Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Marjolein Oele

Department Chair
(415) 422-4369

Marjolein Oele is a professor of philosophy and was trained as an MD at the Free University of Amsterdam. She has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in philosophy in 2007 from Loyola University Chicago. Her primary research interests are in 20th century and contemporary European philosophy, in ancient philosophy (mainly Aristotle), and in environmental philosophy (a research area she recently added). She is the author of the monograph E-Co-...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, MA, Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, MD, Free University of Amsterdam

Geoffrey Ashton

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2893

Professor Geoffrey Ashton recently joined the Department of Philosophy at USF from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he also held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Asian Philosophy. Prof. Ashton has studied Sanskrit, Thai, and Spanish, and conducted research at numerous institutions of higher learning abroad (twice as a Fulbright scholar), including Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India), Deccan College (Pune, India), the Jñāna-Pravaha Institute (Varanasi, India...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy (Asian and Comparative Philosophy), University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, MA, Philosophy (Indian Philosophy), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa , MA, South Asian Languages and Civilizations (Sanskrit, Indian Aesthetics), University of Chicago

Thomas Cavanaugh

Professor
(415) 422-6356

Professor Cavanaugh regularly teaches medical ethics, a medieval honors seminar (Boethius, Dante and Chaucer), and a first-year seminar entitled What is Wisdom? (for which he received a 2015 NEH grant). His most recent project concerns the Hippocratic Oath, which founds medicine as an exclusively therapeutic practice that especially excludes deliberately injuring patients. Oxford University Press published his book entitled, Hippocrates’ Oath and Asclepius’ Snake: The Birth of the Medical...

David Kim

Associate Professor, Fleishhacker Chair
(415) 422-5067

Hello, and welcome! In case you parachuted onto this page via Google, I'm the David Kim who is a philosophy prof at the U. of San Francisco, not the concert violinist, the cosmetic surgeon, the CEO of Baja Fresh (featured on Undercover Boss), etc., etc. Sorry, but I can't play Mozart, safely administer a nip and tuck, or get you a job making burritos. There's a film, Grace Lee, portraying the lives of several semi-randomly chosen women named "Grace Lee." With the sheer number of David Kims,...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy, Syracuse University

Gerard Kuperus

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6969

Gerard Kuperus is specialized in philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy as well as Continental philosophy. He teaches in the philosophy department and environmental studies. His courses include The Human Animal, Environmental Ethics, Globalization: Development and Environment, Social and Political Philosophy, Global Environments and Societies, Aesthetics, and Existentialism, as well as courses on Gary Snyder and Nietzsche. Kuperus has published a monograph Ecopolitical Homelessness:...

Education:

MA, University of Amsterdam, PhD, DePaul University

Nick Leonard

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6372

Nick Leonard is finishing up his PhD in Philosophy at Northwestern University. He is interested in epistemology, cognitive psychology, and some topics that lie at the intersection of the two. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii, and in 2015-2016 he was a visiting scholar at Brown University.

Education:

BA, Philosophy, University of Hawaii

Rebecca Mason

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Mason is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada where she completed her BA and MA in Philosophy at Dalhousie University. In 2015, she received her PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University. Rebecca works primarily in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and feminist philosophy. She is especially interested in social ontology. Her research asks questions such as: Are social kinds mind-dependent? What is distinctively social about social kinds? Are social kinds natural? What is the...

Education:

PhD in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 2015, Visiting Student in Philosophy, MIT, 2013, MA in Philosophy, Dalhousie University, 2008 , BA in Philosophy, Dalhousie University, 2007

Jeffrey Paris

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5116

Jeffrey Paris joined the USF faculty in 2001, teaching courses in topics ranging from existential and postmodern philosophy, to imprisonment, to science fiction, to his current focus on environmental ethics. He has two co–edited volumes—Liberation between Selves, Sexualities and War and New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation.

Education:

PhD, Purdue University,1998, BA, Humboldt State University, 1992

David Stump

Professor
(415) 422-6153

David J. Stump is a professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco. A native Californian, he was educated at the University of California and Northwestern University. He is co-editor, with Peter Galison, of The Disunity of Science, and is author of journal articles on Poincaré, Duhem, the history and philosophy of mathematics, and general philosophy of science. His research is centered on late 19th and early 20th century philosophy and science and the exchange between the two,...

Education:

PhD, Northwestern University, BA, UC Berkeley

Ronald Sundstrom

Professor
(415) 422-5319

Ronald Robles Sundstrom teaches for USF's Philosophy program, African American Studies program, and the Master of Public Affairs program for the Leo T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good. He was awarded the 2008 Sankofa Faculty Award from USF's Multicultural Student Services, USF's 2009 Ignatian Service Award, and was a co-winner of the 2010 USF Distinguished Teaching Award. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American...

Jacqueline Taylor

Professor
(415) 422-5323

Jacqueline Taylor has broad philosophical interests that are reflected in the courses she teaches (see below). Her research has focused on David Hume and the eighteenth century, and her book, Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy and Society in Hume’s Philosophy appeared in 2015 (Oxford University Press). She is currently working on an edited volume on Hume’s later moral philosophy, and beginning two new research projects, one on eighteenth century women intellectuals, and one on character...

Education:

PhD, University of Chicago

Michael Torre

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2386

Michael Torre received his PhD in 1983 and joined the Philosophy Department in 1989, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He has been a past Vice-President of the Institut Internationale Jacques Maritain, and is currently the General Editor of the American Maritain Association's series of publications. He has taught numerous courses for the Department, and has specialized in the Philosophy of Religion, and in the figures of Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, as well as Contemporary...

Part-Time Faculty


Katherine Black

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Katherine Black, JD has been an adjunct at USF since 1999. Her areas of interest are early modern philosophy, jurisprudence and virtue ethics. She has taught Philosophy of the Human Person, Great Philosophical Questions and Ethics at USF, as well as Critical Thinking and Introduction to Western Philosophy elsewhere. She has co-authored work that has appeared in an American Bar Association publication, has written numerous articles for business publications, and has written a piece for the Peace...

Expertise:

early modern philosophy, jurisprudence, virtue ethics

Jennifer Fisher

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Jennifer Fisher received her PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2003. Her interests include epistemology, the philosophy of logic, and meta-ethics.

Education:

PhD, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Expertise:

epistemology, philosophy of logic, meta-ethics

Rebecca Gordon

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Rebecca Gordon received her PhD from Graduate Theological Union. Her latest book is American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. She publishes regularly at Tomdispatch.com, a project of The Nation Institute. Prior to teaching at USF, Rebecca spent many years as an activist in a variety of movements, including for women's and LGBTQ+ liberation, the Central America and South Africa solidarity movements and for racial justice in the United States. Her...

Education:

MDiv, Starr King School for the Ministry, PhD, Graduate Theological Union, BA, Reed College

Expertise:

Political philosophy, Theories of justice

Lucio Mare

Adjunct Professor
(813) 300-5808

Lucio Mare joined USF in the Spring of 2019. He received his PhD from the University of South Florida in 2016 and MA from Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV in 2011. His areas of interest include early modern philosophy, Aztec philosophy, and postcolonial studies. His most recent publications include a book chapter written in French for Presses Universitaires Françaises, and several other articles on early modern views on identity, individuation, and atomism. For the past six-years, Lucio Mare...

Education:

PhD, University of South Florida, MA, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Greig Mulberry

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Greig Mulberry began teaching at USF in 2011 and has taught Ethics, Existentialism, and Social and Political Philosophy. His research interests include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy and aesthetics.

Emeriti Faculty


Raymond Dennehy

Professor Emeritus
(415) 422-6456

Raymond Dennehy was born in San Francisco in 1934. While serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the heavy cruiser, USS Rochester (CA 124) as a radarman, principally in the South China Sea, from 1954–58, he decided on a university education and while at the university decided on graduate studies in philosophy. Among his teachers were Karl Popper, Anton Pegis, C.B. MacPherson, and Edward Synan. His areas of teaching and research interest are metaphysics, epistemology, and social ethics. Dennehy is...

Education:

BA (Philosophy), University of San Francisco, 1962, MA (Philosophy), University of California, Berkeley, 1964, PhD (Philosophy), University of Toronto, 1973