Meet Our Faculty

Elisa Rapaport
Elisa Ruhl Rapaport, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Associate Professor
Office hours: Mondays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment

"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this."
- Betrand Russell

Education & Research Interests:

Dr. Elisa Rapaport received her Ph.D. as the George F. Hourani Fellow in Ethics at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Before Dr. Rapaport began teaching at Molloy College in 2007, she taught philosophy at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Old Westbury and Medaille College. She is interested in the social and personal motivations that prompt emotional response, reasoning, and ethical decision-making, particularly in the health care setting. Other interests include personal identity, communitarian ethics, and moral agency.


Dr. Rapaport is an elected representative of Faculty Council and directs the Center for Social and Ethical Concerns at Molloy College. She is active with the American Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Siena Women's Center, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and American Forests. She a member of the National Council of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders with the American Red Cross and is the founding Faculty Advisor for the Red Cross Club on Molloy's campus. She recently led a group of Ethics students on a spring break service learning trip to New Orleans.

Upcoming Courses:

  • PHI 499 Research Seminar
  • ETH 505 Advanced Medical Ethics
  • ETH 290 Ethics and The Hunger Games
  • COR 390 What's in a Name? Language and Meaning,
    with Dr. Jeff Massey (English)
  • COR 390 Being Human, with Dr. Lisa Newland (Social Work)

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