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Leadership, Faculty & Staff

Brendan Palla, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of ILC/Ethics

Brendan Palla, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of ILC/Ethics
Integrated Learning Communities
Brendan Palla Biography Photo

Dr. Brendan Palla teaches philosophy and interdisciplinary coursework in tandem with professors from multiple disciplines. He was a teaching fellow at Fordham University prior to moving to Big Sky country in 2014. A member of the core curriculum revision team, he helped research and articulate a foundation for the new Lumen de Lumine core. He has also taught ethics for the School of Health Professions.

His scholarship focuses on the Catholic Intellectual tradition, with an emphasis on Aquinas’ robust account of human freedom, alongside Aristotelian concepts of the common good. His favorite project is “Rage against the Machine” which he is developing for the Reacting to the Past series. Working with Professor Louise Williams (History) of Central Connecticut State University, he is developing a textbook-length, three-five week, student-led, role-playing scenario that explores the philosophical and social issues surrounding the industrialization of Manchester, UK, in the early 1800s.

In his (limited) free time, he enjoys playing board games and exploring the Mountain West with friends and family.

BA, Gonzaga University
MA, Fordham University
MPhil, Fordham University
PhD, Fordham University

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
-Morpheus, The Matrix