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The Staff

Executive Director
Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Toward Ecological Civilization (, and Managing Editor of Process Studies journal. Andrew earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. His academic interests are broad, and include Comparative Religious Philosophies, Process Thought, Ecology, Education, and more. As Executive Director, Andrew has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CPS, including development and implementation of the CPS mission, programs, and strategic vision.

China Project Director
Zhihe Wang, Ph.D., former member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, received his Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from Peking University, China, his Ph.D in Philosophy of Religion from Claremont Graduate University, USA, and is a leading figure in constructive postmodern movement in China. He has published numerous books and articles. His recent books include Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity, Second Enlightenment (with Meijun Fan).He also helped establish more than 20 research institutes on process thought and constructive postmodern studies in China. He is director of CPS China Project where his major responsibility is to charge the communication between the Western Process community and Chinese community by organizing international conferences, arranging lectures, translating process books, and Chinese visiting scholar program.

China Project Co-Director
Meijun Fan, Ph.D., former Vice-Chair and Professor of the Philosophy Department at Beijing Normal University, China. She completed doctoral studies at Beijing Normal University, specializing in Chinese traditional aesthetics and aesthetical education. She is the author of six books, and a co-author of six books. Her book, Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic, was granted the "Excellence Award in Philosophy and Social Science" in China in 1998. As Co-Director of the China Project, Meijun is primarily responsible for Cultural Communication, a newspaper of the China Project. She is also responsible for the Chinese visiting scholar program and works on publicity and web development.

Whitehead Research Project
Joseph Petek studied Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He is the lead Assistant Editor for the Whitehead Research Project, and has recently begun coordinating WRP’s conferences. He is also a Writing Associate at Claremont School of Theology’s Writing Center and the English Coordinator for the Balkan Journal of Philosophy. His interests include Whiteheadian process thought, pragmatism, post-structuralism, philosophy of language, philosophy of death and personal identity, and the theology of Teilhard.

Event Coordinator & Whitehead Research Project 
John Becker holds a PhD in comparative theology and philosophy from CST and is a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China. He additionally holds both an MA and BA in history from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His research interests are broad including comparative religion & theology, process philosophy, religious epistemology, Buddhist philosophy, pragmatism, metaphysics of ecology, history of ideas, and pluralism.

Library Assistant 
Chase Kirkham is a PhD student in the History of Christianity and Religions of North America program at Claremont Graduate University. He holds an MA in history from Utah State University and a BA in English from the University of Utah. His research interests include antebellum American religions, Christian origins, the Johannine corpus, and religious conceptions of time.

Library Assistant
Angela Scott is a graduate student in the Claremont School of Theology with the goal of a PhD in Comparative Religion. She holds a BA Hons. from King’s College, University of London in the History and Philosophy of Religions ( Religious Studies) and an MA in Islamic Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has lived for many years in Jordan. Her interests are in Comparative Religion and include Indigenous Spiritualities and Shamanism, Cults and Conversion, Religious Experience, Meditation and Consciousness, Asian Religions and Tibetan Buddhism. She is passionate about human rights for all peoples from diverse backgrounds and traditions, for inter-faith dialogue and mutual respect and support as we face the challenges of life on this small planet in the 21st century.

Library Assistant
Clara Lee is a soprano who is in D.M.A. program in Voice Performance at Claremont Graduate University. She has sung numerous oratorios and arias with Orchestras and also sung as a chorister of the Long Beach Opera Company. She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from KunKuk University in South Korea and her M.M. in Voice from World Mission University, Los Angeles. She has worked as a Music Coordinator of California Pacific Conf. of the Korean United Methodist Women’s Network for several years. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles Christian Singers and the Children's Song Association of America. She also works as a soloist at the Full Gospel Church in Hollywood and is an Assistant-Librarian at the Center of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology.

Institute of Ecological Civilization in Korea
Rev. Aidan Dongwoo Lee is a Ph.D. student in Religion, specializing in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He received M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, holds a B.A. in theology from Presbyterian College & Theological Seminary, and another B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University. His primary academic focus is in the Process philosophy of Whitehead, theology of organism, Postcolonialism, liberation theology, Minjung theology, French Poststructuralism, postmodern theology, comparative studies in interreligious dialogue in Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He has responsibility on researching and translating books from Process scholars, on developing and maintaining relationships between the Western Process communities and Asian communities, on organizing international seminars and conferences, and on maintaining web pages, SNS and Podcast communities. He is a director of Institute of Ecological Civilization in Korea.

Scholar in Residence
John Quiring, Ph.D. has worked at the Center since 1983. As librarian, he compiled nearly 200 thematic bibliographies of process books and articles. As Program Director, he has facilitated Center seminars and conferences, consulted with visiting scholars and graduate students, and co-organized meetings of the Society for the Study of Process Philosophies (in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association--Pacific Division). John also teaches Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion at Victor Valley College.

Staff Emeritus

Library & Archives Director
Steve Hulbert, Ph.D. began working at CPS in 2005. He earned a PhD in Philosophy/Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He did his undergraduate work at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS in Geography and Philosophy, where he studied Philosophy under noted Hartshorne expert, Donald Wayne Viney. Steve completed an M.A. in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University in May 2007. Steve holds a general interest in traditional approaches to process thought broadly understood (both East and West) as well as interests that include aesthetics, philosophy of place, feminism and gender theory, the postmodern condition, philosophical approaches to psychiatry, and critical theory.

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