Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Shannon Hoff

Acting Associate Dean (Curriculum & Programs), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ph.D. (Stony Brook University)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Hegel
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • 19th- and 20th-Century European Philosophy

Dr. James Scott Johnston

Ph.D. (University of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Office: ED-5002 & AA-3107
  • Telephone: (709) 864-6924 & (709) 864-8340
  • Email: sjohnston12@mun.ca

Areas of Specialization:

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • American Philosophy
  • Pragmatism, John Dewey
  • Continental and Analytic Philosophy in Conversation
  • Kant

Dr. Sean McGrath

Coordinator, Diploma in Environmental Humanities

Ph.D. (Toronto)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Metaphysics
  • Phenomenology
  • Psychoanalysis
  • German Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion

Dr. Seamus O'Neill

Graduate Officer

Ph.D. (Dalhousie, Classics)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Neoplatonism
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Demonology

Dr. Sumangali (Suma) Rajiva

Ph.D. (Toronto)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Kant
  • Early Modern philosophy, especially Descartes to Hume
  • Ancient philosophy, especially Plato

Dr. Arthur Sullivan

Department Head

Coordinator, Diploma in Humanities

Ph.D. (Queens)

  • Office: AA-3105 and AA-3070A
  • Telephone: (709) 864-8333 and (709) 864-8336 (main office) 
  • Email: arthurs@mun.ca

Areas of Specialization:

  • Philosophy of Language and Mind
  • Logic
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics

Dr. Peter Trnka

Undergraduate Liaison

Ph.D. (Toronto)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics and Politics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Spinoza, Hume, Marx, Deleuze, Foucault, and Negri


Department of Philosophy

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000