Independent Study and Dissertation Directors

William Edelglass

William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Emerson College. Grounded in philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies, William’s writing and teaching is often interdisciplinary, engaging questions of ethics, aesthetics,practice, and the environment.  He is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal Environmental Philosophy.  For more on his scholarly work, see William’s interview with 3:AM Magazine or this conversation with William on the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

William Edelglass

William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Emerson College. Grounded in philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies, William’s writing and teaching is often interdisciplinary, engaging questions of ethics, aesthetics,practice, and the environment.  He is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal Environmental Philosophy.  For more on his scholarly work, see William’s interview with 3:AM Magazine or this conversation with William on the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless is an artist, theorist, curator. She is Associate Professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty Six territory (Canada). Her recent books are, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke University Press, 2019) and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press, 2019).

Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless is an artist, theorist, curator. She is Associate Professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty Six territory (Canada). Her recent books are, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke University Press, 2019) and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press, 2019).

Paul Kottman

Paul A. Kottman is Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He is Chair of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department. He is the author of several books, most recently Love as Human Freedom (Stanford UP 2018). He holds the Abilitazione, Professore Ordinario in Filosofia, Estetica (Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics) in Italy. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Tokyo; the Università degli studi di Verona; Instituto per glistudi filosofici, Naples; Fudan University, Shanghai; and the International Chair in Political Languages, Università del Piemonte Orientale. He also edits the book series, Square One: First Order Questions in the Humanities for Stanford University Press.

Paul Kottman

Paul A. Kottman is Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He is Chair of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department. He is the author of several books, most recently Love as Human Freedom (Stanford UP 2018). He holds the Abilitazione, Professore Ordinario in Filosofia, Estetica (Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics) in Italy. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Tokyo; the Università degli studi di Verona; Instituto per glistudi filosofici, Naples; Fudan University, Shanghai; and the International Chair in Political Languages, Università del Piemonte Orientale. He also edits the book series, Square One: First Order Questions in the Humanities for Stanford University Press.

Janae Sholtz

Dr. Janae Sholtz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University, Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, and Alvernia Neag Professor. She received her PhD from University of Memphis and MA from New School for Social Research. She is the author of The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political, Edinburgh Press (2015), co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism:Alliances and Allies (Bloomsbury 2019) and French and Italian Stoicisms: from Sartre to Agamben (Bloomsbury 2020). Her research focus is Continental Philosophy, avant-garde and contemporary aesthetics,social political philosophy, and feminist theory, with particular focus on artas a form of social/political resistance.

Janae Sholtz

Dr. Janae Sholtz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University, Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, and Alvernia Neag Professor. She received her PhD from University of Memphis and MA from New School for Social Research. She is the author of The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political, Edinburgh Press (2015), co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism:Alliances and Allies (Bloomsbury 2019) and French and Italian Stoicisms: from Sartre to Agamben (Bloomsbury 2020). Her research focus is Continental Philosophy, avant-garde and contemporary aesthetics,social political philosophy, and feminist theory, with particular focus on artas a form of social/political resistance.

Brian Massumi

Brian Massumi is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal. He is the author of Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press).

Brian Massumi

Brian Massumi is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal. He is the author of Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press).

Kathe Hicks Albrecht

Dr. Kathe Hicks Albrecht serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and holds a Presidential appointment to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book on steampunk art is due for release in 2021. Albrecht served as visual resources curator at American University for twenty-five years. As President of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), she helped establish a related educational foundation, and then served on the VRA Foundation Board of Directors. Albrecht has also represented educators on the Digital Future Coalition, the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), and the Conference of Fair Use (CONFU), convened by the Commerce Department to establish protocols for fair use of materials in the digital age. Albrecht holds a doctorate from IDSVA, where she was awarded the Ted Coons Dissertation Prize, BA (Art History) from UCLA and MA (Art History)from American University.

Kathe Hicks Albrecht

Dr. Kathe Hicks Albrecht serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and holds a Presidential appointment to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book on steampunk art is due for release in 2021. Albrecht served as visual resources curator at American University for twenty-five years. As President of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), she helped establish a related educational foundation, and then served on the VRA Foundation Board of Directors. Albrecht has also represented educators on the Digital Future Coalition, the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), and the Conference of Fair Use (CONFU), convened by the Commerce Department to establish protocols for fair use of materials in the digital age. Albrecht holds a doctorate from IDSVA, where she was awarded the Ted Coons Dissertation Prize, BA (Art History) from UCLA and MA (Art History)from American University.

Janet Donohoe

Janet Donohoe is currently Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Philosophy at the University of West Georgia. Her research is grounded in phenomenology and hermeneutics. She is the author of several articles on phenomenology and place, a book on Husserlian ethics, a book titled Remembering Places (Lexington Books,2014) and has edited the volume Place and Phenomenology (Rowman & Littlefield, Int’l, 2017). She is the former book review editor for Environmental Philosophy, is co-director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, and serves on the editorial board for a number of philosophy journals.

Janet Donohoe

Janet Donohoe is currently Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Philosophy at the University of West Georgia. Her research is grounded in phenomenology and hermeneutics. She is the author of several articles on phenomenology and place, a book on Husserlian ethics, a book titled Remembering Places (Lexington Books,2014) and has edited the volume Place and Phenomenology (Rowman & Littlefield, Int’l, 2017). She is the former book review editor for Environmental Philosophy, is co-director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, and serves on the editorial board for a number of philosophy journals.

Jason Wirth

Dr. Jason M. Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and works and teaches in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy,Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy. His recent books include Nietzsche and Other Buddhas: Philosophy after Comparative Philosophy (Indiana 2019), Mountains, Rivers, and the GreatEarth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis (SUNY 2017), a monograph on Milan Kundera (Commiserating with Devastated Things,Fordham 2015), and Schelling’s Practice of the Wild (SUNY 2015). He is the associate editor and book review editor of the journal, Comparative and Continental Philosophy

Jason Wirth

Dr. Jason M. Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and works and teaches in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy,Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy. His recent books include Nietzsche and Other Buddhas: Philosophy after Comparative Philosophy (Indiana 2019), Mountains, Rivers, and the GreatEarth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis (SUNY 2017), a monograph on Milan Kundera (Commiserating with Devastated Things,Fordham 2015), and Schelling’s Practice of the Wild (SUNY 2015). He is the associate editor and book review editor of the journal, Comparative and Continental Philosophy

Emily Putnam

EL actively presents artworks and performances in the United States, Europe, and beyond, is a committee member of Bbeyond Belfast, and has been a member of the Boston-based Mobius Artists Group since 2009. Originally from the United States, she currently lectures in Digital Media at Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway.

Emily Putnam

EL actively presents artworks and performances in the United States, Europe, and beyond, is a committee member of Bbeyond Belfast, and has been a member of the Boston-based Mobius Artists Group since 2009. Originally from the United States, she currently lectures in Digital Media at Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway.

Silvia Mazzini

SILVIA MAZZINI, a philosopher and theatre author, works on the intersection of Aesthetics and Political Philosophy. She published on Arts and Politics in Pasolini, Bloch and Vattimo, on tragic and comic thought and community theatre; currently she is writing on the Philosophy of Poverty. Before joining IDSVA, she was research fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and worked as Assistant Professor at the Humboldt University (where she also obtained her PhD) and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She tought History of late-modern Continental Philosophy at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

Silvia Mazzini

SILVIA MAZZINI, a philosopher and theatre author, works on the intersection of Aesthetics and Political Philosophy. She published on Arts and Politics in Pasolini, Bloch and Vattimo, on tragic and comic thought and community theatre; currently she is writing on the Philosophy of Poverty. Before joining IDSVA, she was research fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and worked as Assistant Professor at the Humboldt University (where she also obtained her PhD) and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She tought History of late-modern Continental Philosophy at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

Amy Cook

Dr. Cook is the Creative Director of Amicus Studio, her curating, interior design consulting, and multimedia art practice. Amy draws heavily on existentialism and ontology in her sympatico work as a therapist assisting clients in noticing and befriending the expansion and contraction of the heart. The process common to both enterprises is that of enlisting the courageous and ethical self to create and inhabit an invitational state of being.

Amy Cook

Dr. Cook is the Creative Director of Amicus Studio, her curating, interior design consulting, and multimedia art practice. Amy draws heavily on existentialism and ontology in her sympatico work as a therapist assisting clients in noticing and befriending the expansion and contraction of the heart. The process common to both enterprises is that of enlisting the courageous and ethical self to create and inhabit an invitational state of being.

Lewis Gordon

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa; and Honorary Professor in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa. He co-edits the journal Philosophy and Global Affairs, the Rowman & Littlefield book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought, and the Routledge-India book series Academics, Politics and Society in the Post-Covid World. He is the author of many books, including Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization (Routledge,2021) and the forthcoming Fear of Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Lewis Gordon

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa; and Honorary Professor in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa. He co-edits the journal Philosophy and Global Affairs, the Rowman & Littlefield book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought, and the Routledge-India book series Academics, Politics and Society in the Post-Covid World. He is the author of many books, including Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization (Routledge,2021) and the forthcoming Fear of Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).