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Christian Dean

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Dr. Dean started teaching at Dominican University of California (then Dominican College of San Rafael) as an adjunct instructor in the fall of 1996, after having spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. He joined the full-time faculty in the fall of 1998, at which time he also assumed the role of Department Chair of Politics and International Studies. 

Professor and  Pre-Law Advisor

E-mail: christian.dean@dominican.edu
Office: Guzman Gazebo
Phone: 415-485-3298
Fax: 415-257-0109

Academic Area

Political Science 

Educational Background

  • BA San Francisco State University
  • MA, PhD University of California, Santa Barbara

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Dean teaches courses in Political Philosophy, Public Law, and American Politics. His research concerns the phenomenology of the development of moral character and ethical expertise. 

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • "Ethics of the Mundane: Cognitive Science and Cultivating Moral Character" (presented at the 2007 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois)
  • "Authenticity, Virtue, Expertise: Ethical Being and Becoming Ethical" (International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Number 3: 139-153 (2005/2006)
  • "The Phenomenology of Moral Defensiveness" (presented at the 2005 Western Political Science Association Conference in Oakland, California)
  • "Virtuosity: Phenomenology of Expertise and Contemporary Models of Ethics" (presented at the 2003 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado)
  • "Heideggerian Phenomenology as a Method for Doing Moral and Political Theory" (presented at the 2002 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference in Long Beach, California)

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