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Zhang Nan, Visiting Research Scholar, China, May 11, 2022-May 11, 2023.

Zhang Nan is a Ph.D candidate at Beijing Normal University, China, the author of nearly 20 published papers and conference papers, working on her doctoral dissertation The Absent Leading Role: Dewey in Chinese Educational Debate (1921-1945), and the Chinese translation of the masterpiece The Dewey Experiment in China: Educational Reform and Political Power in the Early Republic (Barry Keenan, 1977). 

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Julian Tobias Klar, Visiting Research Scholar, Federal Republic of Germany, February 21–July 30, 2022

  • Julian is a Ph.D. candidate at Ruprecht-Karls-University at Heidelberg in Germany, doing his Ph.D. thesis on a thorough comparison of the political theories of Hannah Arendt and John Dewey. He currently works at SIU's Special Collections Research Center with the John Dewey Papers.

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SangHoon Ma, Visiting Scholar, Republic of Korea, November 15, 2019–October 15, 2020

  • SangHoon Ma is a Ph.D. Student in Politics at Yonsei University in South Korea, specializing in Pragmatism and American political thought, especially John Dewey.

Radim Kocandrle, Fulbright Research Scholar, Czech Republic, October 1, 2019February 28, 2020

Liu Xing, Visiting Scholar, China, January 1320, 2020

  • Liu Xing is a lecturer at Beijing Normal University, China, and the translator of John Dewey's Letters from China and Japan.

Giuseppe Spadafora, Visiting Scholar, October 2019

  • Dr. Spadafora is a Professor of Didactics at the University of Calabria, Italy, and Director of its Center for Dewey Studies.

Marcin Rychter, Visiting Scholar, Poland, August 16October 4, 2019

  • Dr. Marcin Rychter is Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Culture, in the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland (since 2016) and Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Eidos: A Journal of Philosophy of Culture (since 2017).

Roberta Dreon, Visiting Profesor, March 22–April 5, 2019

  • Dr. Dreon is Professor of Philosophy, Ca'Foscari University, Venice, Italy, specializing in aesthetics. She is the author of 4 books, 2 on John Dewey and 1 on Martin Heidegger, and over 60 published articles, book chapters, and reviews.

Hernan Gabriel Inverso, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Argentina, Spring 2019

Diana Prokofyeva, Visiting Scholar, Russia, January 22–August 15, 2019

Monireh Taliehbakhsh, Visiting Scholar, Iran, August 20, 2018February 19, 2019

Tao Xu, Visiting Scholar, China, December 2017November 2018

Hora Zabarjadi Sar, Visiting Scholar, Iran, August 15December 25, 2018

Minako Saigo, Visiting Scholar, July 1012, 2018

  • Ms. Saigo is a Ph.D. student at Kyoto University, Japan, under Professor Naoko Saito, researching John Dewey's social engagement.

Andrea Fiore, Visiting Scholar, July 25August 12, 2017

  • Dr. Fiore teaches at Salesian University, of the Vatican, in Rome. His research project at SIU was Dewey's reading of John Stuart Mill.

Susan ("Susi") Gottlöber, Visiting Professor, MarchMay 2017, and invited speaker, November 2017

  • Dr. Gottlöber is Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
  • As Visiting Professsor she taught a graduate seminar on "The Philosophy of Tolerance."
  • She was invited by graduate students to return as the keynote speaker for their annual conference, "Building Bridges," on "Tolerance." The title of her talk was " The Sting of the Strange(r): Modern Concepts of Hospitality and Toleration—Between Xenia and Xenophobia."

Irina Tiurikova, Fulbright Scholar, August 13, 2016January 9, 2017

  • Originally from Russia (north of St. Petersburg), Dr. Tiurikova teaches in Philosophy at The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø. Her project while at SIU was the study of cross-cultural education, in support of her work with indigenous peoples of the Arctic region of Scandinavia and Russia.

Przemysław Bursztyka, Visiting Professor, FebruaryMay 2015, and AugustOctober 2016

  • Dr. Bursztyka is Chair of Philosophy of Culture, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. He is also the Editor of Eidos, a journal of the philosophy of culture, published by the University of Warsaw, in collaboration with the SIU's Philosophy, as part of an ongoing collaboration between the University of Warsaw and SIU.
  • While at SIU he taught a graduate seminar on "Phenomenology of the Imaginative Experience," and in 2016, a seminar on "Hermeneutics of the Self."

Sun Yanhao, Visiting Scholar, JulyOctober 2016

  • Ms. Sun Yanhao is a graduate student at East China Normal University, Shanghai, studying philosophy of economics, especially Marxism.

Liu Mu, Visiting Scholar, January 15August 2, 2015

  • Dr. Liu Mu is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China. His research project was philosophy of economics, drawing especially from the philosophy of Max Scheler.