Faculty


Marjolein Oele

Department Chair
(415) 422-4369

Marjolein Oele is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. She was trained as an MD at the Free University of Amsterdam...

Education:

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

Courses:

FYS: First-Year Seminar, Ancient Philosophy, Existentialism, Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Senior Thesis, Dir Reading & Research, Phenomenology, Topics in the History of Philosophy

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...

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

Courses:

Gateway Sem: Global Humanities, Special Topics, Aesthetics, Asian Philosophy, Topics in the History of Philosophy

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...

Courses:

The Middle Ages: The Age of Chivalry, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Ethics, Ethics for Majors, Philosophy Symposium, Dir Reading & Research, Topics in Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

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...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy, Syracuse University

Courses:

Cultures of East Asia, Directed Study, Gateway Sem: Global Humanities, Special Topics, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Asian Philosophy, Philosophy Symposium, Dir Reading & Research, Topics in Political Philosophy, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

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 ...

Education:

MA, University of Amsterdam | PhD, DePaul University

Courses:

Alaska: Culture, Environment and Tourism, Methods in Environ Studies, Special Topics, Davies Seminar, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Social & Political Philosophy, Existentialism, Modern Philosophy, Special Topics in Philosophy, Dir Reading & Research

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...

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

Courses:

Special Topics, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Mind, Freedom & Knowledge, Logic, Metaphysics, Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Directed Study, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Ethics, Philosophy Symposium, Cont. Ethical Problems, Dir Reading & Research, St Ignatius Institute Symposium, Expedition USF

David Stump

Professor
(415) 422-6153

Education:

PhD, Northwestern University | BA, UC Berkeley

Courses:

The Social Implications of Scientific Rationality, Directed Study, Philosophy of Science, Modern Philosophy, Logic, Dir Reading & Research, Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy: Frege to Wittgenstein

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...

Courses:

Social & Political Philosophy, Ethics for Majors, Advanced Social and Political Philosophy, Dir Reading & Research

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...

Education:

PhD, University of Chicago

Courses:

Romanticism and Revolution: 19th Century Europe, Great Philosophical Questions, Social & Political Philosophy, Ethics, TYS: Transfer Year Seminars, Special Topics in Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

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...

Courses:

Great Philosophical Questions, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Topics in the History of Philosophy

Part-Time


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...

Expertise:

early modern philosophy, jurisprudence, virtue ethics

Courses:

Great Philosophical Questions, Ethics

Marvin Brown

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Marvin T Brown PhD has been teaching and consulting in business and organizational ethics for over 30 years. His work first focused on the challenges...

Education:

BA, Nebraska Wesleyan University | MD, Union Theological Union | PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

civic perspective for analyzing organizational relationships, civic perspective to the economy

Courses:

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...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Expertise:

epistemology, philosophy of logic, meta-ethics

Courses:

Great Philosophical Questions, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Ethics, Mind, Freedom & Knowledge

Stephen Friesen

Adjunct Professor

Courses:

Environmental Justice, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Great Philosophical Questions, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Environmental Ethics

Matthew Gaudet

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Matthew Gaudet holds a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He began teaching at USF in 2011 and has...

Education:

PhD in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA

Courses:

Social & Political Philosophy, Ethics, Contemp Moral Issues, Expedition USF

Rebecca Gordon

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Rebecca Gordon received her MDiv and PhD from Graduate Theological Union. She is the author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-...

Education:

MDiv, Graduate Theological Union | PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

Political philosophy, Theories of justice

Courses:

Leadership for Civic Engagemnt, Public Service and Community Engagement Capstone, Leadership for the Common Good, Ethics, Ethics: Service Learning, Ethics

Marc Joseph

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Before coming to USF, Joseph was professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Mills College in Oakland, California. His most recent book is...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy, Columbia University | BA, Philosophy, with minors in Classics and Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

Expertise:

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, Philosophy of Religion, History of European Philosophy, Classical Greek Literature and Culture

Courses:

Great Philosophical Questions, Theories of Ethics

Joshua Moritz

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Joshua Moritz, PhD, teaches Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at USF and graduate courses in Science and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union...

Courses:

Great Philosophical Questions, Philosophy of Religion

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...

Courses:

Ethics, Existentialism

Nancy Zeigler

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Nancy Zeigler has been teaching in the Philosophy Department at USF since 2003. She has taught Ethics, Great Philosophical Questions, Problems in...

Courses:

Social & Political Philosophy, Existentialism

Contact Info

Department of Philosophy

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