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Current Faculty

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Russell (Rusty) Jones

Department Chair

(Ph.D., Oklahoma)
Associate Professor; Ancient Greek Philosophy

Office: Dale Hall Tower 629



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Olivia Leigh Branscum

(Ph.D., Columbia)
Lecturer; History of Early Modern Philosophy (mostly European), History of Metaphysics, History of Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Art

Pronouns: she/her/hers/they

Office: Dale Hall Tower 622


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Brian Burkhart

(Ph.D., Indiana)
Associate Professor; Native American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Latinx Philosophy

Pronouns: he/him/his/they

Office: Dale Hall Tower 614



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Stephen (Steve) Ellis

(Ph.D., Rutgers)
Associate Professor and Graduate Liaison; Decision Theory, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics

LGBTQ+ Aspiring Ally

Office: Dale Hall Tower 613



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Adam Green

(Ph.D., Saint Louis)
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Liaison; Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Psychology

Office: Dale Hall Tower 610



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Tyler Huismann

(Ph.D., Colorado)
Visiting Instructor; History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science

Office: Online



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Sherri Irvin

(Ph.D., Princeton)
Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate College; Aesthetics, Philosophy of Race

LGBTQ+ Aspiring Ally

Office: Robertson Hall 213


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Neal Judisch

(Ph.D., Texas)
Associate Professor; Metaphysics, Action Theory, Philosophical Theology

Office: Dale Hall Tower 618



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Martin Montminy

(Ph.D., Montreal)
Professor; Graduate Admissions; Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics

Office: Dale Hall Tower 626



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Yujin Nagasawa

(Ph.D., Australian National University)
Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics; Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind

Office: Dale Hall Tower 624



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Amy Olberding

(Ph.D., Hawai'i)
President's Associates Presidential Professor; Early Chinese Philosophy, Ethics

Office: Dale Hall Tower 617



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Wayne D. Riggs

(Ph.D., North Carolina)
Professor; Epistemology, Value Theory

LGBTQ+ Aspiring Ally 2.0, OU Green Zone, OUR Voice Active Bystander/Not On OUR Campus

Office: Dale Hall Tower 628



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Edward Sankowski

(Ph.D., Cornell)
Professor; Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Education, Aesthetics

Office: Dale Hall Tower 625



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Zev Trachtenberg

(Ph.D., Columbia)
Director of the Environmental Studies Department; Professor; Social and Political Philosophy, Environmental Political Theory, Rousseau

Office: Dale Hall Tower 627



Affiliate Faculty

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Roksana Alavi

(Ph.D., Kansas)
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Race, Gender





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Greg Heiser

(Ph.D., Penn State; J.D., Oklahoma)
Affiliate Faculty; Associate Provost and Director of Academic Integrity Programs; Philosophy of Law, Applied Ethics, Continental Philosophy



Retired Faculty

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Neera Badhwar

(Ph.D., Toronto)
Professor Emeritus; Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, International Ethics



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Hugh Benson

(Ph.D., Michigan)
Professor Emeritus; George Lynn Cross Research Professor; Samuel Roberts Noble Presidential Professor; Ancient Philosophy, Epistemology.




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Monte Cook

(Ph.D., Iowa)
Professor Emeritus; History of Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics




Reinaldo Elugardo

(Ph.D., Western Ontario)
Professor Emeritus; Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language



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James Hawthorne

(Ph.D., Minnesota)
Professor Emeritus; Formal Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, Formal Logic, Artificial Intelligence




Kenneth R. Merrill

(Ph.D., Northwestern)
Professor Emeritus; History of Modern Philosophy, American Philosophy, Whitehead


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Chris Swoyer

(Ph.D., Minnesota)
Professor Emeritus & Affiliated Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science; Twentieth-Century Cultural, Intellectual and Political Thought, Philosophy of Logic; History of Modern Philosophy; Wittgenstein, Dewey, Heidegger, Sellars



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Linda Zagzebski

(Ph.D., UCLA)
Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Emerita; George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emerita; Graduate Liaison; Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Epistemology