Sarah Pessin

Professor of Philosophy & Interfaith Chair • University of Denver

Sarah (bottom row, left- in the giraffe ears and Wonder Woman glasses) loves teaching. This is her RLGN 6000 class having some fun learning about the role of play in knowledge-building with visiting “Professor of Fun,” David Thomas.

Sarah also enjoys comedy (she’s pictured here performing at Buntport Theater in Denver, CO). Check out some of her recent comedic interventions!
Sarah is currently the Faculty Senate President. In that role, she chairs a committee on general education, has co-chaired the search for the new Associate Vice Chancellor of DU’s new Mountain Campus, and helped seed a process that resulted in a Tribal-led land study of the new campus extension. Learn more about her accomplishments as President.

Sarah is a new Senior Editor for the new online Encyclopaedia of Jewish Theology, part of the larger St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology project which aims to increase religious literacy for a wide public audience

Sarah created a “Writing Rhino” page for graduate students enrolled in her Dissertation Proposal Writing seminar (part of the Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religions); check out the “Writers on Writing” interviews (more interviews coming soon!)

AACU Feature: Interfaith in Higher Ed

Better religious inclusivity via calendaring best practices! (2019)

Comedic Interventions!

Repeat Offender at Buntport Theater, The Narrators, Science Riot…

Interview on Colorado Public Radio

Discussion of “Hate and Protect” project (13 mins, audio, 2018)

Interview on History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Episode 156 on Jewish Neoplatonism (30 mins, audio, 2013)

Interview on Ibn Gabirol Book

On the New Books in Philosophy podcast (1 hr, 14 mins, audio, 2014)

Blog Post for Cambridge U Press

On why Neoplatonism is not “invisible topography” or a search for “invisible Kansases” (2013)