People in the Department of Philosophy

Core Faculty

James Bahoh

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Phenomenology, Ontology, German and French philosophy (Kant to present), Heidegger, Deleuze, German Idealism

Remy Debes

Chair, Department of Philosophy
Co-Editor, Southern Journal of Philosophy

Ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of emotion, Scottish Enlightenment, Hume, Adam Smith

Shaun Gallagher

Moss Professor of Philosophy

Phenomenology, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, embodiment, intersubjectivity, hermeneutics

David Miguel Gray

Assistant Professor

Philosophy of race and racism, philosophy of psychology, African American philosophy, philosophy of mind

Mary Beth Mader

Co-Editor, Southern Journal of Philosophy

20th-century Continental philosophy, feminist theory, ontology

Michael Monahan

Director of Graduate Admissions

Social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, Africana philosophy, phenomenology

Thomas Nenon


Husserl, Heidegger, Kant and German idealism, hermeneutics, philosophy of the social sciences

Timothy Roche

Associate Professor

Greek and Roman Philosophy, history of philosophy, ethical theory, logic

Kas Saghafi

Associate Professor
Interim Director of Graduate Studies

Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Aesthetics, and Social/Political Philosophy

Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou

Assistant Professor

Black Feminist Philosophy, African American Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race, and Immanuel Kant (Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Race)

Daniel J. Smith

Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Placement

Kant and German idealism, Contemporary Continental Philosophy (esp. Foucault, Deleuze), Philosophy and the Life Sciences, Philosophy of History

Lindsey Stewart

Associate Professor

African American philosophy, Black feminist philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy

Deborah Tollefsen

Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate School

Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Social Ontology

 Visiting Scholars

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Sara Incao

PhD student, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Center for Human Technologies, Genova, Italy

Spring-Fall 2023. Topic: Cognitive Institutions

Dr. V. Metin Demir 

Bursa Uludag University, Turkey

Fall 2023-Spring 2024. Topic: Hegel and embodied cognition

 Visiting Assistant Professors, Lecturers and Instructors

L. Manning Garrett

Associate Professor of Teaching

319 Varnell-Jones (Lambuth campus)

Marda Kaiser- Rehnelt

Adjunct Instructor

310 Clement Hall

Salman Khawaja

Adjunct Instructor


Sıla Özkara

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Pre-Law Advisor

309E Clement Hall
Office hours: By appointment.

Amit Sen

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Undergraduate Advisor

339B Clement Hall

Jessica Soester

Adjunct Instructor

314 Clement Hall

Kevin Taylor

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Director of Religious Studies
Online Coordinator

309D Clement Hall

Emeritus and Deceased Faculty

Pleshette DeArmitt

Associate Professor

Contemporary Continental philosophy, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, social and political thought

Gene James

Emeritus Professor

Value theory, applied ethics, American philosophy, philosophy of religion

Bill Lawson

Emeritus Professor

African American philosophy, social and political philosophy

Hoke Robinson

Emeritus Professor

Kant, rationalism, history of modern philosophy

Nancy Simco

Emeritus Professor

Analytic philosophy, metaphysics, advanced logic

John Tienson

Emeritus Professor

Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language, British empiricists