Arts & Humanities

Philosophy & Religious Studies - Faculty 

Dr. Steve Naragon Professor of Philosophy
Steve Naragon, Department Chair
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Office: Academic Center 233
Phone: 260-982-5041

Professor of philosophy. B.A., Manchester College, 1982; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1987. [CV]

Professor Naragon began teaching when Manchester was still a college, in the Fall Semester, 1991.  He was on sabbatical leave during 2012-13, and an extended research leave from Fall 2013 through Spring 2015. He is on research leave during 2018-19.

The Making of the Modern Mind (IDIV 240) [January/off-campus]
Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201)
Logic (PHIL 230) 
Bioethics (PHIL 235)
Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy (PHIL 316)
17th and 18th Century Western Philosophy (PHIL 318)
19th Century Western Philosophy (PHIL 320)
Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 330)
20th Century Western Philosophy (PHIL 423)
Environmental Philosophy (INTD 425)
Seminar on Medical Ethics (PHIL 385)

Dr. Kathryn Eisenbise-Crell Associate professor of religious studies
Kate Eisenbise Crell
Office: Academic Center 225 
Phone: 260-982-5348
Associate professor of religious studies. B.A., Earlham College, 2001; M.A.Th, Bethany Theological Seminary, 2004; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union/Berkeley, 2009. [CV]

Professor Eisenbise Crell began teaching at Manchester University with the fall semester, 2009. She recently published a book, Cooperative Salvation: A Brethren View of Atonement (Brethren Theology), which is available onAmazon.


Christian Traditions (REL 111)
Introduction to Religious Studies (REL 120)
Religions and War (REL 205)
Confucian and Buddhist Worlds (REL 222)
Religions of India (REL 223)
Feminist and Womanist Theologies (REL 225)
Contemporary Christian Thought (REL 435)

Dr. Katy Gray Brown Associate professor of philosophy and peace studies
Katy Gray Brown
Office: Academic Center 227 
Phone: 260-982-5343

Professor of philosophy and peace studies. B.A., Manchester University, 1991; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1992; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1994; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2000. [CV]

Professor Gray Brown began teaching at Manchester University with January Session, 2007.

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201)
Ethical Decision Making (PHIL 215) 
Logic (PHIL 230)
Seminar on Native American Traditions (PHIL 385) 
Philosophy of Civilization (PHIL 444) 
Introduction to Peace Studies (PEAC 110) 
Literature of Non-Violence (PEAC 235)
Peace Issues (PEAC 333)
Religions and War (REL 205)

Dr. Justin Lasser Assistant professor of religious studies
Justin Lasser 
Office: Academic Center 223 
Phone: 260-982-5217

Associate professor of religious studies.  B.A., Gordon College, 2004; M.A. (2004), M.Phil. (2006), Ph.D. (2010), Union Theological Seminary (New York). [CV]

Professor Lasser began teaching at Manchester University with the Fall Semester, 2011.

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (REL 101)
Introduction to the New Testament (REL 102)
Judaism, Christianity, Islam (REL 210)
Religious Classics (REL 266)
Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201)
Ancient and Medieval Christianity (REL 311)\
Rethinking God: The reality of the Virtual (INTD 341)
Religion and ideological power (INTD 345)

Dr. Seth Mayer Assistant professor of philosophy

Seth Mayer
Office: Academic Center 231
Phone: 260-982-5316
Assistant professor of philosophy. B.A., University of Chicago, 2008; Ph.D., Northwestern University (2015).

Professor Mayer began teaching at Manchester University in August 2016.

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201)
Ethical Decision Making (PHIL 215)
Bioethics (PHIL 235)