Faculty and Staff

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Executive Director - Wm. Andrew Schwartz

Wm. Andrew Schwartz is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies & Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology, as well as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (ecociv.org). Dr. Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. His academic interests are broad, and include Comparative Religious Philosophies, Process Thought, Ecology, Education, and more. His recent work has been focused on high-impact philosophy and the role of big ideas in the transition toward ecological civilization. As Executive Director, Andrew has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CPS, including development and implementation of the CPS mission, programs, and strategic vision.

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Faculty Co-Director - Philip Clayton

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology and affiliated faculty with Claremont Graduate University. A constructive Christian theologian, Philip has been a leader in dialogues with science, contemporary philosophy, and religious traditions East and West. He is particularly interested in the evolving understanding of Christian faith in the 21st century, and the societal changes that are necessary for establishing sustainable forms of civilization on this planet.

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Faculty Co-Director - Roland Faber

Roland Faber is Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies (CPS), and Executive Director of the Whitehead Research Project (WRP). As Founder of WRP, he is the initiator of the series of International Conferences of WRP since 2007 and their publication, the co-editor of the Contemporary Whitehead Studies series, and co-initiator of the Critical Edition of Whitehead’s Works. Research and publications are developed at whiteheadresearch.org. Professional information is provided at faber.whiteheadresearch.org.

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Program Director - Andrew M. Davis

Andrew M. Davis is a philosopher, theologian, and scholar of world religions. He holds B.A. in Philosophy and Theology, an M.A. in Interreligious Studies, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Process Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology (CST). He is a poet, aphorist and author or editor of four books including How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs (2018, with Philip Clayton); Propositions in the Making: Experiments in a Whiteheadian Laboratory (2019, with Roland Faber and Michael Halewood); Depths as Yet Unspoken: Whiteheadian Excursions in Mysticism, Multiplicity, and Divinity (2020, with Roland Faber); and Mind, Value, and Cosmos: On the Relational Nature of Ultimacy (Lexington). For more about Andrew’s work and research interests, visit his website at andrewmdavis.info.

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Cross-Community Coordinator - Jon Ivan Gill

Jon Ivan Gill is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, USA, Lecturer in Philosophy at California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA, and an Adjunct Professor at Norco College, USA, teaching Philosophy and Religious Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University. Gill has written multiple articles on religion, hip-hop, philosophy, and theology and often lectures in these fields too. He is also a hip-hop musician and rapper. As Cross-Community Coordinator for CPS, Gill's main responsibilities are to foster fruitful working relationships between the Center and other movements, ideas, organizations, and centers of cultural life and expression. The purpose of this role is to co-create progressively evolving local and global contributions to the common good. Working creatively at the intersection of thought and practice, Gill leads initiatives on social justice, art scenes, interfaith youth efforts, LGBTQI discourse and praxis, and underrepresented socioeconomic and racial communities.

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China Project Co-Director - Zhihe Wang

Zhihe Wang, Ph.D., a former member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, received his Master's Degree in Western Philosophy from Peking University, China, his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Claremont Graduate University, USA, and is a leading figure in constructive postmodern movement in China. He has published numerous books and articles. His recent books include Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity, Second Enlightenment (with Meijun Fan).He also helped establish more than 20 research institutes on process thought and constructive postmodern studies in China. He is director of CPS China Project where his major responsibility is to charge the communication between the Western Process community and Chinese community by organizing international conferences, arranging lectures, translating process books, and Chinese visiting scholar program.

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China Project Co-Director - Meijun Fan

Meijun Fan, Ph.D., former Vice-Chair and Professor of the Philosophy Department at Beijing Normal University, China. She completed doctoral studies at Beijing Normal University, specializing in Chinese traditional aesthetics and aesthetical education. She is the author of six books, and a co-author of six books. Her book, Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic, was granted the "Excellence Award in Philosophy and Social Science" in China in 1998. As Co-Director of the China Project, Meijun is primarily responsible for Cultural Communication, a newspaper of the China Project. She is also responsible for the Chinese visiting scholar program and works on publicity and web development.

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Whitehead Research Project Chief Archivist and Associate Editor - Joseph Petek

Joseph Petek received his PhD in Religion / Process Studies from Claremont School of Theology in 2022. He is the Chief Archivist of the Whitehead Research Project and Associate Series Editor of the Critical Edition of Whitehead. He has co-edited three books on Whitehead: Rethinking Whitehead’s Symbolism (2017), Whitehead at Harvard, 1924–1925 (2020), and The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1925–1927: General Metaphysical Problems of Science (2021).
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Korea Project Director - Dongwoo Lee

Dr. Dongwoo Lee is a founder of EcoCiv Korea and an Executive Director. Dr. Lee is also a director of the Korea Project at the Center for Process Studies. He is an author of several books. His latest book, ‘Imagining Post-Pandemic Meta-Church’ which was published in South Korea in September, 2021 became the number one bestselling E-book in the Religious section at Ridibooks’ store. He earned the PhD degree at Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Lee’s major areas of expertise are comparative religion and philosophy, process thoughts, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, contextual studies, economics and ecological studies. He is currently located in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys hiking trails, cycling and watching movies with his wife.

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Korea Project Assistant - Heeyoung Jung

Heeyoung Jung is currently a Ph.D. student in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. She received an S.T. M from Union Theological Seminary in New York and an M.Div from Drew University in New Jersey. She also holds a Th.M in systematic theology from Yonsei University and a B.A in Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul. Her academic interests and researches in Process studies are eco-theology, eco-feminist theology, feminist studies, religious philosophies, postmodern studies, comparative studies, and educations from a Korean woman perspective. Her research is highly cross-cultural, interreligious, and intersecting Western philosophy, theology, and Asian philosophies and religions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. She is currently an assistant to Ecological Civilization in Korea project and works on researching and translating books, articles, and newspapers to support the Korea project.

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CPS Archivist - JungEun Park

Jungeun Park is a Korean Methodist Church Pastor and Ph.D. student at Claremont School of Theology (at Willamette University) in Process Studies. Her research interests include Ecofeminism; Eco-Process Thought; Political Theology; Christian Social Ethics. She is very excited to serve as an Archivist of the world-renowned Center for Process Studies.

 

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Ecological Civilization Project Manager - Andrew Doss

An award-winning attorney and writer, Andrew’s work explores how process metaphysics might inform the changing shapes of international governance to address the 21st Century’s significant challenges. He has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University & the Grotius Centre in the Hague, and an M.Div. from Yale University with certificates from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Berkeley Episcopal Seminary. He recently served as the Director of the Governor’s Resilient Louisiana Commission, the Director of Policy & Partnerships of Future Tide Partners, and taught "International Challenges of the 21st Century" in the Yale Political Science Department. He lives in New Orleans where he writes plays, eats crawfish, and dances hard.

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Director of Process and Faith - Sheri D. Kling

Sheri D. Kling, Ph.D., is the director of Process and Faith with the Center for Process Studies at the Claremont School of Theology and director of the John Cobb Legacy Fund with the Institute for Ecological Civilization. In addition to her work with CPS and the Legacy Fund, Dr. Kling is a writer, teacher, and coach who draws from wisdom and mystical traditions, relational worldviews, depth psychology, and the intersection of spirituality and science to help people transform their lives. She is the creator of Deeper Rhythm and Transforming Women as well as a faculty member of the Haden Institute. She can be found online at www.sherikling.com and www.transformingwomen.net.

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Library and Archives Assistant - Isaac Schwartz

Isaac graduated from Washington State University Vancouver in 2020 with a BA in Anthropology and History. He currently lives in Vancouver, WA and works remotely as the Library and Archives Assistant. Isaac is also simultaneously pursuing a career in Public Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management. Isaac has a keen interest in Experimental Archaeology and to that end enjoys blacksmithing and leatherworking in his free time.

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CPS Archivist - Jahan Ihsan

Jahan Brian Ihsan received his MA in Comparative Religion from Claremont School of Theology in 2019, and also holds a BA in English Literature from Marylhurst University. Formerly a Baha’i in South Carolina, he lived abroad as a representative travel teacher for his community throughout Latvia and Lithuania. He currently resides in Oregon with his young son. In Spring of 2022, he published, Portland Witch House, a memoir relating the self to his twelve-year photographic study of ‘countercultural’ personae - subjects who often engaged in outsider religion and ritual - this study was documented using antique and vintage film cameras. His ongoing studies include Carl Jung, Roger Caillois, Georges Bataille, Rene Girard, and transgressive methods of the sacred.

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Library & Archives Manager - Ruth Chadd Garcia-Jaramillo

Ruth Chadd Garcia-Jaramillo is Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Linn-Benton Community College. She is a PhD Candidate in the Philosophy of Religion (Process Studies) program at Claremont School of Theology, where she is working on her dissertation under the mentorship of Drs. Roland Faber, Philip Clayton and Andrew Schwartz. Ruth is also the Library & Archives manager at the Center for Process Studies, a faculty-based research center of CST. Her areas of research and teaching include topics within global environmental ethics, eco-aesthetics, post-structuralism, de-anthropocentrism, queer studies, and dharmic philosophical/religious traditions. Ruth is also a composer/musician (ruthchaddmusic.com) and enjoys playing harp, trail running, mushroom hunting and surfing the PNW coast whenever possible.

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Communications Coordinator - Alexis Lillie

Alexis is passionate about using her theological and marketing training to help communities explore big spiritual and religious questions. She has an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary and also serves as the Associate Pastor at Church of the Village UMC in New York City. Prior to ministry, she ran her own marketing and social media consultancy for ten years. She lives in Manhattan with her daughter, Junia, and beagle, Reba.
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Social Media Manager - Jared Morningstar

Jared Morningstar lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his partner Haley where he works remotely for the Cobb Institute and the Psychedelic Medicine Association in addition to CPS. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2018 with degrees in religion and Scandinavian studies. During that time he also participated in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and spearheaded interfaith events on campus. Since graduating he has stayed engaged with the field of religious studies through founding a digital Islamic studies publication, ‘Alif: Traditional Wisdom in Review, and hosting regular online reading groups focused on major texts in philosophy of religion. In his free time, Jared pursues hobbies of digital art, photography, and most recently, classical Ottoman music where he plays flute alongside friends in a three-piece ensemble.

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CGIFF Director - Jeremy Fackenthal

Jeremy Fackenthal is Director of the Common Good International Film Festival, the managing director of the Institute for Ecological Civilization, and an independent documentary filmmaker and videographer. After completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University, he began using his philosophical background beyond the academy to raise questions and craft narratives. His love for moving im­ages grew together over the course of his adolescence, from his first experience wielding a VHS camcorder to his first 40-minute documentary produced during his senior year in college. In recent years, Jeremy's work has included video content produced for clients and shorter independent projects. In 2017 Jeremy shot and edited Spitting Fire, a short documentary on spoken word poetry as a means of personal formation for adolescents. His current ongoing project is a fea­ture-length documentary on the life and work of Walter Benjamin and the possibility of art as a site for radical political action.

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Faculty Co-Director (Emeritus) - John B. Cobb, Jr.

John B. Cobb, Jr., is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist. Described by historian Gary Dorrien as one of the two most important North American theologians of the twentieth century, Cobb is the preeminent scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology, and the author of more than fifty books. In 2014, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Cobb is a founding co-director of the Center for Process Studies and Professor Emeritus of Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University.

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Faculty Co-Director (Emeritus) - David Ray Griffin

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. He has published (as author or editor) 36 books in theology, philosophy, philosophy of religion, the relation between science and religion, and social and political issues. Author of Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism, God Exists but Gawd Does Not, and Protecting Our Common, Sacred Home: Pope Francis and Process Thought.

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Faculty Co-Director (Emerita) - Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki is Professor Emerita, Claremont School of Theology, Faculty Co-Director Emerita of the Center for Process Studies, and Director of the Common Good International Film Festival (formerly, Whitehead International Film Festival). Among her many books are God Christ Church: A Practical Guide to Process TheologyThe End of Evil: Process Eschatology in Historical ContextThe Fall to Violence: Original Sin in Relational Theology; and Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film.

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Faculty Co-Director (Emerita) - Monica A. Coleman

Monica A. Coleman is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in southern California. A writer, scholar and activist, Monica A. Coleman is committed to connecting faith and social justice. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Coleman has earned degrees from Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. Coleman’s writings focus on the role of faith in addressing critical social issues. She is the author of The Dinah Project, Making a Way Out of No Way, Not Alone, and editor or co-editor of Ain’t I a Womanist Too? and Creating Women’s Theology.