College of Liberal and Fine Arts

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Dr. Bottone was born in Milan, Italy. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classics from the Università degli Studi di Milano, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. His current research focuses on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and its early modern reception. He previously taught at Lehman College, the University of Memphis, and George Mason University, and joined UTSA in 2022.


• M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, City University of New York.

• B.A. and M.A. in Classics, Università degli Studi di Milano.

Recent Courses

Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Mythology, Roman Literature, Greek and Roman Tragedy, Greek and Roman Comedy. 

Research in Progress

Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and its early modern reception.

Recent Publications

"Sideshadowing in Virgil’s Aeneid." Erga-Logoi, Summer 2015


Mel Webb is a theological social ethicist whose work is broadly concerned with political, theological, and philosophical constructs of flourishing societies, and the diverse ways that members of those societies are expected and enabled to foster mutual well-being. They study Augustine and Augustinianisms, moral psychology, and pastoral responses to sexual and state violence. Mel has over a dozen years of teaching experience in prisons, seminaries, universities, and online classrooms and they pursue collaborative research opportunities with scholars across several different disciplines, including religious studies, political theory, cognitive psychology, sociology, and educational theory. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, Mel is Research Associate & Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Classics and Lecturer with the Honors College and the Center for Civic Engagement. 

In spring 2019, Mel launched the UTSA Philosophy and Literature Circle at Dominguez State Jail. The UTSA Philosophy and Literature Circle advances UTSA’s mission of providing access to educational excellence and preparing leaders for the global environment by fostering a collaborative learning community in which incarcerated scholars and UTSA undergraduates reflect on philosophical and literary texts as well as their own life experiences by asking, What does it mean to be human? – What is the good life? – and, How can I best contribute to the flourishing of my community? They are the recipient of the 2020 President's Distinguished Excellence in Community Engagement Award (Non-Tenure-Track).


  • Ph.D. in Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary (2016)
  • Th.M. in Theology/ Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary (2009)
  • M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) (2007)
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Covenent College (2004)

Recent Courses

2018 – 2019: Lecturer, University of Texas at San Antonio

  • “Moral Imagination and American Incarceration” (Honors College / Dept. of Philosophy & Classics)
  • “Introduction to Humanities I: The Journey Theme” (Dept. of Philosophy & Classics)
  • “Happiness” (Honors College)
  • “Engaged Learning Experience” (Center for Civic Engagement)

2017 – 2018: Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University

  • “Ancients: Journeys in Creation” (3 sections)
  • “The Thought of Augustine” (master’s-level seminar, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies)
  • “Moderns: Humanity and Its Limits” (2 sections, 1 at Graterford State Correctional Institution)

2015 – 2016: Senior Teaching Fellow, Continuing Education – Garden State

  • Correctional Facility, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • “Old Testament Resources for Faith and Life”
  • “Understanding the New Testament”
  • “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”
  • “Pastoral Care and Counseling for Hope and Solutions”
  • “Theology for Faith and Life”
  • “Understanding World Christianity”

2013 – 2016: Co-Instructor, Continuing Education – Online, Princeton Theological Seminary

  • “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”
  • “Theology for Faith and Life”

2013 – 2015: Instructor, Prison Teaching Initiative, Princeton University (English, Comp. Lit.)

  • “Composition I: Thinking about Knowing” at Garden State Correctional Facility
  • “Virgil’s Aeneid and Its Influences” at A. C. Wagner Correctional Facility
  • “World Literature I: The Journey Theme” at East Jersey State Prison
  • “Preparatory Writing Through Journalism” at Garden State Correctional Facility
  • “Introduction to Literary Analysis” at Garden State Correctional Facility

2014: Co-Instructor, Princeton Theological Seminary (Theology Dept.)

  • “The Youngest Cappadocian: Gregory of Nyssa”

2014: Lecturer, Princeton University (Religion Dept.)

  • “Christian Ethics in Modern Society”

2010 – 2013: Preceptor, Princeton Theological Seminary (Theology, History)

  • “Augustine, His Confessions and His Influence”
  • “Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Israel/Palestine,” semester-long pre-requisite for travel course
  • “Israel/Palestine Travel Course” (3 weeks)
  • “Theology of the Lord’s Supper”
  • “Introduction to Systematic Theology”

2005 – 2007: Teaching Assistant, Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

  • “Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies”
  • “History of Christianity II”
  • “History of Christianity I”

Recent Publications

  • co-authored with Vincent Lloyd, Joshua Dubler, and Charles Atkins, Jr., “Using the Language of Christian
  • Love and Charity: What Liberal Religion Has to Offer Higher Education in Prison,” in Carceral Intersections:
  • Christianity and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration, a Special Issue of Religions 2019, 10(13), edited by Douglas
  • Campbell and Sarah Jobe,
  • co-authored with Danielle Allen, Chris Dean, Maggie Schein, Sheena Kang, and Annie Walton Doyle,
  • “Humanities & Liberal Arts Assessment White Paper,” Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of
  • Education (2016).
  • “‘On Lucretia who slew herself’: Rape and Consolation in Augustine’s De ciuitate dei,” Augustinian Studies 44.1 (2013): 37-58.

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Şerife Tekin was born in Turkey and she spent her childhood and adolescence on the Aegean coast hanging around the ruins of Ancient Greek Civilization. She likes to think that she is a philosopher because she stepped foot on the soils that the Greek gods, goddesses, and philosophers left their marks, inhaled the salty humid sea air they breathed in, and inhabited a sense of wonder that woke them up from the deepest sleeps everyday. She received her PhD in 2010 at York University in Toronto, with the dissertation, “Mad Narratives: Exploring Self-Constitutions Through the Diagnostic Looking Glass," following which she was a postdoctoral research fellow in Feminist Bioethics and Neuroethics at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. After Dalhouise, she completed another postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to UTSA, she was an assistant professor and the Director of Medical Humanities Minor at Daemen College, in Amherst, NY. Her research in Philosophy of Psychiatry is at the cusp of feminist approaches to Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Ethics. In her work, she aims to expand psychiatric knowledge by supplementing existing scientific literature with a philosophical study of the first-person accounts of those with mental illness — a rich but rarely used resource. She uses philosophical tools to engage with the scientific and clinical literature on mental illness, philosophical literature on the self, and the ethical literature on what contributes to human flourishing and expand psychiatric knowledge that will ultimately lead to effective treatments of mental illness. It matters to her that her knowledge and skills have impact on real lives, whether in the classroom when she is teaching, or outside the classroom when she is mentoring. When she is not teaching or writing, she likes to run, ride her bike, cook, and see art.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, York University (2010).

M.A. in Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan (2010).

B.Sc. in Economics with minor in Philosophy, Middle East Technical University (2002).

Recent Courses

Undergraduate courses

2013-2018 PHI 102 Medicine, Culture, and the Self: Introduction to Medical Humanities

2013-2018 PHI 329 Magic and Science: Principles of Scientific Reasoning

2013-2018 PHI 321 Medical Ethics

2013-2018 PHI 247 Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry

2013-2018 PHI 110 Philosophical Thinking

2013-2014 PHI 457 Religious and Scientific Views of the World

2013-2014 PHI 232 Ambiguity of Human Experience

Instructor, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

2012 Critical Thinking

Instructor, York University, Canada

2008 Mind, Brain, and Self

2007 Philosophy of Psychology

Teaching Assistant, York University, Canada

2010 Social and Political Philosophy (Maloney)

2009 Applied Ethics (King)

2008 Locke, Berkeley, and Hume (Empiricism) (Jopling)

2007 Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz (Rationalism) (Jopling)

2007 Human Nature (King)

2007 Social and Political Philosophy (Kompridis)

2007 Introduction to Philosophy (Maclachlan)

2006 Social Introduction to Philosophy (Veltman)

2005 Existentialism (Hattiangadi)

2004 Meaning of Life (Jackman)

Teaching Assistant, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

2003 Political Philosophy (Crossley)

2002 Ethics (O’Hagan)

Teaching Assistant, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

2001- 2002 Economic History and Civilization 1-2 (Yildirim)

Research in Progress


Tekin, Ş., and Bluhm, R. 2019. Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş. 2017. Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research.

MIT Press. Cambridge, MA.

Trachsel, M., Tekin, Ş., Biller- Andorno, N., Gaab, J., Sadler, J. Under contract. Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy

Ethics. Oxford University Press. Oxford, England.

Recent Publications


  • Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. In Press. Guest Editors for Psychiatry and Its Philosophy. Special Issue, Synthese.
  • Tabb, K. and Tekin, Ş. 2018. Guest Editors for Pittsburgh Philosophy of Psychiatric Science. Special Issue, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology; Volume 25, Number 4.


  • Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. In Press. Beyond Mind-Body Dualism: Embracing Pluralism in Psychiatric Research – Introduction to the Special Issue, ‘Psychiatry and its Philosophy.’ Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1836-2.
  • Tekin, Ş., In press. The Missing Self in Scientific Psychiatry, Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1324-0.
  • Tekin, Ş., Outram, S. 2018. Overcoming Mental Disorder Stigma: A Short Analysis of Patient Memoirs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice; DOI 10.1111/jep.13009.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2016. Are Mental Disorders Natural Kinds? A Plea for a New Approach to Intervention in Psychiatry. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Volume 23, No: 2, 147-163.
  • Tekin, Ş., and Mosko, M. 2015. Hyponarrativity and Context-Specific Limitations of the DSM-5. Public Affairs
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. A Perfect Storm: Health, Disorder, Culture, and the Self. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 21 (2), 165-168.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. Self-Insight in the Time of Mood Disorders: After the Diagnosis, Beyond the Treatment. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 21 (2), 139-155.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. Psychiatric Taxonomy: At the Crossroads of Science and Ethics. Journal of Medical Ethics; 40, 513 – 514.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2013. How does the Self Adjudicate Narratives? Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Volume: 20, No:1, 25–28.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2011. Self-Concept through the Diagnostic Looking Glass: Narratives and Mental Disorder. Philosophical Psychology, 24:3, 357–380.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2009. Hacking’s “Looping Effects of Human Kinds” after 13 Years: An Analysis. Felsefe Tartismalari: A Turkish Journal of Philosophy, 42, 58–66.


  • Tekin, Ş. Forthcoming. Patients as Experienced-Based Experts in Psychiatry: Insights from the Natural Method. In The Natural Method: Ethics, Mind & Self, Themes from the Work of Owen Flanagan. MIT Press.
  • Tekin, Ş., Bluhm, R. 2019. Introduction to Philosophy of Psychiatry. In Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press.
  • Tekin, Ş., 2018. Brain Mechanisms and the Disease Model of Addiction: Is it the Whole Story of the Addicted Self? A Philosophical-Skeptical Perspective. In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction, Pickard, H and Ahmed, S.H. eds., Routledge Press, 401-410.
  • Tekin, Ş., Flanagan, O.J., Graham, G. 2017. Against the Drug Cure Model: Addiction, Identity, and Pharmaceuticals (with Owen Flanagan, and George Graham). In Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics: Development, Dispensing, and Use, Ho, D., ed., Springer Press, 221-236.
  • Tekin, Ş and Poland, J. 2017. Introduction: Psychiatric Research and Extraordinary Science. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research. (Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş. Eds.) MIT Press. Cambridge, MA, 1-14. Quarterly, Volume 29, No: 1, 111-136.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2017. Looking for the Self in Psychiatry: Perils and Promises of Phenomenology-Neuroscience Partnership in Schizophrenia Research. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research, Poland, J. and Tekin, Ş., eds. MIT University Press, 249-266.

  • Stegenga, J., Kennedy, A.G., Tekin, Ş., Jukola, S., Bluhm, R. 2016. New Directions in Philosophy of Medicine. The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine. James Marcum (ed.) Bloomsbury Academic Press, 343-367.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2015. Against Hyponarrating Grief: Incompatible Research and Treatment Interests in the DSM-5. The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, P. Singy and S. Demazeux, eds., History, Philosophy and the Theory of the Life Sciences Series, Volume 10, Springer Press, 179-197.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. The Missing Self in Hacking’s Looping Effects. Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds, H. Kincaid and J. A. Sullivan, eds., MIT Press, 227–256.

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Lutcher Brown Distinguished Professor



American Philosophical Association

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

Canadian Philosophical Association

Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy

International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry

Philosophy of Science Association

Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology

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Jessica Nowlin is an Assistant Professor in Classics who is interested in the archaeology of the western Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BCE, methods of digital recording and preservation, and critical historiography of classical archaeology and art history.  She received her BA in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD in Archaeology in 2016 from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University. Her dissertation research was supported by a two-year Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her research focuses on the local acceptance, adaptation and transformation of imported objects and practices from the eastern Mediterranean by communities in mainland Italy and Sardinia. Her recent book, Etruscan Orientalization, explores the influences of orientalism, nationalism and colonialism on the historiography of the terms ‘orientalizing’ and ‘orientalization’ to critique the art historical and archaeological frameworks that have been employed to investigate connectivity in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE.

Dr. Nowlin has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Belize, Crimea, and in multiple regions in Italy (Basilicata, Calabria, Lazio and Sardinia). Currently, she co-directs the Sinis Archaeological Project, a pedestrian field survey near Oristano, with Linda Gosner from Texas Tech University. This project seeks to explore changes in landscape, settlement, and resources use within the Sinis Peninsula as the indigenous Nuragic peoples encountered Phoenician, Carthaginian and later Roman colonizing forces.

In addition, Dr. Nowlin is deeply engaged in digital humanities and digital history. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the Bexar County Historical GIS Project, which is a collaboration between UTSA, Bexar County’s Heritage and Parks Department, and numerous local historians and archaeologists. The project has focused on making scholarship and primary source documents, especially historic maps, related to Bexar County history accessible to the general public. The website contains modules with dynamic GIS mapping content and other media from the earliest indigenous settlement until the railroad arrived in 1877, and in this current phase, will continue to bring Bexar County’s history up until the end of WWII.


  • Ph.D. in Arhaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University (2016)
  • B.A. in Classics and Archaeology,The University of Texas at Austin (2007)

Recent Courses


2020 - President’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching Excellence, UTSA.


The University of Texas at San Antonio (2017-present)

Mediterranean Culture and History courses

Mediterranean Colonialisms (Spring 2020)
Written in Stone: Inscriptions in the ancient Mediterranean (Spring 2020)
Intro to Ancient Rome (Spring 2019)
Rise of Rome: From Village to Fall of the Republic (Fall 2019)
Intro to Ancient Greece (Spring 2018, Fall 2018)
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Fall 2018, Spring 2021)
Classical Mythology (Spring 2018)


Digital History Courses

Digital Humanities (Undergraduate, Fall 2021)
Making History in the Digital Age (Graduate Seminar, Department of History, Spring 2019)
Mapping Early San Antonio History (Graduate Seminar, Department of History, Spring 2017) - Assistant Instructor with John Reynolds


Reception Courses

Who Owns the Past? Monuments and Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean (Spring 2018, Fall 2020)


Language Courses

Introductory Latin I (Fall 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Introductory Latin II (Spring 2019, 2020, 2021)
Intermediate Latin I: Livy (Fall 2019)
Intermediate Latin I: Ovid (Spring 2021, Fall 2021)
Roman Inscriptions (Spring 2020)

American Academy in Rome

▪ Classical Summer School (Summer 2014 Study Abroad Course in Rome) – Teaching Assistant with Genevieve Gessert.


Brown University

▪ Archaeology of College Hill (Fall 2011: Instructor of record; 2010: Teaching Assistant).

▪ Field Archaeology in the Ancient World (Spring 2010: Teaching Assistant).


Research in Progress


2018 – Present The Sinis Archaeological Project, regional landscape survey. Co-director with Linda R. Gosner (Texas Tech University).
2016 – Present The Center for Archaeological Research, University of Texas at San Antonio. GIS and Data Specialist.
2016 – 2018 The S’Urachi Project, San Vero Milis, Sardinia, Italy. Brown University.
2009-2013 The Gabii Project, Gabii, Italy. University of Michigan.
2008 Pantanello Excavation, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin.
2007 Metaponto Field Survey, Basilicata, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin.
2007 Crotone Field Survey, Calabria, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin.
2005-2006 Chersonesos Project, Sevastopol, Ukraine. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin.
2004 The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, Orange Walk, Belize. University of Texas at Austin.

Recent Publications


2021    Gosner, L., Nowlin, J. and Smith A. “Ground-truthing the Site-based Survey at S’Urachi and Su Padrigheddu (West-Central Sardinia): Results of the 2016 and 2017 Seasons.” Fasti Online Documents & Research Survey Series.

2020    Gosner, L.R., Hayne, J., Madrigali, E., Nowlin, J. “New Evidence for Local Continuity and Phoenician Influence in the Ceramic Assemblage from Iron Age Su Padrigheddu (West-Central Sardinia).” Proceedings of the IX Congreso de Estudios Fenicios y Púnicos. Myrta (Instituto de Arqueología,Mérida). 5: 1705-1713.

2020    Plekhov, D., Gosner, L., Smith, A., Nowlin, J. “Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeological Survey: A Case Study from the Sinis Archaeological Project, Sardinia.” Advances in Archaeological Practice. 1-14.

2019    Madrigali, E., Gosner, L., Hayne, J., Nowlin, J., Ramis, D. “Tradizioni e interazioni nella quotidianità dell’Età del Ferro. Nuove evidenze da Su Padrigheddu (San Vero Milis, OR)”. Quaderni. Rivista di archeologia, 30: 107-127.

2012    R. Opitz & J. Nowlin. “Photogrammetric Modeling + GIS. Better methods for working with mesh data.” ArcUser, Spring 2012: 46-49.

2011    J. Becker & J. Nowlin. "Orientalizing infant burials from Gabii, Italy." BABESCH 86:27-39.


Digital History Projects

2021 – 2023 Principal Investigator, Bexar County Heritage and Parks Department, Historical GIS and Bexar County, 1877-1945 CE.

2021    The Seed of Texas: An Interactive Exploration of Bexar County History

GIS Specialist, Digital Advisor, and Editor on all modules


2018    300th Anniversary Celebration of Béjar: Historical GIS (hGIS) Story Map Projects

GIS Specialist, Digital Advisor, and Editor on all modules

Primary Author:

• The Natural Environment of Bexar County
• 12,000 Years of Human History: Prehistoric Bexar County
• Late Prehistoric Era: The Olivas and Barajas Sites

Additional Author:

• The Payaya

GIS Specialist, Digital Advisor, and Editor on all modules

2012 R. Opitz & J. Nowlin. "Photogrammetric Modeling + GIS. Better methods for working with mesh data." ArcUser, Spring 2012: 46-49.

2011 J. Becker & J. Nowlin. "Orientalizing infant burials from Gabii, Italy." BABESCH 86:27-39.

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Italian (basic speaking and reading knowledge) | German (reading proficiency) | Latin (reading proficiency and teaching) |Ancient Greek (reading proficiency)


GIS (ArcGIS 10.5, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online) | R programming & SPSS statistical software | Social Network Analysis Software (UCINET & Gephi) | Relational databases | GPS, GNSS systems | Close-range photogrammetry (Photoscan, Photomodeler, 123D Catch) | UAV Operations: Flight planning and image processing (Drone Deploy, DJI Go, Photoscan)


2018 – Present The Sinis Archaeological Project, regional landscape survey. Co-director with Linda R. Gosner (The University of Michigan) and Alexander J. Smith (SUNY Brockport).

2016 – Present Center for Archaeological Research, University of Texas at San Antonio. Site surveyor, GIS specialist, and photogrammetrist for numerous archaeological monitoring and testing projects throughout San Antonio and Texas.

2016 – 2018 The S’Urachi Project, San Vero Milis, Sardinia, Italy. Brown University. Director: Peter van Dommelen. Site-based survey and excavation.

2009-2013 The Gabii Project, Gabii, Italy. University of Michigan. Photogrammetrist, archaeological surveyor and staff member of the Topography Team.

2008 Pantanello Excavation, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. GIS project manager and close-range photogrammetrist.

2007 Metaponto Field Survey, Basilicata, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. Pedestrian field walker and GPS/GIS specialist.

2007 Crotone Field Survey, Calabria, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. Pedestrian field walker and GPS/GIS specialist.

2005-2006 Chersonesos Project, Sevastopol, Ukraine. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. 1st year: excavator; 2nd year: archaeological surveyor.

2004 The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, Orange Walk, Belize. Excavator

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Leo Bannister husband, father, retired OEF and OIF combat veteran, and professor, was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. His ancestry can be traced back to José Francisco Ruiz who was one of only two native Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence. While he himself did not know it at the time he was brought up in a home that set the foundation for what would later become one of his greatest passions, philosophy. This groundwork festered with not much direction for years while he served in the Army questioning everything all the while seeking greater purpose and meaning. It wasn’t until he met his wife, his guiding light, that the quest seemed to take shape. She helped him though his combat injuries after his return from Iraq and gave him the confidence and support to move forward after retirement and get his graduate degree in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Texas State University. He finds his inspiration for such ideas as the autonomy of the child by observing his wife and children throughout their day to day life. Since 2014 he has served as a judge for the Annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl at St. Mary’s University. He has been teaching since 2015 and loves to see the evolution in others as they grow beyond wondering what Philosophy is to discovering the wonders that  Philosophy holds.


M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University, (2015)

B.S. in Philosophy, University of the Incarnate Word, (2013)

Primary Leadership Development Course, Ft. Polk NC, (2007)

Recent Courses

Fall 2016 – Present Lecture I University of Texas at San Antonio

  •  Intro to Medical Humanities
  • Seminar in Medical Humanities

Fall 2015 – Present Adjunct Professor University of the Incarnate Word

Classes Taught, Intro to Philosophy, Ethics.

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"Feminism & Foucault: Why Rape is Beyond Physical Violence" April 14, 2015, Texas State University

"A Disability Perspective on Medicine" February 25, 2015, Texas State University


"James Joyce: The Moral Significance of the Commonplace" October 23, 2014, Texas State University

"What is the Democratic Ideal" October 15, 2014, San Marcos Public Library Dialogue 2013

"Making Amends: The Case for and Against Reparations" November 4, 2013, Texas State University

"My Brain Made Me Do It" October 3, 2013, Texas State University

"Bioethics and the Fate of the Responsible Self" October 2, 2013, San Marcos Public Library Dialogue

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Jude is originally from Nigeria. He studied English Literature and Philosophy with graduate degrees from Howard University. His research covers literary theory, African Literature, Logic and the interface between philosophy and literature.  He has extensively studied Igbo Metaphysics in Chinua Achebe and Ethical Imagination in Ben Okri. Presently, he is working on the new aesthetics in Nigerian Literature.


  •  Ph.D. in English, Howard University (2000).
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Howard University (1993).
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Bigard Memorial Seminary, Nigeria - Affilate of Urban University (1989).

Recent Courses

University of Texas at San Antonio

Lecturer II

2017 – Present

Courses: Introduction to Humanities, Death and Dying, Renaissance Ideas, Medieval Women Writers, Literature into Film, History of Film, Modern World, Romantic World, Major Filmmaker: Chaplin, American Film, Popular Culture

Walden University

Center for General Education

Senior Core Faculty

2015 – 2017

Courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Science and Spirituality, World Religion, Popular Culture

Walden University

College of Undergraduates Studies

Core Faculty, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

2009 – 2015

Courses: Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies; Interdisciplinary Experience: Self Identity; Change and Population Movement across Borders; Sustaining Quality of Life in the City; Capstone: Interdisciplinary Method

Research in Progress

Works in Progress (editor)

The New Other(2019): Anthology of essays on the marginalized groups in the society, for example, the Muslim girls, victims of human-trafficking, African widows.

Global Perspectives on the Nature of Manhood(2019): Essays reexamining the nature manhood in the context of evolving meaning of gender and gender roles.

Recent Publications


  • The Visible Man. Maryland: Allied Publishers, 1995. Print.
  • The Uncircumcised. Baltimore: Publish America, 2005. Print.

Selected Scholarly and Refereed Publications

  • "Deleuzean Deterritorialization, Black British Writers, and the Case of Ben Okri." Bma: Sonia Sanchez Journal 6 . 2 (Spring 2001): 97-114. Print.
  • "Deleuzean Deterritorialization, Black British Writers, and the Case of Ben Okri." Black British Writing. Ed. Lauri Mamsey and Victoria Arana. London: Palgrave, 2004. 145-160. Print.
  • Co-author: "Guidelines for the Academic Preparation of English Faculty at Two-Year Colleges." National Council of Teachers of English, 2005. Print.
  • "Postcolonial and Black British Aesthetics: Kindred Spirit in Error." Black British Aesthetics Today . Ed. R. V. Arana. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. Print.
  • "Chris Abani: A Bio-critical Essay." Dictionary of Literary Biography, British Authors Volume 347 (Spring 2009): 3-12. Print.
  • "Why Teach the Canon Anyway?" Notes on American Literature 20 (Spring 2011): 4 -11. Print.
  • "Igbo Metaphysics in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart." Callaloo: Achebe's Special Edition 29 . 2 (2002): 559- 566. Print.

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Dr. Ardoin somehow has a million children, which obviously qualifies him as a humanist. When not juggling lines of argument that span film, novels, comic books, philosophy, and theories of narratology, affect, and audience, he enjoys naps, e-books, and giving it another try in his garden. He holds Ph.Ds from Florida State University and the University of Antwerp, edits a book series on philosophy and modernism for Bloomsbury, and wrote a book about It Follows, Zone One, and Kellyanne Conway for the Frontiers of Narrative series at the University of Nebraska Press. He is the coordinator of the film studies minor.

Recent Courses

University of Texas at San Antonio, Philosophy and Classics Department - Associate Professor of Humanities


-Digital Humanities

-Film Genres (on Mumblecore films)

-History of Film

-Philosophy in Literature (on Deleuze’s modernism)

-Topics in Popular Culture (on comics)

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

-Not a Big Deal: Narrating to Unsettle (Nebraska, 2021) (

-Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism, ed. (Bloomsbury, 2014)

-Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism, ed. (Bloomsbury, 2013)


In Progress

-Monstrous Becketts: Appropriation, Authorship, and Authority (Edinburgh, under contract)


Matthew Thomas Finnie is a historian of the ancient Mediterranean. He primarily researches how the geospatial relationships of religious sites within Athens influenced localized manifestations of Athenian hero cult. As a scholar of world history pedagogy and theory, he also strives to reorient the study of the ancient world toward an appreciation for Global Classics. His approach to historical methodology is multidisciplinary and seeks to find transcontinental and global trends that transcended the traditional borders of temporal and geographical periodization, particularly through the greater integration of Africa into Mediterranean studies. When not teaching or researching, Matthew may be found playing Nintendo games or riding roller coasters.


Ph.D. in History, University of Houston (2021)

M.A. in History, University of Houston (2019)

B.A. in History, St. Mary’s University (2015)

Recent Courses

The University of Texas at San Antonio (2022 – Present)

Classical Mythology


Trinity University (2022 – Present)

First-Year Experience: Myth and Literature in the Greek and Roman World


St. Mary’s University (2019)

World History to 1500 CE

Research in Progress


Finnie, Matthew Thomas. The Earthborn Lord of the Close-Built House: Erechtheus, the Founding Father of Athens. Washington, D.C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, Forthcoming. (Under Contract, Publication Expected 2024).

Recent Publications

Book Review

Finnie, Matthew Thomas. Review of Mattingly, D. J., et al., eds., Trade in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.04.13.

Additional Information

Archaeological Institute

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens:

Summer Seminar in Ancient Greek Religion in Situ (2018)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Iowa (2013)
  • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Iowa (2011)
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Carleton College (2008)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. (concentration in biblical textual criticism), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (1992)
  • M.A. (Department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1993)
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1985)
  • B.A. Hons. (Department of Semitic Languages and Cultures), University of Stellenbosch (1989)
  • B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences (Math minor), Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas (1980)

Recent Publications

  • “Life Under a Fickle Sun: Solar Images in the Hebrew Bible,” article included in Wendy Barker Festschrift (forthcoming 2014).
  • “Fundamentals of the Faith,” short story (2011), and other poems, short prose, and book and museum reviews published in Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine (2010-present).
  • Introducing Christianity. London: Routledge, 2008. “Technology and the Transmission of the Biblical Text,” SBL Forum (April 2004).
  • “Creating and Maintaining a Premier Electronic Journal,” in Bible and Computer: The Stellenbosch AIBI-6 Conference. Proceedings of the Association Internationale Bible et Informatique “From Alpha to Byte.” University of Stellenbosch 17-21 July, 2000. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
  • “In Memoriam Dominique Barthélemy,” Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 34 (2001): 34-36.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Thurow was born, raised, and educated in Wisconsin.  He's still getting used to living without snow and seasons.  Having philosophical conversations with students and seeing them grow their skills over time are his favorite parts of teaching.  In addition to his philosophical interests, he is an avid reader of various genres (including fiction, poetry, and theology), and he enjoys playing sports and following Wisconsin sports teams, playing boardgames, and spending time with his wife and kids.


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2007)
  • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2004)
  • B.S. in Astronomy/Physics and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1999)

Recent Courses

Teaching Topics

  • Basic Philosophical Problems
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Approaches to Knowledge and Reality
  • Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
  • Issues and Movements in 20th century Philosophy
  • Personal Identity and Resurrection

Research in Progress

Current Research Areas

  • Explanations of a priori knowledge
  • The nature of intuition and its relationship to the a priori
  • Basic beliefs and the nature of defeat
  • The value of truth
  • The cognitive science of religion
  • The doctrine of the atonement
  • Collective responsibility

Recent Publications

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Curriculum Vitae


I am originally from the United Kingdom, from a small town that no one’s heard of in what is statistically attested to be the most boring county in the UK, Hertfordshire. But I won a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin Madison, met my future partner and here we now are (she teaches philosophy at Trinity) with our two kids. When I haven’t been doing philosophy, I used to program computers for a living. And when I’m not earning a living, I like to play the piano, even though my son now plays better than me!


  • M.S. in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems, University of Sussex (Distinction) (1998)
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Warwick (1996)
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Christ Church, Oxford (Hons.) (1988)

Recent Courses

  • HUM 3013: History of Ideas (Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
  • HUM 3063:  The Modern World (Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)
  • PHI 1043: Critical Thinking (Fall 2013)
  • PHI 2013: Basic Philosophical Problems (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2013)
  • PHI 2043: Introductory Logic (Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
  • PHI 2123: Contemporary Moral Issues (Spring 2007)
  • PHI 2123: Moral Issues: Engineering Ethics (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
  • PHI 2123: Moral Issues: Border Ethics (Fall 2011)
  • PHI 3053: Philosophy of Art (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013)
  • PHI 3213: Ethics(Fall 2007)
  • PHI 3343: Issues and Movements: Heideggerianism (Spring 2009)
  • PHI 3343: Issues and Movements: Phenomenology & Ethics (Spring 2010)
  • PHI 3403: Philosophy in Literature (Spring 2008)
  • PHI 4123: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Spring 2007, Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
  • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Kant’s Critical Philosophy (Fall 2010)
  • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud (Spring 2013)
  • PHI 4973: Senior Seminar: Topics in Logic (Fall 2013)
  • Various Independent Studies on Contemporary European Political Thought, Contemporary French Ontology, Nietzsche’s Genealogy and Advanced Logic.

Research in Progress

My training is in contemporary French philosophy, especially Gilles Deleuze. But this French thought is so steeped in its German antecedents that I have been increasingly drawn into working on them, Kant, Maimon, Schopenhauer and Schelling in particular. Professor Judith Norman (Trinity University) and I have been working on translating Schopenhauer's major work, The World as Will and Representation for a number of years for Cambridge University Press (Volume 1 came out in 2010, and Volume 2 is--finally!--in proofs as I write this). Since moving to San Antonio I’ve also become  interested in normative issues, especially Border Ethics, which led to my edited collection Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer 2014) and right now I’m working on Schopenhauer's theory of compassion as the ultimate moral virtue as well as normative issues in Deleuze and Badiou.

Occasionally I make forays into the philosophy of embodied cognitive science, often in collaboration with Professor William Short (Classics, formerly UTSA and from fall 2017 University of Exeter in the United Kingdom).


Recent Publications

  • ‘The Art of Willing: The Impact of Kant’s Aesthetics on Schopenhauer’s Conception of the Will’ in Stefano Bacin, Alfredo Ferrarin, Claudio La Rocca and Margit Ruffing (eds.) Kant und die Philosophie in weltbürgerlicher Absicht (Berlin: de Gruyter 2013), Vol. 5, pp. 639-50
  • ‘Heidegger among the Robots’ Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring/Printemps 2013), pp. 229-249
  • ‘The Question of Romanticism’ in Alison Stone (ed.) The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy: Volume 5—The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press/Columbia University Press 2011), pp. 47-68 [co-written with Judith Norman]
  • ‘Unacknowledged Harms’ Global Virtue Ethics Review Vol. 6, No. 2 (2011), pp. 20-54
  •  ‘Creating the Past: Schelling’s Ages of the WorldJournal for the Philosophy of History 4 (2010) 23-43 [co-written with Judith Norman]
  • ‘Deleuze’s Post-Critical Metaphysics’ Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 25-54
  • ‘Schopenhauer and Asian Thought’ on Matthias Koßler (Herausgeber) Schopenhauer und die Philosophien Asiens (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2008) in Journal of Indo-European Studies Vol. 37, Nos. 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2009), pp. 26-43 [invited review article subject to editorial review]
  • ‘Deleuze and Deep Ecology’ in Bernd Herzogenrath (ed.) An (Un)easy Alliance: Thinking the Environment with Deleuze/Guattari (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press 2008), pp. 116-138

Additional Information

Forthcoming Translation and Edited Collection:

  • Arthur Schopenhauer The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer)

Articles in Under Contract and Submission

  • ‘Deleuze and Schopenhauer’ in Craig Lundy and Daniella Voss (eds) Deleuze and Post-Kantian Thought (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, under contract)
  • ‘Schopenhauer’s Moral Philosophy’ in Jens Timmerman and Sacha Golob (eds) The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract)
  • [33%] ‘Deleuze: Sense and Nonsense’ in Tom Froese and Massimiliano Cappuccio (eds) Making Sense of Non-Sense: Enactive Cognition and Sense-Making Theories Facing the Uncanny (Palgrave Macmillan: under contract) [with William Short and Wilson Shearin]
  • ‘Schelling’s Moral Argument for a Metaphysics of Contingency’ in Emilio Corriero (ed) Schelling’s Realism and the Philosophy of Nature (aAccedemia Press, Turin, Italy, under contract)
  • ‘Schelling and Schopenhauer on Evil’ in Douglas Hedley, Chad Meister and Charles Taliaferro (eds.) The History of Evil in the 18th and 19th Centuries (Acumen Press under contract)
  • ‘Introduction’ to Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer under contract)
  • ‘Border Sovereignty’ in Alistair Welchman (ed.) Politics of Religion/Religions of Politics (Springer)
  • ‘The Concept of Eternity in Modern European Thought’ in Yitzhak Melamed (ed.) Eternity (Oxford University Press)


Curriculum Vitae


Susan Gelb Rosenberg is a specialist in Roman archaeology and has excavated at sites in Italy, Jordan, Israel, and Tunisia. She has her MA in Latin literature from the University of Texas at Austin where she also did her doctorate work on second century CE Roman architecture in Jordan and Syria.


  • Ph.D. in Classics, expected January 2010 (University of Texas at Austin)


Retired from the military after a 30-year career in the United States Air Force (USAF). Service included commanding an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) missile launch facility, original engineering research on advanced crew systems, aerodynamic considerations in air-to-air combat, developing unmanned aerial vehicle clandestine flight profiles, and determining ICBM basing requirements. Also served as executive secretary to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (academic and industry advisors to the Secretary of the Air Force and the USAF Chief of Staff). Served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as technical and scientific advisor to several presidential and secretary sponsored panels concerning MX (aka Peacekeeper ICBM) basing issues. Later, appointed as arms control advisor for, and delegate to, several treaty negotiations with the Soviet Union (specifically, START and INF). In the twilight of career, was assistant chief-of-staff for a USAF major air command.                                 

After leaving the USAF, pursued interests that could not be developed while on active duty. Obtained certification as a financial planner (loves fiddling with numbers) and taught folks to fly (became a flight instructor years earlier as a benefit of the GI Bill). Finally, decided to follow his second love, i.e. philosophy, history and science. Obtained doctorate in philosophy from Texas A&M University. Academic areas are military philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, animal rights, and philosophy of science.


Married to his first love, Joellen, they have been a team for over fifty-six years.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of California (Berkeley)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. In Philosophy, Fordham University

Recent Courses

  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • World Religions
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Basic Philosophical Problems
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy in Literature

Recent Publications

  • Justice, Humanity And Social Toleration 2008. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.
  • On The Life And Thought Of Habermas 2008. Zhongshan University Press.
  • Being And Authenticity 2004. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Stratman grew up in Kansas City Kansas and is a huge Royals fan. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Kansas. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. His dissertation focused on phenomenal intentionality, but he is interested in an eclectic range of philosophical issues. He is currently working on an edited volume concerning the ethics of reproduction and artificial womb technology. For more information, please see his website:


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Nebraska—Lincoln (2022)
M.A. in Philosophy, University of Kansas—Lawrence (2015)
B.G.S. in Philosophy, University of Kansas—Lawrence (2014)

Recent Courses

Critical Thinking (fall 2022)
Philosophical Problems (fall 2022)
Philosophy of Religion (fall 2022)
Ethics (fall 2022)

Curriculum Vitae


  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D.
  • Bridgewater State University, B.A.

Recent Courses

Undergraduate and graduate teaching in metaphysics, ethics, logic, and philosophy of religion.

Research in Progress

Research in Progress

'Against Agnosticism'

'Single Assassin Grim Reapers'

'Necessary Gratuitous Evils'

'Salmon's Paradox Resolved'

'Chisholm's Paradox and Divine Omnipotence'

Recent Publications


• Cosmological Arguments (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

• Freedom, God, and Worlds (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

• The Metaphysics of Perfect Beings (London: Routledge, 2008)

• Imperceptible Harms and Benefits (ed.) M.J. Almeida (Dordrecht-Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000).

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Honors and Awards

Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Advisor (appointed 2006)

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, 2005-06

Honors Alliance Outstanding Faculty and Staff, 2004-05

Honors Alliance Outstanding Faculty and Staff, 2002-03

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Excellence University of Texas at San Antonio May 2000

UTSA Faculty Research Award, November 1992


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