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Tiger Roholt

208 Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7417

Tiger Roholt, associate professor and chair, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research interests include the philosophy of art and music, phenomenology, and the philosophy of technology. Courses he teaches include Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, and Introduction to Philosophy. His most recent essay is "On the Divide: Analytic and Continental Philosophy of Music” (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2017). He has published two books: Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and Key Terms in Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).



Tamicha Adams

222 Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-5144

Tamicha Adams is the program assistant for the Department of Philosophy.

Full-Time Faculty

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Chris Herrera

451 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4435

Chris Herrera, associate professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include research ethics, the philosophy of sport, and the philosophy of science. Courses he teaches include Theoretical and Applied Ethics, Logic, Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Research, and Ancient Philosophy.



Kirk McDermid

205H Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-5529

Kirk McDermid, assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include the philosophy of science, logic, and philosophical issues involved in the creationism/evolutionism debate. Courses he teaches include Philosophy of Science, Introduction to Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Biology. He has published articles on the philosophy of quantum mechanics.

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Jon Morgan

205E Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-WXYZ

Jon Morgan, assistant professor of philosophy, received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests are within philosophy of mind. Currently, his research focuses on the nature of perception, and his most recent article on this topic “Naïve Realism and Phenomenal Overlap” appeared in Philosophical Studies (2017). The courses he teaches include Philosophy of Mind and Introduction to Philosophy. You can read more about him, his research, and the courses he teaches on his website.


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Meghan Robison

205E Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-3833

Meghan Robison, assistant professor, received a Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research. Her research interests include issues in modern philosophy, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is currently at work on a book on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, which offers an original reading of the exit from the State of Nature by reexamining the role of Hobbes’ conception of life as “a motion of limbs,” and its connection to the contracts that form the basis of the Commonwealth. Courses she teaches include History of Modern Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and Introduction to Philosophy.

Emeritus Faculty


David Benfield

David Benefield received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He published articles in Kant-Studien, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and Philosophical Studies. His research interests include the Wason Task (and why the "right" answer isn't really right), the analysis of fictional objects, the ethical and social aspects of cyberspace, and the new public atheism. A member of the national APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, he participated in three NEH Summer Seminars. He helped develop and then regularly taught the "The Professional Semester," an experiential education course for liberal arts majors seeking work experience.  He served in the University Senate as Chair of the Administrative Affairs Council and as Secretary; he was a member of the faculty union and functioned as the official liaison between AFT Local 1904 and the University Senate from 2009 until his retirement as Professor of Philosophy in 2015.  


Roland Garrett

Roland Garrett received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He published essays in a variety of professional journals, including Social Theory and Practice, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Philosophy Today, the Southern Journal of Philosophy, the Journal of General Education, Business and Society, Metaphilosophy, and Philosophy and Literature. He served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montclair State University from 1981 to 1987 and retired as Professor of Philosophy in 2015.