Teacher Bios

Ceri Shaw


Ceri Shaw is a former college lecturer and private tutor from Cardiff, Wales. He has a B.A. in Philosophy/History and a U.K adult teaching qualification (P.G.C.E.F.E.) He has taught both the O and A level at Ebbw Vale F.E. College in south Wales. His main areas of interest and expertise include: Philosophy of Science, the history of Western Philosophy, and German idealism. He’s currently the Executive Director of a small Welsh-American arts and culture non-profit organization, the Meriwether Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation.

Daude Teel


Daude Teel is an aspiring political philosopher and existentialist. He thirsts for knowledge, though also experiences a strong urge for depth in his areas of specialty. Daude always has time for discussions in the humanities, for he enjoys throwing around ideas, and particularly delights in asking questions that that were previously unconsidered. Daude’s adamant about the idea that a teacher is first a student. He lives by Erasmus’ words: “When I have little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

Gregory Sotir


Gregory Sotir is a K-12 educator, environmental activist, anti-militarism organizer, and fiction writer. He’s self-published a ‘zine and disbursed cassette tape poems, and published in Rethinking Schools and The Beachhead. He’s currently the coordinator for the Cully Air Action Team and lives in the Cully neighborhood of Portland. He has rocks from every major continent in his home, and an affliction for constant intellectual growth, and one day he plans to move his rocks and body to an island in the Mediterranean.

Josef Ginsberg


Josef has a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University. He is currently completing an MA in English at Portland State University where he teaches college composition. He is also an aspiring writer of speculative fiction (magic realism or something). His academic interests include literary theory, cultural criticism, philosophy, psychology, religion, mysticism, and absolute truth. He specializes in nothing in particular.

Kellye McBride


Kellye McBride is a graduate of the CRMEP program in Contemporary European Philosophy at Kingston University London. Her primary research focus is horror and the abject. One of her essays can be found in Stephen King and Philosophy published by Rowman and Littlefield. She has also presented at both national and international conferences about various philosophical topics, including, but not limited to feminism, psychoanalysis, critical theory, existentialism, queer theory, and film studies. She lives in Portland, OR where she also writes flash fiction.

Richard Pope


Richard Pope is a graduate of Kent State University with a BA degree in philosophy, and also the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a MS degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine. His topics of interest include western philosophy, Buddhism’s contemporary practice in the USA, and speculative fiction as a vehicle for ideas. In addition to his lecturing and discussion facilitation, Rich is an aspiring novelist; his novels typically combine Buddhist philosophy with an experimental narrative structure. He currently volunteers as the executive director of The People’s Colloquium.