Philosophy and Religious Studies


Full-Time Faculty


Professor James Crippen, Ph.D.

Department Chair

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 Martha Smith Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Office: 1422.03

Dr. Roberts has been a professor of Religious Studies since 2005. She was hired to a full-time position at Fullerton College in Fall 2020. Prior to that, she has taught around the country, in Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and California.

Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. Religious Studies, Missouri State University
B. A. Religious Studies and German, Missouri State University

Dr. Roberts area of expertise is North American religions and cultures, and she teaches classes on all religious traditions. Her primary research is a critical analysis of post-racial and post-ethnic theories of American religious pluralism and extending this analysis to critical pedagogies of religious studies. Dr. Roberts is also working on a co-authored manuscript analyzing the various spiritualities emerging within the hula hooping subculture in the United States. Her work has been published in the journal Nova Religio, as well as in several edited volumes. Dr. Roberts has served as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR), and on the Board for the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL) in Austin, Texas. She is an active member in the American Academy of Religion (AAR) as well. 

Emeritus Faculty

Professor Emeritus Michael Holden, Ph.D.

Professor Bruce Hanson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus LeVonne Nelson

Professor Jeff Vanderpool, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus Derry Seaton