Joel B Hunter CV


Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2008
M.A. Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2002
M.A. Philosophy, Georgia State University, 1998
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990

Area of Disciplinary Specialization

Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy
Philosophy of Science and Technology

Academic Positions

Awards and Honors

  • Barrett Faculty Mentoring Program Certificate of Appreciation, 2013
  • Barrett Honors College Faculty Award for Exceptional Service, Spring 2012
  • ASU Devils’ Advocates “Apple Polisher” Dinner, 2012 and 2013


  • Multi-part Honors Seminar Tutorial: “Mastering the Human Event” (web)
  • “Folktale Structure, Aesthetic Satisfaction and the Success of Harry Potter,” in J. P. Pazdziora and M. Snell (eds.), Ravenclaw Reader: The St Andrews University Harry Potter Conference (2015), Unlocking Press, pp 95-114.
  • “Kierkegaard’s Mirror (of Erised),” Reason Papers 34 (June 2012), 43-53.
  • “Technological Anarchism: The Meaning of Magic in Harry Potter,” in T. Prinzi (ed.), Harry Potter: Essays for Lit Geeks, Academics, and Fans (2011), Travis Prinzi, Unlocking Press, pp 105-134.
  • “Radical Responsibility for the Presence of Justice,” Sep 24, 2010, The Center for Public Justice
  • “Time Travel,” 2004, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Conference Presentations

  • “Revised: Folktale Structure as the Key to the Success of the Harry Potter Series,” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Harry Potter Studies Area, Albuquerque, NM, February 2013.
  • “Hermione Jean Granger: Model Skeptic,” SkeptiCamp Phoenix, January 2013.
  • “Folktale Structure as the Key to the Success of the Harry Potter Series,” A Brand of Fictional Magic, University of St Andrews, May 2012.
  • “Kierkegaard’s Mirror (of Erised),” The Power to Imagine Better: The Philosophy of Harry Potter, Marymount Manhattan College, October 2011.
  • “The Necessity for Phenomenological Clarification of the Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Montreal, Canada, November 2010.
  • “Why Wireless Internet at the Burrow is a Good Idea: In Praise of Technological Uselessness,”Infinitus 2010, HP Education Fanon, Orlando, Florida, July 2010.
  • “From the Boundaries of the World to Its Center: The Wisdom of Love in Marion and Bonhoeffer,” 2005 Saint Louis University Graduate Conference in Philosophy, September 2005.
  • “Blogging and Boundaries: The Postchristian Church in a Technoscientific Culture,”Civitas Conference, “After Evangelicalism,” Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 2005.
  • “Let’s Get Empirical: Phenomenology and the Measurement Problem in Quantum Physics,”Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference in Memphis, Tennessee, October 2004
  • “The Worldview Cul-de-Sac: Objections from Hermeneutics and Fundamental Ontology,” Civitas Conference, “After Worldview,” Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 2004,
  • “The Perception of Sound: Toward a Phenomenology of Music,” DePaul Philosophy Graduate Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 2002. Respondent for “Miracles and the New Physics,” Gifford Bequest International Conference,
  • “Natural Theology: Problems and Prospects,” Aberdeen, Scotland, May 2000.


Committees – Faculty Governance

  • Search Committee, 2012-13 (Chair)
  • Fine Arts Committee (Chair), 2011-12
  • Search Committee, 2011-12
  • Personnel Committee, 2011-13
  • Technology Committee, 2011-12
  • Honors Faculty Council, 2010-2011
  • Admissions Committee, 2009-2011, 2012-present
  • Fulbright Committee, 2009-2011 (ONSA service each year through the present)
  • Curriculum Committee, 273 Group, 2008-12

Peer Mentoring

  • Dr. Eric Oberle, Polytechnic campus, 2012-3
  • Dr. Nathan Crowe, Polytechnic campus, 2012-3
  • Dr. Robert Niebuhr, 2013-present

Other Service-Oriented Activities

  • Barrett Summer Scholars, Director, 2012; Instructor, 2011
  • IRB Certification through ASU’s Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, August 2012
  • Interview, Mugglenet Academia podcast, “Lesson 20: Our One-Year Anniversary Spectacular Show,” April 29, 2013.
  • Presentation at SkeptiCamp Phoenix, January 2013; Title: “Hermione Jean Granger: Model Skeptic”
  • Secured guest lecturer, Elizabeth Baird Hardy of Mayland Community College, NC, to discuss “The Hunger Games and Appalachia;” event included brunch and dinner with students, Spring 2012
  • Interview, Barrett Radio, Pooja and Divya Raghani, Spring 2012
  • Interview, Mugglenet Academia podcast, “Lesson 7: Folktale Structure as the Key to the Success of the Harry Potter Series,” August 8, 2012.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • American Philosophical Association
  • International Bonhoeffer Society

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