Philosophy Graduate Schools
Friendly to Continental Philosophy

Last Updated: March 3, 2011

Ferit Güven, Philosophy Department, Earlham College

This list is not the result of a systematic survey. It is based on personal knowledge of our faculty and flyers and catalogues for graduate programs in philosophy. Since this list has been posted online, it has also been influenced by email correspondence with graduate students and faculty. If you know of a program which ought to be listed here, or struck from the list, please let me know, and please be patient with the suggested updates.

"Continental philosophy" means the serious, non-analytic study of the history of philosophy.  It is not generally true that continental philosophy is best studied in analytic departments. The following list includes exciting departments, which offer compelling and thought-provoking philosophy. 

The schools are in alphabetical order. This is not a ranking. Of course, these schools are not equal in quality or in friendliness to Continental philosophy. I provide more information about some graduate programs (a very brief description and the list of the faculty).  I only list those faculty members who concentrate on some aspect of continental philosophy. I do not list the other members of such departments, you can find them by visiting their webpages.

If you are looking for a Continental graduate program, you need to get current information on these schools (from their catalogues, from their web sites, or from their current students) and make your decision in that light. This list provides these links in order to make that job a little easier.

Boston College
Boston College has a good program.  It is not predominantly continental.  However, there are significant scholars in the faculty teaching continental philosophy. 
The Faculty: 
James Bernauer, S.J. (Ph.D., SUNY. at Stony Brook). Foucault and Arendt, Social Philosophy. 
Richard Cobb-Stevens, (Ph.D., University of Paris). Emeritus  
Richard Kearney, (Ph.D., University of Paris.) Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics
Thomas Owens, (Ph.D.,Fordham University). Heidegger, Phenomenology.
William Richardson, S.J. (Ph.D., University of Louvain). Heidegger, Lacan, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. 
John Sallis, Professor of Philosophy: Ancient philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy, aesthetics.
Jacques Taminiaux, Emeritus, (Ph.D., University of Louvain). Emeritus.

Boston University
Boston University is also not predominantly continental. 
The Faculty: 
Henry Allison, Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., New School for Social Research); Kant, Spinoza, German Idealism, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Philosophy 
Daniel Dahlstrom, Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., St. Louis University); Phenomenology, German Idealism, Aesthetics 
Alfredo Ferrarin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa); German Idealism, Aristotle, Kant, Phenomenology,  Aesthetics 
Krzysztof Michalski, Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., University of Warsaw); Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, continental philosophy. 
David Roochnik, Associate Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University); Ancient Philosophy, Greek Literature, Nineteenth Century Philosophy, Philosophy and History of Rhetoric
DePaul University (Chicago) 
DePaul University philosophy program is mainly focused on continental philosophy, but it also strong in the history of philosophy. 
The Faculty: 
Peg Birmingham, Ph.D., Duquesne University, Associate Professor: Chair of the Department: political thought, ethics, and feminist theory, Hobbes, Rousseau, Arendt, and Foucault. 
Tina Chanter, Ph.D.,  SUNY at Stony Brook,  Professor: Beauvoir, Derrida, Kofman, Kristeva, Hegel, Heidegger, Irigaray, Lacan, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty  
David Farrell Krell, Ph.D., Duquesne University,  Professor: Early Greek thought, Plato, German Idealism, Romanticism, and Contemporary European literature and thought. 
Bill Martin, Ph.D., University of Kansas,  Professor: Social theory and continental philosophy, Aesthetics. 
William McNeill, Ph.D., University of Essex, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies:  Heidegger, Modern French and German philosophy and Ancient Greek thought. 
Darrell Moore, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Associate Professor: Aesthetics, political philosophy, and critical race theory. 
Michael Naas, Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook,  Professor: Ancient Greek philosophy and contemporary French philosophy,  Derrida, Lyotard, and Levinas.
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., University of Memphis, Assistant Professor: German Idealism, Contemporary French Philosophy, and the history of political theory. 

Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) 
Duquesne has a growing and effective graduate program. 
The Faculty: 
Jennifer Bates, Associate Professor: 19th Century German Philosophy, Hegel.
Fred Evans, Professor: Contemporary continental philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of technology. 
Tom Rockmore, Professor: Modern philosophy, German Idealism, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx, continental philosophy, Heidegger, Habermas, Lukacs. 
Lanei Rodomeyer, Associate Professor: Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy, and feminist philosophy of the body.
Daniel Selcer, Associate Professor: Early modern rationalism, 20th century continental thought, political philosophy, Philosophy of Film.
James Swindal, Associate Professor, Critical Theory, Habermas.

Emory University (Atlanta) 
Emory has a good program in continental philosophy. 
The Faculty: 
David Carr, Professor: continental philosophy, Husserl, and the Philosophy of history. 
Thomas R. Flynn, Professor of Philosophy: Contemporary continental (especially French) philosophy, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, and the theory of responsibility. 
Rudolf A. Makkreel, Professor and Chair: German philosophy since Kant, Phenomenology, hermeneutics, aesthetics, and philosophy of history. 
Donald Phillip Verene, Professor: German Idealism, Italian Humanism, metaphysics, philosophy of culture, and philosophy of imagination, Hegel, Cassirer, and Vico. 
Cynthia Willett, Associate Professor: Contemporary continental philosophy, ethics and social theory, race and gender studies, philosophy and literature.

Fordham University (New York) 
Fordham is a good graduate program for continental philosophy.  The department also has faculty who concentrate on religion. 
The Faculty: 
Babette Babich, Professor: Nietzsche, Heidegger 
Michael Baur, Associate Professor: Hegel 
John Drummond, Professor: Husserl 
Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
John VanBuren, Professor: continental philosophy, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Heidegger, Levinas, French Poststructuralism Environmental Ethics 
Merold Westphal, Professor: Continental philosophy from Kant to the present.

Georgetown University
Louisiana State University, MA only

Loyola Marymount University
Scott Cameron, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Fordham), Hermeneutics, Critical Theory, Environmental Phil.
Elizabeth Murray, Professor (Ph.D., Toronto), Phenomenology, Existentialism
Mark D. Morelli, Professor (Ph.D., Toronto), Hegel
Brad Stone, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Memphis), Foucault, Heidegger
Brian Treanor, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Boston College), Levinas, Marcel
Jeffrey Wilson, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Emory), Kant, Aesthetics

Loyola University of Chicago
Loyola has a fairly big department, not all concentrated on continental philosophy. 
The Faculty: 
Ardis B. Collins. Associate Professor. Medieval and renaissance philosophy, modern philosophy, especially Kant and Hegel, metaphysics. 
Andrew Cutrofello. Associate Professor, Contemporary French philosophy, contemporary European philosophy, psychoanalysis, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche. 
David B. Ingram. Professor. Hermeneutics and critical theory, social and political philosophy, ethics. 
Adriaan Peperzak. Professor. Ethics and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, metaphilosophy, Hegel, French phenomenology, Levinas. 
Jacqueline Scott. Assistant Professor. Friedrich Nietszche; Nineteenth Century Philosophy; Ethics; African American Philosphy; Race Theory. 
Marquette University
McGill University

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Miami has a strong MA program that prepares undergraduates as well as post-undergraduate students for Ph.D. programs. In that way it fills an important function that is fairly unique. Particularly strong in Feminist Philosophy.
Pascal Massie, Ancient philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Modern Philosophy
William McKenna, Phenomenology, Epistemology, History of Philosophy
Elaine P. Miller, Aesthetics, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Feminist Theory
Gaile Pohlhaus, Feminist Philosophy, Epistemology, Wittgenstein, Social and Political Philosophy
Emily Zakin, Psychoanalysis, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Feminist Theory

New School for Social Research (New York) 
New School has an effective graduate program.
The [permanent] Faculty: 
Claudia Baracchi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy: 19-20th century continental philosophy; medieval philosophy; philosophy of art; political philosophy; ethics. 
Jay Bernstein, Professor of Philosophy: Habermas, Critical Theory, The Frankfurt School. 
Richard Bernstein, Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of Psychoanalytic: American Pragmatism; social and political philosophy; critical theory; analytic philosophy. 
Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy. Continental philosophy; phenomenology; philosophy and literature; psychoanalysis; the ethical and the political. 
Nancy Fraser, Professor: globalization; social justice; multiculturalism; feminism. 
Northwestern University (Chicago) 
Northwestern offers some continental philosophy at the graduate level.  The program is not very strong on continental philosophy anymore. 
The Faculty: 
Penelope Deutscher, Associate Professor.  20th Century and Contemporary French philosophy, and Philosophy of gender 
Cristina Lafont, Assistant Professor. German philosophy, particularly hermeneutics and critical theory. 
Rachel Zuckert , Associate Professor. Kant and Post-Kantian 19th Century Philosophy.

Pennsylvania State University (State College) 
There has been a lot of changes in the faculty. Penn State is now significantly weaker than it used to be.
The Faculty:
Robert Bernasconi, Professor: continental philosophy, Hegel, race theory and social and political philosophy.
Veronique Foti, Professor of Philosophy: continental philosophy, phenomenology, continental Rationalism, ancient philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy and literary theory.
Kathryn T. Gines, African American Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Diaspora Studies, and Race and Gender Theory
Leonard Lawlor, Associate Professor: contemporary continental Philosophy, Derrida, Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, and Nietzsche. 
Irene Harvey: Associate Professor: Contemporary French Thought, Postmodernism, Contemporary European Philosophy, Feminist Theory.
Dennis Schmidt, Professor: Post-Kantian continental philosophy, Greek Philosophy, Literary Criticism, Philosophy of Art 
Shannon Sullivan, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies: Feminist philosophy, American Pragmatism, and 19th & 20th Century continental philosophy.

Purdue University (West Lafayette) 
Purdue is not very strong on continental philosophy  
The Faculty: 
Leonard Harris, Prof., African American and critical race theory 
William McBride, Professor, Ph.D., Yale University. 19th Century Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Philosophy of Law. 
Dan Smith, Associate Prof., specialist in Deleuze and recent continental philosophy 
Rice University
San Jose State University, MA only

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
The department got stronger with the new hirings in continental philosophy.
Sara Beardsworth, Associate Professor, Nineteenth and twentieth century European philosophy, Kristeva and Psychoanalysis.
Anthony Steinbock, Professor, Contemporary French and German philosophy, phenomenology, social ontology and aesthetics.
Kenneth Stikkers, Professor, Philosophy of economics, contemporary continental philosophy (Scheler, Foucault).
Stephen Tyman, Associate Professor, 18th and 19th Century .European philosophy, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, phenomenology and existentialism.

St. Louis University

SUNY Binghamton, Graduate Program in Social Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy (SPEL).
Bat-Ami Bar On (PhD, Ohio State University) Arendt, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Theory
Randy Friedman (PhD, Brown University) Husserl, Buber, Levinas, Philosophy of Religion
Robert Guay (PhD, University of Chicago) 19th Century Continental, Moral and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics
Max Pensky (PhD, Boston College) Critical Theory, Social and Political Philosophy
Lisa Tessman (PhD, University of Massachusetts) Ethics, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory
Melissa Zinkin (PhD, Northwestern University) Kant, Aesthetics, Feminist Theory

Stony Brook (Stony Brook) 
Stony Brook has a strong and stable program in continental philosophy. 
The Faculty: 
Edward S. Casey, Professor: Phenomenology, philosophical psychology, aesthetics, theory of psychoanalysis.
Allegra de Laurentiis, Assistant Professor, Nineteenth-century philosophy, especially Hegel.
David B. Allison, Associate Professor: Recent French thought, existentialism, Nietzsche 
Jeffrey Edwards, Professor: Kant; History of Modern Philosophy. 
Dick Howard, Professor: American, German, and French political theory 
Don Ihde, Distinguished Professor: philosophy of science and technology 
Eduardo Mendieta, Assistant Professor, Global ethics, discourse ethics, critical theory, theories of modernity, postmodernity, postcolonialism, and Latin American philosophy 
Mary C. Rawlinson, Associate Professor: 19th-century philosophy; philosophy of medicine, aesthetics and literary theory, Hegel, philosophical psychology. 
Hugh J. Silverman, Professor: continental philosophy, Contemporary European Thought Philosophy and Literature, Postmodernism and Cultural studies, Aesthetics 
Donn Welton, Associate Professor: Husserl and contemporary continental philosophy. 

Syracuse University,
Tulane University
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Kentucky (Lexington) 
The Faculty: 
J. Daniel Breazeale, Professor: History of Modern European philosophy, German philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche. 
Ronald Bruzina, Professor: Twentieth-Century German and French philosophy. 
Theodore R. Schatzki, Professor and Chair, Philosophy of Social Science, Social Theory, and 20th Century Continental Philosophy.

University of Louisville, MA only

University of Memphis lost faculty to other graduate programs
Pleshette DeArmitt, Contemporary COntinental Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Feminist Theory
Mary Beth Mader, Twentieth-century Continental philosophy, feminist theory, and ethics. 
Thomas Nenon, Husserl, Heidegger, Kant and German Idealism, Hermeneutics, and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Kas Saghafi, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics

University of Missouri at Columbia 
University of Montana, MA only 
University of Montreal
University of New Mexico
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Ottawa
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida 
University of Texas, Austin
University of Toronto

Vanderbilt University (Nashville) 
The department improved with the addition of new faculty.
Gregg M. Horowitz, Philosophy of Art and Art History, Political Theory, Psychoanalysis, Hegel, Freud, Adorno
Kelly Oliver, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, especially Nietzsche, and Contemporary French Philosophy, particularly Kristeva, Subjectivity, Language, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminism, Theories of Oppression, Film Theory.
Susan Schoenbohm: Ancient Philosophy, Women's Studies, 19th and 20th Century Continental thought, and ancient Asian thought
Charles E. Scott, Nineteenth-century philosophy, Contemporary European Philosophy
David Wood, 19th & 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Nature

Villanova University (Philadelphia) 
Villanova used to have a good Ph.D. program, but lost a number of faculty members in the last couple of years. It also emphasizes religion. 
The Faculty: 
Walter A. Brogan, Professor: Greek Philosophy, contemporary continental philosophy.
Thomas W. Busch, Professor: Sartre's Ethics, contemporary continental philosophy 
John Carvalho, Associate Professor, Director, Graduate Studies in Philosophy. 
John A. Doody, Professor: Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Theory 
Washington University
Yale University

SPEP's (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) list of Graduate School Programs in Continental Philosophy.

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