Faculty and Staff

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Front Office

Photo of Janet Stemwedel Janet D. Stemwedel
Ph.D., Philosophy, Stanford
Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford

Philosophy of Science (esp. Chemical Theory and Practice), Metaphysics (esp. Causation), Ethics of Science, History of Science, Feminist Philosophy of Science

default headshot; white image of Spartan helmet on grey background Kristine Adams
Administrative Analyst

default headshot; white image of Spartan helmet on grey backgroundTruc Tran
Admin Support Coordinator


Full-Time Faculty

Photo of Prof. AleksanderJason Aleksander
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Dante Studies



image of Professor Riana BetzlerRiana Betzler
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Philosophy of Science (especially biomedical, social, and psychological sciences); Ethics (especially biomedical); Moral Psychology

No Photo Karin Brown
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

Ethics and Political Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy

Etienne Bown Étienne Brown
Graduate Advisor/Pre-Law Advisor
Ph.D., Université Paris-Sorbonne

Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Social Epistemology

No Photo Rebecca Chan
Pre-Law Advisor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
J.D., University of Colorado - Boulder

Metaphysics, Metaethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion

Photo of Noah Friedman-Biglin Noah Friedman-Biglin
Undergraduate Advisor 
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

No Photo Jordan Liz
Undergraduate Advisor
Ph.D., University of Memphis

Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Medicine, Bioethics.

Bo Mou Update 11/20/19 Bo Mou
Ph.D., University of Rochester

Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Photo of Carlos Sanchez Carlos Alberto Sanchez
Graduate Advisor
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

History of Mexican Philosophy, Phenomenology 

Photo of Anand Vaidya 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)


Adjunct Faculty

No Photo Fern Alberts
M.A., San José State University

No Photo Lisa Bernasconi
M.A., San José State University

Ethics, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics

No Photo Javier Cardoza-Kon
M.A. (Great Books), St. John's College
Ph.D., University of California-Santa Cruz

20th Century Continental/ European philosophy.Technology and politics, deconstruction, Indigenous Science and Native American Philosophy. 

No Photo Andrew Delunas
M.A. Philosophy, University of Missouri at St. Louis

Early Modern Philosophy (especially Hume), pragmatism, consciousness

Photo of Jan GiddingsJanet Giddings
M.A. Philosophy, San José State University
M.A. Theology, University of San Francisco

Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Ethics, and Gambling

No Photo Trevor Gullion
M.A. Philosophy, San José State University

image of Kyle Hertsch with a gray backdropKyle Hertsch
M.A. Philosophy, San José State University

No Photo Tim Johnston
Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Philosophy and Aging, Feminist and Queer Theory, 20th Century French Philosophy, Care Ethics

No Photo Michael Jordan
M.A., San José State University

Ethics, Phenomenology, and Existentialism

Deena Lin's Profile PictureDeena Lin
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion, Poststructuralist Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy


Harlan McGhan's Profile PictureHarlan McGhan
M.A. Philosophy, Princeton University

History and Logic of Science, Epistemology, Ethics

default headshot; white image of Spartan helmet on grey backgroundDavid McReynolds
M.A. Philosophy, San José State University

Photo of Nathan OsborneNathan Osborne
M.A., San José State University

Existentialism and Critical Theory

No Photo Krupa Patel
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Epistemology (esp. perception)

Photo of George Pinto George J. Pinto
M.A., London School of Economics
M.A., San Jose State University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Business and Professional Ethics

Iman Roohnavaz's Profile PictureIman Roohnavaz
M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University
M.A. Philosophy, Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran, Iran)

By era: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Islamic Philosophy

By topic: Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Aesthetics

Photo of Casey Smith Casey Smith
M.A., San José State University

Philosophy of Expertise, Experimental Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, and Logic

No Photo Elizabeth Sonnier
Ph.D., Fordham, New York City's Jesuit University

Philosophy of Science, Process Philosophy, Logic, and French Phenomenology and Existentialism

Photo of John Wilhelmsson John C. Wilhelmsson
M.A., San José State University

Ethics, Phenomenology, and Edith Stein


No Photo Kyle Yrigoyen
M.A., San José State University

Philosophy of Technology, General Philosophy of Science, Ethics

Emeritus Faculty 

No PhotoPaul Bashaw

No Photo Arthur Cody

Photo of Noam Cook S. D. Noam Cook

No PhotoPhil Davis

No PhotoAmnon Goldworth

Photo of Peter Hadreas Peter J. Hadreas

No Photo Peter Koestenbaum

Photo of Tom LeddyThomas W. Leddy

Photo of Jim LindahlJim Lindahl

No Photo Tommy L. Lott

Photo of Rita Manning Rita C. Manning

 No photoChánh Phan

Photo of Bill Shaw William H. Shaw

No Photo Joe Waterhouse

In Memoriam