Graduate Students

Of the 254 applicants for the Fall 2012 graduate program, the Department proudly welcomes 7 new PhD students and 4 new M.A. students.

In the academic year 2011-2012 the Department awarded 9 PhDs and 4 MA degrees.

Here is what some of our current students are working on:

Ian Blaustein
Areas of interest: Early Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Kant and German Idealism, Philosophy of Mind

Andrew Butler
Areas of Interest: 19th & 20th century continental philosophy, Ancient philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, moral psychology and philosophical anthropology, philosophical-theological intersections

Vaughn Cartwright
Areas of interest: Philosophy of language (semantics), intersection of the philosophy of cognitive science and philosophy of language (especially intentionality), methodology and philosophy of philosophy, critical social theory.

Kuei-Chen Chen
Areas of Interest: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Transcendental Philosophy in Kant and Husserl

Colin Cmiel
Areas of interest: Phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger), Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Perception, and Philosophy of Music

Stefan Cojocaru
Areas of interest: Kant, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Phenomenology, Moral and Political Philosophy, Moral Psychology

Dimitri Constant
Area of interest: Logic and Methodology of Science
Prospectus title: “The Standard Interpretation of Higher-Order Variables in Modern Logic and the Concept of Function in Mathematics”

Maité Cruz Tleugabulova
Areas of Interest: Eighteenth-century philosophy

Matthew Dill
Areas of Interest: History of 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Zach Dotray
Areas of Interest: phenomenology, metaphysics (esp. time)

Joshua Duclos
Areas of interest: Ethics, Value Theory, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Ian D. Dunkle
Areas of Interest: Nineteenth century German philosophy (esp., Hegel and Nietzsche), ancient skepticism, and post-structuralism (esp., Foucault); questions of philosophical method, epistemology, and metaethics (or, alternatively, general theories of the norms underlying our epistemic, ethical, and aesthetic value-ascriptions)

Wheeler Frost
Areas of interest: Ancient Philosophy, Hume, Wittgenstein, Cultural Criticism

Stacey Goguen
Areas of interest: Philosophy of Implicit Bias & Stereotype Threat, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology

Jake Hoskins
Areas of Interest: German Philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy, Phenomenology

D. L. Jackson
Areas of Interest: Moral Philosophy, Contemporary Metaphysics, Action Theory (Free Will), Moral Psychology

I-Kai Jeng
Areas of Interest: Ethics and Political Philosophy (conceptions of ethics, onto-theo-political intersections, philosophical genres, emotions, social theories), Classical Philosophy and Modernity, Translation

Emma Jerndal
Areas of Interest: 20th century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Aesthetics and Ethics

Brian Julian
Areas of interest: Ancient Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy

Jonathan Kane
Areas of Interest: Logic, Foundations of Mathematics, Philosophy of Science

Johnathan Kelly
Areas of interest: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Theories of Justice, Post-Holocaust Thought, Kant, Arendt

James Kinkaid
Areas of Interest: Pragmatism, ontology, intentionality, expressivism, teleosemantics

Jordan Kokot
Areas of interest: 19th and 20th century Continental Philosophy (particularly Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger), Aesthetics (focused on Philosophy of Literature), and Critical Theory (particularly the Frankfurt School and Lukács)

Karolina Lewestam
Areas of interest: Ethics, Theory of action

Eduardo Coutinho Lourenço de Lima
Areas of interest: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Modern Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Nolan Little
Areas of interest: History of Philosophy, Philosophy of History, Philosophy of Law, Logic

Getty Lustila
Areas of Interest: Modern Philosophy (esp. Scottish Enlightenment and German Idealism), Normative Philosophy, Free will and Moral Psychology, Social Ontology

Brian Marrin
Areas of interest: Ancient Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Metaphysics

Jason McCullough
Areas of Interest: Hume, Early Modern Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy
Dissertation Title: “The Role of Happiness in Hume’s ‘Science of Man’”

Josh McDonald
Areas of interest: feminism, metaphysics of time, Levinas, phenomenology, and ethics

MaryCatherine McDonald
Areas of interest: Philosophy and Narrative, Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Contemporary Political Philosophy, American Philosophy (especially Emerson), Philosophy and Film, Philosophy of Religion

Lauren McLean
Areas of Interest: Phenomenology and philosophy of mind

Irina Meketa
Areas of interest: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of the Animal Cognition Sciences, Philosophy of Biology, Bioethics, and Ethics
Dissertation Title: “Objectivity and Skepticism in the Animal Cognition Sciences”

Jay Mikelman
Areas of interest: Hobbes, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Anandita Mukherji
Areas of interest: Political Philosophy (particularly Hannah Arendt and Marx), Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, and Early Modern Philosophy

Ryan P. Mulvey
Areas of Interest: Jurisprudence, political philosophy, ethics
MA Thesis Title: “The Minimum Content of the Natural Law in H.L.A. Hart’s The Concept of Law”

Lynn Niizawa
Areas of interest: Justification of belief; Ethics, Imagination

Ryan Priddle
Areas of interest: Continental Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche & Heidegger); Philosophy of Mind (inc. Philosophy of Psychology & Cognitive Science); Ethics (esp. Moral Psychology & Metaethics)

Elizabeth Ann Robinson
Kant, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Film, Philosophy of Architecture
Dissertation Title: “Speaking in Circles: Metaphysics and Mathematics in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason”

Benjamin Roth
Areas of interest: The Relationship between Philosophy and Literature, Narrative, Heidegger, Hermeneutic Phenomenology, Hegel

Elisabeta Sarca
Areas of interest: Philosophy of Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Hume, Leibniz

Erin Seeba
Areas of Interest: Wittgenstein, Cavell, ordinary language philosophy, phenomenology, epistemology

Ryan Sosna
Areas of interest: Pragmatism, Epistemology/Phenomenology, Transcendental Philosophy

Bruce Taub
Areas of interest: Ancient Philosophy (esp. Plato); History of Social and Political Philosophy; History of Ethics; Business Ethics

Jonas Vandieken
Areas of Interest: Kant, Metaethics, Bioethics, Political Philosophy, Social Justice, Rawls

Ryan Very
Areas of Interest: Ethics and philosophy of law

Valerie Williams
Areas of Interest: Early Modern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy