Dr. Noelle Vahanian’s approach to philosophy is both problem-oriented and existential. Her research interests aim at evaluating the master concepts—concepts that we take for granted, but that play an inordinate role in how we understand ourselves and our actions. Such concepts can be the topic of a class: Happiness, Madness, Faith, or Genocide, for example. On the other hand, her interests go beyond analysis. She is committed to the notion that philosophy is a way of life, not merely a tool to serve other ends: a way of thinking is a way of living. Her teaching expertise in Continental Philosophy of Religion reflects this understanding. She is the author of two books, and is currently engaged in research on philosophy, identity, and genocide.