Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. Our department is filled with faculty and students who love to think, read and talk about “the big questions,” as well as about current events and contemporary issues involving ethics, religion, and political philosophy. We have an active research faculty and an award winning group of students whose plans range from heading off to graduate or law school to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business. Many of our students take advantage of our combined majors with other disciplines, such as computer science, international affairs, environmental studies, physics, history, english, economics, and media and screen studies.

The Department is home to  The Ethics Institute, which does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, descriptive ethics, and normative theory. Our Philosophy Club is an active group of undergraduates who gather weekly for dinner and discussions. Our Ethics Bowl team studies pressing social and ethical issues and competes in competitions around the region. We are fortunate to have a vibrant intellectual community that is committed to bringing philosophical and religious studies research and methods to bear on contemporary events and issues.

On this website you will find information about our majors and minors, about experiential liberal arts opportunities, and about our student and faculty community. You can also “Like” us on Facebook, where you can see upcoming events, recent photos of different activities, and see exciting opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about our programs or department, please feel free to contact me at or call us at 617.373.3636.

Ron Sandler
Department Chair

Department News

Prof. Delmas’ recent published book ‘A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil’

Prof. Candice Delmas puts forward a groundbreaking theory that resisting injustice is itself a civic duty, which sometimes requires breaking the law. Using today’s social movements such as Black Lives Matter, the anti-Trump resistance, and feminist activism in Europe and Russia as examples, Professor Delmas turns a major tradition in political theory against itself by…
Read more »

Prof. Delmas’ recent article in Oxford University Press blog

Read Professor Delmas’ recent article “Not your grandmother’s women’s lib movement: Femen’s uncivil disobedience” Oksana Shachko died on 23 July 2018. Although her name may not be familiar to all, her contributions to women’s rights may. Oksana co-founded the feminist socialist collective Femen in her native Ukraine ten years ago, with the purpose of fighting…
Read more »

Prof. Delmas Interviews with 3CR-Community Radio

Listen here to learn about Civil Disobedience; Assistant Professor Candice Delmas explains the difference between civil and uncivil disobedience, the moral and political importance of civil disobedience, and also in what type of disobedience Pussy Riot participated.

Remembering Michael Meyer, the enigmatic philosophy professor who mentored so many students

Please take a moment to read this wonderful article on professor Michael Meyer, who we truly miss.

Prof Bucar creates program to help train religious scholars to work more effectively with the media

When it comes to writing about religion for the general public, the media and religious scholars are equally at a loss. Both sides struggle to convey cultural insights in a way that will not fan the flames of a cultural war. To bridge this chasm, Northeastern will launch a program that will train religious scholars…
Read more »

We can print plastic guns. But should we? Prof. Basl weighs in on this question

News @ Northeastern recent article ‘We can print plastic guns. But should we?’ discusses the pros and cons of printing 3-D guns. Professor Basl weighs in on the discussion.

View All News >>

Upcoming Events


Prof. Javier Hidalgo presents “Why Immigration Restrictions are Unjust and Why It Matters”

States heavily restrict immigration. Are these immigration restrictions morally acceptable? This paper will give an argument against immigration restrictions…
Read more »


Prof. Hannah Rubin presents “Discrimination and Diversity in Science”

Philosophers of science and social scientists have argued that diverse perspectives, methods, and background assumptions are critical to the progress of science. One way to achieve such diversity is to ensure that a scientific community is made up of individuals from diverse personal backgrounds…
Read more »


Sarah Lustbader

Sarah Lustbader is a Senior Program Associate with the Reimagining Prison project. She joined Vera after working for five years as a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders…
Read more »

Student Reflections

Miranda Viskatis

Visiting Researcher at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)

During my Spring 2018 Co-op, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) in Munich, Germany.

Read more »

Amar Fernald

11th Annual DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, April 19-21, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Greencastle, Indiana, to attend the 11 Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Prindle Institute for Ethics. DePauw University.

Read more »

Bioethics Bowl 2018

National Bioethics Bowl, University of South Alabama, April 13-14, 2018

Hi my name is Kaleem Ahmid. I am a second year health sciences and philosophy double-major, and one of the members of this year’s Bioethics Bowl team that made the long journey to Mobil, Alabama, to compete at this year’s annual National College BioEthics Bowl.

Read more »