Mount Saint Mary's College


About Our Faculty

Philosophy faculty here at MSMC love teaching. Our goal is to create classes that foster the joy of learning and bring ideas to life. Central to this is helping students develop critical thinking skills so they can apply what they learn to the world around them. Philosophical training helps develop clarity of thought and the ability to write clearly and defensibly. It also helps individuals reflect on their lives and the importance of ethics in shaping how we live with one another. As members of the MSMC Philosophy Department, we work together as a team to create Philosophy classes that are of high quality and relevant to students' academic and personal growth.

All our faculty incorporate diverse perspectives into their classes and are sensitive to different approaches to learning. Many of our faculty have received awards, fellowships, and honors for their teaching and for professional development.

As a result, our Philosophy classes provide a solid foundation for academic success--whatever the student's major. Our talented, caring faculty make all the difference.


Teays, Wanda
Dr. Wanda Teays, Department Chair, Philosophy
Ph.D., Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
M.T.S., Harvard University
M.A., University of Alberta, Edmonton
B.A., University of California, Fullerton

Browder, Jim
Jim Browder, Instructor, Philosophy
M.A., Northwestern University, Illinois
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Dumont, Michele
Dr Michele Dumont, Prof/Dir-Honors Prgm, Philosophy
Ph.D., Boston University
M.A., California State University, Long Beach
B.A., Mount St. Mary's College

Green, Paul
Dr. Paul Green, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.A., University of California, Irvine
B.S., Biola University

Tan, Peter
Dr. Peter Tan, Lecturer, Philosophy
Ph.D., Forham University, Philosophy
M.A., Boston College
B.S., University of Arizona

Adjunct Faculty

Tregenza, Birgit
Birgit Tregenza, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
M.A., University of California-Los Angeles
B.A., California State University-Northridge,

Berndt, Laura
Laura Berndt, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
A.B.D., University of Bristol
M.A., University of Bristol, England
B.A., University of Bristol, England

Reynolds, Andrea
Andrea Reynolds, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
M.A., Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach, California
B.A., Visual Art, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Stern, Gabriel
Gabriel Stern, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
M.A., Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
B.S., University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Taheri, Moosh
Moosh Taheri, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
M.A., Loyola Mount University
B.S., University of Pacific

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Frank Waters, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
M.A., University of Warwick
B.A., California State University-Los Angeles