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
PhD, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
MTS, Harvard University
MA, University of Alberta, Edmonton
BA, University of California, Fullerton

Bhavsar, Ayesha
Dr. Ayesha Bhavsar, Instructor, Philosophy
PhD, (Philosophy/Ethics) Michigan State University
BA, (Philosophy) University of Kentucky

Browder, Jim
Jim Browder, Instructor, Philosophy
MA, Northwestern University, Illinois
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Dumont, Michele
Dr. Michele Dumont, Prof/Dir-Honors Prgm, Philosophy
PhD, Boston University
MA, California State University, Long Beach
BA, Mount St. Mary's College

Green, Paul
Dr. Paul Green, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
PhD, University of California, Irvine
MA, University of California, Irvine
BS, Biola University

Tan, Peter
Dr. Peter Tan, Instructor, Philosophy
PhD, Forham University, Philosophy
MA, Boston College
BS, University of Arizona

Adjunct Faculty

Giovanni, Valerie
Valerie Giovanni, Professor, Philosophy
PhD (Media & Communications) The European Graduate School
MA (Philosophy) Loyola Marymount University
BA (Philosophy) UC Berkeley

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Melissa Gulick, Professor, Philosophy
MA (Philosophy) CSULA
BA (Philosophy) Loyola Marymount University

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Marco Llaguno, Professor, Philosophy
MA, BA (Philosophy) CSULA
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Denise Meda, Professor, Philosophy
MA (Philosophy) San Jose State
BA (Philosophy & Spanish) University of San Diego

Tregenza, Birgit
Birgit Tregenza, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
MA, University of California-Los Angeles
BA, California State University-Northridge,

Berndt, Laura
Laura Berndt, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
ABD, University of Bristol
MA, University of Bristol, England
BA, University of Bristol, England

Stern, Gabriel
Gabriel Stern, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
MA, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
BS, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Taheri, Moosh
Moosh Taheri, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
MA, Loyola Mount University
BS, University of Pacific

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Frank Waters, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
MA, University of Warwick
BA, California State University-Los Angeles

Yusim, Andrea
Andrea Yusim, Part-time Instructor, Philosophy
MA, Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach, California
BA, Visual Art, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont