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Stephen Asma

Stephen Asma

Stephen T. Asma, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.

Dr. Asma is the author of several books: Against Fairness: In Favor of Favoritism (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming); Why I Am A Buddhist (Hampton Roads, 2010); On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford University Press, 2009); Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums (Oxford University Press, 2001); Following Form and Function (Northwestern University Press, 1996); and Buddha for Beginners (Hampton Roads, 2008).

He frequently writes on topics that bridge the humanities and sciences, including articles for the Chicago Tribune, In These Times magazine, the Skeptical Inquirer, the Chronicle Review, Skeptic magazine, and Chicago Public Radio's news-magazine show Eight-Forty-Eight. He has been an invited lecturer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Chicago’s Field Museum. He has also appeared on BBC’s World News, Chicago Public Television’s “Chicago Tonight,” Oprah.com, and MTV.

In 2003, Dr. Asma was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia. There he taught "Buddhist Philosophy" as part of its graduate program in Buddhist Studies. His book The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha (HarperOne, 2005) explores the Theravada Buddhism of the region. He has also traveled and studied in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, eventually living in Shanghai, China in 2005.

In 2009, Dr. Asma became a Fellow of the LAS Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture at Columbia College Chicago. He is currently researching the connections between affective neuroscience and philosophy of mind.

For more information on Dr. Asma, please visit his website: stephenasma.com.

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Dr. Stephen Asma
Columbia College Chicago
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600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL