Debra Jane Campbell

Dr. Debra Jane Campbell, Professor of Philosophy, M.A. Philosophy, Ph.D. Political Science

Debra J. Campbell was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department of Mesa Community College in 1992. She teaches Logic, Introduction to philosophy, and Philosophy of Sexuality. Debra holds a B.A. in Philosophy from University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University. Debra received tenure in 1997. While teaching philosophy courses full-time, she began pursuing a doctorate in Political Philosophy at Arizona State University in 1998. She received the Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University in May, 2004. Dr. Campbell has served two terms as Chair of her department from 2001-2004 and from 2009-2012. While serving as Chair, Debra directed the department’s Center for Global Tolerance and Engagement from 2002-2005. Debra’s research interests are focused on direct, deliberative democracy and her dissertation introduced the concept of having citizens serve on legislative juries to assist in the creation of ballot initiatives, a form of direct democracy. From 2001-2006, Dr. Campbell helped to promote the Maricopa Initiative on Ethics and Values by creating and offering a course entitled “Ethics in Higher Education.”