connection bet

  jebari@american.edu

Stephen Masson Adjunct Instructor Development, Office of

Stephen Masson’s (he/him/his) research investigates the way in which social identities structurally and individually impact, constrain and enable interpersonal relationship. Most often this take the f

  smasson@american.edu

Bryant Oskvig University Chaplain Kay Spiritual Life Center

The Reverend Bryant M. Oskvig, an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, has been working on university campuses since 2006. Rev. Oskvig received his Master of Divinity from Boston University,

  revo@american.edu

  (202) 885-3336

Carrie Peffley Adjunct Instructor

Carrie Peffley holds graduate degress from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Her main areas of interest are history of philosophy and ethics

  peffley@american.edu

Andrew Thrasher Adjunct Instructor

Andrew D. Thrasher is an adjunct instructor of religious studies who specializes in teaching Asian and comparative religion. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis at the University of Birmingha

  thrasher@american.edu

Affiliate Faculty

Richard C. Sha Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Sha is the author of three books, the latest of which is Imagination and Science in Romanticism (Johns Hopkins, 2018). This book won the 2018 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for the best book p

  rcsha@american.edu

  (202) 885-2928

Emeritus Faculty