Placement Record

Our department offers a full range of placement services and support to our students. The departmental Placement Director organizes a placement workshop that meets during the spring and fall quarters for students finishing, or near finishing, their degrees. The Placement Director also advises students on preparing their CVs and assembling their dossiers and arranges practice interviews for students attending the divisional meetings of the APA.

Listed below is placement information for recent graduates of our program. Students are listed by the year in which they received their current positions. Dissertation topics, faculty advisors and previous positions, where applicable, follow.

2016

    •  Rodrigo de Castro (Ph.D. 2005)
      • Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, tenure-tract Professor
      • Dissertation title: Direct Reference and Belief Ascriptions: Overcoming the Relational Paradigm
      • Faculty advisor: Howard Wettstein
      • Previous position: Federal University of Sergipe (Aracaju, Brazil)
    • Philip Swenson (Ph.D. 2014)
      • College of William and Mary: Assistant Professor (Fall 2017)
      • Dissertation title: Ability and Responsibility: Essays on Behalf of Leeway Incompatibilism
      • Faculty Advisors: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous Position: Rutgers University, Center for the Philosophy of Religion, 2 year Post Doctoral Researcher
    • Megan Stotts (Ph.D. 2016)
      • Vassar College: Visiting Assistant Professor (2016-2017)
      • Dissertation title: Conventions and Expression Meaning
      • Faculty Advisors: John Perry and Howard Wettstein
    • John Ramsey (Ph.D. 2013)
      • Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Visiting Assistant Professor (2016-2017)
      • Dissertation title: How We Do Bad Things with Words: A Multi-level Model of Oppression
      • Faculty Advisor: Peter Graham
      • Previous Position: Denison College, Granville, OH: Visiting Assistant Professor (2015-2016)

2015

    • Justin White (Ph.D. 2015)
      • Assistant Professor (continuing faculty status track, i.e., tenure track) at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
      • Dissertation title: Autonomy and Authenticity as Ideals of Agency
      • Faculty Advisor: Mark Wrathall
    • Robert Sanchez (Ph.D. 2012)
      • Assistant Professor (tenure track) at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA
      • Dissertation title: The Virtue of Silence: An Ethical Reading of Socrates, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein
      • Faculty Advisor: Erich Reck
      • Previous position: The College of William and Mary, Visiting Assistant Professor, two year position
    • Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Ph.D. 2012)
      • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Evaluators, explainers, planners: the importance of basic conceptions of what we are like as agents
      • Faculty Advisor: Andrews Reath
      • Previous position: University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA, 3 year Post Doctoral Researcher (2012-2015)
    • Monique Wonderly (Ph.D. 2015)
      • Princeton University, Center for Human Values, 3 year Post Doctoral Researcher
      • Dissertation title: Toward a Theory of Emotional Attachment
      • Faculty Adviser: Agnieszka Jaworska

2014

    • Chris Franklin (Ph.D. 2010)
      • Grove City College, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Strawsonian Libertarianism: A Theory of Free Will and Moral Responsibility
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous position: Marymount University, Arlington, VA, Assistant Professor, tenure track (2012-14); Biola University, two year Visiting Assistant Professor (2010-12)
    • Jason Gray (Ph.D. 2014)
      • University of Alabama, Birmingham: Visiting Assistant Professor 2014 -2015
      • Dissertation title: Philosophy, Phenomenology, and Neuroscience: The Groundwork for an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Comprehensive Understanding of Addiction
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
    • Samantha Matherne (Ph.D. 2013)
      • University of California, Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Art in Perception: Making Perception Aesthetic Again
      • Faculty Advisor: Pierre Keller
      • Previous position: University of British Columbia, Visiting Assistant Professor (2013-14); Pomona College, Visiting Assistant Professor (2012-13)
    • Courtney Morris (Ph.D. 2015)
      • US Military Academy, West Point, Assistant Professor, three year position
      • Dissertation title: Kant’s Idea of the Self
      • Faculty advisor: Pierre Keller
    • Neil Tognazzini (Ph.D. 2009)
      • Western Washington University, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: The Conceptual Foundations of Moral Responsibility
      • Faculty Advisor: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous position: The College of William and Mary: Assistant Professor, tenure track (2009-14)

2013

    • Daniel Justin Coates (Ph.D. 2012)
      • University of Houston, Texas, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Reasons and Responsibility
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous position: University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, One year Law and Philosophy Research Fellow (2012-13)
    • Samantha Matherne (Ph.D. 2013)
      • University of British Columbia, Visiting Assistant Professor, three year position
      • Dissertation title: Art in Perception: Making Perception Aesthetic Again
      • Faculty Advisor: Pierre Keller
      • Previous position: Pomona College, Visiting Assistant Professor (2012-13)
    • Christopher Scott Sevier (Ph.D. 2012)
      • College of Southern Nevada, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Thomas Aquinas On the Nature and Experience of Beauty
      • Faculty advisor: David Glidden
      • Previous position: Cal State University, Fullerton, CA, Visiting Assistant Professor (2012-13)
    • Patrick Todd (Ph.D. 2011)
      • University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Chancellor’s Fellow, to become tenure track position after three years
      • Dissertation title: The Metaphysics of Moral Responsibility
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous position: University of Innsbruck and the Munich School of Philosophy, Two year post-doctoral position (2011-13)

2012

    • Ben Mitchell-Yellin (Ph.D. 2012)
      • University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA, 3 year Post Doctoral Researcher
      • Dissertation title: Evaluators, explainers, planners: the importance of basic conceptions of what we are like as agents
      • Faculty advisor: Andrews Reath
    • Jason Chang (Ph.D. 2012)
      • Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, CA, Adjunct Instructor
      • Dissertation title: Toward a More Honest Public Reason Liberalism
      • Faculty advisor: Coleen Macnamara
    • Megs Gendreau (Ph.D. 2011)
      • Cal Poly Pomona, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Modeling Environmental Justice: A Normative Conception for Healthier Communities
      • Faculty advisor: Carl Cranor
      • Previous position: Bowdoin College, two year post-doctoral position, (2011-2013)
    • Michael Goerger (Ph.D. 2011)
      • Central Washington University, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Love and Morality: Toward an Ethic of Universal Love
      • Faculty advisor: David Glidden
      • Previous position: Central Washington University, Visiting Assistant Professor (2011-12)
    • Robert Sanchez (Ph.D. 2012)
      • The College of William and Mary, Visiting Assistant Professor, two year position
      • Dissertation title: The Virtue of Silence: An Ethical Reading of Socrates, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein
      • Faculty advisor: Erich Reck

2011

    • Jacob Affolter (Ph. D 2010)
      • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Lecturer
      • Dissertation title: Tolerance as a Moral and Political Virtue
      • Faculty advisor: Gary Watson
      • Previous position: Adjunct faculty, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009-11
    • Andrew Eshleman (Ph.D. 1998)
      • University of Portland, Oregon, taken position as Chair of the department
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous position: University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 1998 (tenured 2004)

2010

    • Chris Franklin (Ph.D 2010)
      • Biola University, Two year Visiting Assistant Professor position
      • Dissertation title: Strawsonian Libertarianism: A Theory of Free Will and Moral Responsibility
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
    • John McAteer (Ph.D. 2010)
      • Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, Assistant Professor, Renewable contract
      • Dissertation title: Moral Beauty and Moral Taste from Shaftesbury to Hume
      • Faculty advisor: Andrews Reath
    • Garrett Pendergraft (Ph.D. 2010)
      • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Fundamentalist Contextualist Compatibilism: A Response to the Consequence Argument
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
    • Elizabeth Hamilton (Ph.D. 2010)
      • West Virginia University, Accreditation and Planning Officer
      • Dissertation title: Coercion, Responsibility and Discourse
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer

2009

    • Zack Knorr (Ph.D. 2006)
      • Los Angeles Valley College: Assistant Professor, tenured
      • Dissertation title: The Moral Problem of Capitalism: What Habermasian Critical Theory Can Tell Us About Recent Developments in the International Anti-Sweatshop Movement
      • Faculty advisor: Georgia Warnke
    • Nathan Placencia (Ph.D. 2009)
      • University of West Virginia: Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Am I who I say I am?: A Role Identification account of Identity
      • Faculty advisor: Georgia Warnke
    • Neal Tognazzini (Ph.D. 2009)
      • The College of William and Mary: Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: The Conceptual Foundations of Moral Responsibility
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
    • Chris Yeomans (Ph.D. 2005)
      • Purdue University: Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Hegel’s Logic of Agency: A Transcendental Defense of Free Will
      • Faculty advisor: Pierre Keller
      • Previous position: Kenyon College (Gambier, OH): Assistant Professor, tenure track
    • Felipe Leon (Ph.D 2009)
      • Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, Tenure track
      • Dissertation title:  Armchair knowledge and Modal Skeptisim: A Rapprochement
      • Faculty advisor: Peter Graham
      • Previous position: Claremont McKenna College, Adjunct Faculty

2008

    • Amy MacArthur (Ph.D. 2007)
      • High Point University, Department of Religion and Philosophy (High Point, NC): Assistant Professor, Tenure track
      • Dissertation title: The Duty of Self-Knowledge in Kant’s Ethics
      • Faculty advisor: Andrews Reath

2007

    • Nick Baiamonte (Ph.D. 2007)
      • De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, Instructor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Avoiding Evil: Motivation, Reflection, and Character Structure
      • Faculty advisor: Eric Schwitzgebel
    • Jessica Ludescher (Ph.D. 2007)
      • Seattle University, Associate Professor of Business Ethics with joint appointments in Management and Philosophy. tenure track
      • Dissertation title: The Logical Compatibility of CSR with Any Theory of the Firm
      • Faculty advisor: Georgia Warnke
    • Sam Page (Ph.D. 2004)
      • Concordia College (Bronxville, NY): Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) 2005–2009
      • Dissertation title: Nature’s Joints: Inherent or Imposed?
      • Faculty advisor: Peter Graham
    • Joshua Rust (Ph.D. 2005)
      • Stetson University (DeLand, FL): Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: John Searle’s Ideal Type: Max Weber and the Construction of Social Reality
      • Faculty advisor: Eric Schwitzgebel
    • Daniel Speak (Ph.D. 2002)
      • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA): Assistant Professor, tenure track. (Tenured and became Chair of department 2011)
      • Dissertation title: Moral Responsibility and the Irrelevance of Alternative Possibilities
      • Faculty advisor: John Martin Fischer
      • Previous positions:
        • Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University (2002–2007)
        • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame (2005–2006)
    • Michael Stannard (Ph.D. 2007)
      • Clovis and Madera Centers of the State Center Community College District (Fresno, CA): Instructor of Philosophy
      • Dissertation title:  Material ends of reason: Kantian Formalism, pure intelligent existence, and the possibility of a deduction of the postulate of freedom
      • Faculty advisor: Andrews Reath
    • Matt Talbert (Ph.D. 2005)
      • West Virginia University: Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Moral Reasons and Personal History: A Normative Competence Account of Moral Responsibility
      • Faculty advisor: Gary Watson
      • Previous position: UCSD, postdoctoral fellowship (2005–2007)

2006

    • Chris Campolo (Ph.D. 2003)
      • Hendrix College (Conway, AR): Associate Professor, four-year initial contract (2002-06), now tenured.
      • Dissertation title: The Reach of Argument
      • Faculty advisor: Georgia Warnke
    • David Long (Ph.D. 2009)
      • Bellevue College: Adjunct Professor
      • Dissertation title: Hume and Buddhism: A Comparative Study of Personal Identity, Skepticism, and Moral Sentiments
      • Faculty advisor: Paul Hoffman (with Justin McDaniel, Department of Religious Studies)
    • Hugh Marlowe (Ph.D. 2004)
      • Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL): Assistant Professor, renewable contract
      • Dissertation title: Saving the Agent: An Investigation of Agency, Explanation, and Two-Standpoint Arguments
      • Faculty advisor: Gary Watson
    • Rico Vitz (Ph.D. 2006)
      • University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL): Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Virtuous Belief: Descartes, Hume, and the Proper Method of Belief Formation
      • Faculty advisor: Paul Hoffman
    • Jeremy Wisnewski (Ph.D. 2002)
      • Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY): Assistant Professor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Agency, Normativity, and Theory: Awakening from Anthropological Slumber
      • Faculty advisor: Bernd Magnus
      • Previous position: East Carolina University

2005

    • Scott Dixon
      • Minnesota State Technical and Community College (Moorhead, MN): Instructor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Hume (in progress)
      • Faculty advisor: Paul Hoffman
    • Dillon Emerick (Ph.D. 2005)
      • Palomar College (San Marcos, CA): Instructor, tenured
      • Dissertation title: Critical Theory, Critical Subjects
      • Faculty advisor: Georgia Warnke
    • Andrew Light (Ph.D. 1996)
      • University of Washington, Seattle: Associate Professor of Philosophy & Public Affairs
      • Dissertation title: Nature, Class, and the Built World: Philosophical Essays Between Political Ecology and Critical Technology
      • Faculty advisor: Bernd Magnus
      • Previous positions:
        • New York University (tenured 2005)
        • University of Montana (1996–1998): Assistant Professor, tenure track
        • State University of New York, Binghampton (1998–2000): Assistant Professor, tenure track
    • Glen Pettigrove (Ph.D. 2003)
      • The University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand): Lecturer in Philosophy (equivalent to Assistant Professor), tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Seeking Forgiveness: Studies in Moral and Political Philosophy
      • Faculty advisor: Georgia Warnke
      • Previous positions:
        • Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand): Lecturer in Philosophy
        • Santa Clara University (2003–2005)
    • Ted Preston (Ph.D. 2005)
      • Rio Hondo College (Whittier, CA): Instructor, tenure track
      • Dissertation title: Bridging the Gap between Normative Beliefs and Actions
      • Faculty advisor: Eric Schwitzgebel