Kierkegaard Library Faculty and Staff

Gordon Marino

Gordon Marino

Gordon Marino is professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. After three years of research on Kierkegaard in Denmark, Marino took his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. Before coming to St. Olaf in 1995, he taught at Harvard, Yale, and Virginia Military Institute. At St. Olaf, Marino offers courses in existentialism, ethics, Freud, and the history of philosophy. Until 2005, he was also an assistant football coach at St. Olaf.

A recipient of the Richard J. Davis Ethics Awards for excellence in writing on ethics and the law, Marino is the author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, and editor of Modern Library’s Basic Writings of Existentialism and Ethics: The Essential Writings. In addition to his scholarly publications, Marino’s essays have appeared in The New York Times MagazineNewsweek, The AtlanticWall Street Journal, theAmerican Poetry Review and many other national publications.

As director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library, Marino is available to consult with scholars on their research and help with Kierkegaard projects. He also directs the Young Scholars Program for advanced undergraduates and supervises publication
of the Reed, an undergraduate journal of existentialism.

Eileen Shimota has worked at St. Olaf College in various positions for 18 years. With her undergraduate degree in communications and a master’s in experiential education, she finds basically every aspect of the St. Olaf campus a great place to work. But her strong interest in sociology, philosophy, and history has led her to want to work in the Kierkegaard Library. Often described as “a hidden gem on St. Olaf’s campus” she appreciates the opportunity to work in a culture of intellect and meet accomplished scholars from all over the world.

Library Collections Associate
Lise Faillettaz has worked for the Hong Kierkegaard Library since 2003.  In addition to providing assistance to students and scholars, she has responsibilities in the areas of collection development, acquisitions, access to periodical articles, and the organization of the historical archives of the Hong Kierkegaard Library.  A graduate of Luther College with a B.A. in English and  French literature, she earned an M.A. in Psychology  from the University of St. Thomas.  Her library background at St. Olaf  includes many years helping develop the Government Documents position in Rolvaag Library.

Don Janke

Don Janke

Library Assistant
Don Janke , a St. Olaf graduate from the class of 1965, serves as a volunteer in the Kierkegaard Library during the academic year. During June, July, and August, Don works on our staff supporting students and scholars participating in our summer programs. Performing a variety of ongoing tasks, Don has been especially helpful in developing our collection of newspaper articles about Soren Kierkegaard and related topics, doing bibliographic searching to determine new acquisitions, maintaining our periodical collection, and working with incoming gift collections. Don is also an active member of  the Friends of the Hong Kierkegaard Library.


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Left to right: Leslie Poling ’16, Alexander Quanbeck ’17, John Seabloom-Dunne ’16