Dissertations and Placement Record

 

The following is a complete list of students who have completed or are working on dissertations in the UA Department of Philosophy since 1990, with information about dissertation title, advisor, and current position. 

 

Dissertations In Progress

  • Sameer Bajaj, "How To Be A Citizen: Agency, Reciprocity, And Truth In Democratic Politics." Co-advisors: Tom Christiano and Dave Schmidtz.
  • William Oberdick, "Liberal Toleration."  Advisor: Tom Christiano.
  • Kristin Reglitz, "Stoic Physics."  Advisor: Rachana Kamtekar.
  • Jeremy Reid, "Imitations Of Virtue: Plato And Aristotle On Non-Ideal Constitutions." Advisor: Julia Annas.
  • Greg Robson, "The Sources Of Political Reasons." Advisor: David Schmidtz.
  • Matt Schuler, "Neuroprosthesis, Artificial Intelligence, And Scientific Anti-Realism." Advisor: Terry Horgan.
  • Eyal Tal, "Detaching In Peer Disagreement And Higher-Order Evidence."  Advisor: Stewart Cohen.

 

Completed Dissertations and Placements

 

  • Chris Howard (2017), "The Fundamentality Of Fit."  Advisors: Stewart Cohen and Mark Timmons.  University of North Carolina, Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Brian Kogelmann (2017), "Agreement, All The Way Up: An Essay On Public Reason And Theory Choice." Advisor: Gerald Gaus. University of Maryland, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Yael Loewenstein (2017), "Counterfactuals Without Causation, Probabilistic Counterfactuals And Indeterministic Causation." Advisor: Terry Horgan. University of Houston, Assistant Professor, tenure-track, and Cambridge Junior Research Fellowship.
  • Tristan Rogers (2017), "Virtue Ethics And The Moral Justification Of Political Institutions."  Advisor: Dan Russell.
  • Dan Shahar (2017), "Conflict, Conciliation, And The Future Of The Planet."  Advisor: David Schmidtz. University of North Carolina, Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Michael Bukoski (2016), "Korsgaard's Conception Of Agency."  Advisor: Connie Rosati and Mark Timmons.  Original placement: Dartmouth College, Visiting Lecturer; Current: Florida State University, Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Ginger Clausen (2016), "Love And Organic Unities: Emergent Quality Theory." Advisor: Julia Annas.
  • Hannah Tierney (2016), "Living Variously: An Analysis Of Pluralism And Personal Identity." Advisor: Shaun Nichols.  Cornell University, Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Keith Hankins (2015), "Embracing Moral Luck." Advisor: David Schmidtz.   Split: Chapman University, Assistant Professor/ University of Melbourne; Ormond College, Junior Research Fellow & Leading Tutor.
  • Elizabeth Phillips (2015), "Living Well."  Advisor: Julia Annas and Michael Gill.
  • Justin Tosi (2015), "Legitimacy And Fairness."  Advisor: Tom Christiano.  Original placement: University of Michigan, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Current: Georgetown University, Post-Doctoral Fellow.
  • Chad Van Schoelandt (2015), "Justification And Social Morality." Advisor: Gerald Gaus.   Tulane University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • David Glick (2014), "Structures And Objects: A Defense Of Structural Realism." Advisor: Richard Healey.   Original placement:  University of Rochester, Visiting Assistant Professor; Current: Oxford University, Post-Doctoral Fellow.
  • Brandon Warmke (2014), "Forgiveness And Responsibility." Advisor: Michael McKenna.  Original placement: Wake Forest University, The Character Project, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Current: Bowling Green State University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Adam Arico (2013), " The New Folk Psychology."  Advisor: Shaun Nichols.  Original placement: University of Wyoming, Visiting Lecturer; Current: University of Alabama, Instructor.
  • Mike Bruno (2013), "The Extended Conscious Mind."  Advisors:  Terry Horgan and David Chalmers.  Original placement: Mississippi State University, Visiting Assistant Professor; Current:  Mississippi State University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Marc Johansen (2013), "Causing And Contributing."  Advisor: Ana Carolina Sartorio and L. A. Paul.  Creighton University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Benjamin Kozuch (2013), " Using Eliminative Methodology in the Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Consciousness."  Advisor: Uriah Kreigel.  University of Arizona, Lecturer; Current: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Victor Kumar (2013), " Naturalizing Moral Judgment."  Advisor: Shaun Nichols.  Original placement:  University of Michigan, Two-Year Post-Doctoral Fellow; Current: Boston University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Theresa Lopez (2013), "The Moral Mind:  Emotion, Evolution, And The Case For Skepticism"  Advisor: Mark Timmons.  Original placement: Hamilton College, Chauncey Traux Post-Doctoral Fellow; Current: University of Maryland, Post-Doctoral Fellow.
  • John Thrasher (2013)"The Fundamental Problem of Politics."  Advisor: Jerry Gaus and David Schmidtz.  Monash University, Melbourne, Continuing (Permanent) Lecturer (assistant professor level), tenure-track.
  • Jennifer Zamzow (2013)"Moral Decision Making: How the Normative and Empirical Can Inform Our Prescriptive Accounts."  Advisor: Shaun Nichols.  Original placement: Carnegie Mellon, Post-Doctoral Fellow.  Current: University of Concordia, Irvine, tenure-track.
  • Will Braynen (2012), "Beyond Price Signaling: Choice, Information and Justice."  Advisor:  Thomas Christiano.  Original placement: Stanford University Postdoctoral Fellow; Current: Citi FinTech, software engineering consultant.
  • Jacob Caton (2012), "Models of Knowledge for Resource Bounded Agents."  Advisor: Stewart Cohen.  Arkansas State University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Ian Evans (2012), "Acceptance."  Advisor: Stewart Cohen.
  • Brian Fiala (2012), "Explaining The Explanatory Gap."  Advisor: Terry Horgan.  Original placement: Washington University, St. Louis, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Current: University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
  • Laura Howard (2012), "What Situationism and Virtue Ethics Can Do For Corporate Ethical Culture: A Complement Model for Creating Business Ethics Programs."  Advisor: Michael Gill. Original placement: University of Arizona, Lecturer/Academic Advisor; current: University of Arizona, Assistant Professor/ Academic Advisor.
  • Emil Salim (2012), "Four Puzzles On Aristotelian Pleasures And Pains."  Advisor:  Julia Annas.  Reformed Theological Seminary, Indonesia, Associate Lecturer.
  • Daniel Silvermint (2012), "Oppression and Victim Agency."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  Original placement: Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique (GRIPP)/Research Group on Constitutional Studies (RGCS) Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University; Current:  University of Connecticut, Storrs, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Nathan Ballantyne (2011), "Why We Disagree and Why it Matters."  Advisor: Stewart Cohen.  Fordham University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Helen Daly (2011), "Vagueness and Borderline Cases."  Advisors: Terry Horgan and Shaughan Lavine.  Colorado College, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Stephen Lenhart (2011), "Cognitive Diversity and Scientific Progress."  Advisor: Richard Healey.  Northern Arizona University, Visiting Assistant Professor.
  • Jason Matteson (2011), "On Ethical Thoughtfulness."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Northern Arizona University, Visiting Assistant Professor.
  • Cole Mitchell (2011), "Moral Supervenience and Descriptivist Metaethics."  Advisor:  Mark Timmons.  Original placement: Northern Arizona University, Visiting Lecturer; Current: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Visiting Lecturer.
  • Anne Steadman (2011), "The Immediacy of Phenomenal Concepts and Immediate Implications for Physicalism."  Advisor: Terry Horgan and Uriah Kriegel.  Original placement: California State University, Long Beach, Lecturer; Current: Law Clerk for Judge M. Jane Brady.
  • Orlin Vakarelov (2011), "General Situated Cognition."  Advisor:  Jenann Ismael.  Original placement: Humber College, Toronto, Instructor; Current: ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Duke University.
  • Kevin Vallier (2011), "Liberal Politics and Public Faith: A Philosophical Reconciliation."  Advisor: Jerry Gaus.  Original placement: Political Theory Project Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University; Current: Bowling Green State University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Robert Wagoner (2011), "Seneca's Moral Philosophy: The Structure, Aims and Effects of Philosophical Study."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Anne Baril (2010), "Eudaimonism and Epistemology: Epistemic Aspects of Eudaimonia and a Eudaimonist Approach in Epistemology."  Advisors: Julia Annas and Terry Horgan.  University of New Mexico, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Sara Bernstein (2010), "Essays on Overdetermination."  Advisors: Laurie Paul and Terry Horgan.  Original placement: Duke University, Assistant Professor; Current:  University of Notre Dame University, Associate Professor, tenured.
  • Doug Campbell (2010), "The View from a Rare Oasis."  Advisor: Terry Horgan.  University of Canterbury, Lecturer (assistant professor level, tenure-track.
  • Christopher Freiman (2010), "Social Justice and Moral Psychology."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  College of William and Mary, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Michelle Jenkins (2010), "Seekers of Wisdom, Lovers of Truth: A Study of Plato's Philosopher."  Advisors: Julia Annas and Rachana Kamtekar.  Whitman College, Associate Professor, tenured.
  • Simon Roberts-Thomson (2010), "Slavery, Equality and Justice."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.
  • Marcus Arvan (2008) "A Non-Ideal Theory of Justice."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Original placement:  University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor; Current:  University of Tampa, Assistant Professor.
  • Chris Brown (2008), "Beneficence." Advisor: David Schmidtz.  National University of Singapore, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Farid Masrour (2008), "Consciousness, Unity and Intentionality."  Advisors: David Chalmers and Terry Horgan.  Original placement:  Harvard University and New York University postdoctoral fellowships; Current: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Lee Shepski (2008), "The Reality Behind Moral Experience."  Advisor: Mark Timmons.  University of Tennessee, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Matt Bedke (2007), "Meta-Normativity." Advisor: David Schmidtz.  University of British Columbia, Associate Professor, tenure-track.
  • Stephen Biggs (2007),"Modality and Mind." Advisor: Terry Horgan.  Original placement: University of Toronto postdoctoral fellowship; Current: Iowa State University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Jason Brennan (2007)," The Best Moral Theory Ever: The Methodology of Moral Theorizing."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  Original placement: Brown University; Current: Georgetown University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Nicole Hassoun (2007), "Poverty, Development and Globalization."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Original placement: Carnegie Mellon, Assistant Professor, tenure-track; Current: University of Birmingham, Chair in Global Ethics.
  • Michaela Mueller (2007), "Epistemic Luck, Epistemic Agency, and Skepticism." Advisor: Terry Horgan.
  • Stefan Sciaraffa (2007), "The Meaning, Value, and Possibility of Being at Home in the Social World."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Original placement: University of California, Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor; Current: McMaster University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Margaretta Slabey (2007), "Proper Names, Improper Beliefs."  Advisor: Marga Reimer.  Auburn University, Visiting Assistant Professor.
  • Paul Thorn (2007), "Three Problems of Direct Inference."  Advisor: John Pollock.  Original placement: New College of Florida, Assistant Professor; Current: Universität Düsseldorf, Postdoctoral Researcher.
  • Patrick Dieveney (2006), "Indispensable Ontological Commitments."  Advisor: Shaughan Lavine.  California State University, Long Beach, Assistant Professor tenure-track.
  • Justin Fisher (2006), "Pragmatic Conceptual Analysis."  Advisor: Terry Horgan.  Original placement: University of British Columbia, tenure-track; Current: Southern Methodist University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Allen Habib (2006), "Promises and Promissary Obligations."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Original placement: St. Cloud State University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track; Current: University of Calgary, Assistant Professor.
  • Joel Martinez (2006), "Livability and the Moral Perspective."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  Lewis and Clark College, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Joel Press (2006), "The Employment of Intrinsically Defined Representations and Functions."  Advisor: Richard Healey.  Original placement: California University at Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor, tenure-track; Current: California University at Pennsylvania, Associate Professor.
  • Cara Nine (2005), "The Morality of National Borders."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  University College Cork, Ireland, Permanent Appointment.
  • Sarah Wright (2005), "Virtue Epistemology: Its Proper Form and Its Applications."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  Original placement: University of Georgia, Assistant Professor, tenure-track; Current: University of Georgia, Associate Professor.
  • Josh Cowley (2004), "The Role of Inference in a Theory of Concepts."  Advisor: John Pollock.  Bilkent University, Assistant Professor, tenure-track.
  • Rachael Poulsen Boch (2004), "A Foundationalist Defense of the Given."  Advisor: John Pollock.  Brigham Young University, tenure-track Assistant Professor.
  • Jennifer Baker (2003), "To Make Us Good: Ancient Eudaimonist Theories and Their Practical Ethic."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  College of Charleston, tenure-track.
  • Ashley McDowell (2003), "Two Senses of Justification in Epistemology."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  Kalamazoo College, tenure-track.
  • Brad Thompson (2003). "The Nature of Phenomenal Content."  Advisor: David Chalmers.  Southern Methodist University, tenure-track.
  • Matt Zwolinski (2003), "The Separateness of Persons and Distributive Justice."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  University of San Diego, tenure-track.
  • Tim Bayne (2002), "The Unity of Consciousness."  Advisor: David Chalmers.  University of Oxford, tenure-track.
  • Daniel Farnham (2002), "Eudaimonism: A Rationalist Theory of the Good."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  University of St. Thomas, visiting assistant professor.
  • Todd Stewart (2002), "Skepticism and the End of Moral Epistemology."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  Illinois State University, tenure-track.
  • Anthony Gillies (2001), "Rational Belief Change."  Advisor: John Pollock.  Original placement: University of Texas, Austin, assistant professor; Current: Rutgers, associate professor.
  • Scott Hendricks (2001), "Belief and Theory of Reasons."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  Clark University, tenure-track.
  • Kristen Hessler (2001), "A Theory of Interpretation for Human Rights."  Advisor: Allen Buchanan.  Iowa State University, three year renewable assistant professor.
  • Cindy Holder (2001), "Groups, Rights and Special Obligations: Towards An Ethics of Group Membership." Advisor: Allen Buchanan.  University of Victoria, tenure-track.
  • Avery Kolers (2001), "Grounding Global Justice."  Advisor: Allen Buchanan.  University of Louisville, tenure-track.
  • Seungbae Park (2001), "Scientific Realism Vs Scientific Antirealism."  Advisor: Richard Healey.  Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, tenure-track.
  • Mark Wunderlich (2001), "Incomparability in Epistemology: Possibilities for Epistemic Justification and Knowledge."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  Iowa State, tenure-track.
  • Alan Belasco (2000), "The Role of Detection in Mental Representation."  Advisor: John Pollock.  Private industry.
  • Joseph Cruz (2000), "Epistemology in Scientific Image."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  Williams College, tenure-track.
  • Scott LaBarge (2000), "The Legacy of the Meno Paradox: Plato and Aristotle on Learning and Error."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  Santa Clara University, tenure-track.
  • Daniel Russell (2000), "Plato on Pleasure and our Final End."  Advisor:Julia Annas.  Wichita State University, tenure-track.
  • Patrick Rysiew (2000), "Contextualism In Epistemology."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  University of Victoria, British Columbia, Associate Professor.
  • Bongrae Seok (2000), "Modularity of Mind, Encapsulation by Nature."  Advisor: Chris Maloney.  Alvernia College, tenure-track.
  • Rhonda Smith (2000), "The Moral Implications of Self Respect."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  US Air Force Academy, tenure-track.
  • Christopher Griffin (1999), "Democratic Collective Decisionmaking: Equality and Justice."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Northern Arizona University, tenure-track.
  • Mark Lebar (1999), "Virtue Ethics and the Interests of Others."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  Ohio University, tenure-track.  Book publication:  "The Value Of Living Well" (Oxford 2013).
  • Jack Lyons (1999), "The Consequences of a Faculty Psychology for a Theory of Epistemic Justification."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  University of Arkansas, tenure-track.
  • Laleh Quinn (1999), "Consciousness and Explanation."  Advisor: Chris Maloney.  University of California, San Diego, Neuroscience, post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Steven Scalet (1999), "Justice and Responsibility."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  State University of New York, Binghamton, tenure-track.
  • David Truncellito (1999), "The Concept of Epistemic Justification."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  Original placement: George Washington University, Assistant Professor of Writing; Current: Dean of Continuing and Professional Education, Virginia International University.
  • John Armstrong (1998), "The Politics of Virtue in Plato's Laws."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  Southern Virginia University, tenure-track.
  • Greg Loeben (1998), "Medical Futility."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Midwestern University, permanent position.
  • Terry Price (1998), "Mistake and Moral Blameworthiness: An Account of the Exusing Force of Faultless Mistakes of Fact and Faultless Mistakes of Morality."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Jepson School of Leadership Studies, Richmond Virginia, tenure-track. 
  • Andre Ariew (1997), "Innateness: A Developmental Account."  Advisor: Rob Cummins.  University of Rhode Island, tenure-track.
  • Franz-Peter Griesmaier (1997), "Simple Minds: A Cognitive Account of Theoretical Simplicity and the Epistemology of Understanding."  Advisor: Rob Cummins.  University of Wyoming, tenure-track.
  • Barbara Hall (1997), "Fathers' Rights and Responsibilities."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Georgia State University, tenure-track.
  • Michael King (1997), "Analog Computation and Psychoneural Reduction."  Advisor: Rob Cummins.  Deceased.
  • Stephan McCaffery (1997), "Deictic Use."  Advisor: Robert Harnish.  University of Arizona Law School.
  • Joel Pust (1997), "Intuitions as Evidence."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  University of Delaware, tenure-track.
  • Linda Radzik (1997), "The Nature of Normativity."  Advisor: David Schmidtz.  Texas A&M University, tenure-track.
  • David Silver (1997), "A Virtue Theory of Practical Reason."  Advisors: Jean Hampton (deceased), Thomas Christiano.  University of Delaware, tenured.
  • Juanita Simpson (1997), "The Theoretical Foundations for an Environmental Ethic."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.
  • Jonelle DePetro (1996), "Practical Rationality and the Limits of Instrumentalism."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  Eastern Illinois University, tenure-track.
  • Patrick Fitzgerald (1996), "Equality, Charity and Democracy."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Lawrence College, tenured position.
  • Ken O'Day (1995), "Morality and Practical Reason."  Advisor: Jean Hampton.  University of Bristol, England, permanent appointment.
  • David Gill (1994), "Civic Equality and Social Justice in Aristotle."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  University of California at Berkeley, tenure-track.
  • Thom Hudson (1994), "Pluralisms and Political Self-Determination."  Advisor: Thomas Christiano.  Clerk for Judge William C. Camby, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (Phoenix).
  • Howard Klepper (1994), "Children's Rights and Family Justice."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Loyola University of Chicago, tenure-track.
  • Mark Perlman (1994), "Conceptual Flux: The Case Against Misrepresentation."  Advisor: Rob Cummins.  Western Oregon University, tenure-track.
  • Michele Svatos (1994), "The Structure of Virtue Ethics."  Advisor: Julia Annas.  Iowa State University, tenure-track.
  • Kit Wellman (1994), "Liberalism, Self-Determination, and Secession."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Georgia State, tenure-track.
  • Laura Ekstrom (1993), "Freedom, Coherence, and the Self."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  William and Mary University, tenure-track.
  • Don Fawkes (1993), "Cognitive Grounds for Choice Among Equally Well Confirmed Alternative Physical Theories."  Advisor: Henry Byerly.  Fayetteville State University, tenure-track.
  • Gail Merten (1993), "Searching for Theory X: A Quality-Only Approach to the Problem of Future Generations."  Advisor: Holly Smith.
  • Jan Thomas (1993), "The Frog is a Liar: What We Can Say About What We Can Do."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, tenure-track position.
  • Clark Wolf (1993), "A Theory of Intergenerational Justice."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  University of Georgia, tenure-track.
  • Angelo Corlett (1992), "Moral Compatibilism: Rights and Compensation Responsibility Punishment."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  University of San Diego.
  • Jeff Hershfield (1992), "Reduction and Explanation in the Theory of Content."  Advisor: Joseph Tolliver.  Wichita State University, tenure-track.
  • Kihyeon Kim (1992), "The Defense Activation Theory of Epistemic Justification."  Advisor: Alvin Goldman.  University of Oklahoma, tenure-track.
  • Russell Shafer-Landau (1992), "Moral Indeterminacy."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  University of Kansas, tenure-track.
  • Leopold Stubenberg (1992), "Consciousness and Qualia."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  University of Notre Dame, tenure-track.
  • Scott Sturgeon (1992), "Having Reason in Mind."  Advisor: John Pollock.  Oxford University, Professor.
  • Joe Campbell (1991), "The Logic of Freedom."  Advisor: Keith Lehrer.  Washington State University, tenure-track.
  • Ann Levey (1991), "Liberty, Property and the Foundations of Libertarianism."  Advisor: Allen Buchanan.  University of Calgary, tenured.
  • Ed Covey (1990), "Becoming Persons: The Ethical Problems of Potentiality, Identity and Kinds."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Russell Sage College, tenure-track.
  • Jordan Curnutt (1990), "Guilding the Lily? Metaethical Studies in Environmental Philosophy."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  St. Cloud State University, tenure-track.
  • George Rainbolt (1990), "The Concept of Rights."  Advisor: Joel Feinberg.  Gerogia State University, Professor and Department Head.

 

 

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