About the Author

Christoffer Lammer-Heindel is an assistant professor of philosophy at Loras College where he has taught courses pertaining to contemporary philosophy, apocalyptic thought in popular culture, logic, and environmental ethics, among others.

He lives in Dubuque, Iowa with his partner, Haley, their two children, a rabbit, and two chickens. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys cooking, gardening, and foraging for wild edibles.


Curriculum Vitae

Christoffer S. Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Loras College
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001


  • Ph.D., Philosophy. University of Iowa, 2012. Dissertation title: “State Duty-Claims and the Possibility of Institutionally Held Moral Duties.” http://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/3330/
  • M.A., Philosophy. University of Iowa, 2009.
  • B.A., Philosophy; Social Theory and Policy. University of Dubuque, 2005.

Teaching Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa), 2014-Present.
  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy (Full-Time), Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa), 2012-2014.
  • Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa), 2007-2012.

Courses Taught

Philosophy Courses

  • Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications (Loras College)
  • Logic (Loras College)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (Loras College, Clarke University, University of Iowa)
  • Contemporary Philosophy (Loras College)
  • Directed Study: Philosophy of Law (Loras College)
  • Introduction to Ethics (Clarke University, University of Iowa)
  • Biomedical Ethics (Clarke University)
  • Business Ethics (Clarke University)
  • Environmental Ethics (Clarke University)

General Education Courses

  • Catholicism and Stoicism (Loras College)
  • Catholicism and Taoism (Loras College)
  • Democracy and Global Diversity (Loras College)
  • Modes of Inquiry: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (Loras College)
  • Modes of Inquiry: It’s the End of the World As We Know It (Loras College)
  • Cornerstone I (Clarke University)
  • Cornerstone II (Clarke University)

Other Courses

  • The Sustainable Community: The Real and the Ideal (Loras College)



  • Co-Director (with Dr. Benjamin Darr), National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Connection Grant, “Building Ecoliteracy: A General Education Track in Sustainability.” Award: $99,991 to fund development of a four-course general education track and certificate in sustainability studies. March 2017.
  • Co-Recipient (with Dr. Jacob Kohlhaas), John Templeton Foundation at John Carroll University, Re-Engaging Science in Seminary Formation, “Science, Faith, and Knowledge.” Award: $10,000 to fund course development and campus community engagement. September 2016.

Conference Presentations and Commentaries

  • “Apocalyptic Pedagogy and Integral Ecology,” Loras Legacy Symposium (Loras College), April 27, 2016.
  • Poster Presentation: “Assessing Sustainability Literacy” with Benjamin Darr (Loras College), Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, 5th Regional Conference (Luther College), November 8, 2013.
  • “Making Sense of Institutional Duty-Claims,” Iowa Philosophical Society, 69th Annual Conference (Grinnell College), November 13, 2010.
  • Commentator on “Constructing a Moral Semantics for Hume’s Moral Theory” by Keith Erwin, University of Iowa Graduate Philosophical Society, 4th Annual Spring Conference, March 28, 2008.
  • Commentator on “Do we need a minimalist conception of human rights in international relations? A discussion of Rawls’ understanding of human rights” by Ionel Zamfir, University of Iowa Graduate Philosophical Society, 2nd Annual Spring Conference, April 15, 2006.

Invited Presentations

  • Panelist: “Introducing Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, ‘On Care for Our Common Home’,” September 10, 2015. Sponsored by the Loras College Kucera Center for Catholic Studies.
  • “Selflessness and Centeredness in Taoism,” Loras College Faculty and Staff Mini-Retreat, January 22, 2014.
  • “Ethics 101: Are there Right Answers to Moral Questions?” Loras College/Envision Summer Leadership Program, June 24, 2013.

Media Appearances

Institutional Service (Loras College)

  • Member, Institution Review Board (IRB). 2015-Present
  • Member, Retention Committee. 2015-Present
  • Faculty Representative, Hearing Board. 2014-Present.
  • Director, Democracy & Global Diversity; includes service on the Assessment Committee (MD Category Leader). Fall 2014-Spring 2017.
  • Co-Convener (with Dr. Jacob Kohlhaas), Spring 2017 Catholic Intellectual Tradition Reading Group, sponsored by the Kucera Center (Loras College). February-April, 2017.
  • Co-Chair (with Robin Hamel), Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Organization Dimension Subcommittee. Spring 2017.
  • Faculty Ally, Better Together. AY 2016-2017.
  • Member, Tom Blacklock Sustainability Award Selection Committee. 2016.
  • Faculty Advisor, Loras College Democrats. 2014-2016.
  • Member, Loras College “Green Team,” which coordinates campus initiatives relating to ecological sustainability. 2013-2015.
  • Chair, “Green Team” ad hoc subcommittee overseeing an audit of the College’s sustainability goals. Fall 2014.
  • Presenter, Modes of Inquiry (MOI) Spring Workshop, May 2014.
  • Coordinator, Loras College/Envision Summer Leadership Program. Fall 2014-Spring 2015.
  • Presenter, Modes of Inquiry (MOI) Spring Workshop, May 2013.

Professional Development

  • Attended Ally Training at the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Chicago Interfaith Leadership Institute. August 5-7, 2016.
  • Completed the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health Web-Based Training Course, “Core Competency Module for Sex and Gender in Primary Data Collection with Humans,” May 19, 2016.
  • Attended “Theological Anthropology in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: Ecumenical Perspectives.” Worship, panel presentations, and discussion sponsored by Wartburg Seminary Center for Global Theologies, November 6, 2015.
  • Completed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web-Based Training Course, “Protecting Human Research Participants,” September 29, 2015. Certificate #1876002.
  • Regular participant in the 2013 Catholic Intellectual Tradition Reading Group. Sponsored by the Kucera Center and Center for Experiential Learning (Loras College).
  • Attended the symposium, “Why the Preferential Option for the Poor: Catholic Social Teaching and Justice,” Thursday, October 3, 2013. Sponsored by the Committee for Ethics and Values Education and the Kucera Center (Loras College).
  • Participated in the Democracy & Global Diversity Faculty Workshop, August 22, 2012 (Loras College).
  • Attended the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, January 12-13, 2013. Chicago, Illinois. Attended the Pedagogy Interest Group Discussion.
  • Participated in the Web Content Management System (CMS) Users Group, November 1, 2012 (Loras College).
  • Attended the Open Access Open Forum. Presentation by Will Cross, Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University. October 29, 2012 (Loras College).
  • Participated in Web Content Management System (CMS) Training, September 27, 2012 (Loras College).
  • Participated in the Democracy & Global Diversity Faculty Workshop, August 23, 2012 (Loras College).