Faculty & Staff

Amy  Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy
Amy H. Shapiro, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Alverno College, co-Chair of Alverno College Women's and Gender Studies, and co-coordinator of the Research Center on Women and Girls Interest Group (which she has coordinated or co-coordinated for more than twenty years). She has her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. From 1997-2005 she directed the Holocaust Education and Resource Center at the Milwaukee Coalition for Jewish Learning. With Myrna Goldenberg she is co-editor of Different Horrors/Same Hell, Gender and the Holocaust, a collection of interdisciplinary essays to be published in 2013 by the University of Washington Press. Her research is primarily in women, gender, epistemology, and Holocaust. Her present interest is in women's education, pedagogy, contemplative studies, food studies, and neuroplasticity.

Courses she has taught include:   Perspectives on Freedom, Themes in Philosophy: Confronting Evil, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Survey of Women’s and Gender Studies, Philosophy of Food, Themes in the Humanities: Confronting the Holocaust, and independent studies with advanced level  students in philosophy of language,  contemporary French feminism, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and contemplative studies.  

Donna Engelmann, Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy Department Chair
Donna has been teaching at Alverno College since 1989.  She teaches Search for Meaning, Philosophy of Love and Friendship, American Philosophy and Ethics, and independent studies with advanced level students in a range of topics including bioethics, feminist epistemology, politics and ethics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science.   She also teaches a course in global criminal justice and a course for transfer students on the impact of technology on our lives.  She’s active in the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, the American Philosophical Association, and she served as President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers.  She is working on a book that relates her studies in feminist ethics and politics to what and how she teaches in philosophy.  Donna has her Ph.D. from Marquette University.