Director of the Thomas More Honors Program
Amanda Moras, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Director of the Thomas More Honors Program. She completed her Doctorate in Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Moras joined the Sacred Heart faculty in 2010 and regularly teaches the courses; Gender and Media, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Gender, The Sociological Imagination, Sociology of the Body, Diversity and Oppression and Sociological Theory. Dr. Amanda Moras' research interests include Racial and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Violence, Gender, Sexualities, Labor and Immigration, and her work has been published in various academic journals and texts including; Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, Sex Roles, Sociology Mind, Michigan Family Review, Race, Ethnicity and Education and The Journal of Workplace Rights. As the Director of the Honors Program Dr. Moras looks forward to working honors students to enrich the intellectual life of the entire university.
Director of the Honors Living and Learning Community
Dr. Kenneth Knies, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was born and raised in New York City, and did his undergraduate work at Brown University. After a year-long stint in the Social and Political Thought program at Sussex University in England, he decided to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, which he received from Stony Brook University in 2010. Before joining the Sacred Heart faculty in 2011, Dr. Knies spent several years between Cologne, Germany and Leuven, Belgium tracking down Edmund Husserl’s philosophy. Courses that he regularly offers include: Introduction to Philosophical Problems; Introduction to Phenomenology; Existentialism; Philosophical Psychology; Philosophy of Knowledge. Dr. Knies’ primary research focus is phenomenology. He is currently working on a book-length study of the relationship between transcendental and historical reflection in Husserl’s Crisis, as well as a shorter study on the nature of presuppositions. He also has interests in ancient philosophy and the differing approaches to transcendental subjectivity in the modern tradition. In addition to his responsibilities as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Knies also serves as co-Program Director of the Great Challenges Minor: Scientific Literacy in the 21st Century. As director of the Honors LLC, Dr. Knies looks forward to cultivating an intellectual climate in which students are encouraged to discover new interests and develop their capacity to appreciate, critique and shape our cultural world.
Honors Administrative Assistant
Ms. Christine McMahon will be joining the Honors Program as Honors Administrative Assistant. Ms. McMahon is currently and has been the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences for over seven years. Much of her time has been dedicated to the organization, management, and processing of all entering Freshmen and continues with students considering and declaring their majors. Ms. McMahon looks forward to working with the Honors Team.
The faculty members who teach in the Honors Program represent diverse disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and health sciences. Each semester the slate of honors faculty members and the specific set of honors courses offered vary, depending on curricular and departmental needs.