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Tenure-Track Faculty

Biener, Zvi

Assistant Professor

261B McMicken Hall


I work primarily on early-modern conceptions of the unity of science and the large-scale structure of fields of knowledge. In particular, I am interested in how early-modern conceptions the unity of knowledge were used to justify the authority of philosophy over the physical sciences. This research consists of three overlapping areas: early-modern views regarding the reduction and dependence of branches of knowledge to/on one another, forms of demonstration and deduction in the new early-modern sciences, and the metaphysical underpinnings of those sciences.

When not an academic, I work on web-related projects or code, compile, and generally make a mess with programming languages. My computer concerns mirror my academic concerns: I like thinking about how knowledge is organized in the computer age, and spend way too much time exploring database and information management technologies.

Carbonell, Vanessa

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Obed J. Wilson Professor of Ethics

206D McMicken Hall


Vanessa Carbonell works at the intersection of ethical theory, metaethics, and moral psychology. She is particularly interested in moral agents (both ordinary and extraordinary) and how they navigate the moral landscape. This has led her to write about moral saints, moral motivation, moral sacrifice, and the relationship between knowledge and moral obligation. She also has research and teaching interests in bioethics and family ethics. For more information, including links to papers, visit Carbonell's personal website

Chemero, Tony

Professor of Philosophy and Psychology

McMicken Hall


Tony Chemero got his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Indiana University in 1999.  From then to 2012, he taught at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), where he was Professor of Psychology.  In 2012, he became Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. 
Tony’s research is both philosophical and empirical.  It is focused on questions related to dynamical modeling, ecological psychology, artificial life and complex systems. He is author of more than 70 articles and the book Radical Embodied Cognitive Science (2009, MIT Press), which was a finalist for the Lakatos Award.  His second book, co-authored with Stephan Kaufer, will appear on Polity Press.  He is currently editing the second edition of the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences.

For more infomrmation, see Tony's pages at or google scholar

Jost, Lawrence J

Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Marx

259A McMicken Hall


Langland-Hassan, Peter M

Director of Graduate Studies | Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Cognitive Science

206A McMicken Hall


Langland-Hassan's research spans the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of psychology, and cognitive science.  Of particular interest to him are cognitive theories of imagination and pretense, the nature of visual imagery and inner speech, and the relation of imagery and imagination to self-knowledge and introspection.  His work has explored the ways in which introspective and imaginative capacities can become disrupted in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.  He was recently involved in an interdisciplinary study investigating the cognitive impact of inner speech deficits in people with aphasia.

Langland-Hassan arrived at UC in 2011 after spending two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2009 from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and his B.A. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1997.

More information is available on his personal website:

Maglo, Koffi N.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

259C McMicken Hall


Koffi N. Maglo received his BA degree from the University of Lomé in Togo. After obtaining MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Burgundy in France, he did postdoctoral studies at Virginia Tech in the US. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, (2003-5). His interests include philosophy of biology and biomedicine, ethics and population health, philosophy of science, history of 17thand 18thcentury physics, African philosophy.
In the area of philosophy of biology and biomedicine, his work focuses on the ontological and epistemic status of population stratification concepts in genomics and evidence-based medicine, and on theoretical and ethical issues in personalized medicine. He currently leads collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on ethics and obesity research, and on race-based therapy.  He has previously organized in April 2007 an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Cincinnati on “Race in the Age of Genomic Medicine: The Science and its Applications.”
Koffi Maglo published also on the structure and developments of Newtonian mechanics and its reception across European scientific institutions. His publications include essays in recent French philosophy of science and on the French Enlightenment. At a more theoretical level, his research in the history of physics and in the philosophy of biology deals with questions about the reality, validity and utility of scientific notions.

Maibom, Heidi Lene


McMicken Hall


I work on issues in contemporary philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive science, for example: what is empathy and what is its moral relevance? how should we understand shame? how do we understand other minds? are psychopaths responsible agents? do you need to know what you are doing in order to be responsible for it? do judgments of right or wrong essentially spring from practical reason or emotion? are women better empathizers than men?

Polger, Thomas W.

Department Head | Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science

206B McMicken Hall


Areas of Specialization

Thomas Polger's research is located at the intersection of contemporary philosophy of mind with metaphysics and philosophy of science. His work is organized around the long-term project of exploring how to understand conscious experience as a natural feature of biological organisms. Among his interests are the metaphysics of experience, the role of evolutionary theory in thinking about minds, the nature of color vision, and the relation between psychological explanations and those in biology and the neurosciences. He is also interested in metaphilosophical issues concerning naturalism and philosophical methodology.

Potochnik, Angela

Associate Professor; Director of Center for Public Engagement with Science

206C McMicken Hall


Potochnik's research interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, and history of logical empiricism.  She is especially focused upon the methodology of population biology; the role of idealized models in biology and science more generally; the properties of scientific explanations; how gender and other social factors influence science; and the work of Otto Neurath. 

Visit Potochnik's website.  

Richardson, Robert C.

Charles Phelps Taft Professor | Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science

260 McMicken Hall


Dr. Robert C. Richardson is the Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Philosophy in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He is a fellow of the AAAS, and a fellow in the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati. He earned hs B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Colorado (1971) and his M.A. and Ph.D. with homors from the University of Chicago (1977). He has held numerous visiting appointments including, most recently, as Gervinus Fellow at the Universität Osnabrück (2008-2009), as a Mercator professor of Cognititve Science, Universität OsnabrUuck (2005), and Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Molecular Cell Physiology, Free university of Amsterdam (1993-94). Professor Richardson is the author of Discovering Complexity: Decomposition and Localization as Strategies in Scientific Research (Princeton 1993) considered a seminal work in the area of philosophy of science and biology, and of Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology (MIT 2007). He is the author of over eighty academic articles in the areas of philosophy of science, cognitive science, philosophy of ecology, history of biology (19th century), philosophy of the mind, and the history of psychology. Professor Richardson has received awards and grant support from the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanitites, and the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany and serves on numerous editorial boards for academic journals and presses. In the near three decades of service to the University of Cincinnati, Professor Richardson has served two terms as Head of the Department of Philosophy, several terms as Director of Graduate Studies, and as a member of the Charles Phelps Taft Faculty Executive Board as well as Taft standing committees.

Skipper, Jr., Robert

History and Philosophy of Biology and Medicine, Evolutionary Theory

261C McMicken Hall


Robert Skipper received the PhD in Philosophy in 2000 from the Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He came to Cincinnati in 2001-2002.

Skipper's research focus has been mainly on the origin and development of evolutionary genetics. More recently he has explored issues at the intersection of health and public policy, especially with respect to obesity. Skipper's other interests include environmental ethics, bioethics, and epistemology.

Educator Faculty

Allen, Timothy W.

Social and Political Philosophy, Democratic Theory, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Critical Thinking, Existentialism, Business Ethics


Adjunct Faculty

Wilson, Stephen

Critical Thinking, Logic

259 McMicken Hall


Affiliate Faculty

Cahn, Steven J.

Associate Professor of Music Theory

4225G Emery Hall


Associate Professor Steven J. Cahn, PhD, is a music theorist and pianist whose research and specialized teaching areas include: 
  • Schoenberg Studies/Twentieth-Century Music Theory
  • Neuroscience/Psychology of Music
  • Aesthetics, Hermeneutics & Theories of History
  • History of Music Theory
  • Musical Form in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Cultural Studies & Jewish Music Studies

His work appears in collections—Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg, Schoenberg and Words, Schoenberg: Interpretationen seiner Werke—and journals—Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Opera Quarterly, Ostinato rigore. His collaborative research has been published in Cognitive Neuropsychology (DOI: 10.1080/02643294.2011.646972) and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.24.1.6).

Cahn has received support from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center, the Dean’s Travel Fund, the National Institutes of Health — Lab for Integrative and Medical Biophysics, the National Endowment for the Humanities (Summer Stipend) and University Research Council, Faculty Research Support Grant. He has presented papers at international conferences including Jewishness and the Arts (Rome, 2015), Schoenberg at 140 (Canterbury, UK, 2014), Symposia of the Arnold Schoenberg Center (Vienna, 2001, 2002) and the Third International Conference on Jewish Music (SOAS, London 2000). In the U.S., he has presented papers at the Getty Center, the Library of Congress and the National Institutes of Health. He has also presented research at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest and International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC8). 


Miller, Arnold I

Professor Emeritus of Geology

609 Geology-Physics Building


An evolutionary paleobiologist and paleoecologist, with research and teaching interests in biodiversity throughout geological time and in the present day. Current projects include the investigation of geographic and environmental selectivity during global mass extinctions and major diversification events; assessment of anthropogenic impacts on shallow-water molluscan communities as recorded in skeletal accumulations; numerical modeling of time-averaged fossil assemblages; and assessments of the distributions of animals and plants along present and past environmental gradients. 

Parr, Adrian

Professor and Director of The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center; Department of Political Science & School of Architecture and Interior Design; UNESCO Water Chair (PhD, Monash University)


PhD Monash University (AU) 2002 – Philosophy and Cultural Studies
MA Deakin University (AU) 2000 – Department of Politics & Philosophy
BA (First Class Honors Philosophy) Deakin University (AU) 1998
Cultural politics, environmental politics, political philosophy, feminist philosophy, water justice, contemporary continental philosophy.
Professor (Political Science and the School of Architecture and Interior Design)
Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center & Chair of Taft Faculty, University of Cincinnati
Faculty – Environmental Studies, Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Philosophy; and Judaic Studies

UNESCO co-chair Water Access and Sustainability

Visiting Professorial Fellow – iCinema, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Petren, Kenneth

Professor, Dean of A&S

155B McMicken Hall


ECBR, Evolutionary ecology: Landscape genomics, migration, speciaiton, adaptation, invasive species, behavior, island systems, "ancient" DNA, vertebrates, Darwin's finches and lizards.

Riley, Michael A.


4150C EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


Michael Riley studies human perceptual-motor behavior from the perspectives of complexity science and ecological psychology. He has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses including Research Methods in Perception & Action, History of Psychology, Human Factors, and Control and Coordination of Action. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Emeriti Faculty

Martin, John

McMicken Professor Emeritus. Areas of Specialty: Formal Semantics, History of Logic, Environmental Ethics.

259B McMicken Hall


Areas of Specialization

Formal Semantics, History of Logic, Environmental Ethics

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McEvoy, John

History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and Technology, Marx, Foucault, Althusser

259D McMicken Hall


Areas of Specialization

John McEvoy works in science studies and political philosophy. He has published extensively on the history and philosophy of science, focusing mainly on the Chemical Revolution, which occurred in the eighteenth century and is generally regarded as the origins of modern chemistry, and twentieth-century interpretations of this important event. He is currently working on more general issues pertaining to the historiography of science and is keen to show how the discipline of the history of science is shaped by wider philosophical and cultural influences. McEvoy also teaches political philosophy, focusing on the classical texts of Marx and Engels and the twentieth-century writings of the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and Althusser. He also teaches courses on the philosophy of technology and the historical and philosophical relations between magic, science, and the occult. His analysis of the 'history of the history of science' since World War Two is available in The Historiography of the Chemical Revolution: Patterns of Interpretation in the History of Science (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010).

Mullane, Harvey



Robinson, Jenefer Mary

Aesthetics, Philosophy of Psychology (emotion theory)

261C McMicken Hall


Jenefer Robinson teaches and writes on topics in aesthetics and philosophical psychology, especially the theory of emotion. Her book, Deeper than Reason (OUP 2005) applied recent advances in emotion theory to issues in aesthetics, such as the expression of emotion in the arts, how music arouses emotions and moods, and how the emotional experience of literature and music in particular can be a mode of understanding and appreciation. Jenefer is President of the American Society for Aesthetics. Her presidential address was about the role of emotional feelings in the appreciation of architecture. She is currently writing a book on emotion for OUP.

For more information, please see her personal website

Todd, William L


Taught philosophy at UC from fall 1958 to June 1988. Received the Cohen award for Excellence in Teaching and the Barbour Award for Student-Faculty relations. Secretary of the Cincinnati (Delta of Ohio) chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since 1970 something. Secretary of Omicron Delta Kapa honor society for 30 some years. Have taught a class each fall, winter, and spring terms in UC.s Institute for Learning in Retirement since spring 1990. Have volunteered in the A&S Student Affairs office since spring 1988. A 3-miles 3 times a week jogger since fall 1946--not up to today's standards but started long before all these new people started cluttering up the world.


Bridges, Jodi L

Business Administrator

137 McMicken Hall


Kocani, Vesna

Financial Administrator 2

207 McMicken Hall


Graduate Students

Cartieri, Francis

MS Student 703A Rieveschl PhD Student 1337 Crosley

Species Delimitation, Evolutionary Theory, Philosophy of Biology
MS Advisor: Dr. Theresa Culley
PhD Advisor: Dr. Robert Skipper

Corris, Amanda Beth

Graduate Assistant

My primary research interest is the philosophy of perception. Specifically, I am interested in enactive approaches to studying the phenomenology and content of perceptual experience. Aside from perception I am interested in aesthetics and the history of philosophy (17th - 20th c.).

Ducey, Michael J


Evans, Andrew Harold

Graduate Assistant

I am a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Philosophy. My main interests include the philosophy of mental health, mind, and psychology. 


Faries, Frank R

Graduate Assistant

I examine philosophical questions through the lens of the empirical sciences of the mind. Specifically, I am interested in the extent to which cognitive sciences, neuroscience, and psychology inform debates about things like attention, mental representation, computation, and the role of the brain in cognition.

Furlane, Kyle Keenan

Graduate Assistant

My current research is an interdisciplinary exploration of the connection between empathy and moral behavior which uses empirical work from psychology and neuroscience to give insight into philosophical ethics.  I argue that many moral failings, from the mundane to the horrific, are the result of a lack of "moral perception", not a lack of moral judgment or motivation, and that some forms of empathy are necessary to develop and improve our moral perception.

I also teach pre-college philosophy (or "philosophy for children") around Cincinnati in elementary schools and high schools.  

Gatyas, Max M.

Graduate Assistant

My main areas of interest are in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Specifically, I am interested in imagination and its relationship to action, emotion, and other folk psychological attitudes. I have secondary interests in ethics and moral psychology.

Heydari Fard, Sahar

Graduate Assistant

Philosophy PhD candidate

Huffman, Alex

Graduate Assistant

Ayca Mazman's main areas of interest are philosophy of mind, naturalized epistemology and metaphysics of mind. She is also interested in feminist epistemologies especially Third World feminisms.  

McKinney, Jonathan

Graduate Assistant

My main areas of interest are Non-Western Comparative Philosophy, Embodied Cognitive Science, and the possibility of interactions between the two. Specifically, I focus on Indian and Japanese Buddhist Philosophy and explore ways to use each in contemporary problems within Ecological Psychology, cognitive science, and environmental ethics. I am currently researching a comparative project involving empathy and a Buddhist notion of practice. 
I do research in the philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive science, particularly where these inform theoretical models of mental disorder. My current research focuses on the analogies and disanalogies between mental disorder and bodily illness, and what these can tell about the status of psychiatry as a branch of medical science and the proper boundaries of psychiatric practice.

Pillai, Mohan K

Graduate Assistant

My field of interest is the philosophy of psychology and cognitive sciences. I'm currently exploring the embodied-ecological approach in cognitive science, aiming to develop a more eclectic understanding of behaviour and cognition. I'm especially interested in explaining how we use reason and understanding to interact with our physical and social environments.

I also nurse a growing interest in philosophy for childen, and generally how philosophy might be used to improve well-being in both individuals and communities.
My main research interests are in the history and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Within HPS, I have been drawn to philosophical issues arising from model-based reasoning in science, and to the history of conceptual and technological innovations in medicine and psychology. Within mind and cognition, I have been motivated by questions about agency, intentionality, belief and language, and particularly the compatibility of mindreading-based models of social cognition with theories of embodied, situated and extended cognition. Uniting these areas of inquiry, I am interested in how an ecological approach to cognition and reasoning can help make sense of the relationship between scientific and ordinary understanding as well as of the intersection of science and social values.

Stepanenko, Walter

Graduate Assistant

My primary research interests are in ethics, but I also research politicla philosophy, american pragmatism, and philosophy of religion.

Stephenson, Richard Javier

Graduate Assistant

My main areas of interest are the philosophy of biology, specifically with regards to systematics, paleontology and evolution; as well as the general practice of science and the role of interdisiciplinary research in science. 

Willis, Matthew A

Graduate Assistant

My primary research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophical methodology.  I am mostly concerned with the notion of philosophical progress and the possibility of producing substantive results through philosophical investigation.

I am also interested in the work of WVO Quine and the history of early analytic philosophy (especially where Frege, Russell, and Carnap are concerned).