Faculty and Staff
Executive Director - Wm. Andrew Schwartz
Wm. Andrew Schwartz is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Theology; The End of Evil: Process Eschatology in Historical Context; The Fall to Violence: Original Sin in Relational Theology; and Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film.
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.
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.
Executive Assistant - Liz Gutierrez
Liz Gutierrez is trained in the field of Business Office Administration, and has extensive experience in office management and business administration. Having worked as a legal secretary and executive assistant for nearly 10 years, Liz is skilled professional who handles much of the day-to-day operations of CPS.
Event Coordinator & Researcher - John Becker
John Becker holds a Ph.D. in comparative theology and philosophy from CST and is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China. He additionally holds both an MA and BA in history from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His research interests are broad including comparative religion & theology, process philosophy, religious epistemology, Buddhist philosophy, pragmatism, metaphysics of ecology, history of ideas, and pluralism.
Whitehead Research Project Chief Archivist and Assistant Editor - Joseph Petek
Joseph Petek studied Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He is the lead Assistant Editor for the Whitehead Research Project and has recently begun coordinating WRP’s conferences. He is also a Writing Associate at Claremont School of Theology’s Writing Center and the English Coordinator for the Balkan Journal of Philosophy. His interests include Whiteheadian process thought, pragmatism, post-structuralism, philosophy of language, philosophy of death and personal identity, and the theology of Teilhard.
Whitehead Research Project Assistant - Robert McDonald
Robert McDonald is a Ph.D. student in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He holds an MA in Philosophy from Gonzaga University as well as an MPA in Administration and Organizational Leadership from Gannon University. His areas of interest include: Process Thought; Comparative Religion, Theologies and Philosophies; Religion, Culture, and the Environment. The working title of his dissertation is “An Adequate Anthropology for a Proper Ecology: The Processive Personalisms of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Morihei Ueshiba.”
EcoCiv Korea Director - Aidan Dongwoo Lee
Rev. Aidan Dongwoo Lee is a Ph.D. student in Religion, specializing in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He received M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, holds a B.A. in theology from Presbyterian College & Theological Seminary, and another B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University. His primary academic focus is in the Process philosophy of Whitehead, theology of organism, Postcolonialism, liberation theology, Minjung theology, French Poststructuralism, postmodern theology, comparative studies in interreligious dialogue in Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He has responsibility on researching and translating books from Process scholars, on developing and maintaining relationships between the Western Process communities and Asian communities, on organizing international seminars and conferences, and on maintaining web pages, SNS and Podcast communities. He is a director of Institute of Ecological Civilization in Korea.
Process & Faith Assistant - David Grant Smith
The Rev. David Grant Smith is a D.Min. student at Claremont School of Theology. He earned his M.Div. in Pastoral Muscianship at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester, NY. David has served in parish ministry, both lay and ordained, for many years, and his D.Min. studies are focused on the application of process theology into parish ministry. David may be reached at the Process & Faith office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 909-447-2533.
Library Assistant - Clara Lee
Clara Lee is a soprano who is in D.M.A. program in Voice Performance at Claremont Graduate University. She has sung numerous oratorios and arias with Orchestras and also sung as a chorister of the Long Beach Opera Company. She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from KunKuk University in South Korea and her M.M. in Voice from World Mission University, Los Angeles. She has worked as a Music Coordinator of California Pacific Conf. of the Korean United Methodist Women’s Network for several years. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles Christian Singers and the Children's Song Association of America. She also works as a soloist at the Full Gospel Church in Hollywood and is an Assistant-Librarian at the Center of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology.
Library Assistant - Fiona Scott
Fiona Scott is a graduate student at the Claremont School of Theology with the goal of a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion. She holds a BA Hons. from King’s College, the University of London in the History and Philosophy of Religions ( Religious Studies) and an MA in Islamic Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has lived for many years in Jordan. Her interests are in Comparative Religion and include Indigenous Spiritualities and Shamanism, Cults and Conversion, Religious Experience, Meditation and Consciousness, Asian Religions and Tibetan Buddhism. She is passionate about human rights for all peoples from diverse backgrounds and traditions, for inter-faith dialogue and mutual respect and support as we face the challenges of life on this small planet in the 21st century.
Library Assistant - Hkawn Nu
Hkawn Nu (Labang Esther Hkawn Nu) is a Ph.D student in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. She comes from Myanmar. She is a teaching faculty member in the Department of Theology at Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT)--the leading theological school in Myanmar. She received her M.Th and M.Div from MIT and B.Th from Kachin Theological College and Seminary, Kachin State, Myanmar. Her teaching and research specialization includes process theology, eco-feminist theology, systematic theology, gender studies, and world religions. Her M.Th thesis was "A Relational Theological Understanding on Creation in Trilogue Between Christianity, Natural Science and Buddhism." She hopes to integrate the academic level inter-religious work being held by MIT and International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) in building a harmonious society in Myanmar.