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: chrisallen at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Philosophy of Perception, Consciousness; Political Philosophy; Early Analytic Philosophy, esp. Frege
Previous Education: BA, Berkeley (2013)
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
Email: anaberg at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Metaphysics, Ethics; Kant Education: BA, English and American Literature and Language, Harvard (2009)
Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (chair), James Conant, Irad Kimhi
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
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's theoretical philosophy, German Idealism, Nietzsche, Platonism, Indian Philosophy
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: dallman at uchicago dot edu
Interests: action, motivation, and normativity; representation and reality; Plato, Kant, Sellars.
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, metaethics, aesthetics, 19th & 20th Century European Philosophy (especially Nietzsche and Marx).
Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy (with highest distinction), Berkeley, 2008.
Dissertation committee: Brian Leiter (co-chair), Dan Brudney (co-chair), and Martha Nussbaum.
Dissertation: The Concept of Ideology
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)
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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)
Tes Davison Hash
Email: teshash at uchicago dot edu
Interests: contemporary issues in moral psychology, agency, ethics, the nature of normativity, practical reason, mind, action and the like. The historical figures I primarily work on in relationship to the aforementioned are Nietzsche and Kant.
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: djagannathan at uchicago dot edu
Interests: ancient philosophy, ethics, moral psychology, political philosophy, philosophy and literature
Previous Education: BA in Philosophy, Classics & Linguistics (Texas), 2009; MSt in Ancient Philosophy (Oxford), 2010; MPhil in Ancient Philosophy (Cambridge), 2011
Dissertation Committee: Gabriel Lear & Martha Nussbaum (co-chairs), Richard Kraut (Northwestern)
Dissertation Title: The Labors of Wisdom
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
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)
Email: nethanel at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of action, and problems of rational choice.
I am interested in three questions:
1) What is the relationship between our norms of equality and the descriptive-looking claim that all human beings really are equal?
2) What is the value of equality, and especially how (if at all) can egalitarianism be defended in the face of sufficientarian and prioritarian challenges?
3) Are we rational only when we do what (we think) we have most reason to do? (And here equality creeps in too, because I am interested in Burdian cases and "equal" cases, and their relation to rationality and normativity).
Previous education: Hebrew University, B.A. in Amirim Honors Program and Psychology (2006), M.A. in Philosophy (2011).
Dissertation Committee: Martha Nussbaum and Brian Leiter, co-chairs, Dan 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: mejia at uchicago dot edu
Interests: I am interested in exploring what it means to know oneself and how this knowledge affects one's life. In my dissertation I bring together the work of virtue ethicists, psychotherapists, and social psychologists to inquire about the role that different types of self-knowledge play in a virtuous life.
Dissertation Committee: Martha Nussbaum (chair), David Finkelstein, Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University).
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: Normativity in theoretical philosophy (Kant, Frege, and Wittgenstein, and on some days, Heidegger too); Aristotle's logic and metaphysics.
Previous Education: B.A. and M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dissertation Committee: Michael Kremer, James Conant, Marko Malink
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
Email: polzik at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Rousseau and Aristotle; civic and moral education, 'meaningful' autonomy (and what that means), the conditions under which citizens should enter the realm of public deliberation; the history of social and political thought.
Previous Education: B.A. Philosophy, Boston University, 2003. A.M., Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2006
Dissertation committee: Daniel Brudney (chair), Martha Nussbaum, Robert Pippin. Dissertation (working) title: The Good Life, According to Rousseau: Education, Autonomy, and Citizenship.
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Daniel Ricardo Rodriguez Navas
Email: danielrn at uchicago dot edu
Interests:My dissertation centers on Foucault’s ethical views. I argue that his ethical project is best understood as the attempt to rethink the type of normativity that is characteristic of ethical claims, to rethink it in such a way, that is, as to make their normative force intelligible without relying on the idea of an intrinsic purpose in human life. From the historical perspective, my focus in the dissertation is a revision of what in the secondary literature has become the standard conception of Nietzsche’s and Kant’s influence on Foucault. From a conceptual perspective, my focus is on the relation between truths (viz. about human nature) an ethical norms on the one hand, and between ethical norms and aesthetic norms on the other.
More broadly, I work in the history of 20th European Philosophy, with an emphasis on Phenomenology (specially but not exclusively Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty) and on French philosophy in general. I also work on epistemology and the philosophy of mind, in particular on first personal phenomena, and more specifically on self-awareness: what it is, how it is possible, and how it hangs together with the range of higher cognitive capacities that are characteristic of us reasonable healthy and ‘well socialized’ human adults. I also have a strong interest and work on ethics, aesthetics and their relation.
Previous Education: B.A. and Masters (equivalents thereof) with Honors at Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne, Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, and the ENS at Ulm.
Dissertation: Foucault’s Ethical Project and the Normativity of Ethical Claims.
Dissertation Committee: Arnold I. Davidson (chair), Jocelyn Benoist, Anton Ford, and Raoul Moati.
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: tiisala at uchicago dot edu
Interests: Questions of normativity at the intersection of epistemology and ethics, in particular relativized a priori and material inference; history and philosophy of human sciences; Foucault
Education: M.A., Theoretical philosophy, University of Helsinki, 2005
Dissertation Committee: Arnold Davidson (chair), Robert Pippin, Bernard Harcourt (Political Science)
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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