Philosophy and Religious Studies


Professor Bruce Hanson, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Dr. Hanson has been a professor in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies since 1987. He was hired to a full-time position in 1990. Over the years he has taught nearly every class I both philosophy and religion. Dr. Hanson’s efforts and unique teaching style earned him Fullerton College’s Teacher of the Year award.

Dr. Hanson has assumed several administrative duties, including serving as Faculty Senate President and coordinator of the Honors Program. He has served as the department Chair on several occasions.

Ph.D. Philosophy of Religion
M.A. Philosophy
M.A. Religion

Dr. Hanson’s dissertation was an epistemological study of religious/mystical experience. Dr. Hanson’s area of focus for his Masters Thesis in Philosophy centered on Aristotle’s notion of qualitative or transformational change. He has published several book reviews for the American Academy of Religion, the Foreword to Frithjof Schuon’s, Survey of Metaphysics and Esoterism and the entry on Huston Smith for the Encyclopedia of American Philosophers. Dr. Hanson has been the publishing editor of Allan W. Anderson’s, Self-Transformation and the Oracular, Reflections on the I Ching and The Teachings of J. Krishamurti. He has written and delivered several papers at both the American Philosophical Association Academy of Religion.

Professor Elisabeth Burke

Office: 1422-03

Elisabeth Burke has been teaching at Fullerton College since 2015. She received her BA in Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and her Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School.  Prof. Burke is currently completing her PhD in Religion at Claremont Graduate University.  Her areas of interest include comparative religion, sacred texts, and religion and literature.  Her dissertation focuses on postmodern Christian philosophy in the novels of Graham Greene.

Prof. Burke is also the faculty advisor for the Interfaith Dialogue Club on campus. This club is for students who are interested in learning more about and discussing issues pertaining to religious diversity in southern California.  We host field-trips, guest speakers, and various other activities throughout the semester.  To learn more about the club, please email Prof. Burke at

Professor James Crippen, Ph.D.

Office: 1422.02

Dr. Crippen has been teaching philosophy in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Fullerton College since 2000. He regularly teaches courses in the History of Philosophy series along with the core Philosophy courses. Dr. Crippen has participated in Learning Communities and the Honors program, as well as serving on the Faculty Senate. He is currently advisor for the Philosophy Club.


Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., University of Warwick
B.A., Sonoma State University

Dr. Crippen wrote his dissertation on the topic of the intersection of history and the individual in the Pragmatic philosophical tradition. His areas of interest include the central themes in German and American Philosophy. He is an active member of the American Philosophical Association and the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, and regularly attends and presents at conferences internationally.

Professor Jeff Vanderpool, Ph.D.

Office: 1422-02

Emeritus Faculty

Professor Emeritus Michael Holden, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus LeVonne Nelson

Professor Emeritus Derry Seaton