Department Faculty and Staff

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Full-Time Faculty

Karin Brown
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York,
Ethics and Political Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy

Peter J. Hadreas
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
Phenomenology, Aristotle, Greek philosophy, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Economics, Business Ethics, Merleau-Ponty, 20th and 21st Century Continental Philosophy

Thomas W. Leddy
Ph.D., Boston University
Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Nietzsche

Tommy L. Lott
Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
Modern Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, African American Philosophy and Film/Media and Cultural Studies

Rita C. Manning
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Ethics, Political Philosophy, Feminism

Bo Mou
Ph.D., University of Rochester
Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Carlos Alberto Sanchez
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Phenomenology, Existentialism, Social and Political, History of Mexican Philosophy, Latin American Philosophy

William H. Shaw
Ph.D., London School of Economics
Economics, Political and Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Science and Social Science, Marx

Janet Stemwedel, Chair
Ph.D. Philosophy, Stanford, Ph.D. Chemistry, Stanford
Philosophy of Science (esp. Chemical Theory and Practice), Metaphysics (esp. Causation), other interests: Ethics of Science, History of Science, Feminist Philosophy of Science

Daniel Susser 
Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Philosophy of Technology, Applied Ethics (esp. Information Ethics), Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

Richard L. Tieszen
Ph.D., Columbia University
Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Mathematics, Phenomenology

Anand Jayprakash Vaidya
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Epistemology (esp. intuition, perception, and modality), Philosophy of Mind, Critical Thinking, Comparative Philosophy (esp. Classical Indian and Analytic Philosophy)


Professors from other SJSU departments teaching in Philosophy

Chánh Phan (Humanities)
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Political Philosophy and Asian Philosophies, The Chou I Ching, Tao Te Ching


Adjunct Faculty

Fern Alberts
M.A., San José State University

Paul Bashaw
M.A. San José State University
Epistemology, Ethics

Lisa Bernasconi
M.A. San José State University
Ethics, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics

Noah Friedman-Biglin
Ph.D., Joint Programme in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling
History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics

Janet Giddings
M.A. University of San Francisco
Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Ethics, and Gambling

Michael Jordan
M.A. Philosophy 2000
San José State University
Ethics, Phenomenology, and Existentialism

Anthony Korsund
M.A. San José State University
Education, emphasis in Counseling and Student Personnel; M.A. San José State University

James Lindahl
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Philosophy of Social Science, Cross-cultural criticism, Philosophical Issues in Anthropology (ethics of representation and translation theory)

Tony Nguyen
M.A., San José State University

Nathan Osborne
M.A., San José State University
Specialization in Existentialism and Critical Theory

George J. Pinto
M.A., London School of Economics; M.A., San Jose State University; Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Business and Professional Ethics

Elizabeth Sonnier
Ph.D., Fordham, New York City's Jesuit University
Philosophy of Science, Process Philosophy, Logic, and French Phenomenology and Existentialism

John C. Wilhelmsson
M.A., San José State University
Specialization in Ethics, Phenomenology, and Edith Stein

Dan C. Williamson
Ph.D., University of California - Riverside
Continental Philosophies with a specialization in Foucault, Postmodernism and Gender Studies; emphasis on ethics in various registers and corresponding interests in American Studies


Emeritus Faculty 

  • Jarrett Brock
  • Arthur Cody
  • S. D. N. Cook
  • Phil Davis
  • Amnon Goldworth
  • Peter Koestenbaum
  • Richard Tieszen 
  • Joe Waterhouse