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Juan Pablo Arteaga

J Arteaga

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2020-
JD, Los Andes University Law School, 2010-2014
MA, Philosophy, Los Andes University, 2011-2012
BA, Philosophy, Los Andes University (Bogotá, Colombia) 2006-2009

Areas of interest: Political philosophy, ethics, and French contemporary philosophy.

His master’s degree thesis was published as a book and focus on the ethical dimension of political resistances in Michel Foucault’s thought ( He worked as a lawyer at the Office of the Colombian Attorney General and at the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace.


Martin Benson

M Benson

PhD, Stony Brook University, 2015-
MA, Södertörn University, 2012-2013
BA, Södertörn University, 2004-2007

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

A Bernstein

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015-
BA, Religious Studies, 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.



Ernesto Blanes - Martinez

E Blanes

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.


Marcus Brown

M 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




Guillermo Camacho

G Camacho

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2020-
BA, Philosophy, Northern Arizona University, 2020

Areas of interest: Ancient Greek Philosophy (Esp. Plato and Aristotle), German Idealism (Esp. Kant), and Phenomenology. 


Maggie Castor

R cormier

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
MA, Ethics and Applied Philosophy, UNC-Charlotte, 2017-2019
MLIS, Library and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, 2013-2015
BA, Philosophy, Elon University, 2008-2012

Areas of interest: I am interested in understanding white settler temporalities and how such temporalities contribute to ongoing anti-black and settler colonial violence. I am also interested in generative temporal interventions that have the potential to disrupt and unsettle white settler colonial ways of being and knowing.



Matthew Clemons

M Clemons

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

Areas of Interest: Aristotle, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Religion




Robbie Cormier

R 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. 

Devon Coutts

D Coutts PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University 2018 -
MA, Philosophy,  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2017 - 2018
MA, Popular Culture,  Brock University, 2016 - 2017
MA, Philosophy, Brock University, 2015 - 2016
BA, University of King’s College 2011-2015

Areas of Interest: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, Animal Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Nature, Philosophical Anthropology

Charles Driker-Ohren

C Driker Ohren PhD, Stony Brook University, 2018-
BA, Hampshire College, 2012-2016

Areas of Interest: Marx, Freud and psychoanalysis, economic value, sexual difference, ecology, 20th century French philosophy, Hegel, Plato 

My interests coalesce around questions of value and subjectivity— how both are implicated in and transformational to materialist accounts of reality.

Andrew Dobbyn

Andrew Dobbyn PhD, Stony Brook University, 2014-
MA, Philosophy, University of New Mexico, 2011- 2013
BA, Political Science, American University, 2006-2010

Areas of Interest: 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.  

Gino Elia

PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University,  2020- G Elia
MAT, Secondary Education (Mathematics), Piedmont College, 2016–2017
BS, Philosophy and Physics, Emory University, 2012–2016

Areas of interest: pragmatism (William James and John Dewey), neopragmatism, philosophy of science, scientific epistemology, phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty and Husserl), existentialism



Caleb Faul 

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

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology, Philosophy of Music, Aesthetics, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Existentialism, Continental Philosophy

My primary philosophical interest is in doing philosophy of and with music. More specifically, I want to talk about actual musical experience, as opposed to more abstract conceptions and theories. Accordingly, I am drawn toward phenomenology as a method or style of philosophy, and I want to see how it can resituate and shift our usual understandings of music while providing new and deeper insights into common musical experience. 

Adam Fishman

Adam Fishman PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018-
BA, College of Letters, Wesleyan University, 2005-2009

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology in general and phenomenological psychopathology in particular; (philosophy of) cognitive science; consciousness; intelligence; mood; embodiment; Nietzsche

Before coming to Stony Brook, I spent several years studying, researching, and teaching psychology, focusing particularly on psychopathology and cognition. Accordingly, nearly all of the regions of most intense intellectual interest to me can be located somewhere within the intersection of philosophy and psychology.

Alexander Forsberg 

A forsbergPhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018-
BA, Philosophy, University of New Mexico, Summa Cum Laude, 2015-2016
(Previous undergraduate work at University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology (esp. the early tradition); Hermeneutic Philosophy (esp. Phenomenological Hermeneutics); German Idealism; Intellectual traditions of Japan (esp. those pertaining to Zen Buddhism); Ancient Greek Philosophy (esp. Plato and Neoplatonism); Political Philosophy (esp. 20th Century); Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Religion

I have become particularly interested in excavating the influence of Kantian and Post-Kantian German philosophy on the early Phenomenological tradition, as well as distilling the latter’s influence on subsequent European thought. I am also becoming increasingly convinced of the unique capacity of Phenomenology to sustain particularly fruitful dialogues with non-Western intellectual traditions, dialogues which have already been immensely impactful on my own philosophical formation. With all of this, I hope to discern the potential depths and limitations of phenomenological inquiry and, along the way, to refine (and to undermine) conventional distinctions drawn between political, aesthetic and religious experience.    

Elena Granik

Elena Granik PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-
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




Jake Hook

Jake Hook PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019–
MA, Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, 2017 - 2019
BA, Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012-2014

Areas of interest: Indigenous philosophies of the Americas, Marxism, epistemology, mysticism, environmental philosophy, mental illness and philosophy, non-philosophy 

The common themes that unite my academic work are a) an interest in the creative philosophical practices of people who are not able or otherwise inclined to practice philosophy in an academic setting, and b) philosophy’s outermost limits, in the vein of works by Derrida, Deleuze, and Laruelle.

Adam Israel 

Adam Israel PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011–
BA, Philosophy, Hunter College, 2003 - 2007

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.  

Baxter Jephcott

B Jephcott PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018-
MA (Master 2), Economics, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2015-2016
MA (Master 1 & 2), Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2014-2016
BA, Philosophy, University of Warwick, 2010-2013

Areas of Interest: Political Philosophy and Theology; Legal Philosophy; Hobbes and Spinoza; 20th Century French (Deleuze, Simondon, Badiou) and German Philosophy (Arendt, Schmitt); Gabriel Tarde; Lev Shestov.


Delicia Kamins

Delícia Kamins PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University,  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 PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2013-
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), Stony Brook University, 2013-
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2015
BA, Philosophy, 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.  


Mahdi Malik

M Malik PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2021-
MA, Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London 2018-2020
MSc, Cognitive and Decision Sciences, UCL 2013-2014
BA, Philosophy and Theology, University of Oxford, 2009-2012

Areas of interest: Plato, Spinoza, Kant,  German Idealism, metaphysics, post-analytic philosophy and Nietzsche.



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 MartinezPhD, 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. 

Willow Mindich

E Mindinch PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
MA, Humanities, University of Colorado Denver, 2017-2019
BA, Philosophy, Colorado College, 2012-2016

Areas of Interest: Social Epistemology, Hermeneutics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of History, Memory Studies, Genealogy, Politics and Ontology.

My recent research has explored the epistemic limitations of memory, both autobiographical and social; reconstructive memory and historical revisionism; misinformation and misrepresentation; the social and political consequences of epistemic manipulation in public discourse, especially as they pertain to the imbalanced portrayals of victimhood in public discourse; the qualifications of victimhood in public discourse; ontological hierarchies of victimhood; differential grievability; the epistemic, political, ethical and ontologically restorative capacities of equally-distributed public mourning.  

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: the intersection of metaphysics and epistemology, feminism, postcolonial theory, Aristotle, medieval philosophy


Asad Naqvi

Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-
MA, Philosophy, Boston College, 2009-2013
BA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2004-2009

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.      

Doğa Öner

Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
BA, Philosophy, Vassar College, 2015-2019

Areas of interest: Marx, Hegel, Critical Theory, Marcuse, Philosophy of Race, Feminism, Philosophy of History and Philosophy of Art


Phillip Opsasnick

Photo PhD Philosophy (certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies), Stony Brook University, 2013 –
MA Continental Philosophy (with Distinction), University of Warwick, 2011 – 2012
BA Philosophy and English, University of Richmond, 2007 - 2011

Areas of Interest: Philosophy of Time, Political Philosophy, Queer Theory, Continental Philosophy, Affect Theory, Epistemology, Ethics, Aesthetics.  

My dissertation research concerns contemporary problems in philosophy of time. In particular, I focus on temporal problems of subject constitution and self-knowledge, community and collective resistance, global histories and decolonial politics, and the affective temporalities of health and illness.  

Ali Pharaa

Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014-
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2012-2014
MA, Political Science, New York University, 2012-2013
MS, International Relations Theory, London School of Economics. 2011
BA,  Computer Science, Economics, and International Affairs, 
University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010

Areas of interest: Revolutionary movements and international law. Sufism and Islamic Philosophy (Ibn Arabi, Henry Corbin, Mulla Sadra). Phenomenology of aesthetics, imagination, and emotions (Bergson, Husserl, Collingwood, and Merleau-Ponty...), ontology of beauty (Heidegger, Gadamer, Dietrich von Hildebrand), neuroscience of emotions, logic and computer science, Spinozian ethics, and ethics from an aesthetic perspective (Schiller, Nietzsche, Nancy).


West  Poindexter

Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2020 - 
MA, Philosophy , Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Cum Laude, 2019 – 2020
BA, Philosophy, University of West Georgia, 2014 – 2018
BS, Psychology, University of West Georgia, 2009 - 2010, 2014 – 2018

Areas of Interest: Broadly constructed, my interests are experience and relation. This finds expression in questions of intra/interpersonal relations with a general focus on the relation between the individual and the community, the self and the other(s). 

Emila Russo

Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019 - 
MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2010-2012
BA, Philosophy, St. John's University, 2005-2010

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology (Husserl, Scheler, and Merleau-Ponty), Foucault, Nietzsche, Ancient Philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, Epicureanism), historicity and affect, queer theory, virtue ethics

The question that brought me to philosophy was: “How have we come to be who we are?” I am interested in phenomenology, critical theory, and ethical theories as attempts at answering this question which vary in the emphasis they place on affective and cognitive drives, history, and freedom. Fundamentally, I think they all concern the same subject and have much to learn from their respective methods and findings. I hope to work at the intersection of these modes of philosophizing, to discover novel ways of synthesizing them. 

Mohsen Saber

M Saber PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2019-
PhD, Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2018-2019
MA, Philosophy, University of Tehran, 2013-2016
B.Sc, Civil Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2008-2013

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology, metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism, Husserl, Kant, Avicenna.


James Sares

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

Areas of interest: transcendental phenomenology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of time, sexual difference; Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Husserl.


Damion Scott

Photo PhD, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook, 2016-
MA, African-American Studies, Columbia University, 2016-2018
MA, Philosophy, University of London, Birkbeck College, 1999-2001
BA, Philosophy, New York University, 1993-1998

Areas of Interest:  History of Modern Philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Africana Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy, Pragmatism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Martin Delany, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche   

Jonathan Sinnreich

Photo PhD., Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2017-
J.D., University of Virginia, 1974
B.A., Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, 1968

Practicing Attorney: 1974 – 2016

Areas of interest:  Plato; materialism (Epicureanism); meta-ethics, 19 th century American Philosophy; and the intersection of philosophy and literature.

My dissertation asserts that Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” (1855) should be read as a deliberate work of exclusively American ontological, ethical and political philosophy, rejecting Emerson’s idealism, and adopting instead a radical materialism and egalitarianism  highly influenced by Epicurean philosophy, particularly Lucretius’ didactic Epicurean poem, De Rerum Natura, and the Epicurean novel written by the early American radical feminist and abolitionist, Fanny Wright, entitled Three Days in Athens (1819).

"Men and women and the earth and all upon it are simply to be taken as they are …. for the eternal tendencies of all towards happiness make the only point of sane philosophy.”  Walt Whitman, Preface to 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass  

Anna Sitzmann

Anna Sitzmann PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2012 -
BA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Annapolis, 2007-201 1

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



Stephanie Struble

struble PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018 -
MA, Philosophy and Aesthetics, Stony Brook University, 2015-2018
BA, Philosophy (Minor: Literature), Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, 2008-2012

Areas of Interest:  History of Philosophy: Hegel, Marx, Psychoanalysis, Frankfurt School, Hans Jonas; Aesthetics, Japanese Philosophy (esp. the Kyoto School), Phenomenology, relational ontology, moral emotion, CARE and responsibility, environmental philosophy, and animals.

The problems that interest me as a philosopher primarily focus on the Other: who the other is,
how we relate to them, and what that entails.


James Wheeler

Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2018-
MA, Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, 2014-2017
BA, Philosophy, University of New Mexico, 2009-2013

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology, embodiment, nature and ecology, philosophy of biology, animals, philosophy of disability, philosophy of technology, materialism.  


Soren Whited 

S Whited Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2011-
MA, Art History Theory,  School of Art Inst Chicago, 2003-2006
BA, Painting, Maryland Inst College Art, 1998-2003

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. 


Hojung You 

H You Photo PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2021-
MA, Philosophy , Yonsei University , 2018-2021
BA, Comparative Literature and Culture, Yonsei University , 2014-2018

Areas of Interest: Kant, 19th and 20th Century German Philosophy, History of Philosophy (esp. Modern Philosophy), History of Political and Economic Thought