David Tripp, PhD

Core Faculty
BA in Liberal Studies


(310) 578-1080 ext. 235

PhD in Social Ethics, University of Southern California
BA in Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University

David Tripp returned to his teaching position on the BA Core Faculty after serving as the Program Chair from 1998 to 2002. As chair he worked to strengthen the curriculum by developing core course offerings for each area of concentration, designed and implemented a one day a week track, worked in collaboration with Antioch Seattle and Santa Barbara to bring on-line course offerings to students in Los Angeles, and developed a new academic writing curriculum. Prior to assuming the chair position in 1998, David taught a wide range of interdisciplinary courses focused on Cultural Theory, Rights and Justice, and Social Theory.

As program chair David prioritized diversifying the program faculty, bringing issues of race, class, gender and sex more fully into the curriculum. He also worked to enhance, the contributions the BA program makes to the university. To this end he instituted a regular All-BA-Faculty Dinner that focused on issues important to the quality of pedagogic practice at Antioch. And he established the popular quarterly Colloquy Series that brought significant scholars, artists and activists to campus.

In September of 2000 David designed and provided leadership for an innovative new program that brought courses in the humanities to the poor and working poor of our Los Angeles. Working closely with Blair Smith (former Administrative Director of CHE/Bridge), David developed the Community Humanities Education (CHE) program (now the Bridge Program). The program partners with local community agencies to offer a nine month program comprised  of interdisciplinary courses in Art History, Literature, Philosophy and the Writing Arts. CHE/Bridge provides a critical perspective on the Western tradition of the humanities, and helps the poor and working poor develop critical thinking skills while claiming their own voice as they come to participate more fully in public life. Everything is provided free of charge: tuition, books, supplies, child care, and transportation.

Currently David’s teaching explores the politics of Psychology; the various means by which the Self is constructed; the relation between technology and the Self; the role of the Primitive in Western society; Queer culture, theory and politics; and entheogenic practice and psychedelic philosophy.  He has been working with his colleague, Charley Lang to develop a Major Area of Concentration in Queer Studies.

David’s research interests currently focus on developing a critically oriented Psychedelic Philosophy and mapping the possibilities of Queering Psychedelics.

  • The Politics of Psychology (PSY/HUM 371)
  • Queer Theory (HUM 404))
  • Psychedelics Revisioned: The Cultural Politics of Consciousness (HUM/PSY 473)
  • Foucault (PHI 414)
  • Western Constructions of the Primitive (HUM 394)
  • Educational Foundations (EDU 380)
  • Manufacturing the Self: Technology, the Body and Desire (PHI/HUM 412)
  • Situating the Self in the Twentieth Century (HIS 403/PHI 403)