Graham McAleer, Ph.D.
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Recognized by peer faculty for his ability to engage students (and known by his students for his spiffy socks and vintage shirts), Dr. Graham McAleer has been teaching philosophy at Loyola for almost 20 years. Dr. McAleer, who was named the Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2014, specializes in making philosophy accessible to students by using concrete, contemporary examples from the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times and helping them see how the topic of the class relates. In fact, one of his most popular courses was called The Morals and Politics of the Lord of the Rings. Dr. McAleer born in England to Scottish parents and received his B.A. from University College London, his M.A. from University of Alberta, and his Doctor of Philosophy from Catholic University of Louvain. He also served as a visiting professor of Medieval Philosophy at Catholic University of Louvain from 1999 to 2001 and spent two years running Loyola’s study abroad program in Leuven, Belgium.
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A Loyola education is a serious dive into the animating concepts, and background assumptions, of civilizations. Trite answers are rejected; complex, historically informed investigations, demanded.