Philosophy Department

John Giordano PhD

Part-Time Professor
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Office Location

122 Payson Smith Hall


Main office: 207-780-4258

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, Union Institute & University
  • M.F.A. Painting, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. Studio Art & Art History, Skidmore College


I studied studio art and art history at Skidmore College, where I graduated in 1983. From there, I received my MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. I earned my Ph.D. in 2015 in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in humanities and society from Union Institute & University. My dissertation, "Between Conviviality and Antagonism: Transactionalism in Contemporary Art Social Practices and Political Life" focused on the pragmatist underpinnings of 20th Century activist art.

Areas of Scholarship

Aesthetics, Modern and Contemporary Visual Studies, American Pragmatism (John Dewey, Jane Addams, Richard Rorty -- particularly art's relationship to pragmatist-feminist understandings of situated knowledge), Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism.