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The faculty of philosophy and religious studies are well-published, brilliant scholars whose studies have collectively taken them to the far corners of the earth and back. Far from being unreachable, however, they are committed to sharing that knowledge with you, the student, and to working with you on attaining your own life goals.

We are dedicated to preparing students for life, not just for jobs.


Don't be afraid to question the professors, or yourself. Such questioning is in the very tradition of a liberal arts education.

religious studies major, class of 2018

Current faculty and staff

Pamela Forman headshot
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Sociology)
  • M.A., University of California, Davis (Sociology)
  • B.S., Cornell University (Individual Curriculum) 
Teaching Interests
  • Gender Sexualities 
  • Visual Sociology
  • Public Sociology
  • Sport
  • Work and Organizations 
Research Interests
  • Visual Sociology
  •  Public Sociology
  •  Sexualities
  •  Gender
  •  Sport Work and Organizations 
  • Chair, Department of Sociology
  • Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Executive Director, Eau Queer Film Festival 
  • LGBTQA Advisory Committee, At Large Member 
  • Women's Rugby Advisor 
  • ASDAC (College of Arts and Science Diversity Advisory Committee) 
  • URCA Council 
Charlene Burns
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (Religion)
  • M.A., Loyola University (Religious Studies)
  • B.A., Armstrong State College (Nursing)
Spring 2018 Office Hours

Tuesday 8:30-9:15 a.m, 11:00-11:45am
Thursday 8:30-9:15 a.m, 11:00-11:45am


Academic Teaching Experience

  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Fall 2001-present, professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies  
  • Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, Spring 1998-Spring 2001, instructor, Department of Religious Studies and City College  
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, Fall 2000, adjunct faculty, Department of Philosophy 
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion, Nashville, TN, 1997, graduate teaching assistant to Peter C. Hodgson

List of publications

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (Religious Studies)
  • M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
  • B.A., University of Virginia (English)
Research Interests
  • Islam in the United States
  • Islamophobia
  • Religion and Sports

Spring 2018 Office Hours
Thursday 1:00-3:00 pm
Friday 12:00-1:00pm

Author of Dribbling for Dawah: Sports among Muslim Americans (Mercer University Press, 2016).


Padraig Gallagher
Dr. Robert Greene, senior lecturer in philosophy
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado (Philosophy)
  • B.A., Columbia University (Philosophy, French)

Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Greene taught at the University of Colorado-Denver (Philosophy), Johns Hopkins University (German), the University of Texas at El Paso (Philosophy and English), El Paso Community College (English and Philosophy), the Centro de Lenguas of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (English as a Second Language), and Mount Senario College (English, Spanish, and Philosophy). He came to UW-Eau Claire in 2000-2001 to conduct a seminar on his book, The Death and Life of Philosophy, published in 1999. In the fall of 2001, Greene joined the English Department as Senior Lecturer, and currently holds an appointment at that rank in English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy. He also teaches philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake.

Besides the languages named above, Greene has studied Latin, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch and Japanese. His research interests include Aristotle, the philosophy and psychology of language, and second-language acquisition. He currently is working on several manuscripts in these fields that he hopes to publish. For recreation, he enjoys running, hiking, bicycle riding and cross-country skiing.

Alaina Guns
  • M.S., UW-Milwaukee (Library Science)
  • B.A., UW-Eau Claire (Spanish, Business Professions)
Amy Hirschtick
  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
  • M.A., Indiana University-Bloomington
  • B.A., Northwestern University 
Teaching Interests
  • South Asian Religions
  • East Asian Religions
  • Religion and Popular Culture 
Research Interests
  • Contemporary Hinduism
  • Religion and Modernity
  • Material and Visual Culture of Religion 

Spring 2018 Office Hours
Tuesday 10:30-12:30pm


Dr. Yaakov Levi
  • Ph.D., University of Heidelberg
  • M.A., University of Haifa
  • B.A., University of Haifa

Spring 2018 Office Hours
Tuesday 2:10-3:10 p.m.

Sean McAleer 2016
  • Ph.D., Syracuse University (Philosophy)
  • B.A., Shimer College (Humanities)
Teaching Interests
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • History of Ethics
Research Interests
  • Ethical Theory
  • History of Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
List of publications

On Sabbatical for the 2017-2018 academic year 

Dr. Matthew Meyer
  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University (Philosophy)
  • M.A., Stony Brook University (Philosophy)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Philosophy; English Linguistics)
  • Primary Certificate in Logic Based Therapy (LBT)
Teaching Interests
  • 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Feminism
  • Environmental Philosophy
Research Interests
  • Phenomenology
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Happiness Studies (Positive Psychology, Moral Psychology, Cognitive Science)
  • Continental Environmental Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Pop Culture
  • Teaching (four classes – two upper, two lower)
  • Advising Majors
  • Member of IRB (2016-2019)
  • Faculty Adviser for the Philosophy Club
  • Faculty Co-Adviser for the Student Office of Sustainability – two upper, two lower)
  • Advising Majors
  • Member of IRB (2016-2019)
  • Faculty Adviser for the Philosophy Club
  • Faculty Co-Adviser for the Student Office of Sustainability

Spring 2018 Office Hours
Tuesday 9:00-9:15a.m, 1:30-1:45pm, 3:30-4:45pm
Thursday 9:00-9:15a.m, 1:30-1:45pm, 3:30-4:45pm

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I love teaching at UW-Eau Claire. I was a student here myself some 20 years ago. I enjoy reading philosophy and some fiction (currently Don DeLillo is my favorite) as well as books about happiness and well being from philosophical and psychological perspectives. I was recently trained in Logic Based Therapy which is a philosophical counseling method that focuses in negative emotions and reactions that arise from fallacious thinking. I am currently working on a book on Lacan and the Greeks, as well as a project on Westworld and the nude artform. I enjoying swimming, biking, and running — on occasion for long distances. I am currently residing in St. Paul, MN, with my wonderful wife Jill.

Kristin Schaupp
  • Ph.D., Marquette University (Philosophy)
  • M.A., Marquette University (Philosophy)
  • B.A., Concordia College (Philosophy &German)
Spring 2018 Office Hours
Tuesday 2:00-2:20pm
Wednesday 12:30-1:00pm
Thursday 2:00-3:00pm


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