Penn State Harrisburg

Glen A. Mazis, Ph.D.

· Professor of Humanities and Philosophy; Humanities


Glen A. Mazis came to Penn State Harrisburg in 1991 after teaching at St. Lawrence University, Wesleyan University, Northern Kentucky University, Louisiana State University and the University of Illinois. In 1999, he took a two year leave of absence to help found the Buddhist, interdisciplinary Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. Mazis specializes in phenomenology; current continental philosophy and philosophy of art. He also has interests in critical theory, Buddhism, Taoism, feminism, ecology, and philosophy of technology, literature and poetry, as well as interdisciplinary humanities. He has been coordinator of the masters program.

He has published widely in journals and anthologies about Merleau-Ponty, emotion, imagination, depth, memory, animal studies, Heidegger, Sartre, interpersonal perception, embodiment, emptiness, gender issues, and poetics. His four books focus on embodiment, emotion, masculinity, and the relationships among humans, animals and machines. He is also a poet with more than 70 poems published in literary journals. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Merleau-Ponty Circle and also of the journal, Environment, Space, Place. He is working on a book on Merleau-Ponty and Proust on memory.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Philosophical Association
  • The Merleau-Ponty Circle Association
  • The Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Continental Philosophy (Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, etc.)
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Literature and Poetry
  • Environmental Philosophy

Courses Taught

  • Humanities 525 Aesthetics
  • Humanities 515 Critical Theory
  • Humanities 515 Philosophy, Poetry, Painting and Film
  • Humanities 491 Philosophy of the Body
  • IHUM 400 Humans, Animals and Machines
  • Humanities 515 Moby Dick and Critical Theory: Whales and Culture

Publications and Research

  • About 30 essays in various philosophical journals and anthologies
  • Emotion and Embodiment: Fragile Ontology (Peter Lang, 1994)
  • Earthbodies: Rediscovering Our Planetary Senses (SUNY, 2004)
  • Humans, Animals, Machines: Blurring Boundaries (SUNY, 2008)
  • 72 poems in various literary journals (incl. North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Rosebud, Atlanta review et. al.)