• Michelle Jenkins

    Michelle Jenkins

    Philosophy Department Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Olin Hall 196
    509-527-5808

    B.A. Franklin & Marshall College, 2003; Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2010

    Michelle grew up in Alaska before venturing to the Lower 48 for college (at Franklin and Marshall College) and graduate school (at the University of Arizona). Her area of focus is ancient philosophy, with a particular interest in Plato's discussions of moral and intellectual development. 

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  • Tom Davis

    Tom Davis

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Olin Hall 197
    509-527-5164

    B.A., University of California-Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

    Tom is interested in understanding how radical thoughtlessness has become perfectly normal, and the nature of the possibility of forgiveness. 

    His last publication was Beyond the Pale of Forgiveness: The Touchstone of Simon in the October 2012 issue of Philosophy and Literature.

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  • Rebecca Hanrahan

    Rebecca Hanrahan

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Olin Hall 263
    509-527-4956

    B.A. Smith College, 1989; M.A., Ph.D. UNC 1998

    Rebecca's primary research area centers around the question "How do we know what is possible?" You are reading this text right now, but you could have chosen to go biking or dancing or rock climbing. How do you know that you could have been engaging in these activities instead? This question in essence defines the field of modal epistemology.

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  • Patrick Frierson

    Patrick Frierson

    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Paul Garrett Fellow

    Olin Hall 193
    (509) 527-5243

    B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.

    Patrick R. Frierson is Associate Professor and Department Chair in Philosophy. He teaches courses in the history of philosophy, ethics (including environmental ethics), philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science. 

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  • Julia Ireland

    Julia Ireland

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Olin Hall 258
    (509) 522-4388

    B.A., Whitman College; M.A., Ph.D., DePaul University

    Julia A. Ireland is Associate Professor of Philosophy and specializes in European philosophy, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, comparative literature, and Ancient Greek philosophy. She teaches seminars on Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Rilke, and architecture, and is also a committed first-year Encounters instructor.

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  • Mitch Clearfield

    Mitch Clearfield

    Senior Lecturer of Philosophy & General Studies

    Olin Hall 195
    509-527-5853

    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., University of Notre Dame

    Mitch's main interest is the philosophy of language: thinking about how language relates to both the mind and the external world, and what (if anything) can be revealed about those through the study of language. In pursuing that interest, he focuses on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein from the first half of the twentieth century, and on the more recent development of pragmatism in the work of Donald Davidson, Richard Rorty, and Robert Brandom.

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  • Wenqing Zhao

    Wenqing Zhao

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy

    Olin Hall 196
    509-527-5033

    B.A. Hong Kong Baptist University; Ph.D. City University of Hong Kong

    Wenqing Zhao was born and raised in mainland China. Her areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, bioethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of gender. In general, she is interested in applied ethical issues in non-ideal and multicultural contexts.

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