Joseph McGinn, PhD

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. McGinn spent part of his childhood in Nova Scotia before his family moved back to western Canada. Dr. McGinn studied philosophy and history at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba, before completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, and studying as a Commonwealth Scholar at Edinburgh University, Scotland. He completed his Ph.D. at Penn State University and was a full professor of philosophy and director of the Global Honors Program at Lock Haven University, in Pennsylvania, before becoming dean of the Honors College at Towson University, Maryland. He served as vice-president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine at Farmington and, most recently, taught philosophy and ethics at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.


In his scholarship, Dr. McGinn explores questions of personhood and community within American, British, and Canadian philosophical traditions. He has published and presented his work in a variety of scholarly venues in Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland, and the United States. 

Professor of Philosophy, President & Chief Academic Officer

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