Faculty


Geoff Chaplin


Geoff Chaplin

Instructor in 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).


Chris Hatchell


Chris Hatchell

Assistant 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 religion and a system of philosophy and practice called the Great Perfection (rdzogs chen). His current project is a translation of a Tibetan text known as the Zermik (gzer mig), which is a biography of the founder of the Bön tradition, Tönpa Shenrab. 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. American old-time music is also a major interest - banjo and fiddle players are welcome to stop by his office.

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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.

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Thomas K. Javoroski

Instructor in Philosophy

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

Email: tjavoroski@coe.edu


Meira Kensky

Meira Z. Kensky

Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion

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 Associate Professor of Religion. 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 for Mohr Siebeck, an examination of the figure of Timothy in Early Christian literature. Recent publications include articles on 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, last May. She was the recipient of Coe College's C. J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013.


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John Lemos, Chair

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.


Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Cornell College
B.A., Oxford University
M.S., University of Iowa - Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Email: pmccormi@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8697

Peter McCormick's my main interests are in ethics and the history of philosophy (and a logic text that is close to completion). He has taught courses in a variety of areas of philosophy (the logic course is a special interest), as well as courses in computer science, writing and various other topics (Charles Dodgson and Game Theory are two of many). In addition to traditional philosophical works on morality and human nature, he also interested in the treatment of these topics that we find in authors like Dostoevsky, Conrad and Camus (if you want to discuss Poe's theory of revenge, send Peter an email!). In the winter Peter can often be found at the swimming pool - if it's open, that's probably where he'll be. In the summer, he spends much of his time in northern Minnesota  with his border collie/Australian cattle dog mix.


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William McGrath

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

B.S., University of Virginia 
M.A., University of Virginia 
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Email: wmcgrath@coe.edu
Phone: 319.399.8618

Bill McGrath researches and teaches courses on the religious and medical traditions of Asia. His research focuses more specifically on the historical intersections of such traditions in Tibet—as well as their relations with the intellectual traditions of China and India—particularly during the period in which Tibetan thought came to be systematized (8th – 14th centuries). He is currently writing a monograph that is based on his dissertation research, which is about the canonization and institutionalization of the Tibetan medical tradition at Sakya monastery during the Yuan dynasty (ca. 1271–1368).


Alexander Zambrano

Alexander Zambrano

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

B.A. Loyola Marymount University
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

Email: azambrano@coe.edu

Alex Zambrano teaches courses in applied ethics (including bioethics and environmental ethics), the history of philosophy (ancient and early modern), philosophy of race, philosophy of religion, and normative ethics. His main area of research is biomedical ethics, and he is currently interested in two particular areas: (1) the allocation of scarce medical resources and (2) bio-enhancement technologies and their implications for distributive justice. In addition to these areas, he has previously published work on issues that arise in post-mortem organ transplantation. For instance, should consent be required to remove a person’s organs after they die? And do people ever have rights over their bodies that can be violated after they die? His work has appeared in journals such as Bioethics, Social Theory and Practice, Ethics and Information Technology, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.

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