Joseph McClellan

Joe McClellan
Joseph McClellan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D. in Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
M.Phil. in Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
M.A. in Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Tibetan language and Buddhist texts, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal
B.A. in History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA


Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dept. of PPE
PhD (2013), MPhil, MA: Columbia University (Religion):
BA: University of Washington (History)
Advisor for AUW Music Club

Joe McClellan joined AUW in fall 2016. He taught philosophy for two years in Columbia University’s core curriculum and has taught philosophy and Asian religions at New York University, The New School, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Northland College. He has lived in Nepal, Brazil, and China where he taught Theory of Knowledge at an IB school.

Foundations of Philosophy
Theories and Methods of Gender Studies
Ethical Reasoning
Buddhism and Gender
Phenomenology: The Description of Experience

Research Areas:

  • Indo-Tibetan Philosophy & Tibetan Philology
  • Monograph Project (in progress): Shifting Sands: The Buddhist Theory of the Five Aggregates and Its Contemporary Applications
  • The Ethics of Procreation/Antinatalism(monograph project in progress)
  • Transgender Studies
  • Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy

Summer 2017 research at the RangjungYeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal (accredited by Kathmandu University).


Authored Books
Trans*am: Cis Men & Trans Women in Love. Berkeley: ThreeL Media, 2017. Available at Amazon.

French Translations:
Onfray, Michel. A Hedonist Manifesto: The Power to Exist. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

(forthcoming) Onfray, Michel. Much Ado About Pleasure: Constructing a Solar Erotics.

Tibetan Translations:
“The Meeting Between Altan Khan and SönamGyatso” in Sources of Tibetan Tradition. Kurtis R. Schaeffer, Gray Tuttle, Matthew Kapstein, Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp, Editors. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

The Sūtra of Absorption of the Thus-gone One’s Wisdom Seal. 84,000 Foundation, 2014.

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