Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
240 895 4900
mstaber@smcm.edu

Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
240 895 2159

Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Faculty and Staff


Faculty in the department hold Ph.D.s in Philosophy and in Religious Studies but are committed to reach beyond disciplinary boundaries towards a multi-cultural, interdisciplinary understanding of the world; we teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West, like in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, Asian Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Nitze Scholars Program), The faculty of the department also cross literal boundaries by taking students on study tours to places like Greece, India, Thailand. and Japan.  In addition to our regular disciplinary courses, these demonstrate our commitment to exploring new ways of showing students the worlds of philosophy and of religion.
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Betül Başaran
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 201
Email: bbasaran@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-2026

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Sybol Cook Anderson (sabbatical leave 2012-13)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 205
Email: scanderson@smcm.edu
Phone Number: Office clerk: 240-895-2159

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Barrett Emerick
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 204
Email: bmemerick@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-2211
Lectures on Liberty

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Björn Krondorfer (on leave 2012-13)
Professor of Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall (no office while on leave)
Email: bhkrondorfer@smcm.edu
Phone Number: Office clerk: 240-895-2159

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Daniel Meckel (sabbatical leave 2012-13)
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 104
Email: djmeckel@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-4464

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Bradley Park
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 206
Email: bdpark@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-4276

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John Schroeder (on leave fall 2012-spring 2014)
Professor of Philosophy
Office: Margaret Brent Hall (no office while on leave)
Email: jwschroeder@smcm.edu
Phone Number: Office clerk: 240-895-2159

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Charles Stein
Visiting Instructor of Philosophy
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 103
Email: cwstein@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-4127

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Michael Taber
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Department Chair
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 102
Email: mstaber@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-4900
Lectures on Liberty

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Katharina Von Kellenbach
Professor of Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 202
Email: kvonkellenbach@smcm.edu
Phone Number: 240-895-4277