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 follow us on Facebook, where we announce upcoming events and 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

Professor Bucar in Conversation with Sandi Klein

Conversations with Creative Women captures the fire and energy, humor, heart, soul and impact of the female creative experience. Listen now to Sandi Klein and Professor Liz Bucar discuss ethical questions of gender and politics in everyday religious practices. Click here to listen.

Pious Fashion: Designing Modern Muslim Citizens

Check out Professor Elizabeth Bucar’s article published in Contending Modernities: Exploring how religious and secular forces interact in the modern world here.    

Islamic style is showing up on catwalks, in mainstream stores and on non-Muslim women

Professor Liz Bucar article published in the LA Times. Modest Fashion impacts the fashion industry. Check out her article here.

Professor Adam Hosein winner of 2017 External Online Ethics Prize through PEA soup

Philosophy, Ethics and Academia (PEA) after careful deliberation among readers and editors announced this year’s Award Winners. Professor Hosein’s, “Do Outsiders have Legal Rights?” won first place in the external online ethics category. The External Online Ethics Prize recognizes great philosophy writing on the web.  Posted on Boston Review: A Political and Literary Forum, Professor…
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Upcoming Events


Are Sanctuary Policies Morally Justified?

Public Lecture by Dr. Shelley Wilcox, Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. This talk explores the moral issues associated with local sanctuary policies. I examine three arguments in favor of sanctuary policies—the public safety, civil disobedience, and collective resistance arguments—and I defend the latter. In doing so, I address several important issues that…
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Workshop: Sanctuary, Well-Being, and the Impact of DACA: Philosophical Perspectives on Sanctuary Cities

Workshop Participants: -Patti Tamara Lenard, Associate Professor of Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa -José Jorge Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell -Serena Parekh, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University -Adam Hosein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University -Matthew Noah Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy,…
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Why not tax bodies?

Guest Speaker, Professor Sean Aas (Georgetown) Rich people have more money than they need; poor people less. It is easy to think this is why the state can take money from the rich, and give it to the poor. However, as Cecile Fabre points out, this ‘Robin Hood’ theory of taxation has surprising consequences. Many…
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John Basl

For Robotics and Al, Great Power Comes With Great Responsibility

Advances in 21st-century technology, such as robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), offer great promise to improve health, the  environment, and society in general.  In spite of the wealth of benefits associated with emerging technologies, there are also threats and challenges to society in how these technologies are used and whether they replace human power in the job market.  Assistant Professor of Philosophy John Basl explores the ethical implications of these new technologies in a thought-provoking interview with News@Northeastern.

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