At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship
Heather Ohaneson

Heather Ohaneson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program


Office: Pennington House 203

PhD, Columbia University
MPhil, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Barnard College

Heather C. Ohaneson joined George Fox University as an assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies in 2017. As a faculty fellow of the William Penn Honors Program, she is excited to build on her teaching experience in the Core Curriculum of her alma mater, Columbia University.Trained in the philosophy of religion, she has various research interests, which include nineteenth-century philosophy (especially Søren Kierkegaard), the philosophy of the Hebrew Bible, and political theology; these are reflected in recent publications. Additionally, she is working on a book on the philosophy of play and playfulness, entitled Free to Play: An Analysis in Aesthetic, Ethical, and Religious Movements.

Dr. Ohaneson, who is fortunate to have worked at the non-profit organization Project Pericles and to have been educated at Barnard College (B.A., magna cum laude, philosophy and religion), is committed to the ideals of civic engagement and the tradition of liberal arts education. A longtime New Yorker, she enjoys the similarities between Portland and Brooklyn.