Philosophy Faculty

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Faculty

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Alfonse Borysewicz, born and raised in Detroit, is a Brooklyn based painter who after completing his seminary studies (in philosophy and theology) took up painting in Boston before moving to NYC over forty years ago. Along with teaching he exhibits widely with his painting constructions revealing, as one art dealer recently noted, "a fortitude of a deep spiritual path." 

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Ed Devina received his doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University. He wrote his dissertation on two famous contemporary philosophers—Bernard Lonergan and Jürgen Habermas. The title of his dissertation is The Ground of the Normative Force of Discourse: A Lonerganian Reconstruction of Habermas's Communicative Rationality. He earned his Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He works full-time for NYC Health + Hospitals.   

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Chrysoula Gitsoulis (Adj assistant professor of philosophy) earned a BA in Philosophy, BS in Mathematics, and Minor in Classics, from Rutgers College, New Jersey, in 1991, and a PhD in Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2008. Her thesis was on Wittgenstein's philosophical method and its application to rule-following in his Philosophical Investigations. She has taught courses in many different fields of philosophy, but her main current research projects lie in moral and political philosophy, and Ancient Greek philosophy. You can learn more about her interests, publications, and teaching, by visiting her Website

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Dave Hill has been a proud member of the NJCU family for more than ten years. He admires the dedication, resilience and originality of NJCU students and faculty and their work. His writing and teaching interests include writing-across-the curriculum, food and water justice, the influence of Thomas Hobbes upon the American politics, comparative law, and finally our ideas of eternity and futurism. He is also a giant fan of the New Jersey shore and ocean. In fact, he loves them so much that his son is named after them!   He earned an M.A. in Government at the University of Texas and a second M.A. in Urban Education at the University of Massachusetts. 

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Nicholas A. Johnson is a proud native of Newark, New Jersey. He has been teaching in the Philosophy & Religion Department at New Jersey City University since 2017.  He has also had teaching appointments at Drew University Theological School and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Nicholas is a PhD candidate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Drew University in Madison, NJ. His research focuses on Paul’s epistles, Revelation, and the intersections of Africana, post/decolonial, and New Testament studies. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago and received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Baptist minister, Nicholas is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the National Baptist Convention, USA. Since 2014, he has served as pastor at Raritan Valley Baptist Church in Edison, NJ. As someone deeply committed to social justice and activism, Nicholas is always looking for ways to forge meaningful and transformative connections between the academy, church, and society. He is President and Board Chair for the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.

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Scott O’Connor read for his Ph.D in Philosophy at Cornell University. He has a B.Phil in Philosophy from Oxford University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. He has presented and published papers on Aristotle’s natural philosophy and metaphysics. Originally from Co.Kildare, Ireland, he joined NJCU in 2014, where he has developed and taught a range of courses in ancient philosophy and metaphysics. He has also been an active member of the honors program since he joined NJCU and has led a number of honors study abroad programs

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Sabine Roehr (Associate Professor) received her M.A. in German Literature and Language and in Philosophy from the University of Hannover, Germany, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her first book was on the author Hubert Fichte, the first openly gay/bisexual author in Germany. She spent a dozen years as a German lecturer and language instructor in Singapore, Japan, and the UK before moving to the US. She now focuses exclusively on her work in philosophy, which covers the late German enlightenment of Immanuel Kant and his immediate successors. She has published books and articles on Kant, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, and Friedrich Schiller, and has translated works by Reinhold and the 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Her additional interests include applied ethics and Animal Studies.

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Scott C. Taylor, MA, MSW, LSW, received his MA in Philosophy (with a concentration in Psychoanalysis) from The New School for Social Research, and his MSW from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service. He is a staff psychotherapist at the Institute for Personal Growth and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for nearly a decade. Like his education, his research interests span disciplines, writing and researching on such topics as pragmatism, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, the sociology of ideas, social interactions, and social theory more broadly. He has published in such journals as American Imago, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, and 21st Century Social Justice, and was the recipient of the 2018 Silberger Scholar Prize from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.  Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, he proudly serves as a career firefighter for the Jersey City Fire Department, where he is also a member of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

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Luke Trusso has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at NJCU since 2009, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department at NYU since 2014. He has an MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a MA in Philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests include Environmental Aesthetics, Nietzsche Scholarship, Existentialism, Cultural Criticism, and Psychoanalysis.

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Yunus Tuncel received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research Spring 2000. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Nietzsche Circle in New York City and as the Editor-in-Chief of its electronic journal, The Agonist. He is the author of Towards a Genealogy of Spectacle (Eye Corner Press, 2011), Agon in Nietzsche (Marquette University Press, 2013) and Emotion in Sports (Routledge, 2019), and the editor of Nietzsche and Transhumanism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017). He is interested in the fusion of art (all forms of art) and philosophy in various cultural formations and organizes a peripatetic project called Philomobile. He has been teaching at NJCU since Fall 2016.