Faculty & Staff

Meet the Department of Philosophy & Religion faculty and staff.


Tom Cook
Professor of Philosophy
French House – Room 103
T. 407.646.2518

B.A. Johns Hopkins University
M.A. Vanderbilt University
Ph. D. Vanderbilt University

Research interests: 17th century philosophy (esp. Spinoza); Philosophy of Mind; Moral Psychology.

Courses: Philosophy of Mind, History of Modern Philosophy; Logic; Philosophy in Literature.

Sabbatical 2017/18 Academic Year

Mario D'Amato
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 Francisco State University
Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union

Research interests: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Thought; Cross-Cultural Concepts of love, eros, the body; Feminist philosophy and theology; Comparative Religion; Comparative Studies of Hindu and Jewish Philosophy and Religion.

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, American Philosophy, and Philosophy of Education.

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

Serving as Senior Fellow for AAC & U 2017-18

Sabbatical 2017/18 Academic Year

Scott Rubarth
Department Chair | 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 (Classical 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.

Robert Smithson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
French House, Room 104

B.A. University of Virginia

M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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