Current Graduate Students

Martin Armstrong

Martin Armstrong

B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland, Philosophy and Political Science Major

My research interests are in Marxist theory, critical theory (esp. the Frankfurt School), critical race theory, and social epistemology. Within these interests, there are a number of different but clearly related questions I wish to pursue. I am interested in exploring the normative limits of critique in the face of hermeneutical injustice: when should critique be withheld to retain a subject’s hermeneutic dignity? What implications are presented by social and political psychology on Marxian theories of false consciousness and ideology? How does meritocracy affect perceptions of what it is to be human within a social space or structure such as the military, especially when complicated by race and gender? 

Christopher Bowyer

Christopher Bowyer

Combined BA/MA Program

My philosophical interests lie largely in Modern Aesthetics, Classical Metaphysics, Critical Indigenous Race Theory with a focus on Native Americans/American Indians, and Naturalist Ethics.

Shawn Brewer

Marshawn Brewer

Kit Connor

Kit Connor

B.A., Elon University, Philosophy and Psychology Major

My philosophical interests are in Feminist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and Epistemology. My research interests include sexual violence and the production of subjectivity in cases of long-term childhood sexual abuse, and child sex trafficking. I'm also interested in doing work on Foucault, Levinas, and disability theory. 

Ben Hillin

Ben Hillin

B.A. Film Studies and Philosophy University of Colorado, Denver

Ben is from Colorado and fell quite violently in love with philosophy late in his undergrad career. His main interests are psychoanalysis (esp. Lacan), Hegel, radical political philosophy (esp. Marxisms, critiques of law), critical race studies, and late 20th century French philosophy. He is provoked by questions concerning political ontology and subjectivity, critiques of representation, misrecognition, and aporias.

Kevin Lower

Kevin Lower

B.A., Kent State University, Philosophy Major, Ancient Greek Minor

I am primarily interested in conceptions of the body that take root in Ancient Greek philosophy and medicine, phenomenology, and post-structuralist feminism. In particular, I aim to reconcile Maurice Merleau-Ponty's late ontology of the flesh with the criticisms of feminist phenomenology, to provide a phenomenological analysis of the rhetoric of self-harm, and to interpret the ontology of the flesh as an alternative textual hermeneutic to those of Gadamer and Derrida. These goals are supplemented by feminist extensions of post-structuralism, the notion of the sexed body in Ancient Greek medicine, and interpretive questions raised in responses to Hegelian philosophy.

Bryan Maddox

Bryan Maddox

Before he chose to grace us with his presence Bryan attended Shimer College, a scrappy little Great Books school located on the South Side of Chicago, where he earned a degree in the Humanities (a sort of Liberal Arts program rooted in Western Classics with a Critical Theory twist). He developed an interest in French Feminist philosophy after spending a year abroad in another college town called Oxford, and he is here to continue his research in applying the intertextual semiotics of Julia Kristeva and Mikhail Bakhtin to the task of interpreting memories.

Jason Walsh

Jason Walsh

B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Philosophy and Computer Science Major, African-American Studies Minor

Jason's philosophical interests are in social and political theory, specifically the Marxist tradition(s). He is primarily interested in the work of Louis Althusser, his students, and those influenced by him. Jason has secondary interests in questions at the intersection of aesthetics and politics, drawing on the legacy of first generation Frankfurt School thinkers as well as more contemporary theorists like Fredric Jameson. Historically, he is interested in Kant and German Idealism, as well as various strands of Spinozism.