Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. Our department is filled with faculty and students who love to think, read and talk about “the big questions,” as well as about current events and contemporary issues involving ethics, religion, and political philosophy. We have an active research faculty and an award winning group of students whose plans range from heading off to graduate or law school to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business. Many of our students take advantage of our combined majors with other disciplines, such as computer science, international affairs, environmental studies, physics, history, english, economics, and media and screen studies.

The Department is home to  The Ethics Institute, which does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, descriptive ethics, and normative theory. Our Philosophy Club is an active group of undergraduates who gather weekly for dinner and discussions. Our Ethics Bowl team studies pressing social and ethical issues and competes in competitions around the region. We are fortunate to have a vibrant intellectual community that is committed to bringing philosophical and religious studies research and methods to bear on contemporary events and issues.

On this website you will find information about our majors and minors, about experiential education opportunities, and about our student and faculty community. You can also “Like” us on Facebook, where you can see upcoming events, recent photos of different activities, and see exciting opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about our programs or department, please feel free to contact me at or call us at 617.373.3636.

Ron Sandler
Department Chair

Department News

Brighman and Young University radio program “Top of Mind with Julie Rose” interviews Prof. Winborne

June 28, 2018 Can We Appreciate Art Created By #MeToo Offenders?  Guest: Sheila Winborne, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor, Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University As the list of celebrities, politicians, CEOs and power people accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era grows, what should we do with the work they created or participated in? Should…
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Prof. Bucar contributes another article to Teen Vogue

Professor Bucar’s article in Teen Vogue, ‘This Woman Is Giving a Voice to Muslims in the #MeToo Movement ‘ is about Mona Eltahaway who started the #MosqueMeToo hashtag.

The Camino Journal

Prof. Bucar’s dialogue of civilizations course final group project was this blog, ‘The Camino Journal’. It gives you a good feeling for their experience!

Prof. Bucar’s article is published in Teen Vogue

Professor Liz Bucar and writer Amanda Randone explore the work of Believers Bail Out, a grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness of the problem of incarceration of Muslims who are too poor to make bail.

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Upcoming Events


Lionel McPherson

Lionel McPherson, Associate Professor, Tufts University Lionel K. McPherson received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude with an AB in philosophy from Princeton University. His research interests include normativity, the basis and extent of obligations, war and terrorism, and race. Between philosophy schoolings, he worked at Fairness and Accuracy…
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Javier Hidalgo

Dr. Javier Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies is a political theorist whose teaching and research interests center on ethics and international affairs, especially the ethical and public policy questions relating to immigration. He teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities, Justice & Civil Society, and advanced courses on leadership in international contexts. More…
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Sarah Lustbader

Sarah Lustbader is a Senior Program Associate with the Reimagining Prison project. She joined Vera after working for five years as a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders. During her time as a public defender, Sarah served clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges and also took on policy issues. She completed an intensive course…
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Student Reflections

Amar Fernald

11th Annual DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, April 19-21, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Greencastle, Indiana, to attend the 11 Annual Read more »

Bioethics Bowl 2018

National Bioethics Bowl, University of South Alabama, April 13-14, 2018

Hi my name is Kaleem Ahmid. I am a second year health sciences and philosophy double-major, and one of the members of this year’s Bioethics Bowl team that made the long journey to Mobil, Alabama, to compete at this year’s annual National College BioEthics Bowl.

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Max Leonov

23rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April13-14, 2018

I attended the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SUNY Oneonta.

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