Helen Lauer is a full professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam, where she joined the faculty in December 2015.
Helen Lauer is a full professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam, where she joined the faculty in December 2015. In 2008-2012 she was the head of the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana where she had taught full time since 1988, after one year of post-doctoral work with the faculty of philosophy at Oxford University, UK. She received her BA degree in comparative religion (summa cum laude) from City College and Hunter College in New York (1976), which involved two years’ research work in India and Nepal. She received a second BA in mathematics (2000) while teaching philosophy at University of Ghana; her MPhil (1983) and PhD (1986) are in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has compiled several anthologies of African scientists and humanities scholars with support by the World Bank for accessibility to innovative resources on the African continent—the most recent has been translated into Portuguese (2016) by FUNAG under the auspices of Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. She has published several anthologies and textbooks for African scholars under the banner of Hope Publications in Ibadan, with funding from the Swiss Embassy and UNESCO. She was a columnist and featured editor (2003-2006) for the oldest independent newspaper in Accra, The Statesman. Helen was inducted as a Fellow in the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.