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    Kevin S. Decker

    Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229C
    Phone: 509.359.6018
    Fax: 509.359.6018
    Curriculum Vitae

    Kevin S. Decker

    Professor of Philosophy

    EWU Faculty Organization President, 2015-16

    Areas of Specialization: Social and Political Theory, Ethics, American Pragmatism, Philosophy and Popular Culture, German Idealism, Romantic Thought

    Areas of Competence: Applied Ethics, History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary), Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophies of the Natural and Social Sciences.

    Managing Editor, William James Studies

    Co-writer and co-producer, Men in Charge radio program, KPBX Spokane public radio                    

    Recent Publications


    Recent Presentations



    Christopher C. Kirby, PhD. University of South Florida (2008)

    Professor of Philosophy
    Patterson Hall 229E
    Phone: 509.359.6503
    Fax: 509.359.6503
    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Kirby joined the Philosophy Program in the fall of 2008. The general focus of his teaching and scholarship is in the history of philosophy and comparative thought. Kirby (as his students call him) regularly teaches upper division courses on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, the philosophy of religion, Chinese Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics, as well as several introductory philosophy courses, including Zombies and Philosophy!

    General Research Emphasis: History of Philosophy & Value Theory

    Areas of Specialization: Comparative Philosophy, American Pragmatism

    Areas of Competence: Ancient Phil., Chinese Phil., Environmental Ethics, Existentialism & Phenomenology, Phil. of Religion, Medieval Phil., Modern Phil. 

    Recent Publications:

    •·       "Gadamer, Dewey, and the Importance of Play in Philosophical Inquiry." Reason Papers, Vol. 38 (1) [Spring 2016] 8-20

    •·       "The Live Creature and the Crooked Tree: Thinking Nature in Dewey and Zhuangzi." Philosophica, Vol. 47 [April 2016] 61-76.

    •·       "Ned Stark: One Man in Ten Thousand," In The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy. Robert Arp & Eric Silverman, eds. [Open Court, 2016]

    Terrance MacMullan

    Professor of Philosophy and Honors
    Patterson Hall 229B
    Phone: 509.359.6020
    Fax: 509.359.6020
    Curriculum Vitae

    Areas of Specialization 
              Social and Political Philosophy, Pragmatism.

    Areas of Competence

              Philosophy of Race, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy and Pop Culture.

              University of Oregon, Eugene OR
                        Ph.D. in Philosophy, August 2002
                         Dissertation:  Dewey and Du Bois: The Meaning and Consequence of Race

              Hamilton College, Clinton NY
                        B.A. in Philosophy with Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude, May 1994
                         Honor's Thesis:  "Habermas' Discourse Ethic and the First Amendment"   

    Current Research Focus

               Pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race.

    Current Projects

     Recent Publications

    Mimi Marinucci, Ph.D.

    Professor Of Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies
    Patterson Hall 229D
    Phone: 509.359.6026
    Fax: 509.359.6026
    Curriculum Vitae

    Mimi Marinucci joined the faculty in 2000. She came to EWU from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. She has a joint appointment, and her time is therefore split equally between Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies. She was promoted to full professor in 2011. Her first book, Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory (Zed Books, 2010) received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award. The second edition of this book is scheduled for publication in 2016. Marinucci is also the editor of Jane Austen and Philosophy, which is forthcoming in the Great Authors and Philosophy series (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). She has been awarded with the EWU President's Award and Professor of the Year award (2011), she was  a U.S. Professors of the Year nominee (2012), and she was awarded the Best of the West Plains EWU Teacher of the Year (2012). Her teaching and research are focused on feminism, philosophy, and feminist philosophy, particularly as represented in popular culture. She is especially interested in popular culture as a medium for the production and dissemination of knowledge about who we are as women and men. In addition to publishing numerous articles in various journals and books, Marinucci also founded and self published several issues of "Wave 2.5: A Feminist Zine," a two-time Utne Independent Press Award nominee (2005, 2009).

    Kathryn Julyan

    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229N
    Phone: 509.359-6738
    Fax: 509.359-6738
    Curriculum Vitae
    Kathryn recently completed her PhD coursework in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also holds a MA degree in Philosophy from Tufts University. She has held the position of Adjunct Lecturer at Eastern Washington University since 2002 where she teaches courses in Philosophy, Religion, and Women and Gender Studies. Between 2009- 2011 Kathryn acted as the founding!adviser for!EWU's student led group, the Compassionate Interfaith Society. Kathryn's areas of specialization are Indian Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Women's Spirituality.

    Charles Scott Kinder-Pyle~MDiv, DMin

    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229N
    Phone: 509.359.6738
    Fax: 509.359.6738
    Curriculum Vitae

    And if now, there's so much bitterness in these silks,
    there's a tenderness that is never born,
    that never dies; it lets fly
    another great, apocalyptic handkerchief:
    the blue, unedited hand of God.

              --Cesar Vallejo, "Fresco," in The Black Heralds, as translated by Rebecca Seiferle


    David Weise

    Quarterly Faculty
    Patterson Hall 229F
    Phone: 509.359.6738
    Fax: 509.359.6738
    Curriculum Vitae

    Kerri Boyd

    Program Coordinator for Philosophy & English Composition
    Patterson Hall 229P
    Phone: 509.359.7064
    Fax: 509.359.7064

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    229 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.7064

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