James and Susan Keller Teaching Fellows

Dr. Jim Keller devoted 39 years to teaching philosophy at Wofford College. As part of his legacy, he chose to make the Wofford College Department of Philosophy a beneficiary of his estate. As he requested before his death in 2016, the resources were used to establish an endowed fund to support faculty in the department. The James A. and Susan K. Keller Fellowship in Philosophy is a two-year teaching fellowship intended for early-career philosophers to gain valuable teaching experience at a selective liberal arts college. In turn, fellows enhance the Wofford curriculum and the philosophy department with diverse perspectives and unique expertise. A strategic goal of the college is to increase and support diversity across the campus, and the Keller Fellowship aims to support that. With this generous gift, Keller’s influence on Wofford College lives on.

Fall 2020-Spring 2022

Dr. Muhammad Velji, Wofford’s inaugural James A. and Susan K. Keller Fellow, works on political philosophy, philosophy of law, feminist philosophy and the philosophy of race and colonialism. He did undergraduate work at the University of Toronto and received a master’s degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He earned his doctorate degree from McGill University. At Wofford, Velji teaches Problems of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Law. He taught and helped create a new catalog course, Philosophy of Race.