Undergraduate Faculty

Undergraduate Faculty

Faculty at the University of Philosophical research come from all over the world with a wealth of expertise. Many are leaders in their fields, authors of international acclaim, diverse practitioners, and student-centered scholars. They are the linchpin of the strong community experience at UPR, with a commitment to higher education that invites powerful discourse in and out of the classroom

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Keka Chakraborty, M.S.

M.S. Computer Science, Jadavpur University, India; B.Sc. Physics Hons., Calcutta University

Joseph Conti, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Religion and Ethics, University of Southern California

  • In addition to his teaching at the University of Philosophical Research, Conti is an instructor in Department of Comparative Religion at California State University at Fullerton. Dr. Conti’s research focus is the psychology of contemplative spirituality.
Steven Maurice Droullard, M.A. 

M.A. Consciousness Studies, University of Philosophical Research; Diploma, National Academy of Broadcasting, Washington D.C.

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Renaud Fabbri, Ph.D. 

Doctorat (Ph.D.), Political Science, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines; M.A. Philosophy, Paris-Sorbonne University

Richard Geldard, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Dramatic Literature and Classics, Stanford University

  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University
  • Doctoral Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Author of ten books on Early Greek philosophy and the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Obadiah S. Harris, Ph.D. — University President

Ph.D. Education Administration and Supervision, University of Michigan; MA Education, Arizona State University

  • Former Associate Professor of Education, and Director of Community Education, Arizona State University
  • Author of “The New Consciousness,” “Self-Knowledge and Social Action” and “Unitive Spirituality”
  • President of the Philosophical Research Society
  • President of the University of Philosophical Research
Mary-John Hart, Ph.D. 

Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute; M.A., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University; M.F.A., Speech and Drama, Stanford University

Athena Kolinski, M.A.

M.A., Consciousness Studies, University of Phillosophical Research; M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University Northridge; B.A., Religion Studies, California State University Northridge

Laurie Loon, M.A.

M.A., Transformational Psychology, University of Philosophical Research; B.A., Liberal Arts, Antioch University

Raymond A. Moody, Jr, M.D., Ph.D.

M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Virginia, specializing in logic, philosophy of language, and Ancient Greek philosophy.

  • Author of Life After Life and other books about near-death experiences, alternate states of consciousness and paranormal phenomena. Dr. Moody was resident in psychiatry at University of Virginia Medical Center and has served as a professor of philosophy and psychology at various universities.
Greg Salyer, Ph.D. — Dean of Students

Ph.D. in Literary Theory, Contemporary Literature and Religious Studies from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts

Lisa Smartt, M.A.

B.A. Cognitive Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley

Sabrina Dalla Valle, M.F.A

M.F.A, Writing and Consciousness, New College of California; B.A. Linguistic Anthropology, Reed College