USD Department of Philosophy Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The USD Philosophy department is delighted to welcome two new full-time faculty members: Michael Kelly and Steve Tammelleo.

Michael Kelly: I come to USD after teaching several years in the philosophy department at Boston College; before that, I received my doctorate from Fordham University, Bronx, NY (which, you may be surprised to learn, was a wonderful place to live) and Bachelor's degrees in both psychology and philosophy from Connecticut College, New London, CT. I'm also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honors society of the liberal arts. This fall at USD I'm scheduled to teach "Human Nature" and "20th Century Continental Philosophy" - the latter is generally considered European, German and French, philosophy of that century. I look forward to teaching other courses such as "Existentialism," "Ethics," and maybe "Virtues and Vices." In addition to my teaching, I enjoy mentoring and advising students, especially first generation college students (perhaps because both I and my wife fall into that category). My wife is a research scientist, Sabrina A. Volpi, who received her doctorate from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY. I'm a native New Englander from a working-class background and an avid fan of all the teams from the region (Red Sox, Patriots, and especially the Boston Celtics). My wife is a native of the Bronx (first generation American and a native Italian speaker), a Yankees fan (which I don't hold against her, of course) and an accomplished tango dancer. We both love traveling and most recently have visited Buenos Aires and St. Petersburg and Moscow. I also go in for the movies (both blockbusters and 'film') and HBO and AMC series. I enjoy cooking but I wouldn't say I'm very good at it; either way, its a relaxing change from reading and writing.

Steve Tammelleo joined the philosophy department at USD in 2013. Steve has lived in Phoenix, Portland, Memphis, and Chicago. He enjoys teaching classes in Logic, Business Ethics, Latin American Thought, and Introduction to Philosophy. Steve’s research focuses on Foucault, border policy, immigration and ethnic identity. Steve has traveled extensively in Latin America. Steve enjoys yoga, biking, and hiking, and, he is obsessed with volleyball.


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