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

Heather Ohaneson, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies


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

Heather C. Ohaneson is an associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. As a faculty fellow of the George Fox University 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.

Ohaneson, who is fortunate to have worked at the nonprofit organization Project Pericles and to have been educated at Barnard College (BA, magna cum laude, philosophy and religion), is committed to the ideals of civic engagement and the tradition of liberal arts education. She is carrying these values forth as the principal investigator of a $25,000 planning grant from the Teagle Foundation in the hopes of starting a Knowledge for Freedom program at George Fox.

A longtime New Yorker, she enjoys the similarities between Portland and Brooklyn.