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Alyssa Adamsom

Alyssa Adamson

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.

 

Hannah Bacon

Hannah Bacon

 

Hannah Bacon 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 Basaran

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), phenomenology, deconstruction, negative theology, medieval and contemporary Islamic thought, postmodern theories and postmodern literature (esp. Calvino and OuLiPo), carnal hermeneutics, the role of the reader, the body and the text, circular thinking.

My  dissertation deals with the question of our bodily engagement with the text in the act of reading and understanding (a question that falls under the field of carnal hermeneutics). I have  contributed to several journals and magazines with critical essays focusing philosophical hermeneutics, phenomenology, postmodern philosophy, and literary theory.

My  works recently published are 2017: Kedilerin Dili  (The Language of Cats), a translation from the postmodern short-story writer Spencer Holst; “Istifham (Thinking/Questioning): What Is Authentic Literature” in Cogito Journal, vol. 89. 2018: Postmodern: Felsefe, Edebiyat, Nekahet (The Postmodern: Philosophy, Literature, Convalescence), my  first book on postmodern philosophy and literature.

 

Edoardo Bellando

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 Benson

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 Bernstein

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.

 

Adam Blair

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), Aesthetics, Philosophy of Education & Pedagogy, jazz and other music, feminism & post-colonial thought, film

I am interested in how our body perceives the world and always already finds meaning there. I am currently working on my dissertation, tracing out the attentive mode common to both creativity and to learning. I am interested in the reciprocity between a person and their world, using Merleau-Ponty's claims of embodiment and the "flesh" to understand how we can cultivate what it means to see differently, hear differently, and learn something new. In short, I am using phenomenology to understand concretely what it means for a body to expand its horizons, especially within the classroom and the sphere of art. While I'm not philosophizing, I make movies, take pictures, play piano, and write fiction.

 

Ernesto Blanes-Martinez

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.

 

Erik Bormanis

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 Brown

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

Jennifer Carter

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, anticipated 2018

MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University

BA, Philosophy, Mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Area of Interest: Continental philosophy, philosophy of touch, phenomenology, feminist philosophy, Irigaray

Dissertation: Touch and Caress in the Work of Luce Irigaray

 

Matthew Clemons

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, Literature & Poetry, Levinas, Heidegger, phenomenology, ancient philosophy, environmental philosophy, materiality, joy.

 

Brendan T. Conuel

Brendan T. Conuel

Brendan T. Conuel trained as an astrophysicist, and he is interested in philosophy of science, the hard problem of consciousness, Nietzsche.

Robbie Cormier

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: 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 Dobbyn

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

Audrey Lane Ellis

Audrey Lane 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.

 

Katelyn Ellison

Katelyn Ellison

 

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.

 

Caleb Faul

Caleb Faul

 

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, Nietzsche, Deleuze, Existentialism, Continental Philosophy, The History of Philosophy, 19 th Century German 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.

 

Christopher Fremaux

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 (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 Granik

Elena Granik

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-present

MA, Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2010-2013

BA, Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2008

I am a doctoral candidate specializing in ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato), moral psychology, and virtue ethics. My dissertation focuses on the relationship between thumos and nous in Plato's psychology. 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: Moral Reasoning, Introduction to Critical Reasoning, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy and Religion.

 

Ethan Hallerman

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 Headstream

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).

 

Maximilian  Hepach

Maximilian  Hepach

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-

MA, Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, with honors, 2015-2017

BA, Philosophy, Universität Wien, with honors, 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 Israel

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.

 

Delícia Kamins

Delícia Kamins

 

PhD, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook 2016-  

MA, Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2013-2016

MA, Broadcast and Electronic Communications, San Francisco State University, 1997-1999

BA, French; International Relations, University of California, Davis, 1987-1992

Areas of interest: German Idealism, Phenomenology and Existentialism – particularly Hegel and Heidegger; Metaphysics, Ontology and Epistemology;  Consciousness and the Mind-body Problem;  Bioethics and Physics/Quantum Mechanics.

My research focuses on the relation between motion and epistemic possibilities, particularly as viewed from Aristotle's and Hegel's philosophic systems, as well as explanations offered by quantum mechanics.

 

Michael Kryluk

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 Lovette

Chatham Lovette

 

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.  

 

Giada Mangiameli

Giada Mangiameli

 

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.

 

Horacio Martinez

Horacio Martinez

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-

MA, Philosophy, Boston College, 2015-2017

BA, Philosophy, Marquette University, 2011-2015

Area 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. Hegel.

Currently interested in the transcendental constitution of all human experience.

 

Anna Moentmann

Anna Moentmann

 

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 Mohsen

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.

Asad Naqvi

Asad Naqvi

 

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.

    

Phillip Nelson

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.

 

Ali Pharaa

Ali Pharaa

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014-

MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2012-2014

MA, Political Science, New York University, 2012-2013
& International Relations (focus international law) London School of Economics.

BA, Economics, Computer Science, and International Affairs, University of Toronto and University of Colorado at Boulder.

Areas of interest: Phenomenology of aesthetics, imagination, and emotions (Bergson, Husserl, Collingwood, and Merleau-Ponty...), Sufism and Islamic mysticism (Ibn Arabi, Henry Corbin, Meister Eckhart), ontology of beauty (Heidegger and Dietrich von Hildebrand), neuroscience of emotions (focused on the amygdala), and ethics from an aesthetic perspective (Nietzsche and Nancy). I also enjoy designing websites, computer programming, and teaching mathematics (number theory, calculus, trig, and geometry).  

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

 

James Sares

James Sares

 

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

 

Damion Scott

Damion Scott

 

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

 

Jonathan Sinnreich

Jonathan Sinnreich

 

PhD., Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-

J.D., University of Virginia, 1974

B.A., 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 Sitzmann

Anna Sitzmann

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2012 -

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

Jenny Strandberg Jenny Strandberg

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University

MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University

BS, Physics, Math, Journalism, Uppsala Universitet and Göteborg Universitet, Sweden

Area of Interest: Ancient philosophy, Plato, environmental ethics, feminist philosophy.

Dissertation: Toward a Platonic Ecology

 

Daniel Ucko

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 Ward

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 J. Welsh

Patrick J. Welsh

 

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2008-

MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2008-2010

BA, Philosophy and English, Joint Honors, 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 

Soren Whited

 

Soren Whited is 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.

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