James Harold

Chair and Professor of Philosophy

James Harold is interested in both ethics and aesthetics, but most of his work focuses on the intersection of these two fields. Harold's work focuses on our imaginative engagement with artworks. His recent work includes a defense of classical Chinese and ancient Greek views about the moral value of music. He teaches a wide range of courses in ethics, metaethics, medical ethics, philosophy of the arts, and the philosophies of ancient Greece and pre-Han China. For office hours, please sign up online.

James Harold

Arden Ali

Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy

Arden Ali is interested in ethics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of law.  His research has focused on the connection between moral character and responsibility, Current projects address the relationship between traits and behaviour, the possibility of character change, and the compatibility of virtue and vice with psychological disorder.  He is also interested in responsibility as it appears in criminal law, and has been recently thinking about premeditation, provocation, and mistake of law, as they relate to culpability. He is currently teaching courses in applied ethics, ethical theory, and logic.

Jo-Jo Koo

Mount Holyoke Fellow & Visiting Lecturer of Philosophy

Jo-Jo Koo’s current research focuses on the social constitution of the human being and articulating its interdisciplinary significance. His areas of specialization are 19th and 20th century “continental” European philosophy, the philosophy of the social sciences, and social ontology (broadly construed, including the philosophy of race and gender). In addition, he has teaching interests in the philosophy of interpretation and language, early modern Western philosophy, ethics, and theories of human nature.

Samuel Mitchell

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Sam Mitchell teaches logic and associated areas such as probability.His research is in justification in Philosophy of Science.He's particularly interested in how making observations justifies believing in hypotheses of a scientific theory.He is currently at work writing a book on how it is possible to justify a hypothesis by two independent experiments, and relatedly, how it is possible to justify one hypothesis independently of another.

Katia Vavova

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Katia Vavova works primarily at the intersection of epistemology and
ethics. She is interested in what counts as evidence of our own error
and how we should accommodate that evidence when we get it. Some
recent work focuses on how we should respond to disagreement with
people whose opinions we respect (answer: with humility), and whether
our evolutionary origins should make us doubt our moral beliefs
(answer: they shouldn’t).

Katia Vavova

Hayley Webster

Visiting Instructor in Philosophy


Laurie L. Dion

Office Assistant
Laurie Dion

Natalina Tulik

Academic Department Coordinator

Natalina Tulik is the Academic Department Coordinator for Philosophy, Religion and Jewish Studies.  She manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, events, award applications, and all the daily needs of faculty and majors. She has been on campus since 1999. 

Natalina Tulik