Current Graduate Students

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.

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Amichai Amit

Email: amichaia at uchicago dot edu
Fields of interest: Ethics, Epistemology
Thinkers: Kant, Wittgenstein
Previous education: MA Philosophy, Tel Aviv University

Kate Andrews

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)

Pascal Brixel

Email: brixel at uchicago dot edu
Interests: social and political philosophy, ethics, Marx
Previous education: BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Oxford); MA Philosophy (Tufts)
Dissertation: Freedom and Labor
Committee: Anton Ford (chair), Daniel Brudney, Ben Laurence
PHIL 29200-02/29300-02. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: On Freedom and Its Absence. Spring 2018

Arnold Brooks

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).

Greg Brown

Email: gregdbrown at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Aristotle, Aquinas, and Anscombe; practical reason and practical knowledge; neo-Aristotelian ethics and action theory; language and mind
Previous Education: BA in Mathematics, Swarthmore College, 2016

Molly Brown

Email: mollybrown at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Social Epistemology, Social Metaphysics, Feminist Philosophy, Legal & Political Philosophy, Bioethics.
Previous education: BA Philosophy, Calvin College, 2014

Amos Browne


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.

Daniel Burnfin

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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

 

Jacob Butcher

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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Charlie Capps

E-mail: ccapps at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Metaethics, Virtue Ethics, Philosophy of Law
Previous education: B.A. in Economics, Stanford University (2010)

Pirachula Chulanon


Email: pirachula at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Kant, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2016

Emilio Comay del Junco

Email: ecdj at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ancient Philosophy; Legal and Political Philosophy (esp. philosophy of race); Feminist Philosophy
Dissertation title: Aristotle's Cosmological Ethics
Dissertation committee: Martha Nussbaum and Gabriel Lear (co-chairs), Christopher Shields (Notre Dame)
Previous education: B.A. (Hons., 1st Class), Philosophy and German, McGill University, 2013

Shana Crandell


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)

Michael Crema


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

Stephen Cunniff


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

Lawrence Dallman

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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

Dries Daniels

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.

Emily Dupree


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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Jaime Edwards


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.
PHIL 29200-01/29300-01. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: The School of Suspicion. Winter 2018

Roger Eichorn


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: Philosophy and Everyday Life: Thompson Clarke and the Legacy of Skepticism
Dissertation Committee: James Conant (chair), David Finkelstein, Anubav Vasudevan
PHIL 29200-01/29300-01. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: The Skeptical Tradition In Philosophy. Autumn 2017

Joshua Fox

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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.

Melina Garibovic

Email: melinag at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Meta-ethics, mind; German Idealism, Wittgenstein
Previous Education: BM Viola Performance, Peabody Conservatory (2017)

Simon Gurofsky

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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Rory Hanlon

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)

Tes Hash

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 
PHIL 29200-03/29300-03. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: Freedom, Determinism and Fatalism. Spring 2018

Claudia Hogg-Blake


Email: claudiahoggblake at uchicago dot edu
Interests:  political philosophy, ethics, Marx
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Oxford University, 2014

Katie Howe


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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Kévin Irakóze

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Email: kirakoze at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Social, moral, and political philosophy; philosophy of religion, aesthetics, phenomenology, Africana philosophy of existence, philosophy of education
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Connecticut College (2016)

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Claire Kirwin

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
PHIL 29200-01/29300-01. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: The Immorality of Art. Spring 2018

Michael Kolodziej

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Email: kolodziej at uchicago do edu
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 Université Paris 8)

Mathis Koschel

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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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Serena Lai


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)

Amy Levine


Email: amylevine at uchicago dot edu
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)

Nethanel Lipshitz

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
PHIL 25213. Cognitive Disability and Human Rights. (=HMRT 25213) Spring 2018
PHIL 29200-02/29300-02. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: Equality and Its Value. Winter 2018

Hannah McKeown
Email: hmckeown at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Aesthetics, philosophy of music, philosophy of science (especially physics)
Working dissertation title: "Music and Metaphor"
Dissertation Committee: Josef Stern (Chair)
Previous Education: B.Mus., Ithaca College; M.A. (Philosophy), Columbia University; K.U. Leuven

Josh Mendelsohn

Email: mendelsohn at uchicago dot edu
Interests: My work explores Aristotle's distinctive conceptions of logic and knowledge. I also study how his ideas influenced subsequent philosophers, and what contemporary philosophers might learn from them. In my dissertation I focus on his Posterior Analytics. I have secondary interests in German Idealism (especially Hegel) and Medieval Philosophy (especially Robert Kilwardby and early scholasticism).
Previous Education: University of Melbourne, BA/BSc (Philosophy, German & Mathematics, 2006-2010)
University of Sydney, BA (Honours in Philosophy, 2011)

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Rory O'Connell

Email: roryoconnell at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy, Kant.
Dissertation: "The Efficacy of the Good"
Dissertation Committee: Candace Volger (Chair), Jason Bridges, Agnes Callard, Anton Ford.
Previous Education: BA and MPhil, Kings College London
PHIL 29200-03/29300-03. Junior/Senior Tutorial. Topic: Causation and Rationality. Winter 2018

Andrew Pitel

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

Skomantas Pocius
Email: spocius at uchicago dot edu
Joint Degree Program in Social Thought and Philosophy

Michael Powell

Email: mcpowell at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Kant, German Idealism, history of analytic philosophy; epistemology and meta-epistemology, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, metaphilosophy
Previous Education: BA (Liberal Arts), St. John's College, Annapolis (2016)

Ermioni Prokopaki


Email: erprokopaki at uchicago dot edu
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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Alptekin Sanli

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

Thomas Schulte

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).  

Sam Segal

Email: ssegal at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, moral psychology
Previous Education: BA in English, Columbia University, 2013

Stephen Shortt

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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

Ryan Simonelli

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).

Sophia Sklaviadis

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Email: sophiasklaviadis at uchicago dot edu
Interests: philosophy of action, philosophy of language
Previous education: BA in Philosophy, Yale University, 2013. 

Avner Steinmetz

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Email: avnersteinmetz at uchicago. dot edu
Interests: Ethics, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein.
Previous education: BA and MA in Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University.

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Daniel Telech

Email: telech at uchicago dot edu
Fields of Interest: Ethics, Mind, Moral Psychology, Action, Nietzsche 
Previous Education:  B.A. (Philosophy), University of Toronto

Jessica Tizzard


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
PHIL 27503. Kant's Critique of Practical Reason. (=MAPH 37503) Winter 2018
PHIL 21515. Ethics of the Enlightenment. (=MAPH 31515) Spring 2018

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Wim Vanrie

Email: wvanrie at uchicago dot edu
Interests: History of Philosophy, History of Analytical Philosophy, Wittgenstein
Previous Education: Bachelor and Master in Mathematics (Ghent University), Bachelor and Master in Philosophy (Ghent University), BPhil in Philosophy (University of Oxford)

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Thomas Willis

Email: energeia at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Logic, psychology, history
Previous Education: BA, with honors in philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Warren Wilson

Warren Wilson
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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