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Megan Mustain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor  | Interim Dean of Graduate Studies


  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • M.A., Southern Illinois University
  • B.S., Texas A&M University


  • American Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • What is Human Dignity?
  • Senior Seminar
  • The Human Quest for Meaning
  • Foundations of Reflection: Self
  • Prospects for Community and Civilizations

Research Interests

  • Classical American Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Biology/Medicine


Megan Mustain is an associate professor in philosophy and interim dean of graduate studies. She is a recipient of the St. Mary’s University Distinguished Faculty Award and the President’s Award for Excellence. In 2011, she and Dr. Glenn Hughes were awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to create and teach a course on the meaning of human dignity. Her research centers around classical American philosophy, especially the work of William James, and her book, Overcoming Cynicism: William James and the Metaphysics of Engagement, was published in 2011 by Bloomsbury/Continuum. At St. Mary’s, she has served on the Faculty Senate, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, the QEP Advisory Board, the Civic Engagement Advisory Group, the Faculty Academic Mentoring program, the Academic Review Board, and as Director of the Core Curriculum. Since 2012, she has been a Marianist Educational Associate . She is also the founder of the Stink Eye Scooter Club, a tongue-in-cheek local gang of Vespa riders.


Overcoming Cynicism: William James and the Metaphysics of Engagement. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011.

“Ritmos utópicos: Ralph Ellison e a estética do jazz,” translated by Eva Paulino Bueno, Revista Espaço Acadêmico, n° 96, May 2009

“Utopian Rhythms: Ralph Ellison and the Jazz Aesthetic,” Revista Espaço Acadêmico, n° 96, May 2009

“Decentering for Dewey Studies: A Contemporary Dialogue Between Interactive Constructivism and Deweyan Pragmatism,” Dewey-Center Köln, June 2006 at

“Metaphor as Method: Charlene Haddock Seigfried’s Radical Reconstruction,” William James Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2006

“The Role of Temperament in the Philosophies of Emerson and James,” Streams of William James, Volume 5, Issue 3, Fall 2003

“Prometheus Double-Bound: Educating the Social Individual,” Philosophical Studies in Education, Volume 33, 2002

K. Connor, K. Ramamoorthy, M. Moore, M. Mustain, I. Chen, S. Safe, T. Zacharewski, B. Gillesby, A. Joyeux, and P. Balaguer, “Hydroxylated Polychloryl Biphenyls (PCBs) as Estrogens and Antiestrogens: Structure-Activity Relationships,” (1997) Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 145(1):111-123

M. Moore, M. Mustain, K. Daniel, I. Chen, S. Safe, T. Zacharewski, B. Gillesby, A. Joyeux, and P. Balaguer, “Antiestrogenic Activity of Hydroxylated Polychlorinated Biphenyl Congeners Identified in Human Serum,” (1997) Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 142(1):160-168


President’s Award for Excellence, St. Mary’s University, 2013
Distinguished Faculty Award, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, St. Mary’s University, 2011
Delta Zeta Award for Teaching, 2011, 2012
Lambda Chi Alpha Award for “Helping Students to Achieve Academic Excellence,” 2010

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