Born in San Francisco, California. Grew up on ranches in Sonoma County. Went to a one-room schoolhouse in elementary school. Undergrad degree in math, grad degree in philosophy, both from UC Davis. Chair of department for ten years over two stretches.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
Epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of film.
Write on justification, knowledge, the problem of evil, social justice (Mill and Rawls), and whether films can do philosophy.
EducationPh.D in Philosophy; BSc in Math
Awards and grants
Participant in two NEH seminars, one institute. Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (1982)
On sabbatical, Winter, 2017. Taught PHI 2440 Philosophy of Religion in Fall, 2016; PHI 5530 Topics in Epistemology
PHI 1110: Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHI 2440: Philosophy of Religion
PHI 3500: Epistemology
PHI 5280: History of Ethics
PHI 5300: Foundations of Ethics
PHI 5530: Topics in Epistemology
PHI 7840: Seminar in Epistemology
PHI 7850: Seminar in Ethics
Given by first initial and last name. B. Russell turns up thousands of citations because of Bertrand Russell