FACULTY AND STAFF
Full Time Faculty and Staff
Coordinator of the Philosophy and Critical Thinking Program and Professor of Philosophy.
Ph.D (New York University), and BA (Johns Hopkins University), is the coordinator of the Philosophy and Critical Thinking area. His areas of specialization include Phenomenology, Existentialism, Philosophical Psychology, and Critical Thinking. He teaches Critical Thinking, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Issues, and Philosophy of Religion. His publications include The Philosopher's Way (4/e), Thinking Critically (8/e) Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing (3/e) and The Thinker's Way.
Holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Duquesne University), and an M.A. in Phenomenological Psychology (Duquesne University). Her areas of specialization include Applied Ethics, specifically in Environmental and Public Health; Feminist Philosophy; Continental Philosophy; and History of Philosophy. She has designed courses in Social and Political Philosophy and Environmental Philosophy at LAGCC. She is the creator of the Philosophy Club and co-mentors the Club. She teaches Social and Political Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics and Moral Issues.
Minerva Ahumada Torres has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. Her research covers areas such as Narrative Ethics (especially the way in which moral phenomena are always presented as stories in medias res), Social and Political Philosophy, Latin American Philosophy, Epistemology and the interstice between Philosophy and Literature. She teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics.
Vera Albrecht received her M.A. in Indology, Classics, and Philosophy from Albertus Magnus Universität Köln, Cologne, Germany, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Center (CUNY). Her areas of specialization include Metaphysics and Object Theory, Philosophy of Language and Mind, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, and Political Philosophy. She teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Aesthetics, and the interdisciplinary cluster “Constructing Gender.”
PhD in Cognitive Science and Philosophy (The Graduate Center, CUNY), MA in Physiological Psychology (San Francisco State University). His areas of specialization include cognitive science and the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and meta-ethics. He teaches Logic and Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Issues, Philosophy of Religion, and the interdisciplinary cluster 'Minds, Brains, and Consciousness'. More info available at his website: http://onemorebrown.com
He received his PhD from Fordham University, New York, MA from Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Rome, Italy and BA from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also spent one year as a visiting scholar at the Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He specializes in early modern philosophy, but he is also interested in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ethics, and African philosophy. Before coming to the City University of New York, he taught at Fordham University.
Aaron Rizzieri is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LAGCC. He received his Ph. D from Arizona State University and specializes in epistemology, bioethics, and the philosophy of religion. Aaron has recently published articles in Philosophical Studies and Philosophy, Humanities, and Medicine.
Gary Richmond has lectured in critical and creative thinking as well as in music theory at NYU and Cooper-Union, and has guest lectured in these disciplines in the USA and abroad. He has been teaching in LaGuardia’s Humanities Department in two divisions (Philosophy and Speech Communication) for over two decades. Here he is also actively involved in the work of The Center for Teaching and Learning where, for example, he co-developed and co-led faculty development seminars in information literacy, learning communities, and Web 2.0 technologies supporting contemporary pedagogies. His primary research interest is philosophical pragmatism as it relates to inquiry, democracy, and the Web, and he has written a number of papers on Peircean pragmatism and semiotics as it concerns these and related topics. In recent years he has been invited to speak at workshops and other events in conjunction with international conferences. In 2007 he presented the keynote address at a joint session of international conferences on conceptual structures (ICCS) and organizational semiotics (ICOS) in Sheffield, UK. He holds a B.Mus. degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), an M.A. from Hunter College (NYC), and has done extensive post graduate work at NYU.
Adjunct Faculty and Staff
(Ph.D. Duke University, 2008) specializes in Philosophy of Religion and 20th Century & Contemporary Continental Philosophy. He teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Ethics & Moral Issues, and Philosophy of Religion. His articles appear in various journals, including Symposium, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Substance.
(Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985 while he was an administrator at Pratt Institute, Michael A. Mauro has been an attorney in private practice since 1988. Mr. Mauro joined the faculty of the Humanities Department at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York in 1989 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Mr. Mauro holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosopy from Fordham College, Bronx, New York; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
BA in Philosophy from Temple University 1965 MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research 1975 Studied Plato and Aristotle with Seth Benardete, Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger with Hannah Arendt, Phenomenology with Aron Gurwitsch, Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Life with Hans Jonas Acting Director, The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research 1973-1977. I taught a variety of courses in Philosophy and literature in the program from 1971-1983 Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at LaGuardia Community College 1980--present Instructor in Philosophy at Pace University 2008—present Co-Founder Executive Wine Seminars 1981.
MA and BA in philosophy (Binghamton University) is an instructor of philosophy. His areas of interest include the metaphysics of personal identity, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, epistemology and the philosophy of love and sex. He teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking. Watch documentaries on philosophy and science on his blog: Berto: Philosophy Monkey. His publications include the chapter "Pope Admits: God Ain't Said Shit to Me - The Onion on the Existence of God" from the forthcoming book The Onion and Philosophy (2010).
Received a BA from the College of Wooster, a Masters of Theological Studies from Drew University Theological School, and a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia. His publications include articles in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Critical Texts, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Review of Biblical Literature, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Contemporary Pragmatism and The Dictionary of Literary Biography (see http://www.dseiple.com ) . He is co-editor (with Casey Haskins) of Dewey Reconfigured (SUNY Press), and co-editor (with Frederick Weidmann). of Enigmas and Powers: Engaging the Work of Walter Wink for the Classroom, Church, and World (Wipf and Stock). He has taught courses in philosophy, religion, and critical thinking in colleges throughout the New York area. He is editor of Philosophy's Labyrinth ( http://www.philosophylab.net ), and blogs from time to time at http://www.dseipleonline.net
Received his BA from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and his Doctorate degree from the CUNY Graduate Center. Areas of interest/research: ethics, philosophy of gender, masculinities studies, social and political philosophy.
Ph.D., New School University. Dr. Torok began adjunct teaching philosophy and critical thinking at LaGuardia in 2004. She is also teaching philosophy courses online at various programs and universities around the country. Dr. Torok works as a Program Associate at the Center for Teaching Learning at LaGuardia, leading the Project Quantum Leap and the Making Connections professional seminars. She is currently teaching Critical Thinking in a learning community, paired with Elementary Algebra.
Has taught in the Humanities Department at LaGCC for ten years. Originally from New Zealand, he graduated from Victoria University with an honors degree in history. He came to New York in 1987 to pursue opportunities in experimental music and performance and his work has been performed in over twenty countries. This ranges from the Guggenheim Museum through to CBGB’s. and he has recorded more than twenty CD’s. He has a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media from Brooklyn College, and an MFA in Interactive Media Arts from Hunter College. His special interests are ethics, creativity, religion, politics and racket ball.