PhD Students



Alyssa A
 
PhD, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook 2013-
BA, Philosophy, minor in Music, University of Redlands 2009-2013

Areas of interest: history of feminism, history of Marxist-feminism, Hegel, Marx, queer theory, queer politics, critical theory, decolonial theory, philosophy of music (esp. jazz), relationship between aesthetics and politics.

     
 
Hamad Mohamed is a third-year doctoral student studying German Idealism, particularly in terms of conceptions of logical laws, concepts, propositions, syllogisms, and the relationship between logic and metaphysics. He is also interested in social and political philosophy, particularly Marxism and its relationship to German Idealism. 
     

Carlie A

CARLIE ANGLEMIRE

  Ethics, aesthetics, philosophy and literature, feminist philosophy

 

   

 

Hannah B

HANNAH BACON

 

 

Hannah Bacon is a 2nd year doctoral student, who holds a masters degree from The New School for Social Research. She is interested in aesthetics (focusing on poetry, literature. and film), phenomenology of embodiment, trauma, social and political philosophy specifically sexuality, decoloniality and decarceration. Her master’s thesis focused on the emergent field of sound phenomenology, minimalist composition, and the relation between aesthetics and place. She draws on (mostly) continental 20th century French and German philosophy. 

 

 

 

 Abdullah B

ABDULLAH BASARAN

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-2015
BA, Divinity, Ankara University, Turkey, 2006-2010

Areas of interest: Philosophical hermeneutics (esp. Heidegger, Gadamer, Vattimo), the role of the reader, circular thinking, phenomenology, deconstruction, negative theology, medieval and contemporary Islamic thought, postmodern theories and postmodern literature (esp. Calvino and OuLiPo).

I am a contributor of postmodern theory to Post Öykü Magazine in Turkey, and trying to find words that can reach the ear of the other.

 

 

Edoardo B

EDOARDO BELLANDO

   

  PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
MA, Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center, 2001-2007
Laurea, Philosophy, University of Turin, 1973-1979

Areas of interest: Political philosophy, ethics, history of philosophy.

Dissertation at the University of Turin on the political philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, supervised by philosopher of law Norberto Bobbio. Worked for 30 years in public information at the United Nations, in Nairobi and New York. 

 

Martin B 

MARTIN BENSON

 

 
PhD, Stony Brook University, 2015-
MA Södertörn University, 2012-13
BA Södertörn University, 2004-07

Areas of interest: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, Affect-theory, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Perception, Philosophy of Art.

My dissertation has the working title "Meaning in Life, Meaning in Language". Taking Nietzsche's concept of genealogy a point of departure, I aim to analyze how meaning in the sense of meaningfulness is constitutive of linguistic meaning. Conversely, the dissertation will explore the relation between meaninglessness in the affective sense, and nonsense in the logical sense.

 

Aaron B

AARON BERNSTEIN

 

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
BA, Major: Religious Studies; Minor: Critical Theory & Social Justice, Occidental College, 2009-2014

Areas of interest: Radical political philosophy, esp. in the Continental tradition; deconstruction; religion, esp. Islamic mysticism and post-metaphysical religious philosophy; nihilism; power & justice; multiplicity; self-other relation

  

 

 

adamB

ADAM BLAIR

 

 

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
BA, Philosophy, University of Colorado Denver, Summa Cum Laude, 2010–2014
BA, Theatre, Film, and TV Production, University of Colorado Denver, Summa Cum Laude, 2010–2014

Areas of interest: Phenomenology (esp. Merleau-Ponty), cultural studies, film, jazz and other music, feminism, Philosophy of Mind

I am interested in the intersection of subjecthood and culture—the ongoing, reciprocal process through which culture is born and subjects are constituted. What has piqued my curiosity most is the role played by the phenomenological experience of visual art, music, literature, and film within the formation of subjects and at the foundation of cultures. While I'm not philosophizing, I make movies, take pictures, play piano, and write fiction.

 

 

Eva B

EVA BOODMAN

 

  Eva Boodman is a fourth year doctoral student whose interests include social and political philosophy, critical theory, social epistemology, feminist philosophy and pedagogical practice. Lately, Eva has been particularly interested in the relationship between power and knowledge-production, ideology, immanent critique, the prison industrial complex, feminist philosophy of science and decoloniality. Her current research looks at ignorance as a form of knowledge-production and the role it plays in political critique.

  

Erik B

ERIK BORMANIS

 

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
MA, Philosophy, Ryerson University, 2012-2014
BAH, Philosophy, Bishop's University, 2008-2012
BA, Liberal Arts, Bishop's University, 2008-2012

Areas of interest: Freedom, Spinoza, Hegel, Phenomenology, Existentialism.

I am primarily interested in how to understand our individual freedom as historically, naturally, and socially situated.

 

 

 Marcus B

MARCUS BROWN

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook 2014-
BA, History and Philosophy, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Areas of interest: global critical theory, philosophy of race, existential phenomenology

 

JENNIFER CARTER

 

 
Continental ethics, feminism, aesthetics, queer theory, Irigaray

 

Matthew C

MATTHEW CLEMONS

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
BA, Philosophy and the Arts, Belmont University, 2010-2014

Areas of Interest: Ancient Greek Philosophy (Pre-Socratics, Plato), 19th/20th century German Philosophy (Nietzsche, Heidegger), Existentialism, Subjectivity, Literature & Poetry

 

CHRISTOPHER COHOON

 

 
Levinas, Heidegger, phenomenology, ancient philosophy, environmental philosophy, materiality, joy

 

Brendan C

BRENDAN T. CONUEL

 

 

 

Brendan T. Conuel is a forth-year doctoral student. Trained as an astrophysicist, he is interested in philosophy of science, the hard problem of consciousness, Nietzsche, moral skepticism, philosophy of sexuality, and psychoanalysis. 

 

 

Robbie C 

ROBBIE CORMIER

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-
MA, Theory & Criticism, Western University, 2011-2013
BAH, Philosophy, Queen’s University, 2007-2011
 
Areas of interest: François Laruelle, mathematical formalization, vitalism and organicism, reflection and redundancy, the French Nietzschean tradition, general systems theory and modeling, finance capital, urban theory, therapeutics
 
My dissertation will explore the philosophical (critical and process-oriented) and non-philosophical implications of redundancy in its functional and analytical senses, as well as its temporal and spatial dimensions.

 

Andrew D 

ANDREW DOBBYN

 

 

I work in Social/Political Philosophy, German Idealism, Pragmatism, and Psychoanalysis. I’m especially interested in the intersection between economics and philosophy.  My research clusters around questions of value, recognition, and power, but always within a materialist context

 

MARCUS DRACOS

 

 
Metaphysics, epistemology, Greek philosophy, Heidegger

 

Audrey E

AUDREY ELLIS

 

 

Ellis is a third year doctoral student interested in aesthetics, social and political philosophy, feminism, phenomenology and dance. She earned her MA in Philosophy in Art through Stony Brook University.

 

 

Harrison F

HARRISON FLUSS

 

 
Harrison Fluss' areas of research include Spinoza, German Idealism, Marxism, and Critical Theory. Currently, he is focusing on the connections between Spinoza and Hegel, and how Hegel's critique of Spinoza helped to shape later developments in the history of philosophy and contemporary debates. 

 

Chris F 

CHRISTOPHER FREMAUX

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014-
MA, Philosophy, Boston College, 2010-2012
BA, Philosophy and Theology, St. Mary's University, 2005-2009

Areas of Interest: Kant, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Hellenistic Philosophy.

 

 

Lori G

LORI GALLEGOS DE CASTILLO

 

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, expected 2016
BA, Philosophy and Foreign Languages, University of New Mexico, 2008
 
Areas of interest: ethics, moral psychology, virtue epistemology, decolonial theory, feminist philosophy, critical race theory, environmental ethics, emotion, cognitive psychology, Heidegger, Freud, Latina/o and Latin American philosophy
 
My dissertation argues for the importance of empathy to moral knowledge. In tandem, I consider the ways in which conditions of social inequality diminish agents' capacities and tendencies to empathize with members of marginalized groups. In light of this problem, I explore the extent to which agents are responsible for implicit inequality-based empathy deficits.

 

 

Elena G

ELENA GRANIK

 

 

 
Ph.D., Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-present
M.A., Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2010-2013
B.A., Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2008

I am a third year student in the philosophy doctoral program specializing in ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato), moral psychology, and virtue ethics. I am also interested in classical Chinese and medieval Islamic philosophy's discourses on concepts of personhood, ethical cultivation, and nous. Courses I have taught include: Introduction to Critical Reasoning (SFSU and SBU), Introduction to Philosophy (SFSU), Introduction to Philosophy and Religion (SFSU).

 

 

NATHIFA GREENE

 

 

 

 
My dissertation research engages theories of embodiment and social identity in feminism and the critical philosophy of race, focusing on habit as a conceptual thread to explore stereotypes and implicit bias. In addition to an undergraduate course on habit I designed for PHI 101 "Concepts of the Person," other original syllabi that I have created reflect teaching interests in politics, ethics, and feminism, as well as Caribbean and Africana thought. Forthcoming Publications: "Rethinking Habit" in Feminist Interpretations of William James. Accepted for publication.

 

 Ethan H

ETHAN HALLERMAN

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014-
BA, Philosophy, Vassar College, 2003-2007

Areas of interest: philosophy of social science/social theory, Hegel, Marx, aesthetics, rhetoric

     

 

Eric H 

ERIC HEADSTREAM

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011–
MA, Humanities, University of Chicago, 2009–2010
BA, Philosophy, Baylor University, 2005–2009

Areas of interest: Husserl, phenomenology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science (esp. biology)

My dissertation project aims to develop several points of contact between the phenomenological tradition and emergentist models of consciousness. These include the body as a basis for cognition and the correlational a priori of intentionality as a means for construing "downward" causation, from wholes to their parts. My primary argument is that a strong, metaphysically-robust model of downward causation—indeed, even causation in general—can only be defended within a framework that is both transcendental (contra naturalism) and phenomenological (contra Kant).

     

 

MILES HENTRUP

 

 
Miles Hentrup is a fourth-year PhD student in the Philosophy program at Stony Brook. Miles works primarily on the history of philosophy (especially Kant and German Idealism) and social and political philosophy (especially Critical Theory). He is currently exploring the relationship between late modern philosophy and ancient skepticism.

 

Adam I 

ADAM ISRAEL

 

  Radical political philosophy with an emphasis on the Marxist tradition, Critical Theory, and questions of temporality/nonsynchronism.  Decolonial Philosophy.  Philosophy of Pedagogy, especially popular education.  Comparative Political Philosophy.  Philosophy of History.  History of Left politics, especially the history of European colonialism, the rise of the modern international-state system, and the history of labor unions.  History of Philosophy, especially Aristotle, German Idealism, Nietzsche, and twentieth century French philosophy.  Questions involving the intersection of politics and aesthetics.  Metaphor theory.  Poetics.

 

JANE JONES

  

 
Contemporary French philosophy, continental and feminist ethics, comparative religion, ancient philosophy

 

SCOTT KRAVET

 

 

 

 

Scott Kravet is an 8th year ABD. His research interests span the History of Philosophy, 20th Continental Philosophy (Phenomenology, Existentialism, Post-Structuralism), Ancient Greek Philosophy (focusing on the Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle), Social and Political Philosophy (focusing on Ancient through Modern) and Early Modern Philosophy including British Empiricism. My current project brings together Deleuze's aesthetics in his logic of sensation with Levinas' ethics of alterity in the face-to-face encounter. The project explores how Deleuze reinvents major concepts of British Empiricism and applies them to the concept of the head in his study of the painter Francis Bacon. At the same time, this reinvention of empiricism is applied to Levinas and his work on the face, the sculpture of Sacha Sosno and alterity. A further goal is to explore the possibility of a Levinasian ethics in a Deleuzian aesthetics. Scott is also a 4th year News Fellow in the School of Journalism. He helps to develop curriculum for an international program initiated at Stony Brook University at the Center for News Literacy to teach students to critically engage journalism (i.e. critical thinking, basic logic, applied epistemology) and understand the role of journalism in a society. Scott is also interested in pedagogical issues such as the use of comedy and poetry in the classroom and innovative ways of exploring the ethics of cheating, plagiarism and grade manipulation.

 

 

Michael K 

MICHAEL KRYLUK

 

 

 

BA, MA University of Toronto. Interested primarily in political philosophy, particularly Marx and Marxism. Other interests include Kant, Hegel, and critical theory.

 

 

Chatham L

CHATHAM LOVETTE

 

 

 

Areas of interest: Continental Philosophy

 

 

CHRIS MANNO

 

   

 

Ernesto

ERNESTO BLANES MARTINEZ

 

   
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014-
PhD, Philosophy, University of Paris VIII, 2013-
MA, Philosophy, University of Paris VIII, 2011-2013
JD, University of Puerto Rico School of Law, 2003-2006
BA, Accounting, University of Puerto Rico, RP, 1998-2003
 
Areas of Interest: Modern philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Marx) and Twentieth Century German and French philosophy, phenomenology, Husserl, Heidegger, Fink, critical reception of phenomenology in France during the 50’s and 60’s, political philosophy, Derrida, Tran-Duc-Thao, Foucault, Deleuze & Guattari, Freudian psychoanalysis, Lacan, Ranciere, Balibar, Althusser, Merleau Ponty, Levinas, Ricoeur, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Bergson, Hyppolite, Adorno, Latin American philosophy, Dussel, Quijano, Castro Gomez, feminism.
 
My dissertation will explore the problem of matter in Husserl’s philosophy, drawing on Derrida’s definition of the critical concept of matter as a necessary passage through exteriority. I will analyze four stages in Husserl’s thought where this problem appears, and I will draw analogies from psychoanalysis and the Marxist tradition to characterize these necessary multiple appearances as the symptom of an attempted repression.

 

Wesley M

WESLEY MATTINGLY

 

 

 

 

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2010-
MA, Philosophy, Brandeis University, 2009-2010
BA, Philosophy, Cornell University, 2002-2006

Areas of interest: Philosophy of the environment, phenomenology, Presocratic thought, modern and contemporary German philosophy, art and poetics, work, natality and mortality, technology

My dissertation, entitled Earthwork: The Ecology of Being, explores the ontology of nature and work through a phenomenological investigation of their convergence in art and artisanry. This analysis turns on a comparative study of earthwork art and drystone masonry based on my apprenticeship in this trade as a backcountry trailworker in California's Yosemite National Park. Bringing the words and wisdom of those who work the elements into dialogue primarily with Heidegger (early and late) – but Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, the Presocratics, and Homer as well – this project attempts to rethink nature as earth-world, ecology as the differential dynamic between them, and earthwork as the vocation to conserving that dynamic. On these terms, it proposes an ergonology (a theory of work) accounting for how that which resists the comportmental mastery of the self-directed body might allow for the disportmental fluency of the flesh, an ecstatic mode of embodiment affectively responsive to its elemental implications. In plumbing the depths of these implications, these traces of the correlation between flesh and earth, Earthwork seeks to recover and develop an ecological understanding of being, one that gives full measure to how world-history is inflected through the immemorial past of prehistory, being-in-the-world through being-of-the-earth.

 

 

 

Ali M

ALI MOHSEN

 

 

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011-
MA, Philosophy, Cal State Los Angeles, 2008-2010
BA, Philosophy, Cal State Northridge, 2004-2008

Areas of interest: Classical phenomenology, emotion, humor, Ancient philosophy, Islamic philosophy, bad movies

My dissertation aims to expound on the intentionality of emotion from within the Husserlian tradition.

 

 

Phil N

 PHILLIP J. NELSON

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-
MA, Philosophy, University of Oregon, 2011-2013
BA, English, Penn State Harrisburg, 2008-2011
BA, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Penn State Harrisburg, 2008-2011

Areas of interest: Social/Political, Phenomenology, embodiment, existentialism

I am interested in the Philosophy of War, or at least the ethical situation and responsibility with respect to warfare, especially insofar as it implicates civilians and soldiers.

 

PHILLIP OPSASNICK

 

   

 

Ali P 

ALI PHARAA

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014-
MA, Political Science, New York University, 2012-2013

 

TOMMY RODRIGUES

 

   

 JOSE ROSALES

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013 - 
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011-2013
BA, Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton, 2006-2010

Areas of interest: Postwar French Philosophy (esp. Deleuze, Badiou, Foucault, Macherey, and Althusser), Nietzsche, Spinoza, Bergson, Marx and Marxism, Post/decolonial theory, Critical Legal Studies, Communization theory. 

My current research engages the intersection between metaphysics and politics (and they're necessary connection) in the thought of Deleuze, Spinoza, and Foucault. 

 

 

Jessica S

JESSICA SIMS

 

  Jessica Sims is a fourth-year doctoral student. She has completed an MA in the philosophy program at the University of Oregon. Her current research focuses on how being-in-the-world is conditioned by situations of domestic abuse, a project that involves further developing certain core concepts in Aristotle and Heidegger. In addition to Jessica's research and teaching responsibilities, she is also serving a three-year term as the graduate assistant to the Co-Directors of SPEP.

 

Anna S 

ANNA SITZMANN

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2012 - present
BA, Liberal Arts (Majors in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics & Science, Minors in Comparative Literature and Classical Theory), St. John's College, Annapolis 2007-2011

Areas of Interest: Ancient, Philosophy of Literature, Ethics, History of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Geometry, Pedagogy, Interdisciplinarity

 

Oli S

OLI STEPHANO

 

 

A doctoral candidate in philosophy, Oli Stephano is fascinated by questions of affectivity, temporality, and ethics, especially as they bear down on ecological thinking and queer and feminist thought respectively. His passionate engagement with Spinoza led him to dissertation work on elaborating a Spinozist approach to ecological ethics.  He plans to bring Spinoza into unlikely convergence with Chassidic thought in future explorations of immanence, monism, and multiplicity.

 

Jenny S

JENNY STRANDBERG

 

  I’m a 5th year doctoral student in Philosophy interested in environmental ethics and ancient Greek philosophy. For my dissertation, I read Plato’s dialogues with the end of determining how they contribute constructively to understanding contemporary environmental attitudes and behaviors. I have a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (2012), and in my work I highlight connections between feminist theory and ancient thought to demonstrate how these perspectives are not incommensurate but complementary. 

 

Daniel U

DANIEL UCKO

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011-
PhD, Physics, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 1997-2001
MSci, Physics, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 1993-1997

Areas of interest: Philosophy of science, peer review, objectivity, the scientific method, trust, expertise, scientific communication and communities, anonymity

My dissertation is about the philosophical questions concerning peer review, describing its origins as a project to attain objectivity, and exploring the different practices that have arisen in response to and in service of this project. 

 

Caleb W

CALEB WARD

 

 
PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-
Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, 2013-
BA, Political Science, Swarthmore College, 2003-2007

Areas of interest: Sexual ethics, feminist and queer approaches to ethics, existentialism, risk and necessity, play, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, perspective, philosophy of nature and the organism

 

Patrick W

PATRICK J. WELSH

 

 

Areas of interest: German Idealism, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of literature.

My dissertation examines the role of art in modernity, critically revising some of Hegel's claims in his lectures on fine art with particular reference to the novel. This involves assessing often ambitious claims about the historical achievement of rational self-transparency, the satisfaction of our supposedly highest spiritual aspirations, the social foundations of modern individuality, the threat of false consciousness -- and just what art and literature have to do with any of these decidedly philosophical questions. 

 

 SorenW

SOREN WHITED

 

 

Soren Whited is a 5th year doctoral student working primarily in the areas of modern political philosophy and Critical Theory. Soren’s current work focuses on modern articulations of the concept of freedom, particularly those of Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Marx, as well as the legacy in the 21st century of radical Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment thought more generally.

 

KATHARINE WOLFE

 

 

 

My dissertation work at Stony Brook draws on feminist and phenomenological accounts of the relational nature of selfhood to argue that many vital, human needs are relationally constituted, and that many of these needs arise out of other-oriented investments of care. I hope that my work can draw attention to the implications of relational need, vulnerability, and dependency for both ethical and political life, and to the precious human capacity to care about the welfare of others so deeply that our own welfare can be fundamentally endangered by harms done to those we so care about. My research also explores relational need as a point of complex intertwining between vulnerability and autonomy, here engaging in current conversations in feminist theory surrounding the relational nature of autonomy and concerning vulnerability's positive as well as negative valences. My work has been published in Presencing EPIS, Rethinking Marxism, Contemporary Aesthetics, and elsewhere. A recent piece of my writing can be found at Impact Ethics.

 

Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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