Current Graduate Students

Preston Carter

Preston Carter

B.A., Weber State University, Philosophy and English Language & Literature

Preston’s interests lie in the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and critical theory (broadly construed). His reading revolves around early modern and post-Kantian thinkers, including Spinoza, Descartes, Hume, Smith, and then Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault. His recent research addresses the interaction between subjectivity and power, the environment in Spinoza, and some of the different ways of thinking becoming within the history of philosophy.

 

John Charles

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.

Nic Cottone

Nic Cottone

Nic finished their B.A. at Miami, with departmental honors in philosophy and University Honors.  

Nic's research interests include social epistemology, contemporary feminist theory, and social and political philosophy.



Ricky DeSantis

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.

Kevin Doherty

Kevin Doherty

B.A., DePaul University, International Studies

Kevin is interested in German Idealism and currents of twentieth-century French philosophy that rethink the political and confront the possibility of community. This year he also plans to interrogate the relationship between the ancient polis and some contemporary political thinking.

Wes Ramsey

Wes Ramsey

Steven Schultz

Steven Schultz

Luke Shackelford

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

Eric Tafolla

B.A. Philosophy (with distinction and a minor in Women’s 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.