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The faculty, staff and visiting scholars of the Philosophy Program are dedicated to helping all students achieve their higher education goals. They serve as teachers, mentors, and resources for student success.

Tabitha Session
Office Administrator
Faner 3366
1000 Faner Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Emeritus Faculty

Thomas Alexander

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Emory University

Research Interests and Specialties: American philosophy (esp., Dewey, Santayana, Emerson), aesthetics, metaphysics, classical philosophy (esp. Presocratics and Plato), Native American Wisdom Traditions.

Sara Beardsworth

Associate Professor, Emeritus

David Clarke

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Emory University

Euginie Gatens-Robinson

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Garth Gillan

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Dusquesne University

Larry Hickman

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Director of the Center for Dewey Studies 1993-2015
Philosophy of technology, classical American Philosophy, philosophy of education.

Monographs include Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates (1980); John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology (1990); Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture (2001); Pragmatism as Post-Postermodernism (2007); Edited volumes include Technology and Human Affairs (1981); Reading Dewey (1998); The Essential Dewey (with Thomas Alexander) (1998); The Correspondence of John Dewey (1999, 2001, 2005). Articles on technology, environmental philosophy, critical theory, pragmatism, education, film studies, philosophy of religion.

Matthew Kelly

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Pat Manfredi

Associate Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Notre Dame University

Metaphysics, philosophy of mind and psychology, cognitive science, action theory.

Author of articles on analytic philosophy, philosophy of mind and psychology.

Former Director, University Core Curriculum

George Schedler

Chair and Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California at San Diego

Anthony Steinbock

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., SUNY, Stony Brook

Stephen Tyman

Associate Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Eighteenth and Nineteenth century European philosophy, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, phenomenology and existentialism (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche).

Author of "Descrying the Ideal: The Philosophy of John William Miller", and articles on Heidegger and Nietzsche.

Current Visiting Scholar

Zhang Nan

Visiting Research Scholar
May 11, 2022-May 11, 2023

Zhang Nan is a Ph.D candidate at Beijing Normal University, China, the author of nearly 20 published papers and conference papers, working on her doctoral dissertation The Absent Leading Role: Dewey in Chinese Educational Debate (1921-1945), and the Chinese translation of the masterpiece The Dewey Experiment in China: Educational Reform and Political Power in the Early Republic (Barry Keenan, 1977). 

Contact information: zhang_nan@mail.bnu.edu.cn (zhang_nan@mail.bnu.edu.cn)

Former Visiting Scholars

Julian Tobias Klar

Visiting Research Scholar
Federal Republic of Germany
February 21–July 30, 2022

Julian is a Ph.D. candidate at Ruprecht-Karls-University at Heidelberg in Germany, doing his Ph.D. thesis on a thorough comparison of the political theories of Hannah Arendt and John Dewey. He currently works at SIU's Special Collections Research Center with the John Dewey Papers.

View presentations from the Fourth Annual Spring Creativity Conference.

SangHoon Ma

Visiting Scholar
Republic of Korea
November 15, 2019–October 15, 2020

SangHoon Ma is a Ph.D. Student in Politics at Yonsei University in South Korea, specializing in Pragmatism and American political thought, especially John Dewey.

Radim Kocandrle

Fulbright Research Scholar
Czech Republic
October 1, 2019–February 28, 2020

Liu Xing

Visiting Scholar
January 13–20, 2020

Liu Xing is a lecturer at Beijing Normal University, China, and the translator of John Dewey's Letters from China and Japan.

Giuseppe Spadafora

Visiting Scholar
October 2019

Dr. Spadafora is a Professor of Didactics at the University of Calabria, Italy, and Director of its Center for Dewey Studies.

Marcin Rychter

Visiting Scholar
August 16–October 4, 2019

Dr. Marcin Rychter is Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Culture, in the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland (since 2016) and Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Eidos: A Journal of Philosophy of Culture (since 2017).

Roberta Dreon

Visiting Professor
March 22–April 5, 2019

Dr. Dreon is Professor of Philosophy, Ca'Foscari University, Venice, Italy, specializing in aesthetics. She is the author of 4 books, 2 on John Dewey and 1 on Martin Heidegger, and over 60 published articles, book chapters, and reviews.

Hernan Gabriel Inverso

Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Spring 2019

Diana Prokofyeva

Visiting Scholar
January 22–August 15, 2019

Monireh Taliehbakhsh

Visiting Scholar
August 20, 2018–February 19, 2019

Tao Xu

Visiting Scholar
December 2017–November 2018

Hora Zabarjadi Sar

Visiting Scholar
August 15–December 25, 2018

Minako Saigo

Visiting Scholar
July 10–12, 2018

Ms. Saigo is a Ph.D. student at Kyoto University, Japan, under Professor Naoko Saito, researching John Dewey's social engagement.

Andrea Fiore

Visiting Scholar
July 25–August 12, 2017

Dr. Fiore teaches at Salesian University, of the Vatican, in Rome. His research project at SIU was Dewey's reading of John Stuart Mill.

Susan ("Susi") Gottlöber

Visiting Professor
March–May 2017, and invited speaker, November 2017

  • Dr. Gottlöber is Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
  • As Visiting Professsor she taught a graduate seminar on "The Philosophy of Tolerance."
  • She was invited by graduate students to return as the keynote speaker for their annual conference, "Building Bridges," on "Tolerance." The title of her talk was " The Sting of the Strange(r): Modern Concepts of Hospitality and Toleration—Between Xenia and Xenophobia."

Irina Tiurikova

Fulbright Scholar
August 13, 2016–January 9, 2017

Originally from Russia (north of St. Petersburg), Dr. Tiurikova teaches in Philosophy at The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø. Her project while at SIU was the study of cross-cultural education, in support of her work with indigenous peoples of the Arctic region of Scandinavia and Russia.

Przemysław Bursztyka

Visiting Professor
February–May 2015, and August–October 2016

Dr. Bursztyka is Chair of Philosophy of Culture, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. He is also the Editor of Eidos, a journal of the philosophy of culture, published by the University of Warsaw, in collaboration with the SIU's Philosophy, as part of an ongoing collaboration between the University of Warsaw and SIU.

While at SIU he taught a graduate seminar on "Phenomenology of the Imaginative Experience," and in 2016, a seminar on "Hermeneutics of the Self."

Sun Yanhao

Visiting Scholar
July–October 2016

Ms. Sun Yanhao is a graduate student at East China Normal University, Shanghai, studying philosophy of economics, especially Marxism.

Liu Mu

Visiting Scholar
January 15–August 2, 2015

Dr. Liu Mu is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China. His research project was philosophy of economics, drawing especially from the philosophy of Max Scheler.