Los Angeles Valley College
Philosophy / Economics / Jewish Studies

Nate Placencia

Brief Bio

I grew up among the orange groves of Riverside, CA. I started out my educational career at Riverside Community College. There I got the crazy idea in my head that one day Id like to be a professor. Twelve years of education, a wife, two kids, a dog, and two moves across the country later, I landed at Los Angeles Valley College. I am very happy (and lucky) to be doing what I love.


Riverside Community College (Transferred)
UC Riverside, BA in Philosophy
Westminster Seminary, MA in Theology
UC Riverside, MA in Philosophy
UC Riverside, PhD in Philosophy


You might find me teaching any of the Phil courses at LAVC. But so far I have taught or plan to teach the following courses:

Introduction to Philosophy
History of Greek Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Latin-American Philosophy (coming soon)

Philosophical Interests

Ethics, Social Philosophy (esp. the Philosophy of Race), Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Other Interests

When I am not doing philosophy, I am either hanging out with my family, watching basketball, playing basketball (I love the game!), watching reruns of Seinfeld and The Office, or taking a walk.