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MA Faculty Profiles

Listed below you will find brief profiles of faculty members who frequently teach M.A. courses and who you can expect to routinely engage with as an M.A. student in Philosophy and the Arts at Stony Brook University.

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Peter Carravetta
Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. New York University, 1983
Ed Casey
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Director of the MA Program in Philosophy and the Arts
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1967
Megan Craig
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Practicing Multimedia Artist
Ph.D. The New School for Social Research, 2007
Peter Carravetta holds a PhD in French & Italian from NYU and has taught comparative literature, history of ideas, Italian literature and philosophy, cultural studies, methods of critique, postmodernism, and the avantgardes. A published poet, he joined the Philosophy Department in 2018 and is presently working on the concept of will and the ideal society in humanism from the vantage point of the post-human age, as well as a more historical project on identity, geography, and colonialism in the second half of the XIX century. His latest book,  Language at the Boundaries , is on the ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy, and was published by Bloomsbury in 2021. For more details, please see
Ed Casey is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook. He is the founder of the Master’s Program in Philosophy and the Arts and its current Director. A part-time painter, he specializes in aesthetics as well as the phenomenology of imagination, memory, place, and emotion. Some of his books include Getting Back into Place; Remembering; Imagining; Representing Place in Landscape Painting and Maps; Earth-Mapping; Artists Reshaping Landscape; and The World on Edge. He is the co-translator of Mikel Dufrenne’s Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience. Dr. Casey’s new book, Turning Emotion Inside Out: Affective Life Beyond the Subject, was recently published with Northwestern University Press in 2021.
Dr. Megan Craig is a core member of the Philosophy and Art program at Stony Brook University and has been a faculty member since 2007. This term she is teaching a graduate seminar entitled “Borderland Aesthetics.” Dr. Craig is a multimedia artist interested in fostering the intersection of theory and practice. All of her graduate courses encourage creative writing and collaboration. Dr. Craig was the Director of the M.A. Program in Philosophy and the Arts from 2010 until 2017.
You can follow her work on Instagram @waterstreetprojects or on her website,
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Robert Crease
Professor of Philosophy
Chair of the Philosophy Department
Ph.D. Columbia University, 1987
Anne O’Byrne
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1999
Lorenzo Simpson
Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. Yale University, 1978
Robert P. Crease is a professor in and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Stony Brook University. He is a philosopher and historian of science and also writes about the performing arts ( He has written about the aesthetic and cultural valence of science: The Prism and the Pendulum, the Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science, and The Great Equations.
Anne O’Byrne specializes in political philosophy and has recently been working on the problem of time for radical democratic theory. How do democracies sustain themselves? What does today’s demos owe the past, and how does it anticipate the future? These questions and concerns connect to an interest in public art and to the practices of remembering and forgetting that shape political life. Her research is informed by the work of Arendt, Derrida, Rancière, Nancy, and others.
Dr. Lorenzo Simpson has been a member of Stony Brook's philosophy faculty since 1998. His research focuses on hermeneutics, Critical Theory, the philosophy of race, and the philosophy of music. He is a saxophonist and is currently working on a book about the jazz composer Duke Ellington's compositional practice. He has recently taught graduate seminars entitled “Critical Theory and Aesthetics,” “Improvisation,” and “Adorno's Negative Dialectics.” Dr. Simpson’s Hermeneutics as Critique: Science, Politics, Race, and Culture was recently published (March 2021) by Columbia University Press.
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Anthony Steinbock
Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Phenomenology
Research Center
General Editor of the Northwestern University Press “SPEP” Series
Ph.D. Stony Brook University, 1993
Anthony J. Steinbock is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University and works in the areas of phenomenology, contemporary German and French philosophy, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics, especially the philosophy of film. Two of his most recent books include Knowing by Heart: Loving as Participation and Critique (Northwestern, 2021), and It’s Not about the Gift: From Givenness to Loving (Rowman & Littlefield Int., 2018).