Graduate Students

Daniel M. Brooks

Hyeon Sop Baek


Research Interests: Korean Philosophy, Classical Chinese Philosophy, Confucianism, neo-Confucianism, Social/Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Sentiments

T.D. “Dave” Burns


Research Interests: Philosophical Anarchy, Argument, Metatheory, Social Philosophy, Critical Rationalism

Elyse M. Byrnes

Research Interests: Feminist philosophy, Kyoto School Philosophy, Aesthetics, Phenomenology, The Body, Love, Self-Image, Hannah Arendt, P4C.

Jacob Cherry

Shelly Denkinger

Michael Dufresne

Research Interests: Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy (esp. Confucian and Daoist traditions), Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Ethics.

Edward M. Eisner


Research Interests: Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Japanese Philosophy.

Benjamin Hoffman


Brooke Hunter


Research Interests: Environmental Political Philosophy: Climate Injustice, Indigenous Injustice, Political Feasibility; Social Epistemology: Feminist and Indigenous Epistemologies; Embodied Phenomenology; Evolutionary Theory; and Indian Philosophy: Buddhism and Advaita Vedānta.

Emma Irwin-Herzog

Research Interests: Metaphysics of Consciousness, Classical Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Language, Moral Psychology

Nikolas Janowicz

Research Interests: Renaissance Philosophy, Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy and the Internet

Susannah Lee Kandikatti


Andrew Kelly


Research Interests: Buddhism, Cynicism, Skepticism, Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Public Philosophy

H.S.H. Kline

Research Interests: Comparative Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, American Pragmatism, Feminism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Nietzsche

Sera Kong


Research Interests: Comparative Ethics, Chinese Philosophy, Existentialism

Sera Kong

Jana Light


Research Interests: Ethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Theology, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy and Philanthropy

Sung-Kyu Lim

Research Interests: Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Kyoto School Philosophy, German Philosophy, Korean Philosophy.

Ruel Mannette


Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary French Philosophy, Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, Ancient and Contemporary Chinese Philosophy, Bioethics, Neuroethics, Philosophy of Science, Semiotics, The Frankfurt School, Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology and History of Ideas

Ella Marsh

Bobby McCullough


Research Interests: Classical Chinese philosophy (Legalism, Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism), political economy, economic philosophy, political philosophy, morality and ethics

Edward Montgomery

Research Interests: Classical virtue ethics, Aristotle, Aquinas, Japanese and Buddhist philosophy, Zen, and political philosophy. Minor interests in the space where aesthetics and ethics meet, à la Japanese aesthetics, Plato, and Nietzsche

Zachary Nickles

Ian Nicolay


Research Interests: Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind; History of Philosophy; Asian and esp. Indian Philosophy

Aaron Ortner

Research Interests: Ancient Greek Philosophy and its connections to Ancient Indian Philosophy. Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Time

Chih-Wei Peng

Research Interests: Environmental Ethics, Moral Theories, Buddhism, Daoism

Nicholas Raffel

Matthew Rhee

Research Interests: Daoism, zen, pluralism, absurdism, philosophy of mind

Kevin Rickman


Research Interests: Asian Philosophy including Daoism, Buddhism, and Zen koans and haikus. Western Philosophy including philosophy of language, ethics, and epistemology.

Micah Sadoy

Research Interests: Metaethics; Cooperation, Social Ontology, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Animal Cognition, Non-Linguistic Thought; Comparative Aesthetics

Michael Schainfeld

Research Interests: Continental Philosophy, Classical Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Death and Dying

Ryan Schwartz

Thomas B. Schmidt

Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Critical Theory, Kant, Philosophy of Film

Kimberly Serratos


Research Interests: Comparative Philosophy, particularly Classical; Aesthetics; Schopenhauer

David Simone


Research Interests: Indian Philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of mind

Neil Sims


Research Interests: Indian Philosophy, Ch’an/Zen Buddhism, Philosophy of Mind, Logic and Language philosophy, Epistemology, especially as it relates to science, and Phenomenology

Pavel Stankov

Research Interests: Metaethics, philosophy of mind, Indian philosophy, Greek philosophy, and philosophy of science

Bruce Ka’imi Watson

Research Interests: ʻIke Hawaiʻi, ʻŌiwi & Pasifika philosophies, Indigenous philosophy, Agnotology, Haole ignorance

Huayanni Yang


Research Interests: Infinity; Imagination; Classical Chinese medical theories; History of mathematics

Ting-Hsuan Yu

Research Interests: Daoism, specifically medieval dalism