Current Graduate Students

John F. L. Charles

B.A. Philosophy, minor in German language, 2015, Summa Cum Laude, Central Connecticut State University

John's interest in philosophy surfaced during his first year at St. John's College, Annapolis, where he studied Ancient Greek language, literature, philosophy, mathematics, and science. While always rooted in his adoration of Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, and Ptolemy, John is now interested in German philosophy from Leibniz to Heidegger. A particular point of interest is Hegel's Phenomenology. Before deciding to enroll in an MA program, John spent time in Germany and South Korea in order to travel, learn languages, pay off loans, and try his hand at teaching.


Ricky DeSantis

B.A. San Diego State University, Philosophy major, Psychology minor

My interests are primarily in 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, especially the works of Nietzsche and Heidegger. I am also interested in the existentialist and post-structuralist frameworks more generally, and am increasingly interested in ancient Greek philosophy. At present I am particularly concerned with the relationship between ontology and values, and what possibilities remain for living the good life both for individuals and communities.


Wes Ramsey


Steven Schultz


Luke Shackelford

B.A. Miami University 2017, Philosophy (Minor: Linguistics)

Luke is interested in Philosophy of Language, Metaphilosophy, Political Philosophy and Feminist Epistemology; Interested primarily in Late Wittgenstein.


Eric Tafolla

B.A. Philosophy (with distinction and a minor in Womens Studies), California State University, Fullerton, 2015

My academic research lies at the intersections of poststructuralist theory, psychoanalytic theory, and second-order cybernetics theory. In addition to this, my academic research is heavily influenced by my engagements with various social justice movements. Some of the people who have had a significant impact on my personal philosophical thought include individuals such as Julia Kristeva, Bracha L. Ettinger, Kelly Oliver, Teresa Brennan, and Donna J. Haraway.