People

Graduate Students

  • William Albuquerque

    walbuque@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7089

  • Dallas Amico

    Dallas Amico

    damico@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7039
    M.A. Philosophy, Bowling Green State University 

    My research interests are primarily in metaethics and moral responsibility. In the former, I’ve been thinking about the status and nature of moral testimony and moral expertise, and about the relationship between epistemic challenges to robust realism about morality and epistemic challenges to robust realism about mathematics (e.g. evolutionary debunking arguments and the Benacerraf-Field challenge). In the latter, I’ve been thinking about when moral ignorance excuses wrong action.

  •  Henry Argetsinger

    Henry Argetsinger

    hargetsinger@gmail.com

    Office: H&SS 7089
    B.A. Beloit College
    M.A. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    I'm interested in broadly meta-normative and metaethical topics in philosophy. I am particularly drawn to the intersections of ethical theory, philosophy of action and questions of practical reason. I also dabble in political philosophy. Outside of philosophy I like playing Ultimate and napping with cats.

  • Chirag Barai

    Chirag Barai

    cbarai@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7043
    B.A., Department of Mathematics, New York University
    M.Sc., Department of Government, London School of Economics & Political Science

    Interests: Political Philosophy.

  • Andrew Bollhagen

    Andrew Bollhagen

    abollhag@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7055
    B.A. University of California, Irvine
    M.A. California State University, Long Beach
    Pre-Doctoral Research Associate, Mississippi State University


    Interests: philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind, the history and philosophy of psychology, the philosophy of neuroscience and phenomenology.   

  • Matthew Braich

    Matthew Braich

    mmbraich@ucsd.edu | https://sites.google.com/view/matthewmbraich/home

    Office: H&SS TBA
    B.A. Philosophy and English, Lewis and Clark College
    M.A. Philosohy, University of California, Riverside

    I'm primarily interested in issues concerning agency, practical reason, and moral psychology. Currently I am writing a dissertation that explores some implications research in social and cognitive psychology might have for philosophical theories of practical reason. My hope is to make good on the ideas that we often do things for reasons and that reflection can and should play an important role in our practical lives, while also being realistic about limits, biases, and nature of human cognition and behavior. When I’m not working on my dissertation, I’m either thinking about the work I should be doing on my dissertation or distracting myself with good food, beer, tv shows, movies, or sports.

  • Zack Brants

    Zack Brants

    zbrants@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7043
    B.A. Philosophy, Computer Science, University of Washington (2016)

    My primary interest is in moral philosophy with a focus on the relevance of ancient approaches, in particular Aristotle’s conception of virtue. I’m also interested in logic and epistemology. Besides philosophy I like tinkering with computers and programming things that almost work. 

  • Claudi Brink

    Claudi Brink

    cbrink@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7086
    B.A. Philosophy and English Literature
    M.A. Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand

    My primary interest is in Kant's theoretical philosophy. I also have interests in philosophy of mind and ancient philosophy.

  • Travis Chamberlain

    Travis Chamberlain

    t1chambe@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 8033
    B.A. Philosophy & Economics, University of California, Irvine (2006)
    M.A. Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics (2009)

    As a philosopher of science specializing in economics, Travis focuses on the intersection of conceptual characterization and practical application of measurement, specifically well-being measurement through the capabilities approach developed by Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen. Travis utilizes philosophical and science studies analysis to consider the plausibility of well-being measure refinement as well as to illuminate coherent accuracy and precision principles through consideration of how social science measures evolve.  Further interests include Aristotelian virtue theory, political philosophy including distributional issues, and realist/anti-realist metaphysical boundaries between physical science and social science.

  • Rosalind Chaplin

    Rosalind Chaplin

    rchaplin@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7055

    B.A. Independent Scholar Program, Middlebury College
    M.A. Philosophy, Simon Fraser University

    My main interests are in Kant's theoretical philosophy -- especially questions pertaining to space, time, and the nature of the empirical world.  I also have secondary interests in a variety of topics in early modern philosophy, moral psychology, and ethics.

  • Kathleen Connelly

    Kathleen Connelly

    kaconnelly@ucsd.edu

    https://kathleenconnelly.wordpress.com/

    Office: H&SS 7054
    B.A. Philosophy, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

    My research interests are in ethics and science studies. In particular, I’m interested in questions about moral responsibility motivated by engagement with empirical psychology and history of medicine. These interests have manifested in work on moral responsibility and implicit bias; my developing research includes work on whether moral responsibility and mental disability. When I’m not doing moral responsibility research, I’m interested in philosophy of language and feminist philosophy, by way of philosophical hobbies.

  • Cory Davia

    Cory Davia

    cdavia@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7093
    B.A. Claremont McKenna
    M.A. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    Philosophically, I'm primarily interested in practical reason and the foundations of ethics. What are reasons for action? What's the relation between moral demands and other practical demands, like prudence or instrumental rationality? How confident should we be in our normative beliefs? I'm also interested in the epistemology of disagreement. When we discover that smart, well-informed people disagree with us, what's the rational way to take this into account? Should we stick to our guns, or become less confident?
    I also like to cook and play pool.

  • John Dougherty

    John Dougherty

    jedoughe@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7039
    A.B. Physics & The History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago (2010)

    My main interests are, in order of increasing specificity, the philosophies of science, physics, quantum gravity, and the structure of spacetime therein. I am also interested in bits of computation, math, and logic. In my off time, I enjoy board games, 1920/30's weird fiction, and mathematical typesetting.

  • Emma Duncan

    Emma Duncan

    erduncan@ucsd.edu 

    Office: H&SS 8033

    B.A. Philosophy, Graphic Design, Portland State University (2010)
    M.A. Philosophy, Northern Illinois University (2015)

    My interests lie primarily in ethics, branching into social and political philosophy, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, and law. Recently, I’ve been focused on issues surrounding punishment, as well as nudges (libertarian paternalism), where questions of free will, autonomy, rational choice theory, and psychology combine in complex and often vexing ways. I suspect I’ll be focused on these for many years to come!

  • Maximilian Edwards

    Maximilian Edwards

    mvedward@ucsd.edu 

    Office: H&SS 7039
    B.A. Philosophy, Cambridge
    M.Phil. Philosophy, University College London

    My primary research focus is on Kant's theoretical philosophy - especially the nature and status of the categories and their various deductions, and the character of transcendental idealism. I also have a growing interest in the Critical system as a whole.  

  • Aaron Finley

    Aaron Finley

    afinley@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7059
    B.S. in Philosophy & Abstract Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    My primary interests lie within political and moral philosophy--especially issues related to political legitimacy. I am also interested in applying empirical work in psychology and other fields to questions concerning public goods and institution design.

  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez

    Juan Carlos Gonzalez

    jcg050@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7059
    B.A. Xavier University 
    M.A. The New School for Social Research

    My favorite philosophers are David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Wilfrid Sellars, and John Haugeland. I'm interested in (but mostly puzzled by) the different ways in which philosophers have conceived of the relationship between perception, thought, and objectivity (whether or not they think it's possible at all) throughout history. I am also interested in investigating which accounts of perception hold currency today and why their influence has endured. In my free time, I watch movies and re-watch The Sopranos.

  • Nathaniel Greely

    Nathaniel Greely

    ngreely@ucsd.edu

    Office H&SS 2064

    B.A. Communication, University of Southern California
    M.A. Philosophy California State University Los Angeles

    My primary interests are Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science and I plan to pursue a joint PhD in both. I used to play guitar for a living, but now I do it for fun and I'm still an avid indie-rock fan. I am the father of a standard poodle named Felix and in my free time I try to satisfy his insatiable desire for walks. 

  • Blythe Greene

    bagreene@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7086

    B.A. Philosophy, University of California at Santa Barbara (2011)

    My primary area of interest is ancient philosophy, with a particular emphasis on so-called Hellenistic philosophy that flourished after the death of Aristotle. I’m currently focusing on questions of the metaphysics of time in ancient philosophy.

  • Tanya Hall

    Tanya Hall

    tanyahall@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7039
    B.A. Philosophy, St. Cloud State University (2007)
    M.A. Philosophy, Virginia Tech (2010)

    My interests include: Philosophy of Science (and also mathematics and logic, with an emphasis on foundational questions at the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, and methodology); Realism; Objectivity; Fictionalist Epistemology; Laws of Nature; Dispositional Essentialism; Philosophical Methodology; Naturalism; Error; Duhem; Spinoza; Philosophical Pedagogy; and Cats.

  • Kathryn Joyce

    Kathryn Joyce

    kejoyce@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7039
    B.A. Philosophy, University of North Dakota (2008)
    M.A. Philosophy, Georgia State University (2013)

    My research concerns questions within social and political philosophy, ethics, and feminism. I have secondary interests in the history of moral and political philosophy, especially Adam Smith, Hume, and Rousseau. I also serve as an organizer for UC San Diego's Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP).

  • Thomas Kirkpatrick

    Thomas Kirkpatrick

    Office: H&SS 7054
    B.A. Philosophy, Willamette University (2011)
    M.A. Philosophy, Brandeis University (2015)

    My primary interests are in moral, social, and political philosophy. I also have secondary interests in moral epistemology, meta-ethics, and the history of philosophy. The questions I've read and written about the most pertain to descriptive social phenomena like groups, power, and subordination, as well as to normative political theories like relational egalitarianism, republicanism, and libertarianism.

  • Jonathan Knutzen

    Jonathan Knutzen

    jknutzen@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7055
    B.A. Philosophy, Wheaton College (2002)
    M.A. Philosophy, Brandeis University (2013)

    Interests: moral and political philosophy.

  • Cami Koepke

    Cami Koepke

    ckoepke@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7093
    B.A. Philosophy, Northwest Nazarene University (2003)
    M.Div., Emory University (2006)
    M.A. Philosophy, Georgia State University (2013)

    My current interests lie at the intersection of moral responsibility, action theory, moral psychology, and neuroscience. I'm especially interested in understanding how findings in neuroscience might impact our approach to mitigating factors of moral responsibility. My current project focuses on conditions like addiction and depression.

    More generally, I'm interested in bioethics, normative ethical theory, and philosophy of religion. When I'm not doing philosophy, I enjoy bicycling, camping, and reading comic strips.

  • Hailey Kwon

    Hailey Kwon

    hjkwon@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7043

    Primary interests: general philosophy of science, philosophy of biology; secondary interests: philosophical bioethics, metaphysics.
  • Noel Martin

    Noel Martin

    nbmartin@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7093
    B.A. Religious Studies, Humboldt State University
    M.A. Philosophy (Neurophilosophy Track), Georgia State University

    I’m primarily interested in philosophy of science, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, and mind. I also have an interest in how these areas intersect with specific questions in moral philosophy and philosophy of perception. I am currently working on a dissertation project that investigates the ways in which scientists studying the mind and brain coordinate their efforts in practice and the role such coordinating might play in developing an account of scientific integration.

  • Joseph Martinez

    Joseph Martinez

    jdm001@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7086
    B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley (2016)

    Primary interests: Philosophy of action and philosophy of mind. 

    Secondary interests: Thomas Reid, especially his works on free will and common sense.

  • Marcus McGahhey

    Marcus McGahhey

    mmcgahhey@ucsd.edu | https://ucsd.academia.edu/MarcusMcGahhey

    Office: H&SS 7043
    B.A. Philosophy, University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
    M.A. Philosophy (Neurophilosophy Track), Georgia State University
    My areas of interest include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and epistemology. I'm especially drawn to issues concerning perceptual experience, intuition, epistemic justification, and self-knowledge. In my free time, I enjoy watching films, listening to comedy, and writing music on my guitar.
  • James Messina

    James Messina

    jamessina@ucsd.edu

    Office: TBA
    B.A. Philosophy, Wagner College (2011)
    M.A. Philosophy, Georgia State University (2013)

    Interests: The history of modern philosophy (esp. Kant), moral psychology, and contemporary political philosophy. 

  • Leonardo Moauro

    Leonardo Moauro

    lmoauro@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7089
    B.A. Political Science, Brown University
    M.A. Philosophy, Tufts University

    My main interests are in early modern philosophy (especially Spinoza) and ethics. I also have interests in moral psychology and ancient philosophy (especially the Hellenistic schools). I am currently thinking about the concept of perfection in Spinoza's Ethics, especially as it relates to the perfectionist tradition in ethics.  

  • Emily Petkas

    Emily Petkas

    epetkas@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7039
    B.A. Economics, Trinity University, 2008
    MSc Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015

    Areas of focus: political philosophy and ethics with special interests in Kant and bioethics

  • Matthew Piper

    Matthew Piper

    mpiper@ucsd.edu | http://www.matthewstuartpiper.com/

    Office: H&SS 8033
    B.A. Psychology, St. Louis University, St. Louis (1996)
    M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy of Complexity, Sonoma State University (2008)
    M.A. Philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis (2011)

    Interests: the mind-body problem; theories of consciousness; neural and cognitive sciences; normativity (ethical & aesthetic).

  • Michael Pittman

    mpittman@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7054

  • Ayoob Shahmoradi

    ashahmor@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7043

  • Sebastian Speitel

    Sebastian Speitel

    sspeitel@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 8033
    B.A. hons. Philosophy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
    MSc. Logic, University of Amsterdam (ILLC)

    My main interests concern logic and philosophy of logic. More recently, I have developed interests in philosophy of science more generally and Kant's theoretical philosophy.

  • Joseph Stratmann

    Joseph Stratmann

    jtstratm@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7054
    B.A. Philosophy and German, University of Notre Dame (2015)

    My primary philosophical research interests are Kant, metaphysics, and the intersection thereof (especially vis-à-vis grounding and modality). In my free time, I enjoy cooking, listening to chamber music (especially string quartets written between 1771 and 1826), and reading German philosophy and poetry aloud to myself in German.

  • Ryan Stringer

    Ryan Stringer

    rstringer@ucsd.edu | https://sites.google.com/site/ryanmstringer/

    Office: H&SS 7059
    B.A. University of Kansas, Lawrence
    M.A. Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Generally speaking, my philosophical interests are in the areas of ethics, metaethics, moral psychology, the philosophy of action, the philosophy of religion, and metaphysics. In addition to my philosophical interests, I have non-philosophical interests in (1) petting, owning, and helping cats, (2) eating good food (especially Indian, Ethiopian, and Thai food), (3) trying to understand and write poetry, (4) listening to good music (e.g., the band Tool, which is, objectively speaking, the best band in the history of the universe), and (5) watching good TV shows (e.g., Dexter) and good movies (e.g., Fight Club).

  • Ann C. Thresher

    Ann C. Thresher

    athreshe@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7054

    Interests: Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Time.

  • Bas Tönissen

    Bas Tönissen

    btonisse@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7093
    B.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences, University College Roosevelt (2013)
    MPhil Philosophy, University of St. Andrews/Stirling joint program (pending)

    My primary interest is in Kant's practical and theoretical philosophy. I am further interested in moral psychology, action theory and early analytic philosophy. I greatly enjoy debate and public speaking, and worked as a professional debate trainer in the Netherlands for two years. Other non-philosophical interests include literature, cycling and being pretentious about music.

  • Brian Tracz

    Brian Tracz

    rtracz@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7055
    B.S. Biology and Philosophy, Boston College

    My main areas of interest are philosophy of perception and Kant. On a general level, I have a longstanding interest in the crosstalk among Husserlian phenomenology, cognitive science, and Anglophone philosophy. Aside from philosophy, I enjoy piano, Mahler's symphonies, Arrested Development, hiking, and Tuesday crosswords.

  • Tinghao Wang

    Tinghao Wang

    Office: H&SS 8033
    B.A. Philosophy, Renmin University of China (2014)
    M.Phil. Philosophy, Lingnan University (2016)
    Interests: Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophical Methodology.
  • Danny Weltman

    Danny Weltman

    dweltman@ucsd.edu | http://dannyweltman.com/

    Office: H&SS 7055
    B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, Washington University 

    I'm interested in social and political philosophy, particularly questions of borders, authority, and territory, and in ethics, particularly anti-realistic metaethics and in various applied ethics issues. Aside from philosophy, I enjoy cooking, watching movies, and animals, especially cats.

  • Jason Winning

    Jason Winning

    rwinning@ucsd.edu | http://jasonwinning.com/

    Office: H&SS 7059
    B.S. Computer Science (Minor in Philosophy), Northern Illinois University (2003)
    M.A. Philosophy, Northern Illinois University (2011) 

    Before philosophy grad school I spent four years as a software developer creating medical record software in Madison, WI. My interests are mostly centered around philosophy of mind, and include questions that also fall under the headings of philosophy of science (especially of cognitive science and neuroscience, but of science in general as well), computation/information, metaphysics, and moral psychology. Aside from philosophy, I'm also big into audio production.

  • Jacob Zellmer

    Jacob Zellmer

    jzellmer@ucsd.edu

    Office: H&SS 7086
    B.A. Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University
    M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University


    My primary interests lie in early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, and especially their intersection. I also have strong interests in ethics and epistemology. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels and newspapers, playing sports, and hiking.