Rogue Scholars


::Who are we?::

The university is in ruins, but we are still here:  still learning, still teaching, still mentoring.  Still studying, we still want to know what there is to know.  We are Rogue Scholars.

::What do we do?::

Based on our years of training and experience, we study with others.  We apprentice ourselves for the demands not just of the present, but for all that has been excluded, silenced, marginalized, left voiceless and rendered rogue by the racist, sexist, ableist project of capital extraction, the global system of domination and oppression.

::What do we ask?::

This is a call for patronage.  The university is no longer the refuge it once was – often despite itself – for the liberation of the mind.  We are looking for patrons to provide basic incomes for stranded, abandoned, and marginalized intellectuals in the ruins of the university.  We are seeking financial support from those with the wealth to give, in exchange for tutoring and mentoring relationships with those donors, and with others who cannot and should not pay for the human right to know and learn.

::How does it work?::

This is a social experiment in the redistribution of wealth and knowledge. Supported by Rogue Patrons, Rogue Scholars will offer tutoring and mentorship on a pay-what-you-can basis.  On this model, those with the means to do so will liberate the power of the mind from its confinement and oppression within the pay-to-play economy.

We invite potential Rogue Patrons to meet with us by contacting us through this site.  Tell us what you want to study, what it means to you, and how we can bring knowledge and wealth back to a society and a planet bereft of what it needs to live.



Cleo McNelly Kearns, Ph.D.

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Cleo Kearns is an independent scholar in the fields of continental philosophy, anthropology and religion.  She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has published widely on feminist theory, hermeneutics and postmodern theology. Her research is on the theory of religious sacrifice from Durkheim to Lacan and on contemporary global shamanic practices of healing and vision.  She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College.

She is the author of T. S. Eliot and Indic Traditions: A Study in Poetry and Belief (1987) and The Virgin Mary, Monotheism and Sacrifice (2008).

She has held fellowships from the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion and the Princeton Center of Theological Inquiry and has been a Visiting Professor at the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Philosophy and the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism (ISARS).

Joshua Ramey, Ph.D.


Joshua Ramey currently teaches at Haverford College and is author of Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).  Until recently he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College.  His well-known research and publications are in contemporary continental philosophy, critical social theory, political economy and political theology. His first book was The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (Duke University Press, 2012).  He is also co-translator of François Laruelle’s Non-Philosophical Mysticism for Today (with Edward Kazarian, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He has published articles on a range of thinkers and artists including Adorno, Zizek, Badiou, Hitchcock, Warhol, and Philip K. Dick. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Villanova University.

Glenn Wallis, Ph.D.


Glenn Wallis is an independent scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University. His initial training was in Germany, concentrating on Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan Buddhist literature.

Wallis has written six books and numerous articles on various aspects of Buddhism, meditation, the critique of religion, ritual studies, and continental philosophy.  He also practiced for many years in several Buddhist traditions, including Vipassana, Dzogchen, and mainly Soto Zen.

He held several teaching positions in the Religion Departments of several universities, including the University of Georgia, Brown University, and Bowdoin College.

Wallis’s most recent work is best summed up in the title for a book published in 2019 by Bloomsbury: A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real. The critique draws from François Laruelle’s non-philosophy. In 2011, Wallis founded the influential blog Speculative Non-Buddhism. In 2016, he founded Incite Seminars.



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