Zachary Simpson Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Zach Simpson is the Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He has been a faculty member at USAO since 2009.
Dr. Simpson received his BA from The Colorado College in biology, and his MA and Ph.D from Claremont Graduate University in philosophy of religion and theology. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University with the “Evolution and Theology of Cooperation” project, for which he served as an editor on two books. Dr. Simpson has published articles in philosophy and theology, and his edited work includes The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science as well as Adventures in the Spirit: New Essays in Philosophical Theology (by Philip Clayton). His first book, Life as Art: Aesthetics and the Creation of Self from Nietzsche to Foucault (Lexington Books) was released in 2012.
Dr. Simpson's research focuses on contemporary philosophy and theology, world wisdom traditions, and the intersections between science, philosophy, and religion. He teaches courses on the history of philosophy, world religions, issues in contemporary philosophy and religion, and interdisciplinary issues.
A native New Mexican, Dr. Simpson enjoys mountain climbing, backpacking, playing tennis,travelling, cooking and spending time with his wife, Kenzie, and his daughter, Cassia.
- PhD, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Claremont Graduate University, 2009
- MA, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Claremont Graduate University, 2006
- BA, Biology, The Colorado College, 2001