Faculty & Staff

Meet the Department of Philosophy & Religion faculty and staff.


Mario D'Amato
Department Chair | Professor of Religion
French House – Room 206
T. 407.691.1096

B.A. Loyola University Chicago
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Research interests: Buddhist Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Religion, Semiotics (Theory of Signs).

Courses: Asian Religions, Buddhist Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Psychological Theories of Religion, Religion and Film.

Yudit K. Greenberg
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Religion | Professor of Religion | Coordinator of Jewish Studies Program
French House – Room 205
T. 407.646.2176

B.A. California State University at Hayward
M.A. San Fransisco State University
Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union

Research interests: The philosophy of Rosenzweig; Concepts of love, eros, the body, and forgiveness in Jewish thought.

Courses: Jewish Life and Thought; Religion and the Body; Women and Religion; Modern and Contemporary Jewish thought. 

Greenberg has lectured nationally and internationally, has served as co-chair of the studies of Judaism section of the American Academy of Religion and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. A native of Israel, she has been a very active voice and presence in the religious and spiritual life of the Central Florida community. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard and, in spring 2001, was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Jewish Studies at Oxford University.

Margaret McLaren
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair | Professor of Philosophy
French House – Room 102
T. 407.646.1508

B.Phil. Miami University (Ohio)
M.A. Northwestern University
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests: Human Rights and Globalization: Feminist Theory and Gender Issues; 20th Century French Philosophy.

Courses: Women and Globalization; Gender, Rights, and Relativism; Feminist Theory; Foucault Seminar.

L. Ryan Musgrave
Associate Professor of Philosophy
French House – Room 104
T. 407.646.2177

B.A. Mary Washington College
M.A. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University

Research Interests: Philosophy of Law, Social and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Feminist Theory.

Courses: Ethics (theoretical and applied); Aesthetics; Sociopolitical and Legal Philosophy; Feminist Philosophy.

Scott Rubarth
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Scholar in Classical Studies | Associate Professor of Classical Philosophy
French House – Room 104
T. 407.691.1062

B.A. Los Angeles Baptist College
M.A. San Diego State University 
Ph.D. University of Toronto

Research interests: Ancient Philosophy and Science, Stoicism, Philosophy of Media.

Courses: Early Western Philosophy, The Pursuit of the Good Life (Classsical Ethics), Argumentation and Media Manipulation.

Eric Smaw
Associate Professor of Philosophy | Debate Team Faculty Advisor | Pre-Law Advisor
French House – Room 202
T. 407.691.1752

B.A. Pennsylvania State University
M.A. Ohio University
M.A. University of Kentucky
Ph.D. University of Kentucky

Research Interests: Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Ethics, and Human Rights.

Courses: Logic, Philosophy of Science, African Philosophy, History of Philosophy (17th-19th Century).

Todd French
Assistant Professor of Religion
French House – Room 204
T. 407.691.1237

B.A. Lipscomb University
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary
Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Columbia University.

Research interests: Early Christianity, Byzantine Hagiography, Syriac, Islam, Mysticism, Gender, Poverty, and Extremes in Religion.

Courses: Christianity: Thought and Practice; Islam: History and Beliefs; New Testament; Sex, Violence, and Religion; Food, Poverty, Social Justice; Mysticism: East and West.


Dawn Ames
Administrative Assistant
T. 407.646.2139

Department of Philosophy & Religion
Rollins College
French House
1000 Holt Ave. – 2773
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2139