Independent Study and Dissertation Directors

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.

Shelton Waldrep

Shelton Waldrep is Distinguished Professor and Chair of English at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of The Space of Sex: The Porn Aesthetic in Contemporary Film and Television (Bloomsbury), Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie(Bloomsbury), The Dissolution of Place:Architecture, Identity, and the Body (Routledge), and The Aesthetics of Self-Invention: Oscar Wilde to David Bowie (University of Minnesota Press); the co-author of Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World (Duke University Press); and the editor of The Seventies: The Age ofGlitter in Popular Culture (Routledge).

Shelton Waldrep

Shelton Waldrep is Distinguished Professor and Chair of English at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of The Space of Sex: The Porn Aesthetic in Contemporary Film and Television (Bloomsbury), Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie(Bloomsbury), The Dissolution of Place:Architecture, Identity, and the Body (Routledge), and The Aesthetics of Self-Invention: Oscar Wilde to David Bowie (University of Minnesota Press); the co-author of Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World (Duke University Press); and the editor of The Seventies: The Age ofGlitter in Popular Culture (Routledge).

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 teaches 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 teaches History of late-modern Continental Philosophy at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

Christopher Johnson †

Dr. Christopher L. Johnson was an independent scholar who served as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Media at Eugene Lang College, and Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School University in New York City. He held a doctorate in American Studies from NYU. Dr. Johnson had been a Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching and doing research at the University of Münster, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. He was also an accomplished musician, playing drums, saxophone, and the flute.

Dr. Johnson’s book, Musicians’ Migratory Patterns: The African Drum as Symbol in Early America has been published posthumously by Routledge in 2020. An excerpt from the book is a TEDx Hudson presentation, “How banning the African Drum gave Birth to American Music.” http://sites.bu.edu/afammusicworldculture/speakers/chris-johnson/

Christopher Johnson †

Dr. Christopher L. Johnson was an independent scholar who served as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Media at Eugene Lang College, and Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School University in New York City. He held a doctorate in American Studies from NYU. Dr. Johnson had been a Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching and doing research at the University of Münster, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. He was also an accomplished musician, playing drums, saxophone, and the flute.

Dr. Johnson’s book, Musicians’ Migratory Patterns: The African Drum as Symbol in Early America has been published posthumously by Routledge in 2020. An excerpt from the book is a TEDx Hudson presentation, “How banning the African Drum gave Birth to American Music.” http://sites.bu.edu/afammusicworldculture/speakers/chris-johnson/

Phillip Armstrong

Professor Philip Armstrong has published widely in the area of contemporary visual arts and culture, as well as essays on contemporary political theory. Publications include Reticulations: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Networks of the Political (U of Minnesota P, 2009), Jean-Luc Nancy, Politique et au-delà: Entretien with Jason Smith (Galilée, 2011), and (with Laura Lisbon and Stephen Melville) As Painting: Division and Displacement (MIT Press and Wexner Center, 2001). Translations include Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Disavowed Community and The Pleasure in Drawing, as well as the collected writings of Michel Parmentier.

Phillip Armstrong

Professor Philip Armstrong has published widely in the area of contemporary visual arts and culture, as well as essays on contemporary political theory. Publications include Reticulations: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Networks of the Political (U of Minnesota P, 2009), Jean-Luc Nancy, Politique et au-delà: Entretien with Jason Smith (Galilée, 2011), and (with Laura Lisbon and Stephen Melville) As Painting: Division and Displacement (MIT Press and Wexner Center, 2001). Translations include Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Disavowed Community and The Pleasure in Drawing, as well as the collected writings of Michel Parmentier.

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).

Paul B. Armstrong

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013) and Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).

Paul B. Armstrong

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013) and Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).