Faculty


Geoff Chaplin


Geoff Chaplin

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion

B.A., Oberlin College
A.M., University of Chicago

Email: gchaplin@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8133

Geoff Chaplin is an intellectual historian specializing in the religious thought of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformations. He has published translations of the work of Francois Fenelon (1650-1715). Chaplin teaches courses on Dante's Divine Comedy, the Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Literature, Modern Religious Thought, and the history of Christianity.


Chris Hatchell

Chris Hatchell, Chair

Associate Professor of Religion and Stead Family Professor of Religion

B.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Email: chatchell@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8618

Chris Hatchell teaches in the field of Asian religions, with particular interests in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Daoism. His research focuses on Tibet, especially the Bön religious tradition. His current project is a translation of a Tibetan text known as the Zermik (Tibetan: gzer mig), which is a biography of Tönpa Shenrab, the legendary founder of the Bön tradition. Some of his other favorite topics are Indian and Tibetan tantra, Buddhist cosmology, contemporary Tibetan literature and film, digital initiatives in Tibetan Studies, and Tibetan music and games. At Coe he teaches introductory classes in Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, and has specialized classes in Tantra, Tibetan Religion, Caste & Untouchability, and the Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Curriculum Vitae


Jeffrey Hoover

Jeffrey Hoover

Howard Hall Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Eastern Mennonite College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Email: jhoover@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8685

Jeff Hoover's principal areas of teaching and scholarly interest are in post-Enlightenment continental European philosophy and in political theory. At Coe he regularly teaches Late Modern Philosophy (from Kant to Marx); Existentialism (Nietzsche to Sartre) Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Critical Theory); Philosophy of Gender and Race; and Freedom and Authority (a course in political philosophy). He has published on post-Enlightenment figures including Schleiermacher and Hegel, but has also written on more contemporary issues in political theory involving identity politics and minority representation. Another passion of his, and now research interest, involves the arts and letters of late medieval/renaissance Italy, leading recently to a year as visiting faculty in Florence and also to a Coe May-term in Italy.

Jeff's Webpage


Tom JavoroskiTom Javoroski

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Tom Javoroski’s teaching and research interests include applied ethics (environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, business ethics), metaethics (he has soft spots for intuitionism, virtue theory, and various versions of care ethics), logic, mind and personal identity, and broader questions surrounding what it means to live ‘the good life’. He has been invited to speak on a variety of issues ranging from corporate personhood to bionic engineering of humans to the origin of human rights. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Iowa, where he studied under an impressive array of scholars and still somehow managed to discuss the science of Star Trek in his dissertation. He previously earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a troubled youth that he still sometimes reverts to (he has had a pair of short stories published to date). Tom has spent time as a graphic designer, technical writer, arborist, and bike mechanic. He spends his free time cycling, running, cooking, playing boardgames and role-playing games, and occasionally breaking out his drums or ukulele. Tom also happily serves as advisor to the Coe College Philosophy Club.


Meira Kensky

Meira Z. Kensky

Joseph E. McCabe Professor of Religion and
Director of Advising

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Email: mkensky@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8628

Meira Z. Kensky is currently the Joseph E. McCabe Professor of Religion at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Kensky received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament) from the University of Chicago. Her first book, Trying Man, Trying God: The Divine Courtroom in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2010, and was the inspiration for a conference on “The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective” at Cordozo School of Law in New York. Currently, she is working on her second book Go To Hell: Vicarious Travel with Peter and Paul in Earliest Christianity, under contract with Wm. B. Eerdmans, and a second book for Mohr Siebeck, Isopsychos: The Figure of Timothy in Early Christian Literature. Recent publications include articles on the Paul and Apocalypticism, the Acts of Timothy, Romans 9-11, Tertullian of Carthage’s Apologeticum, and the figure of Timothy in the Pauline and post-Pauline epistles.  Kensky has lectured widely around the Chicago and Cedar Rapids areas, and gave the 29th Annual Stone Lectureship in Judaism at Augustana College, IL and the Winter 2016 Dean’s Craft of Teaching Seminar at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She was the recipient of Coe College’s C. J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013, and currently serves as Coe College’s Director of Advising and ACM Academic Leadership Fellow. In Fall 2018 she was in residence as a teaching fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago as the co-director of the Associated College of the Midwest’s Newberry Seminar in the Humanities. Currently, Kensky serves on the chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. Kensky teaches classes on Biblical Literature, Western Religions, Judaism, Islam, Apocalypticism, and Religion in America.


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John Lemos

McCabe Professor of Philosophy

B.A., University of the South
Ph.D., Duke University

Email: jlemos@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8861

John Lemos teaches courses in logic, moral philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, early modern philosophy (Descartes to Kant), and contemporary analytic philosophy. His research interests lie in three main fields of inquiry: philosophy of biology, especially the philosophical implications of evolution; neo-Aristotelian ethics; and the metaphysics of freedom and responsibility. He has published articles in a variety of journals, such as Philosophy of the Social Sciences, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, and Philosophia. His book Commonsense Darwinism was published in 2008 by the Open Court Press. His second book, Freedom, Responsibility, and Determinism: A Philosophical Dialogue, was published by Hackett in 2013. His most recent book, A Pragmatic Approach to Libertarian Free Will, was published by Routledge Press in 2018.