PhD Students

Alyssa A

Alyssa Adamson is a third year doctoral student interested in social and political theory (more specifically socialist/marxist feminism), Hegel, queer theory, and the intersection of aesthetics and politics. In her spare time she is a jazz bassist and the president of the Graduate Queer Alliance.  



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



  Ethics, aesthetics, philosophy and literature, feminist philosophy


Hannah B



  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. 


Aaron B



  I am a first-year student currently interested in questions of identity, social justice, and the self-other relationship. Jean-Luc Nancy, Levinas, Derrida, and Nietzsche all had profound impacts on me as an undergraduate. I am particularly interested in the thought of community after nihilism.









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 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



  I am a first year doctoral student interested primarily in how to understand our individual freedom as it relates to our naturally, socially, and historically predetermined situation. In this question, I have been particularly guided by Spinoza, Hegel, existentialism, and phenomenology, but also maintain a strong interest in ancient philosophy, aesthetics, and political philosophy. 




  I am a second-year doctoral student, and my areas of interest include Western Marxism (esp. the Frankfurt School), existential phenomenology, and Africana philosophy. Although I have a long, uncertain road ahead of me, I hope to incorporate both my comparative studies of Adorno and Heidegger, and the critiques of late Western modernity enunciated by Enrique Dussel and Lewis Gordon, into my dissertation research.




Continental ethics, feminism, aesthetics, queer theory, Irigaray


Matthew C



I am a first year doctoral student primarily interested in the history of and interplay between Ancient Greek Philosophy and 19th/20th century German Philosophy (Nietzsche, Heidegger).




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


Brendan C



  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 



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 




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




Metaphysics, epistemology, Greek philosophy, Heidegger


Audrey E




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' 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 




Chris Fremaux is a second year doctoral student studying Kant, particularly the intersection of Kant's moral, political, and religious thought. He also has a wide range of interests in the history of philosophy, including Early Modern, Medieval, and Late Antiquity thought. 


Lori G



  Lori Gallegos is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Stony Brook, where she has also completed a Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her dissertation work explores the role of empathy in how we acquire ethical knowledge and examines some of the challenges that stigmatizing social attitudes, generated from within a context of social inequality, pose for sentiment-based ethical theories. Her dissertation draws from contemporary ethical theory, feminist ethics of care, moral and cognitive psychology, phenomenology and emotion, virtue epistemology, and race theory. In addition to her dissertation work, Lori works on Latin American philosophy, decolonial theory, environmental philosophy, and immigration. 


Elena G




Elena Granik is a third year student in the philosophy doctoral program studying ancient Greek philosophy, moral psychology, and virtue ethics. She is also engaged in classical Chinese and medieval Islamic philosophy's discourses on concepts of personhood, ethical cultivation, and nous.






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







My primary research interests are in Husserlian phenomenology and philosophy of mind. I also have strong secondary interests in philosophy of science, metaphysics, and Heidegger. Currently I am investigating points of contact and mutual enrichment between phenomenology and analytic philosophy of mind, in particular emergentist models of consciousness. My hope is that phenomenological resources can help resolve some of the lingering problems of emergentism and provide a better model for downward causation. In addition, I believe such a project would be fruitful for the philosophy of science in general and provide grounds for situating metaphysics vis-a-vis the natural sciences. 




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 



  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.




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





  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 



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


Chatham L



  My main interests involve looking at the connection between subjectivity and (inter/intra-subjective) intimacy by drawing from the resources found in feminist theory, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis. I am particularly influenced by the work of Luce Irigaray and (the later) Gaston Bachelard.











Wesley M






Wesley Mattingly is a Ph.D. candidate whose research is primarily situated at the intersection of environmental philosophy and phenomenology. Additional areas of interest include: 20th-century continental philosophy more broadly, German Idealism, and Presocratic philosophy; with thematic emphases on art, work, place, technology, birth, and death. Wesley's dissertation explores the ontology of work and nature through a phenomenological analysis of their convergence in art and artisanry. This analysis turns on a comparative study of earthwork art and drystone masonry based on his apprenticeship in this trade while employed as a backcountry trailworker in Yosemite National Park. Bringing the words and wisdom of those who work it into dialogue with the thought of Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, and Merleau-Ponty, 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, the project advances an ecstatic ecology: an inquiry into how world-history is inflected through the immemorial past of prehistory, being-in-the-world through being-of-the-earth.



Ali M




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

Areas of interest: Husserl, phenomenology of emotion, humor, Aristotle, Islamic philosophy, bad movies

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


Phil N



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.
















  I am a third year doctoral student whose main research interests include Contemporary French Philosophy and its influences (Deleuze, Badiou), Spinoza, Marx and Marxism, and Accelerationism. 


Jessica S



  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.




  As an alumna of St. John's College in Annapolis. Anna is interested in reading good books and having great conversations about them. 


Oli S




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



  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




Before entering philosophy, my first foray into academia was in physics, where I was a researcher, and later became a scientific editor. My philosophical interest is in philosophy of science with an emphasis on the problem of academic peer review. The themes explored in my project include anonymity, objectivity, epistemology, trust, expertise, expert cultures, and knowledge production.  


Caleb W



  Caleb is a third-year PhD student. He seeks philosophy that can take seriously the experiences of a traveler in a foreign land. He's thinking about desire, necessity, risk, play, reason, and the phenomenon of perspective. How can these things teach us to live together more courageously? He's also pursuing the Women's and Gender Studies certificate.


Patrick W



  Areas of interest include 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. 






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.






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.


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