Program Director

Joseph Clair

Joseph Clair

Joseph serves as director of the William Penn Honors Program and as an assistant professor of religious studies. Before joining the George Fox faculty in 2013, he spent four years at Princeton University earning his PhD in religion, ethics and politics while also working as an assistant in instruction in the school’s religion department. His efforts were rewarded with a Department of Religion Teaching Award (2011-12) and a Graduate Prize Fellowship from Princeton’s Center for Human Values (2012-13).

Prior to Princeton, Joseph spent one year at the University of Cambridge, earning an MPhil in philosophy of religion on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship in 2008-09. He also holds master’s degrees from Fordham (history of philosophy, 2007) and Duke University (theological ethics, 2004), as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (philosophy, 2002). Joseph’s research and teaching interests include Christian thought, Christian ethics, religious and philosophical ethics, political theory, environmental ethics, ancient moral and political philosophy, and the role of religion in public life.

Joseph can be contacted at 503-554-2153 or

Joseph discusses the importance of reading great books and authors, and why you should read his own favorite great book, The Confessions by Augustine.