Recent Ph.D.’s

Recent Ph.D.’s (2000–present)

Our PhD’s, reaching back to 2000, are listed below. We indicate current employment, where possible. However, inevitably, some employment information is unknown or not up to date. An (*) by “Present Position” indicates that the information has not been recently confirmed.

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2017 Ph.D.’s
Laura Gillespie, Ph.D. 2017
On the Possibility and Permissibility of Interpersonal Punishment
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Present Position: McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University (post-doc)
William Reckner, Ph.D. 2017
The Form of Law: Practical Principles and the Foundations of Kant’s Moral Theory
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: University of Richmond (tenure-track)
Tamar Weber, Ph.D. 2017
Forming Concepts and Doing it Well: A Theory and Epistemology for Empirical Concepts
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Present Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
2016 Ph.D.’s
Gregory Antill, Ph.D. 2016
The Ethics of Self-Fulfilling Beliefs
Advisor: Pamela Hieronymi
Present Position: Claremont McKenna (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Lee-Ann Chae, Ph.D. 2016
War and Peace: Towards a Just Peace
Advisor: A.J. Julius
Present Position: Wharton School of Business (post-doc)
Lindsey Chambers, Ph.D. 2016
Role Obligations and the Morality of Reproductive Selection
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University (post-doc)
Ashley Feinsinger, Ph.D. 2016
Making Words
Advisor: Sam Cumming
Present Position: University of San Diego (tenure-track)
2015 Ph.D.’s
David Attanasio, Ph.D. 2015
The State Obligation to Protect
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Past Position: Universidad de los Andes (Visiting Professor)
Past Position: Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Asst Professor)
Present Position: Dechert LLP (Associate, International Arbitration Group)
Justin Jennings, Ph.D. 2015
Right Action and Integrity
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: Wake Forest University (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Andrew Jewell, Ph.D. 2015
Believing for Reasons
Advisor: Mark Greenberg
Present Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Aaron Mead, Ph.D. 2015
On Loving Some People More than Others
Advisor: Pamela Hieronymi
Present Position: Cal Tech (Lecturer)
Ingrid Steinberg, Ph.D. 2015
Paternalism and the Moral Status of Children
Advisor: Tyler Burge
2014 Ph.D.’s
Joshua Blander, Ph.D. 2014
Dependence, Separability, and Theories of Identity and Distinction in Late Medieval Philosophy: Case Studies from Scotus and Ockham
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Present Position: The Kings College (tenure track)
Denis Bühler, Ph.D. 2014
Psychological Agency: Guidance of Visual Attention
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Present Position: University of Antwerp (post doctoral fellowship)
David Friedell, Ph.D. 2014
Abstract Artifacts
Advisors: Sam Cumming, Terry Parsons
Present Position: University of British Columbia (post doctoral fellowship)
Adam Masters, Ph.D. 2014
On Emotion
Advisor: Mark Greenberg
Present Position: Washington State Department of Transportation (Accounting)
Paul Nichols, Ph.D. 2014
The Meaning and Semantics of Singular Definite Noun Phrases
Advisors: Joseph Almog and Sam Cumming
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
2013 Ph.D.’s
Janelle DeWitt, Ph.D. 2013
The Structure and Function of Emotion in Kant’s Moral Theory
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: King’s College PA (tenure track)
Past Position: Western Michigan University (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: University of Indiana (post-doctoral fellowship)
Jeffrey Helmreich, Ph.D. 2013
More than Words: Stances as an Alternative Model for Apology, Forgiveness, and Other Speech Acts
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Present Position: University of California, Irvine (tenure track)
Rachel Johnson, Ph.D. 2013
What Are Practical Reasons? Explaining the Counting in Favor of Relation
Advisor: Pamela Hieronymi
Present Position: Trinity University (tenure track)
Diane Kierce, Ph.D. 2013
Deciding What Is Best for the Child: The Ethics of Different-Child Choices in Reproductive Selection
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Michael Lopez, Ph.D. 2013
The Nature of Indoctrination and Its Role in a Proper Education
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Present Position: Greenberg Gross LLP (Counsel)
Yannig Luthra, Ph.D. 2013
Embodied Rational Agency
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: University College London (Teaching Fellow)
Youichi Matsusaka, Ph.D. 2013
A Theory of Direct Discourse: Its Semantics and Pragmatics
Advisor: David Kaplan
Present Position: Tokyo Metropolitan University (now tenured)
Eliot Michaelson, Ph.D. 2013
This and That: On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Highly Context Sensitive Terms
Advisor: Sam Cumming and David Kaplan
Past Position: McGill University (two-year post doc, Mellon)
Present Position: Kings College London (permanent post)
Eileen Nutting, Ph.D. 2013
Understanding Arithmetic through Definitions
Advisor: Tony Martin
Present Position: University of Kansas (tenure track)
Gabriel Rabin, Ph.D. 2013
Mind, Modality, and Meaning: Towards a Rationalist Physicalism
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: Australian National University (one-year post doc)
Present Position: NYU, Abu Dhabi (tenure track)
Ira Richardson, Ph.D. 2013
The Morality of Mental Practical Action
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Luca Struble, Ph.D. 2013
Anti-Individualism and Epistemic Transparency: Common Sense Rationalism about Univocal Reasoning
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Past Position: Pomona College (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
2012 Ph.D.’s
Mandel Cabrera, Ph.D. 2012
Natural Unity and Human Nature
Advisor: Joseph Almog and Barbara Herman
Past Position: Auburn University (Instructor)
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Past Position: UIC, Yonsei University (Asst. Prof., renewable)
Present Position: UIC, Yonsei University (tenure track)
Tiffany Cvrkel, Ph.D. 2012
Mitigation, Deliberation, and Moral Assessment
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: UCLA Dept. of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (Lecturer)
David Goldman, Ph.D. 2012
The Justification of Antagonistic Response to Wrongdoing
Advisor: Pamela Hieronymi
Past Position: Yale University (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Past Position: The Ohio State University (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: UCLA Extension (Program Director)
Sarah Jansen, Ph.D. 2012
Plato and Popular Poetry
Advisor: Gavin Lawrence
Past Position: Carleton College (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: Carleton College (tenure track)
Ari Lev, Ph.D. 2012
Active Parts of the World
Advisor: Joseph Almog, John Carriero
Jessica Pepp, Ph.D. 2012
Locating Semantic Reference
Advisor: Joseph Almog
Past Position: McGill University (Lectureship)
Present Position: University of Oslo (post doc)
Alexandru Radulescu, Ph.D. 2012
The Logic of Indexicals
Advisor: David Kaplan
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Present Position: University of Missouri (tenure track)
Stephen White, Ph.D. 2012
Friendship, Beneficence, and the Self
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: Northwestern University (tenure track)
2011 Ph.D.’s
Sarah Coolidge, Ph.D. 2011
From Concepts to Cosmos
Advisor: Joseph Almog, John Carriero
Present Position: Behavioral Health Specialist, SOME (So Others Might Eat)
Kristina Gehrman, Ph.D. 2011
Bringing Values Down to Earth
Advisor: Gavin Lawrence
Past Position: Miami University of Ohio (tenure track)
Present Position: University of Tennessee, Knoxville (tenure track)
Christopher Ba-Thi Nguyen, Ph.D. 2011
The Ethics of Uncertainty
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: California State University, Fullerton (Lectureship)
Present Position: Utah Valley University (tenure track)
Jesse Summers, Ph.D. 2011
Addiction as Compulsive Misvaluation
Advisor: Pamela Hieronymi
Past Position: Rice University (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: Duke University (Lecturing Fellow)
Thomas Ward, Ph.D. 2011
The Hylomorphism of John Duns Scotus
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Past Position: Azusa Pacific University (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: Loyola Marymount University (tenure track)
Julie Wulfemeyer, Ph.D. 2011
Bound Cognition and Referential Uses of Language
Advisor: Joseph Almog
Past Position: Colgate University (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Past Position: Minnesota State, Mankato (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: Minnesota State, Mankato (tenure track)
2010 Ph.D.’s
Jorah Dannenberg, Ph.D. 2010
Promising as Paradigm
Advisors: Joseph Almog and Seana Shiffrin
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Past Position: Stanford University (two-year post doc)
Present Position: Stanford University (tenure track)
Sonny Elizondo, Ph.D. 2010
Happiness, Pleasure, and the Rational Will: An Essay on Kantian Moral Psychology
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: UC, Santa Barbara (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Past Position: Yale University (two-year post doc, ACLS)
Past Position: U of Maryland, Baltimore County (tenure track)
Present Position: UC Santa Barbara (tenure track)
Robert Hughes, Ph.D. 2010
Governing the Good
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Past Position: National Institutes of Health (two-year post doc)
Past Position: UCLA Law and Philosophy (two-year post doc)
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Present Position: Wharton School of Business (tenure track)
Dawn Starr, Ph.D. 2010
Meaning and Communication: An Essay on the Boundary between Semantics and Pragmatics
Advisors: David Kaplan and Terence Parsons
Present Position: The Ohio State University, Lima (tenure track)
2009 Ph.D.’s
Ben Chan, Ph.D. 2009
Emotional Norms
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: National Institutes of Health (two-year post doc)
Past Position: Lawrence University (multi-year teaching fellowship)
Present Position: St. Norbet College (now tenured)
Brent Kious, Ph.D. 2009, M.D. 2011
The Evidentiary Account of Consent’s Moral Significance
Advisor: Pamela Hieronymi
Present Position: University of Utah Health Care (psychiatry and adult behavioral health)
James Winter, Ph.D. 2009
Human Identity: A Defense of Animalism
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: Kenyon College (visiting)
Present Position*: Red Rocks Community College (now tenured)
2008 Ph.D’s
Joe Hwang, Ph.D. 2008
Descartes and the Metaphysics of Sensory Perception
Advisor: John Carriero
Past Position: California State University, Chico (tenure track)
Present Position: UIC, Yonsei University (tenure track)
Matthew Lockard, Ph.D. 2008Fben
Foundations of Epistemic Normativity
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Present Position: Southern Methodist University (now tenured)
Erin Taylor, Ph.D. 2008
The Possibility of Interagent Conflict
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Present Position: Washington & Lee University (tenure track)
2007 Ph.D.’s
David Ebrey, Ph.D. 2007
Aristotle’s Motivation for Matter
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Past Position: UC Berkeley (two-year post doc)
Present Position: Northwestern University (tenure track)
Mikkel Gerken, Ph.D. 2007
Epistemic Reasoning and the Mental
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: University of Copenhagen (multi-year post doc)
Present Position: University of Edinburgh (Lecturer, permanent post)
Brad McHose, Ph.D. 2007
Egalitarianism, Permissible Partiality and Decency
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Past Position: Stanford University (two-year post doc)
Past Position: University of Washington (multi-year post doc)
Past Position: University of Washington (Instructor)
Collin O’Neil, Ph.D. 2007
The Ethics of Communication
Advisor: Seana Shiffrin
Past Position: National Institutes of Health (two-year post doc)
Past Position: National Institutes of Health (Bioethicist)
Past Position: NYU Center for Bioethics (fixed-term Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: Lehman College (tenure track)
Oliver James Rocha, Ph.D. 2007
The Value of a Legislated Life
Advisors: Barbara Herman and Calvin Normore
Present Position: Louisiana State University (now tenured)
2006 Ph.D.’s
Susan Castro, Ph.D. 2006
The Method of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: Establishing Moral Metaphysics as a Science
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: Wichita State University (tenure track)
Phil Corkum, Ph.D. 2006
Aristotle and Logical Consequence
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Past Position: University of Colorado, Boulder (Visiting Asst Prof)
Present Position: University of Alberta (now tenured)
Homero Del Pino, Ph.D. 2006
Practical Knowledge, Action, and Weakness of the Will
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Adjunct Assistant Professor)
Imran Razi, Ph.D. 2006
The Special Moral Duties Arising from Membership in Relationships and Communities
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Present Position: Brainshark (Business and Sales Operations)
2005 Ph.D.’s
Katherine Dunlop, Ph.D. 2005
Kant on the Reality of Mathematical Definitions
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: Stanford University (two-year post doc, Humanities)
Past Position: Brown University (tenure track)
Present Position: UT Austin (now tenured)
Dave Jensen, Ph.D. 2005
Externalism About Desires
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Present Position: Brigham Young University (now tenured)
David Sanson, Ph.D 2005
Being and Time: The Metaphysics of Past and Future in a Dynamic World
Advisor: Calvin Normore
Past Position: The Ohio State University (tenure track)
Present Position: Illinois State University (tenure track)
Margaret Scharle, Ph.D. 2005
Unity in Aristotle’s Natural Teleology
Advisor: Gavin Lawrence
Present Position: Reed College (now tenured)
2004 Ph.D.’s
Franklin Bruno, Ph.D. 2004
The Role of Intentional Action in Artifactual Representation
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: Pomona College
Past Position: Northwestern University (visiting)
Past Position: Bard (visiting)
Present Position*: SUNY Purchase (Lecturer)
Jon Garthoff, Ph.D. 2004
The Embodiment of Morality
Advisors: Barbara Herman and Seana Shiffrin
Past Position: Northwestern University (one year post doc)
Past Position: Northwestern University (tenure track)
Present Position: University of Tennessee (tenure track)
Louis DeRosset, Ph.D. 2004
Modal Primitivism
Advisor: Joseph Almog
Present Position: University of Vermont (now tenured)
2003 Ph.D.’s
Stavroula Glezakos, Ph.D. 2003
The Cognitive Value of Language
Advisor: David Kaplan
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Past Position: Clarement McKenna College (Visiting Asst. Prof.)
Present Position: Wake Forest University (now tenured)
Tim Hall, Ph.D. 2003
Killing, Letting Die and the Denial of Resources
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: UCLA
Past Position: Yale
Past Position: University of Vermont
Present Position: Oberlin College (now tenured)
Larry Herzberg, Ph.D. 2003
Non-inferential Emotion-based Knowledge
Advisor: Tyler Burge
Past Position: CSU Long Beach (Lecturer)
Present Position: University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (now tenured)
2002 Ph.D.’s

Ben Caplan, Ph.D. 2002
Empty Names
Advisor: David Kaplan
Past Position: University of Manitoba (tenure track)
Present Position: Ohio State University (tenured)

Erin Eaker, Ph.D. 2002
Reporting Attitudes
Advisor: David Kaplan
Past Position: University of Western Ontario (tenure track)
Past Position: University of Maryland, College Park (tenure track)
Present Position: University of Virginia (Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean)

Philip Nickel, Ph.D. 2002
Moral Dependence: Reliance on Moral Testimony
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: University of California, Irvine (tenure track)
Present Position: 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology (Senior Researcher)
Present Position: Eindhoven University of Technology (Assistant Professor)
Julie Tannenbaum, Ph.D. 2002
Moral Motivation and Moral Action
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: University of California, Santa Cruz (tenure track)
Past Position: National Institute of Health (two-year post doc)
Past Position: California State University, Northridge (tenure track)
Present Position: Pomona College (now tenured)
2001 Ph.D.’s
Roberta Ballarin, Ph.D. 2001
Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Logic
Advisor: Joseph Almog
Past Position: UC, San Diego (Lecturer)
Past Position: Southern Methodist University (tenure track)
Present Position: University of British Columbia (now tenured)
Paul Hovda, Ph.D. 2001
The Nature and Logic of Vagueness
Advisor: David Kaplan
Past Position: Yale University (Lecturer)
Present Position: Reed College (now tenured)
Daniel Krasner, Ph.D. 2001
Reference and Fictional Names
Advisor: Kit Fine
Present Position: Metropolitan State College, Denver (now tenured)
2000 Ph.D.’s
Tim Bays, Ph.D. 2000
Reflections on Skolem’s Paradox
Advisor: Tony Martin
Past Position: Yale University (Lecturer)
Present Position: University of Notre Dame (now tenured)
Keith Kaiser, Ph.D. 2000
Realism About Freedom
Advisor: Joseph Almog
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Past Position: California State University, Los Angeles (Lecturer)
Present Position*: California State University, Long Beach (Lecturer)
Alexander Rajczi, Ph.D. 2000
Blame and the Scope of Moral Requirement
Advisor: Barbara Herman
Past Position: UCLA (Lecturer)
Past Position: Bowdoin College (Visiting Prof.)
Past Position: National Institute of Health (two-year post doc)
Present Position: Claremont McKenna (now tenured)