Graduate students in philosophy once represented a comparatively homogenous cross-section of American society -- as the above photograph of John Dewey and his cohort, taken in 1885 (nine years before Dewey joined the faculty of the University of Chicago and became the Philosophy Department's first Chairman) helps to make evident. Now almost evenly divided between students from North America and elsewhere, our current cohort of graduate students constitutes an altogether different kind of crew. Look below and see for yourself!
Below you will find all of the graduate students currently enrolled in our PhD program. Those who are in their first three years in the program describe their interests and their previous education prior to joining our program. Those who are in their fourth year or beyond also list their dissertation topic and the names of the faculty members currently serving on their dissertation committee.
In addition, we provide below the email address of each of our graduate students. If you are a prospective graduate student interested in learning more about our doctoral program -- and, in particular, more about how well how our program might suit you -- you might want to contact one or two of the individuals below whose philosophical interests or educational background most closely resembles your own.
For information about those of our graduate students who have recently completed our PhD program, and for Placements, please click here.
Email: garrettallen at uchicago dot edu
Interests: I'm interested in Plato's dialogues, especially in relation to questions of knowledge, self-knowledge and ignorance, and to the nature of discourse. I also have special interests in Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche.
BA, University of Nebraska (2013)
Humboldt University of Berlin (2014)
Email: amichaia at uchicago dot edu
Fields of interest: Ethics, Epistemology
Thinkers: Kant, Wittgenstein
Previous education: MA Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
Email: andrewsk at uchicago dot edu
Interests: self-knowledge, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of action, ethics
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy and Neuroscience, Colgate University, 2013
Sara Lea Ben Asher
Email: sarale at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ancient Philosophy (Plato and Aristotle), Heidegger
Previous Education: BA (Philosophy and Classics), Tel Aviv (2014)
Email: anaberg at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ethics, Moral Psychology; Kant, German Idealism.
Education: BA, Harvard (2009).
Dissertation Committee: Robert Pippin (chair), James Conant, Stephen Engstrom, Matthew Boyle.
Dissertation Title: The Unity of Reason and Sensibility in Kant's Practical Philosophy
Joint Degree Program in Social Thought and Philosophy.
Email: Bosworth at uchicago dot edu
Interests: philosophy of language, metaphysics, logic, early analytic philosophy
Previous Education: Hamilton College, B.A., New School for Social Research, M.A
Dissertation title: "Propositional attitude reports and object-dependent sense: a defense of Fregean reference-shifting"
Dissertation committee: Josef Stern (chair), Michael Kremer, Jason Bridges
Email: joebrewer at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Kant, German Philosophy, logic.
Previous education: BA (Hons), Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2012
Email: brixel at uchicago dot edu
Interests: social/political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of philosophy; freedom and domination, self-consciousness and alienation; Kant, Hegel, Marx, Wittgenstein
Previous education: BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Oxford); MA Philosophy (Tufts)
email: arnoldbrooks at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ancient physics and epistemology, skepticism, philosophy of mind.
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy from Penn State University (2006), and an MA from the University of Chicago (2009).
Email: mollybrown at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Social Metaphysics.
Previous education: BA Philosophy, Calvin College, 2014
Email: browne at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Rationality, animal minds; psychoanalysis and the unconscious; history of analytic philosophy (particularly the philosophy of Wittgenstein). Dissertation Committee: Jason Bridges (chair), David Finkelstein, James Conant.
Previous education: BA, Litterae Humaniores (Classics and Philosophy), Oxford, 2006.
Dissertation Committee: Jason Bridges, James Conant, David Finkelstein
Email: danielburnfin at uchicago dot edu
Interests: history of modern philosophy and reception of German idealism, the relation of 'speculative' and 'critical' philosophy, history of science, discourses on 'understanding'; Wolff, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Wittgenstein; classical German literature
Previous Education: KU Leuven (BA/MA Philosophy), University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA German Studies), Heidelberg
Email: jbutcher at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Rawls and conceptions of autonomy in liberal political philosophy. Moral philosophy generally.
Previous education: BA in philosophy, Wheaton College (IL)
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Dawn Eschenauer Chow
Email: desch at uchicago dot edu
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English Writing, Saint Mary's College (2005)
Interests: Philosophy of religion, particularly as it intersects with issues of meaning and justification; Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard.
Dissertation Committee: Josef Stern (chair), Daniel Brudney, Michael Kremer, James Conant
Interests: Kant, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin, 2016
Emilio Comay del Junco
Email: ecdj at uchicago dot edu
Interests: History of philosophy and science (esp. Early Modern, Ancient and German Idealism); problems around naturalism and normativity; metaphysics; political and legal theory; "digital humanities"
Previous education: B.A. (Hons., 1st Class), Philosophy and German, McGill University, 2013
Email: crandell at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein. I am writing a dissertation on Hegel's metaphysics of freedom.
Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (chair), Matthias Haase, Christopher Yeomans (Purdue).
Joint Degree Program in Social Thought and Philosophy
Education: BA in Philosophy, Barnard College (2010)
Email: mncrema at uchicago dot edu
Interests: ancient philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics.
Dissertation: Love and Friendship in Early Plato
Dissertation Committee: Gabriel Lear (chair), Martha Nussbaum (co-chair), Anton Ford
Previous Education: BA. in Philosophy and Classics, University of British Columbia, Canada; M. Phil. in Philosophy, King's College London, University of London, UK
Email: scunniff at uchicago dot edu
Interests: German Idealism, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kierkegaard, logic.
Previous education: B.A. (Hons., 1st class) Philosophy, McGill University, 2014
Email: dallman at uchicago dot edu
Interests: philosophy of science; philosophy of mind, language, and perception; explanation and understanding; appearance/reality distinction; causal theory of sensation; scientific realism; materialism and the history of materialism; American naturalism; Wilfrid Sellars and Roy Wood Sellars; Marx and Marxian philosophy.
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy & BA in English, Montana State University
Email: driesdaniels at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy and Literature/Literary Criticism
Previous Education: BA, MA, MPhil in Philosophy; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Email: edupree at uchicago dot edu
Fields of interest: Global Justice, Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Ethics
Education: B.A. in Philosophy (with highest distinction), UCLA, 2010
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Email: edwardsj at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Social & political philosophy, 19th & 20th Century European Philosophy (especially Marx, Nietzsche, the Frankfurt School, and Foucault), ethics, metaethics, moral psychology.
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy (with highest distinction), Berkeley, 2008.
Dissertation: The Concept of Ideology
Dissertation committee: Brian Leiter (co-chair), Dan Brudney (co-chair), Michael Forster, and Martha Nussbaum.
Email: reichorn at uchicago dot edu
Previous education: University of New Hampshire, B.A. (History and Philosophy), 2006; Stanford University, M.A. (Philosophy), 2010
Interests: Epistemology, History of Skepticism, Metaphilosophy, History of Philosophy (both ancient and modern), 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy
Dissertation Title: Agrippan Skepticism: The Pyrrhonian Challenge to Epistemology
Dissertation Committee: James Conant (chair), David Finkelstein, Anubav Vasudevan, Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins)
Email: jifox at uchicago dot edu
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy and Fundamentals, University of Chicago (2013)
Interests: Ethics and Moral Philosophy; Philosophy of Emotion; Plato, Aristotle, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche in relation to these topics.
Email: sgurofsky at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Kant's theoretical philosophy (and its relation to practical philosophy), German Idealism and phenomenology (as heirs and critics of Kantianism), political philosophy, feminist philosophy.
Previous education: B.Hum. in Humanities and Philosophy, Carleton University, 2010
Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (chair), Michael Kremer, Michael Forster (Bonn), Andrew Brook (Carleton University)
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Email: rhanlon11 at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ancient philosophy (esp. Aristotle and Plato), Wittgenstein; metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind.
Previous Education: BA (Liberal Arts), St. John's College, Santa Fe (2014)
Email: teshash at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Causation & Explanation, Moral Psychology, Nietzsche, 19th Century German Philosophy
Previous education: Temple University, B.A. in Philosophy, 2013
Email: khowe at u chicago dot edu
Interests: self-knowledge, philosophy of action, embodiment, psychoanalysis, phenomenology
Previous Education: BA in philosophy, Queen's University, 2009; MA in philosophy, Queen's University, 2011
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Email: ckirwin at uchicago dot edu
Interests: nature and foundations of normativity, ethics and metaethics, skepticism, Kant, Nietzsche
Dissertation title: Thinking and Doing: An argument for realism about normativity
Dissertation committee: Agnes Callard and David Finkelstein (co-chairing), Brian Leiter, Candace Vogler
Previous education: MMathPhil and BPhil, Oxford
Interests: German Idealism (primarily Hegel), Late Medieval Philosophy, 20th Century European Philosophy, Metaphysics
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy and Western Society and Culture (Concordia University), MA in Contemporary European Philosophy (Kingston University and Universitť Paris 8)
Email: koschel at uchicago dot edu
Interests: thinking directed on itself, the difference between logic pertaining to thinking and mathematical logic, whether linguistic understanding essentially involves sensibility, presuppositionless theory, to constantly try to expose one's own dogmas, and: if philosophers ask "why?" and demand a justification, I take it we should also try to answer the question "why philosophy?"
Previous education: Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
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Email: serenalai at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Aristotle, ancient philosophy, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of science, philosophical methodology
Previous education: BA in Music and Philosophy, University of Georgia (2011)
Interests: philosophy of mind (esp. philosophy of perception), Kant, Wittgenstein, philosophy and literature.
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy and English, Williams College (2014); BPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford (2016)
Email: nethanel at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of action, and problems of rational choice.
My research focuses on basic equality and the problem of the basis of equality: How can we justify the claim that all human beings are moral equals? In my dissertation, I argue that the moral equality of human beings can be defended even if empirically there is no morally significant property that all human beings equally have.
Previous education: Hebrew University, B.A. in Amirim Honors Program and Psychology (2006), M.A. in Philosophy (2011).
Dissertation Committee: Martha Nussbaum, Brian Leiter, Daniel Brudney
Email: zdlove at uchicago dot edu
Interests: I have worked mostly on the history of philosophy (Kant,
Frege and Wittgenstein) and the philosophy of action. But I am also interested in the early moderns (esp. Descartes and Berkeley), god, the world, the soul of man, and all other things in general (especially bread baking).
Previous Education: Auburn University; Southern Union Junior College
Ddissertation committee: Candace Vogler (chair), Anton Ford, and Dan Brudney
Zack Loveless is the 2015-16 Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Office hours: Ro 215, tba
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Email: hmckeown at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Aesthetics, philosophy of music, philosophy of science (especially physics)
Working dissertation title: "Music and Metaphor"
Dissertation committee:Ted Cohen (chair): other members forthcoming
Previous Education: B.Mus., Ithaca College; M.A. (Philosophy), Columbia University; K.U. Leuven
Email: mendelsohn at uchicago dot edu
Interests: My work focuses on Aristotle. I am interested in what we can learn from Aristotle's distinctive conception of logic and semantics. So far, I have been approaching this via consideration of the concepts of per se predication, syllogism, and the role of categories in dialectic. I have secondary interests in Hegel, Wilfrid Sellars and Kantian metaethics.
Previous Education: University of Melbourne, BA/BSc (Philosophy, German & Mathematics, 2006-2010)
University of Sydney, BA (Honours in Philosophy, 2011)
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Email: giladnir at uchicago dot edu
Interess: My dissertation is titled Wittgenstein on Inference. I work mainly on philosophy of logic in the context of early analytic philosophy, but I also engage in the contemporary debates on the nature of inference and the normativity of logic. I have secondary interests in Heidegger, Kant, and Ancient Philosophy.
Previous Education: B.A. and M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dissertation Committee: Michael Kremer (co-chair), James Conant (co-chair), Anubav Vasudevan, Cora Diamond (Virginia)
PHIL 29622. HiPSS Tutorial: The Quarrel Between Logic and Psychology. Winter 2017.
Email: roryoconnell at uchicago dot edu
Interests: The Philosophy of Mind, Language and Action; Ethics. History of Analytic Philosophy (Wittgenstein, Frege, Austin), Kant, Nietzsche.
Previous Education: BA and MPhil, Kings College London
Email: apitel at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Leibniz; Kant and German Idealism; Philosophy of Mind; Logic; Metaphysics
Previous education: BA, The Evergreen State College, 2010
Email: spocius at uchicago dot edu
Joint Degree Program in Social Thought and Philosophy
Interests: Ancient philosophy (primarily Plato and his epistemology), philosophy of mind (primarily issues of self-knowledge), epistemology
Previous education: BA in Philosophy, Vassar College '15
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Email:francey at uchicago dot edu
I work on moral psychology, moral philosophy, and theories of agency and subjectivity. I am also interested in Kant's practical philosophy, aesthetics (especially film-philosophy), and 19th and 20th century european philosophy.
For 2015-16 I am the Philosophy department's Diversity Outreach Coordinator.
Working Dissertation Title: Self-Opacity, Ethics, and Agency
Dissertation Committee: Candace Vogler, Daniel Brudney, Jonathan Lear.
Previous Education: University of Toronto (BA), New School for Social Research (MA).
Email: alptekinsanli at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Kant, the precritical Kant, Leibniz, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx, the History of Late Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy and Theology, the History of Nominalism, Sellarsian Nominalism, Sellars as Synoptic Philosopher, Enlightenments and their Enemies
Previous education: Bogazici University - B.A. (Philosophy), 2005; M.A. (Philosophy), 2007
Dissertation Committee: Michael Kremer, (chair), Robert Pippin, James Conant
Email: tschulte at uchicago dot edu
Fields of Interest: Philosophy of Mind and Language including the works of Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Sellars and Brandom. In particular I am concerned with intentionality, normativity and rule-following. I also have secondary interests in phenomenology, existentialism (predominantly the works of Sartre and Heidegger), psychoanalysis and Foucault.
Previous Education: Metropolitan State College of Denver BA (2009), San Francisco State University MA (2012).
Email: scshortt at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Restoring the concept of Beauty to its rightful place in both aesthetics and ethics, emphasis on the latter.
Previous education: Auburn University B.A. 2007, Wally High (more properly, Wallace Community College)
Committee: Candace Vogler (chair), Anton Ford, Dan Brudney, Jim Conant
Email: simonelli at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind, especially concerning issues at the intersection of these disciplines; logic and philosophy of logic; history of analytic philosophy; Hegel.
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy from New College of Florida (2014).
email: sophiasklaviadis at uchicago dot edu
Interests: philosophy of action, philosophy of language
Previous education: BA in Philosophy, Yale University, 2013.
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Email: jtizzard at uchicago dot edu
Interests: I plan to write my dissertation on Kant's practical philosophy. I hope to develop an account of the relation between reason and sensibility as Kant finds it in the human experience of morality, and explore the repercussions this has for a properly Kantian conception of practical reasoning.
I am also interested in the philosophy of perception as it relates to Kant and Kantian themes in analytic philosophy, including the work of John McDowell; as well as theories of practical reasoning and the will more broadly construed. On the latter topic I have recently been excited by ideas found in the work of Augustine and Leibniz.
Previous Education: University of Toronto, B.A., Philosophy, 2009.
Committee: Robert Pippin (chair), Daniel Brudney
Email: awerner at uchicago dot edu
Interests: German Idealism, Wittgenstein, ethics, psychoanalysis, and 20th century European philosophy.
Previous Education: BA, Philosophy, Amherst College (2010).
Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (chair), Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University, Paul Franks, Yale University, Wolfram Gobsch, Leipzig University
Email: warrenwilson at uchicago dot edu
Interests: German philosophy, political economy, moral and political philosophy.
Past Education: BSFS in International Political Economy from Georgetown University (2015)
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