Graduate Student Information

The graduate program includes around sixty students pursuing various graduate degrees many diverse fields. The Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is the focus of the intellectual vibrancy of the graduate student community. The PGSA sponsors and annual conference, represents graduate student concerns on the Department Graduate Committee, and provides informal assistance to graduate students at all levels of the program.

For some idea of the diversity of graduate student interests, view a list of recent dissertations (PDF).

Honors and Awards

Catlyn Origitano has won a POLANKI College Achievement Award from the Polish Women's Cultural Club in Milaukee.  Congratulations, Cat!

Recent Dissertation Defense

David McPherson successfully defended his dissertation "Re-Enchanting the World: An Examination of Ethics, Religion, and their Relationship in the Work of Charles Taylor" on Monday, May 10, 2013.  Committee: Stanley Harrison, Director; Ruth Abbey (University of Notre Dame), Theresa Tobin, and Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J. (Department of Theology)


Placement News

Melissa Mosko has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

David Leichter has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor at Marion University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

David McPherson has accepted tenure track position as Assistant Professor at Creighton University.



Alumni News and Accomplishments

Paul Neiman (Ph.D. 2007) has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. 


Graduate Student Publications and Conference Presentations

Conference Presentations

Alexander Bozzo
Indiana Philosophical Association (November 16-17, 2012) entitled, "Laws of Nature and Hume's Problem of Induction."

Jered Janes
"The Limits of Naturalizing Husserlian Phenomenology" at the 52nd annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), October 25, 2013.

Adriana Kowal
“The Ontogenetic Emergence of the Subject: Vulnerability in Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Foucault”: 13th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable, Loyola University Chicago (May 18-21, 2013).

Chris Kramer
" Are We Culpable for Implicit, Automatic, Consciously Unendorsed Stereotypes?" the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, April 16-20, 2014.
"Subversive Humor against the Spirit of Seriousness,"at the 7th Annual Lighthearted Philosopher's Society, October 11-12, 2013 in Treasure Island, Florida. 
"Humor from the Margins: Comedic Rhetoric Against Oppression" to the 2013 Kent State University Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 16, 2013. A version of that paper will be published in the online journal Proceedings of the Kent State University May 4, in the May 2013 issue.
"Humor, Heuristics, and Oppression" at the Annual Meeting of the IOWA PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY October 20, 2012 Drake University Des Moines, IA.

Phil Mack
'"In Praise of Habit" will be presented at the William James Society session at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting in Chicago on 27 February 2014.

Matthew Nowachek  
"Why Isn't Abraham Traumatized? Fear and Trembling, Trauma, and the Wonder of Faith" (paper presentation), Wisconsin Philosophical Association Annual Conference, 05 April 2013, UW-Madison
"Plantinga, Persons, and the Possibilities of Paradox"at the 2013 Wisconsin Philosophical Association Meetings at Mount Mary College on April 20, 2013.

Catlyn Origitano
“Pluralistic Perspectives and Moral Imagination: A Cautionary Tale.” Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Conference. Tempe, AZ. October 17-20, 2013.
"Remember Me: Memorial Art as a Stand-in for the Face of the Levinasian Dead Other" at SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) November 1-3, 2012.

Greg Trotter
"Thinking through the Melody: Sartre and the Musical Analogon" at the 20th annual meeting of the North American Sartre Society held at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on October 4-6, 2013.



Chris Kramer
"As If: Connecting Phenomenology, Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Laughter," Phaenex, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012).

Matthew T. Nowachek
"John the Baptist as Exemplar for the Understanding: Reading Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments alongside an Upbuilding Discourse" Theology 116.4 (2-13), pp. 254-265. 
"On the Non-Bracketing of Fairy Tale in Paradox Discourse: Kierkaard, the Analytic Tradition, and the Importance of Inclusivity" in International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 52, No. 1, Issue 205 (March 2012)

Stephen Plecnik, Book Review, Place, Commonality and Judgment:  Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks by Andrew Benjamin, in Ancient Philosophy, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1 (Spring 2013).  Pp. 228-233. 


Recent Dissertations

David McPherson (May 10, 2013) Re-Enchanting the World: An Examination of Ethics, Religion, and their Relationship in the Work of Charles Taylor. Director: Stanley Harrison

Rev. Charles W. Peterson (October 31, 2012), The Humanistic, Fideistic Philosophy of Philip Melancthon (1497-1560), Director: James South

Sebastian Kaufmann (February 25, 2010), The Attestation of the Self as a Bridge Between Hermeneutics and Ontology in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur. Director: Pol Vandevelde

Colin Hahn (March 29, 2012), The Concept of Personhood in the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl. Director, Sebastian Luft

Melissa Mosko (August 26, 2011), Sexualized Violence, Moral Disintegration and Ethical Advocacy. Director: Michael Monahan

Matthew Wion (May 17, 2011), Spinoza on Individuals and Individuation: Metaphysics, Morals and Politics. Director: Michael Wreen

Arun Iyer (April 18, 2011), Knowledge and Thought in Heidegger and Foucault: Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures. Director: Pol Vandevelde

David Leichter (April 8, 2011), The Poetics of Remembrance: Communal Memory and Identity in Heidgegger and Ricoeur. Director: Pol Vandevelde

Bernard (BJ) Mauser (February 28, 2011), The Ontological Foundation For Natural Law Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Naturalism. Director: Michael Wreen

Anthony Karlin (December 13, 2010), William James’s Undivided Self and the Possibility of Immortality. Director: Stanley Harrison

Lorelle Lamascus (November 16, 2010), Love’s Lack: The Relationship between Eros and Poverty in Plato’s Symposium. Director: James South

Shazad Akhtar (November 15, 2010), The Paradox of Nature: Meleau-Ponty’s Semi-Naturalistic Critique of Husserlian Phenomenology. Director: Pol Vandevelde

Shalina Stilley (May 19, 2010), Natural Law Theory and the Is-Ought Problem. Director: William Starr

Daniel Esposito (May 19, 2010), Hume’s Conception of Time and its Implications for His Theories of Causation and Induction. Director: William Starr

Joshua Schulz (April 13, 2010), Friendship and Fidelity: An Historical and Critical Examination. Director: Michael Wreen

Max Herrera (April 9, 2010), Arabic Influences in Aquinas’s Doctrine of Intelligible Species. Director: Richard C. Taylor


Job Placement

The Department of Philosophy is proud of its placement record and places great emphasis on placement. The Assistant to the Chair handles application materials, while mock interviews, CV consultation, and informal mentoring are organized by the Department's Placement Director, Dr. Nancy Snow. For additional information about placement services and for a list of students who have recently graduated and their current jobs, see the Philosophy Department's Placement Information (PDF).

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