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Julinna Oxley

Acting Chair/Associate Professor

Ph.D. Philosophy, Tulane University 2006

Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

I earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Tulane University in 2006. My research and teaching interests are in political theory, feminism, and the emotions. I am particularly interested in analyzing the ethical dimensions of oppression, understanding emotions as a way of changing beliefs, social change, and political virtue. 


Judy Dow | jdown@coastal.edu

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Administrative Assistant






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Dennis Earl

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Applied Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy

Dennis Earl received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2002. He specializes in metaphysics, especially as it pertains to issues regarding conceptual analysis and definition. He teaches courses in metaphysics, philosophy of science, logic, early modern philosophy, and business ethics. He joined CCU’s faculty in 2002.


Emily Crockston


Ph. D. Philosophy, Washington University





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Ronald Green

Assistant Professor

Ph. D. Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madision

Asian Religions, Meditation Traditions, Classical Chinese & kanbun, Buddhism in Film, Buddhism in Japanese Literature

Ronald S. Green received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a M.A. Degree in South Asian Religions from the UW-Madison, a M.A. in Japanese Literature from the University of Oregon, and a M.S. in Sociology from Virginia Tech. His research interests include thoughts and practices of early Japanese Buddhism. He also writes on representations of religions in popular culture and has published the book Buddhism Goes to the Movies. He speaks publically on mindfulness, yoga, and aging.


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Jeffry Halverson

Assistant Professor

Ph. D. Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Islam, history of religions, MENA

Jeffry R. Halverson is an Islamic studies scholar and historian of religions, specializing in modern Sunni Islam in the Middle East and North Africa. He received the M.A. (2004) and Ph.D.(2008) in Religious Studies (Islam in Global Context) from Arizona State University in Tempe. He received his B.S. degree in Art and Religious Studies from Nazareth College (NY). In 2000-2001 he was a Fulbright scholar in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied the Qur'an and Sunni theology ('ilm al-kalam).




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Benjamin Hamby


Ph. D. Philosophy, McMaster University

Theory of Argumentation and Critical Thinking Theory and Pedagogy

Benjamin Hamby teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies as a lecturer. He earned his M.A. degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University, and his B.S. in business administration, minor in philosophy, from the University of New Hampshire. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. His areas of specialization are theory of argumentation and critical thinking theory and pedagogy, and his areas of interest are ethics and applied ethics, history of philosophy, formal symbolic logic, and philosophy of religion. He has lectured philosophy at San Francisco State University, McMaster University, and as an Adjunct Professor contracted through Central Texas College, on deployed United States Navy ships.



David Holiday

Ethics Fellow

Ph. D. Philosophy, University of Chicago

Ethics, Human Rights

David Holiday is the Jackson Center's Ethics Fellow from Fall 2015. He received his BA from Balliol College, Oxford, his MSc. from Edinburgh University, and his PhD from the University of Chicago. His doctoral thesis "Moral Incapacity: the Shadows Cast by Character" explored the idea that the moral limits to what we can do partly give our characters their shape. His work is primarily focused on moral theory, moral psychology and the history of ethics (esp 20th Century). However, he also works on the philosophy of human rights, with interests in the foundational concepts and norms that shape contemporary thought about global justice such as sovereignty, dignity and equality. His other philosophical interests include: early analytic philosophy (esp. Frege and Wittgenstein); action theory; Weil; Anscombe; Williams; Cavell; and Shakespeare and philosophy. Outside of philosophy, he is a passionate cook, baker and butcher - everything from scratch!! - a Japanese speaker, a devoted fan of the Arsenal, the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears and White Sox, and an MMA enthusiast.


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Nils Rauhut

Director, Jackson Center/Professor

Ph. D. Philosophy, University of Washington

Ancient Philosophy, Logic, Kant

Nils Rauhut joined the faculty at Coastal Carolina University in 1998 and has held a variety of administrative posts including Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (from 2005-2008 and from 2011-1013) and Director of the Jackson Center for Ethics and Values. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He served as President of the American Association of Philosophy Teacher s from 2010-2012 and he is author of "Ultimate Questions: Thinking about Philosophy" (3rd edition 2010) and "Readings on the Ultimate Questions" (3rd edition 2009).



Renee Smith


Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Logic, Applied Ethics, Philosophy Pedagogy


Renee Smith joined Coastal's faculty in 2002. She does research in philosophy of mind--especially related to problems concerning phenomenal consciousness and introspection. She also writes papers relating to teaching philosophy as a distance course, teaching students to read philosophy, and teaching logic.




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Clifford Sosis


Ph. D. Philosophy, Florida State University


Clifford Sosis grew up in Spring Glen, NY, and went to Ithaca College in 2000. In 2004, he attended Florida State University, where he studied ethics, philosophy of mind/psychology/science, epistemology and metaphilosophy. He wrote a dissertation examining the good life from a non-traditional perspective, focusing on the philosophy and psychology of well-being. He received his Ph.D. Fall, 2011 after which he spent a year teaching full-time at Mississippi State University. Dr. Sosis is currently a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University.


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Jonathan Trerise

Associate Professor

Ph.D.Philosophy, University of Missouri

Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Ethics, History of Philosophy

Jonathan Trerise joined the department in the Fall of 2010. His undergraduate degree in Philosophy is from Cal State Fullerton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he wrote a dissertation on the moral foundations of intellectual property rights under the supervision of Peter Vallentyne. He researches primarily on applied ethics and political philosophy.




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Casey Woodling


Ph.D. Philosophy,  University of Florida

Casey Woodling is a lecturer in philosophy at Coastal Carolina University. He received an MA (2006) and a PhD (2011) in philosophy from the University of Florida. In between those two degrees, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, where his primary job was teaching English at the high school in the village of Ambatofinandrahana. His areas of specialization are philosophy of mind and epistemology. Dr. Woodling’s research centers on intentionality, internalism and externalism in mind and language, and self-knowledge.

Teaching Associates


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Norman Abernathy

Teaching Associate

Ph.D. Canterbury Christ Church University

World Religions

Dr. Abernathy has been at CCU since 2009. He received a Masters of Divinity from the school of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (with High Distinction) under a British ecucational model endorsed by Canterbury Christ Church University, England; overseen by said university's bishop and administered by Trinity Theological Seminary, Indiana. 


William Baird

Teaching Associate

M.A. Philosophy, Georgia State University

Philosophy of Technology, American Pragmatism, Hellenistic Philosophy

William Baird joined the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies as a Teaching Associate in Fall 2014. He earned his M.A. degree in philosophy from Georgia State University and his B.A. in philosophy from Coastal Carolina University. His Ph.D. is being completed at Southern Illinois University, and his areas of specialization are philosophy of technology, American pragmatism, and Hellenistic philosophy.


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Chan Ju Mun

Teaching Associate

Ph.D.  Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

World Religions and Buddhism

(Ordination Name: Seongwon) studied philosophy and Buddhism as an undergraduate student at Dongguk University. He received an M.A. degree in philosophy from Seoul National University in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in Buddhist Studies from University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2002. He also conducted research in Buddhism at the University of Tokyo in Japan and Drepung Loselling University in India. He taught East Asian Buddhism at the University of the West in Los Angeles and Buddhist philosophy at University of Hawaii - Manoa. He is currently teaching world religions and Buddhism at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Affliated Faculty



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Michael Ruse

Associate Dean/ Director, University Honors Program/Associate Professor

Ph. D. Stonybrook

Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Social and Political, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology

Michael Ruse received a B.A. in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1984 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in New York. He was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo from 1993-1998. He joined the Coastal faculty in 1998.



Tom Woodle

Director of Career Services

World Religions/New Testament

Dr. Tom Woodle is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is also Director of the Career Services Center. Dr. Woodle is an ordained Episcopal Priest and serves as the priest-in-charge at a new, contemporary Episcopal Church called The Well by The Sea in the Market Common section of Myrtle Beach, where he also plays lead guitar with the house worship band. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Religion and a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling. Research interests include Christian Eschatology, the Rastafarian movement and radical Islam.

Emeritus Faculty 



Claudia McCollough

Director Emeritus, Director of the Jackson Center for Ethics and Values

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Florida