Irfan Khawaja, PhD

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

Moral philosophy, Political philosophy

Courses Taught at Felician University

CRIM 452 Career Internship in Criminal Justice
FYE 100/101 First Year Experience I & II
PHIL 100 The Art & Practice of Critical Thinking
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (plus Honors sections)
PHIL 250 Making Moral Decisions (plus Honors sections)
PHIL 260 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 301 Moral Philosophy
PHIL 304 Epistemology: Theories of Knowledge
PHIL/PSCI 305 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought
PHIL/PSCI 306 Modern Political Thought
PHIL 320 Philosophy of Law
PHIL/CRIM 380 Philosophical Issues in Criminal Justice
PHIL 420 Islam and the West: Conflict and Encounter
PHIL 445 Philosophical Research Method
PHIL 450 Senior Seminar
PSCI 303 International Relations: The Politics of War and Peace


"Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North and the Pathologies of Moral Philosophy,"
in Robert D. Anderson, Molly Brigid Flynn, and J. Scott Lee, ed., Engaging Worlds: Core Texts and Cultural Contexts (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2016), pp. 169-75.
"Religious Indoctrination and the Wish for the Irrevocable,"
in Peter Caws and Stefani Jones ed., Religious Upbringing and the Costs of Freedom (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2010), pp. 27-49.
" 'Why They Hate Us': A Pedagogical Proposal,"
in Yvonne Raley and Gerhard Preyer ed., Philosophy of Education in the Era of Globalization (New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 91-109.
Gary Alan Fine and Irfan Khawaja, "Celebrating Arabs and Kindly Terrorists: Rumor and the Politics of Plausibility,"
in G.A. Fine, C. Heath, and V. Campion-Vincent, Rumor Mills: The Social Impact of Rumor and Legend (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2005), pp. 189-206.
Kelly Heyboer, "Were Muslims celebrating on 9/11? Here's what one professor found,"
Star Ledger (interview), November 27, 2015. Link:
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Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame (2008)
M.A., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame (2002)
B.A. Politics, Princeton University (1991)

Positions Held

Associate Professor, Felician University
Assistant Professor, Felician University
Adjunct Instructor, The College of New Jersey
Lecturer, Princeton University
Substitute Full-Time Instructor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Visiting Assistant Professor, Al Quds University (Abu Dis, Palestine)