Philosophy Faculty


Christopher Herrera

451 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4435

Chris Herrera (Associate Professor of Philosophy) 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 regularly teaches in the Department of Philosophy 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 of Philosophy) received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He has published articles on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. His research interests include the philosophy of science, logic, and philosophical issues involved in the creationism/evolutionism debate. Courses he regularly teaches in the Department of Philosophy include: Philosophy of Science, Introduction to Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Biology.


Meghan Robison

205E Schmitt Hall

Meghan Robison (Assistant Professor of Philosophy) received her Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research in 2016. Her work focuses on 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.

Tiger Roholt, Chair

208 Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7417

Tiger Roholt (Associate Professor of Philosophy) received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007. His research interests include the philosophy of art, the philosophy of music, and phenomenology. Courses he teaches in the Department of Philosophy include Philosophies of Art, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, and Introduction to Philosophy. He is author of "On the Divide: Analytic and Continental Philosophy of Music” (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2017); Groove: A Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014); Key Terms in Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013); "In Praise of Ambiguity: Musical Subtlety and Merleau-Ponty" (Contemporary Aesthetics, 2013); "Continental Philosophy and Music" (in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music, 2011); "Musical Musical Nuance," (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2010); "Musical Experience" (in The Oxford Companion to Consciousness, 2009 — also at Oxford Reference Online). More information can be found on Professor Roholt's website.


Emeritus Faculty

David Benfield  received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He published articles in Kant-StudienPhilosophy 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  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.