A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Walter Stepanenko, Ph.D.


  • B.A., Emmanuel College, 2011
  • M.A., The University of Toledo, 2014
  • Ph.D., The University of Cincinnati, 2019


  • Epistemology
  • American Religious Thought and Culture
  • Principles of Scientific Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking

Research Interests

  • Religious epistemology
  • Cognitive science of religion
  • Philosophy of religion

Recent Publications

  • Stepanenko, W.S. 2021. "The Epistemic Parity of Religious-Apologetic and Religion-Debunking Responses to the Cognitive Science of Religion." Religions 12 (7): 466.
  • Stepanenko, W.S. 2021. "Ecclesial Belonging in a World of Pure Experience: William James, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Religious Rationality in Crisis." Open Theology 7 (1): 111-128.
  • Stepanenko, W.S. 2020. "A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking: Pragmatism, Radical Empiricism, and Epistemology in W.E.B. Du Bois' 'Of the Sorrow Songs.'" International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 87 (2): 173-192.