Faculty and Staff

peter epstein
Peter Epstein
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Mandel Center for the Humanities 109

Expertise: Philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of science. Personal website.

robert greenberg
Robert Greenberg
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Expertise: Metaphysics, history of philosophy, Kant.

eli hirsch
Eli Hirsch
Charles Goldman Professor of Philosophy
Undergraduate Adviser, Philosophy
781-736-2785 Rabb Graduate Center 331
Office Hours: F, 2:30 -- 4:30 p.m. via Zoom (email for appointment)

Expertise: Metaphysics, epistemology, medical ethics. Personal website

philosophy chair kathleen moran
Kathleen A. Moran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
781-736-2695 Mandel Center for the Humanities 111
Office Hours: On leave fall 2020 and spring 2021

Expertise: Immanuel Kant, moral philosophy, history of philosophy. Personal website

jerry samet
Jerry Samet
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Acting Chair, Fall 2020-Spring 2021
781-736-2783 Rabb Graduate Center 305
Office Hours: M,W 2:00 -- 3:00pm; email to request appointment.

Expertise: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, cognitive science, history of philosophy, philosophy of science.

umrao sethi, assistant professor
Umrao Sethi
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Director of Graduate Studies, Philosophy
781 736-2794 Mandel Center for the Humanities 112
Office Hours: W 9:30am to 11:00am

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Expertise: Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, early modern philosophy, metaphysics of perceptual experience and the nature of sensible qualities.

marion smiley
Marion Smiley
J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Ethics
Honors Adviser, Philosophy
781-736-2792 Mandel Center for the Humanities 110
Office Hours: On leave Spring 2021

Expertise: Moral, social and political philosophy.

eyal tal, visiting assistant professor of philosophy
Eyal Tal
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Rabb Graduate Center 330

Expertise: Epistemology and Normativity. Personal website

palle yourgrau
Palle Yourgrau
Harry A. Wolfson Professor of Philosophy
781-736-2782 Rabb Graduate Center 332
Office Hours: On leave fall 2020

Expertise: Philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of time, ancient Greek philosophy.

Affiliated Faculty


Doug Blue
Douglas Blue
Lecturer in Philosophy
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 5 pm - 6:30 pm

I am a PhD candidate in the Harvard philosophy department. My research is in descriptive inner model theory and the foundations of set theory.

sharon fray-witzer
Sharon Fray-Witzer
Lecturer in Philosophy

In real life, I'm an appellate criminal defense lawyer, filing petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, and arguing murder and other felony cases to state and federal courts within Massachusetts.  But I love philosophy and teaching.  For over a decade, I’ve taught legal philosophy, and other legal studies courses, at Harvard Summer School, Northeastern, and Brandeis.  I was once an Assistant District Attorney in Boston, an Assistant Attorney General in New Hampshire, and a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Leon Panetta (who was later Secretary of Defense).  My research interests within philosophy include theories of punishment, and privacy.  But I am more generally interested in how, and whether, we can maintain a Rule of Law.

Nick French
Nick French
Lecturer in Philosophy
Office Hours: Wed., 4pm - 5:30pm

I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020. I work primarily in ethics, political philosophy, and moral psychology, although I also have research and teaching interests in meta-ethics, critical theory, 19th- and 20th-century Continental philosophy, and the philosophy of action. One of my current research projects argues for a certain conception of mutual recognition between persons as a foundational concept in moral philosophy and critical theory. A second project concerns the right to privacy and its applications to contemporary data science.

Peter Lupu
Peter Lupu
Lecturer in Philosophy
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 10:00 am or by Appointment.

I am a passionate student and teacher of Philosophy. My passion for Philosophy is fueled by an insatiable curiosity to understand the mysteries of existence. While in my graduate studies I focused on Philosophy of Language and Mind, I have since expanded my Philosophical interests to other areas such as Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Meta-Ethical Questions about the nature of Normativity, and even ventured into Political Philosophy as well as the Philosophical foundations of Constitutional Interpretation. My maxim:

  “Understanding comes first; there is always time for judgment!

In Memoriam

andreas teuber
Andreas Teuber
Associate Professor of Philosophy

The Philosophy Department mourns Professor Tauber's passing on Feb. 15, 2021. See "In Memoriam."


julie seeger
Julie Seeger
Academic Administrator
781-736-2789 Rabb Graduate Center 303

Julie Seeger has served since 2004 as academic administrator for the philosophy department. Prior to joining Brandeis, she worked as a project manager at two computer software firms, Banta Integrated Media and Electronic Press Services Group.

Seeger is a graduate of Union College and holds a master's in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. In 2010, she received the Lou Ennis Staff Award, presented annually to an administrator who demonstrates loyalty and dedication to the university and goes above and beyond the requirements of the job.