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Robert Greene grew up in New York City and received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, majoring in philosophy and French. After a few years of graduate work at Columbia, he completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Colorado. His graduate study included work in German, Classical Greek, and linguistics.

Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Greene taught at the University of Colorado-Denver (Philosophy), Johns Hopkins University (German), the University of Texas at El Paso (Philosophy and English), El Paso Community College (English and Philosophy), the Centro de Lenguas of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (English as a Second Language), and Mount Senario College (English, Spanish, and Philosophy). He came to UWEC in 2000-2001 to conduct a seminar on his book, The Death and Life of Philosophy, published in 1999 by St. Augustine's Press. In 2007 the book went into its second printing.

In fall 2001, Greene joined the English Department as Senior Lecturer, and currently holds an appointment at that rank in Continuing Education (where he teaches English 110 on compressed video through the Youth Options Program) and Philosophy. For the Philosophy/Religious Studies Department, he has taught Philosophy 308 (Ethics in Computing and Engineering), Philosophy 236 (Medieval Philosophy), and Philosophy 101 (Introduction to Philosophy).

Besides German, French, Spanish, and classical Greek, Greene has studied Latin, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, and Japanese. His research interests include ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle, ethics, the philosophy and psychology of language, and second-language acquisition. He currently is working on several manuscripts in philosophy and linguistics that he hopes to publish. For recreation, he enjoys running, hiking, bicycle riding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and canoeing.