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



  PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011-
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University 2009-2010
BA, Philosophy and French, DePaul University, 2004–2008

Areas of interest: 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. 




Abdullah B


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



  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 



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




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












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



PhD, Philosophy (Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies), Stony Brook University, 2011-
MPhil, Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Magna Cum Laude, 2010-2011
MA, Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Magna Cum Laude, 2009-2010
BA, Philosophy, McGill University, First Class Honours, 2004-2008

Areas of interest: Ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist ethics, critical race theory, critical theory, applied ethics, decolonial theory

My research focuses on questions of collective responsibility--specifically how we should define responsibility for structural wrongs. My dissertation addresses the problem of structural forms of ignorance (like white ignorance) that are inadvertently reproduced when they are motivated by moral absolution. I am interested in exploring alternative models of responsibility that are not motivated by guilt, blame, and absolution and their relationship to collective knowledge habits. Other current projects focus on prisons and the problem of reform, gender, and immanent critique.




Erik B




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



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





Continental ethics, feminism, aesthetics, queer theory, Irigaray


Matthew C



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, Literature & Poetry



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: History and philosophy of science; philosophical production and dissemination; continental and analytic philosophy; Laruelle and non-philosophy; style and formalism; structural and systemic thought; redundancy and other technical concepts.
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.



Audrey Ellis



PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, Currently ABD
MA, Philosophy and Art, Stony Brook  University, 2007–2009
BA, Dance, Philosophy, Women's Studies, Goucher College, 2002–2006

Areas of interest: Aesthetics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminism, Geography, Bio-Ethics, Phenomenology and Dance

My philosophical interests intertwine with my professional dance work as a director, choreographer and performer in New York City.




PhD, Stony Brook University, 2017-
BA University of Oregon, 2010-2014

Fields of interest: feminism and care ethics in particular, ethics generally, Marxism and critical theory, decoloniality, phenomenology

My interests tend to locate around theories of oppression and potentialities for liberation. Questions that seem particularly promising to me on that front include those of indigeneity and of belonging to a people or place; questions of natality and, conversely, motherhood; questions of food economics and food justice; questions of difference; and questions of history. When I'm not doing philosophy I'm gardening, working toward doula certification, cooking, making my own clothes, hiking, or dancing and singing into my hairbrush.





PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-
BA, Philosophy, University of North Dakota, Summa Cum Laude, 2012-2017
BA, Music, University of North Dakota, Summa Cum Laude, 2012-2017

Areas of Interest: Philosophy of Music, Aesthetics, 19th Century German Philosophy, Nietzsche, Continental Philosophy, The History of Philosophy

My primary interest is in the functions and workings of music, especially within the Western classical tradition. In addition to questions of music itself, I am also fascinated by questions of music’s relationship to ethics, politics, etc. Beyond music, my philosophical interests are many and in an ongoing process of development.



Chris F 



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 (especially his moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of history), Early Modern Philosophy, and Hellenistic Philosophy (especially Augustine).

My current research focuses upon the intersection of Kant's moral philosophy and his philosophy of religion, especially upon the tension between the principle of autonomy and Kant's insistence that rational religion requires all duties to be understood as divine commands. Further, I am interested in exploring how Kant both incorporates and distinguishes himself from his philosophical predecessors on these issues, especially Christian August Crusius, Martin Luther, and Augustine of Hippo. 



Elena G




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).



 Ethan H



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 



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).




PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-
MA, Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, with honours, 2015-2017
BA, Philosophy, Universität Wien, with honours, 2011-2015

Areas of interest: Phenomenology (of nature and space), Hermeneutics, Ancient Philosophy, Walter Benjamin, inconspicuousness, atmospheres, weather

My interest lies in applying the phenomenological method(s) to phenomena which escape immediate perception or in which perception always already takes place. As a first attempt, I applied Edmund Husserl’s theory of thing-perception, Martin Heidegger’s concept of region and attunement, and Günter Figal’s theory of the inconspicuous/inapparent to weather phenomena for my Master’s thesis.



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.

Delicia K


PhD, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook 2016-  
M.A., Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2013-2016
M.A., Broadcast and Electronic Communications, San Francisco State University, 1997-1999
B.A., French; International Relations, University of California, Davis, 1987-1992

Areas of interest: German Idealism, Phenomenology and Existentialism – particularly Hegel and Heidegger; Sociality, Metaphysics, Ontology, Epistemology, and Kant; Pluralism and Monism, Consciousness and the Mind-body Problem; and, Bioethics. 




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




PhD Philosophy (certificate in Women and Gender Studies), 2013 - 
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015
BA, Philosophy (Minors: Religious Studies, Political Science), Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Summa Cum Laude, 2009-2012

Areas of Interest: 19th-20th C. French philosophy and feminisms, psychoanalysis, social/political, aesthetics

My research explores alternative methodologies and strategies for continuing the practice of philosophy in the wake of certain demands posed by intersectional, non-clinical, difference-affirming histories of thought. In particular, I am concerned with how we might re-think madness, dreaming and poetry (as well as their interrelation) as viable and necessary philosophical processes.  










PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2016-
MA (or Maîtrise), French Literature, Université de Paris VIII, 2006
BA, Philosophy, Università di Roma La Sapienza, 2005
Areas of interest: Philosophy and Literature, Aesthetics, Poetics, French Theory, Derrida, Cavell, Deleuze, Arendt, Benjamin.






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.



PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University 2017-
MA, Philosophy, Boston College, 2015-2017
BA, Philosophy, Marquette University, 2011-201
Areas of interest: 19th and 20th century German Philosophy, Neo-Kantianism, Phenomenology (esp. Husserl), Heidegger, Philosophy of Science, Kierkegaard, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of History, History of Philosophy.



  PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2016-
MA, Political Theory, Goethe University Frankfurt & TU Darmstadt, 2013-2016
BA, Politics and International Studies, University of Exeter, 2010-2013

Areas of interest: feminism, queer theory & politics, critical theory, decolonial theory


Ali M





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.






PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-
MA, Philosophy, Boston College,
BA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University

Areas of interest: Intersections of ontology and epistemology, aesthetics, phenomenology, philosophy of the emotions, philosophy of nature, science, biology, and physics. History of philosophy, pragmatism, feminism, deconstruction, and genealogy. Questions regarding perception, style, expression, technology, race, power, animality, geography, and the idea of place. Education theory and youth development organizations. Painting, poetry, and sculpture.





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.









Ali P 



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



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 their necessary connection) in the thought of Deleuze, Spinoza, and Foucault. 





PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2016-
MPhil, Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2016
MA, Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2015
AB, Anthropology, Harvard University, 2012

Areas of interest: metaphysics, German Idealism, evil and theodicy, time and eternity, Neoplatonism, gnosticism, utopia beyond materialism; Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Adorno





PhD/MA, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook, 2016- 
MA, African-American Studies, Columbia University, 2015-2016 (expected)
MA, Philosophy, University of London, Birkbeck College, 1999-2001 
BA, Philosophy, New York University, 1993-1998

Primary Areas of Interest:  Comparative History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, Martin Delany

Pragmatism, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Africana Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy, Logical Empiricism and Ordinary Language, Phenomenology and Existentialism, Post-Structuralism, Rationality, Objectivity, Afrofuturism, Black Futurism, Transhumanism, Philosophy of Disability, Philosophy and Science Fiction, Personal Difference, Conceptions of Violence, Conceptions of Everydayness and of Common Sense, the Ontology of electronic music and the Ontology of film, Positivism and Neo-Positivism, Nihilism and theories of nothingness, Naturalism, Continental Naturalism, Realism, Internal Realism, Scientific Realism, Irrealism, Speculative Realism



Jessica S



PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook, 2011-
MA, Philosophy, University of Oregon, 2006-2009
BA, Political Science, University of Oregon 1998-2002

Areas of Interest: Ancient philosophy, political philosophy, existentialism

My dissertation examines 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. The American Association of Women (AAUW) has awarded me an American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 school year to complete this research.




PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook, 2017-
JD, University of Virginia, 1974
BA, Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, 1968

Having just returned to the Academy after 45 years of practicing law, I have not yet settled on an area of concentration for future research and (hopefully) a dissertation.  What has most surprised me since my return is the tremendous breadth and quality of the philosophy written in the last 75 years, and I have a lot of catching up to do.



Anna S 



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




PhD, Philosophy with a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, Stony Brook, expected November 2016
MA, Philosophy, The New School, 2011
AB, Philosophy with a correlate in Women's Studies, Vassar College, 2007

Areas of interest: environmental philosophy, ethics, queer and feminist theory, Spinoza, Chassidus 

My dissertation develops an immanent ethics, drawn from Spinoza, to address ecological harm. I argue that human flourishing requires sustaining relations with the more-than-human world, so that our striving to endure enhances rather than imperils the ecological communities and systems within which we live.




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



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



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






PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2008-
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2008-2010
BA, Philosophy and English, Joint Honours, 2003-2006

Areas of interest: Hegel and German Idealism, the philosophy of art and literature, social and political philosophy, feminism, literary modernism

My dissertation examines the role of art in modernity by critically revising portions of Hegel's philosophical account. Particular attention is given to the novel. This involves assessing his 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.



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