Faculty Directory

Philosophy Faculty


Dr. Zachary Bachman


B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2009; M.A., Philosophy: Texas A&M University, 2011; Ph.D., Philosophy: University of California, Riverside, 2018

Areas of interest: Ethics, Action Theory, Epistemology


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Dr. Janella Baxter

Assistant Professor

B.A., Philosophy: Seattle University, 2004; Grad Certificate, Gender & Women's Studies: University of Colorado, 2009; M.A., Philosophy: University of Colorado, 2009; Ph.D., Philosophy: University of Illinois Chicago, 2017

Areas of interest: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Scientific Ethics & Policy, Enviromental Ethics, Native American Philosophy

CHSS 357

(936) 294-1943


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Dr. Maria Botero, Ph.D.


B.A., Philosophy: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 1999; M.A., Philosophy: York University, 2004; Ph.D., Philosophy: York University, 2009

Areas of interest: Philosophy of Psychology, Primatology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Ethics

CHSS 359

(936) 294-2461


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Dr. Thomas J. Brommage, Ph. D.


B.A., Philosophy: Manhattanville College, 2000, Grad Certificate, Women's Studies: University of South Florida, 2004 M.A., Philosophy: University of South Florida, 2002, Ph.D., Philosophy: University of South Florida, 2008

Areas of interest: Logic, History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Humor, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mathematics, Social Philosophy

CHSS 347

(936) 294-2460


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Dr. Alan C. Clune, Ph.D


B.A., Electrical Engineering: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1988; M.A., Philosophy: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,1992; Ph.D., Philosophy: State University of New York at Buffalo, 2000

Areas of interest: Animals and Ethics, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Mind

CHSS 349

(936) 294-4327


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Dr. Gregory Doukas, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

B.A., Philosophy: Rutgers University, 2014; M.A., Political Science: University of Connecticut, 2018; Ph.D., Political Science: University of Connecticut, 2022

Areas of interest: Political Philosophy, African Philosophy, Black Political Thought, Global Existentialism, Decolonial Thought



Dr. Nathan Eckstrand, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., Philosophy: Earlham College, 2005; M.A., Philosophy: Boston College, 2009; Ph.D., Philosophy: Duquesne University, 2014

Areas of interest: Social and Political Philosophy, Continental philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Socio-political Change. Ethics, Gender Theory, Marxism, Logic

CHSS 341

(936) 294-2452


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Dr. Jessica Elkayam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

B.A., Philosophy: DePaul University, 2004; M.A., Philosophy: Villanova University, 2008; Ph.D., Philosophy: Villanova University, 2016

Areas of interest: 19th-20th Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology & Existentialism, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Film, Feminist Philosophy

CHSS 358

(936) 294-3779


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Dr. Amber George, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor



Dr. Thomas Meagher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley 2006; M.A., Philosophy: University of Connecticut 2015; Ph.D., Philosophy: University of Connecticut, 2018

Areas of interest: Africana Philosophy, Philosophy of Race and Gender, Political Theory, Phenomenology, Existentialism

CHSS 365

(936) 294-2453


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Dr. Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin

Associate Professor

B.A., Creative Writing and Literature: University of Michigan, 2002; M.A., Philosophy: Boston College, 2007; Ph.D., Philosophy: University of California, Riverside, 2012

Areas of interest: Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Social Philosophy; Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Law Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Logic

CHSS 356

(936) 294-3585


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Dr. Sharon A. Thomas

Adjunct Professor

B.A., General Studies: University of Calgary, 1984; M.A., Philosophy: University of Kentucky; 1995 MED, Environmental Design: University of Calgary 1991; Ph.D., Philosophy: University of Hawaii, 2001

Areas of interest: Comparative Philosophy, Aesthetics


Faculty Emeritus


Dr. Frank Fair, Ph.D.

Faculty Emeritus

Dr. Fair taught at Sam Houston State from 1971 until he retired fully from teaching in 2020 after gaining the rank of Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. While he is no longer teaching, Dr. Fair remains a professionally active researcher and writer in the philosophical community.

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