Claire Katz is currently Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M. She teaches and conducts research at the intersection of Philosophy, Jewish Studies, and Gender Studies. She received her B.A. in philosophy (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1986), a Masters degree in the Philosophy for Children program (Montclair State University, 1987), and a Masters degree in Philosophy (University of Memphis, 1995). She took her PhD in 1999 in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. Her dissertation focused on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, a 20th century French-Jewish philosopher. She is the author of three monographs: Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: the silent footsteps of Rebecca (Indiana 2003); Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (Indiana 2013); An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and the editor, with Lara Trout, of Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments vols 1-4 (Routledge, 2005). She has published more than forty-five journal articles and book chapters spanning themes in feminist theory, phenomenology, philosophy of education, ethics, technology, and modern Jewish philosophy. Her articles have appeared in Telos, Jewish Thought and Philosophy, The Journal of French and Francophone Studies, and Shofar. She regularly teaches courses that cover themes in philosophy of education, feminist theory, existentialism, and Jewish philosophy. Prior to joining the TAMU faculty in 2006, she was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Penn State University. From 2010-2014 she was Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program (Texas A&M). Most recently she has returned to her early work in the Philosophy for Children program. With the help of several colleagues and graduate students, she has begun introducing to K-12 teachers in the Bryan-College Station school districts and surrounding areas methods for implementing philosophy into their classrooms, as well as organizing and directing a week-long philosophy summer camp for teens, which is in its second year.
A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Daniel Conway received his BA in Philosophy and Economics from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He has held faculty appointments at Stanford University, Harvard University, Penn State University, and, since 2006, Texas A&M University, where he is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Affiliate Professor of Film Studies and Religious Studies. Conway is the author of three books, the editor or co-editor of thirteen volumes, and the author of more than 100 articles in scholarly journals and edited collections. To date he has delivered 220 invited lectures and conference papers, including plenary presentations on five continents. His research has been supported by competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (declined), the Oregon Humanities Center, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the National Humanities Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University.
Martha R. Green, Ph.D. serves as Program Coordinator for Public Partnerships & Outreach, Office of the Provost, Texas A&M University. Dr. Green holds a BA in English and History from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is responsible for development and implementation of continuing professional education programs for K-12 teachers and for supporting faculty initiatives related to K-12 education. Dr. Green’s research focus is the effective implementation of digital technology to teach the writing process and develop critical thinking and problem-solving in mathematics. Dr. Green and the Public Partnership & Outreach collaborated with the Department of Philosophy and College of Liberal Arts to present the first Philosophy for Children workshop in October, 2015. She has been associated with the P4CTexas program from its beginning, assisting in the implementation of teacher workshops and the Aggie School of Athens Summer Philosophy Camp.
Charles Carlson is a faculty member in the Dept. of Psychology and Philosophy at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) as well as working in the Office of the Provost at Texas A&M University in the Public Partnership and Outreach division. His philosophical work is in American Pragmatism (particularly John Dewey and William James) and in Philosophy of Biology. Charles has been doing P4C for a few years now and is involved with a consortium of faculty at SHSU in both the Education and Philosophy programs actively working to get P4C into the curriculum of the local schools. As part of this he has been involved with training Education majors to do P4C when they get their own classrooms. He has also been involved with the “Aggie Philosophy Camp for Teens” since its inception and as part of P4C Texas have participated in numerous Continuing Education trainings for teachers looking to incorporate P4C.
West Gurley is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sam Houston State University, a position he has held since 2009. Professor Gurley’s monograph Minding the Gap” What It Is to Pay Attention Following the Collapse of the Subject-Object Distinction (Scholars’ Press, 2013) approaches the question of what it is to “pay attention” from multiple perspectives. This work informs Professor Gurley’s relationship to the P4C program, which he argues can help to address the seeming inability of current pedagogical models to fully develop this important skill. 2017 marks Professor Gurley’s second year with the P4CTexas program, where he as served as a collaborator and summer camp instructor. He is also editor and contributing author of the book Phenomenology and the Political (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
Patrick Anderson is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. His primary areas of research are Africana Philosophy, Social-Political philosophy, and American intellectual history. In the past, he has taught P4C classes in local high schools, and he is returning to the P4C Aggie School of Athens Summer Camp as an instructor for the second year.
Desirae Embree is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at Texas A&M University where she studies gender and sexuality in film and other visual media. Specifically, she is interested in representations of lesbian sex in popular and independent film and television. She has been a Graduate Research Assistant with the P4CTexas program since 2016, where she manages the website and social media presence. Additionally, she was one of the P4C instructors in the 2016 Aggie School of Athens summer camp, and she will continue in that role with the 2017 camp as well.
Dana Gutierrez is an M.A. student in the Department of Philosophy.
David Anderson grew up in the beautiful and multicultural west Texas border city of El Paso where he also did his undergrad at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). His current academic interests are in philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, medieval philosophy, and of course, philosophy for children. David’s interest in doing P4C started when he took a course in philosophy of education focused on P4C taught by Dr. Amy Reed-Sandoval, founding director of Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands. During the Spring 2016 semester, David had the incredible opportunity of working with 3-5 year olds at a YMCA daycare, reading common children’s storybooks to them and leading them in philosophical discussions. He continues with work with P4CTexas, going into local classrooms to lead P4C discussions and serving as a counselor at the summer camp for teens.