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Recent Graduates and Placement Record

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(TT) = tenure track
(T) = tenure


Name Dissertation Title (Supervisor) Placement


Jorge Zamora Fabra Normative Political Communities: Foundations for a Hartian Theory of State and Non-State Law (Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa) Title: Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Ann Heester How Legal Theory Could Save the Life of Healthcare Ethics (Dr. Elisabeth Gedge) Director of Bioethics, University Health Network;
Chair, UHN Rehabilitation Science and Medicine Research Ethics Board
Chandra Kavanagh Living Disability: Ways Forward from Decontextual Models of Disability (Dr. Elisabeth Gedge) Ethics Officer, Health Research Ethics Authority, St. John’s Newfoundland
Lucy Langston Reproducing Pregnancy: Risk and Responsibility in Research During Pregnancy
(Dr. Elisabeth Gedge)
Senior Analyst, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
Kirk Lougheed Disagreement and Change of View (Dr. Nick Griffin) SSHRC Post Doctorate Fellow, University of Johannesburg
Bradley Shubert Pragmatics and Semantics of Free Choice Disjunction (Dr. David Hitchcock) Sessional Instructor, McMaster University


Antonio Dos Santos Psychopaths and Moral Responsibility (Dr. Elisabeth Gedge) Lecturer, Potsdam, State University of New York
Rich Neels Opposites and Explanations in Heraclitus (Dr. Mark Johnstone) Assistant Professor (CLA), Philosophy, Trent University


Jeffrey D’Souza Aristotelian Virtue Ethics and the Self-Absorption Objection (Dr. Mark Johnstone) Research Associate, Institute on Ethics and Policy for Innovation, McMaster.
Previously Research Associate at the Ontario Centre for Workplace Innovation, and Research Ethics Coordinator at Ryerson University
Maxim Leonov Emergency Governance in Liberal Democracies (Dr. Wilfrid Waluchow)

Formerly Sessional Instructor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University


Michael Hemmingsen Constructing a Global Account of Reason: Discourse, Moral Engagement and Ecological Truth
(Dr. Violetta Igneski)
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, University of Guam
Katharina Stevens (von Radziewsky) Reasoning by Precendent (Dr. Wil Waluchow) Assistant Professor, Philosophy, University of Lethbridge
Formerly, Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU School of Law
Margaret O`Brien Charter Review and a Community’s Morality (Dr. Wil Waluchow)

Lecturer in Legal Theory, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh.
Formerly Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


Jennifer Primmer A Somatic-Perceptual Theory of the Emotions
(Dr. Mark Johnstone)
Professional Counsellor, Involution Inc., Calgary
James Sikkema Virtual Mereology: Power, Affection, and Relation in Spinoza’s Ethics
(Dr. Richard T. W. Arthur)
Assistant Professor, CLA, McMaster University
Forrest Adam Sopuck Reid and Perceptual Acquaintance (Dr. Brigitte Sassen) Formerly Lecturer at Brandon University, Manitoba
Yussif Yakubu Moral Philosophy and the Darwinian Problem of Social Evolution (Dr. Richard T. W. Arthur) Sessional instructor (Logic and Critical thinking) University of Guelph and also Sessional Instructor (Critical thinking) at Trent University
Joanna Zaslow The Feminist Female Slave: Female Submission, Relational Autonomy, and Belonging
(Dr. Elisabeth Gedge)
Research Author for the Canadian Medical Protective Association, Ottawa.
Formerly Education Writer For The Royal College Of Physicians And Surgeons (Ottawa)


Michael Bennett Deleuze and Ancient Greek Philosophies of Nature (Dr. Barry Allen) Assistant Professor, CLA, Contemporary Studies and History of Science and Technology, University of King’s College
Geoffrey Callaghan Political Dissent (Dr. Wil Waluchow) Sessional Instructor,  McMaster University. SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University
Charlene Elsby Truth and Non-Existence in Aristotle (Dr. Mark Johnstone) Assistant Professor, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) (TT)
Ben Hamby The Virtues of Critical Thinkers (Dr. David Hitchcock) Part-time Instructor, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. Formerly, Full-Time Lecturer at Coastal Carolina University
Jessica Murphy Human Agency in Law and Jurisprudence (Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa)


Jordan Burks An Ecological Conception of Human Nature (Dr. Mark Vorobej)
Karl Laderoute Between Modern and Postmodern: Nietzsche on Truth and Knowledge (Dr. Barry Allen) Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge
Josh Zaslow Epistemology or Politics? Deweyan Inquiry and the Epistemic Defence of Democracy (Dr. Barry Allen) Web Developer
Haixia Zhong Diagonalization and Logical Paradoxes (Dr. Richard Arthur) Manager, Software Development, StorageVault, Canada.

Formerly working for a Market Research company, Toronto


Patrick Bondy A Philosophical Examination of the Instrumental Conception of the Epistemic Rationality of Human Doxastic States (Dr. David Hitchcock) Assistant Professor (TT), Wichita State University. Formerly Assistant Professor, Sessional, Trent University and SSHRC Postdoc at the Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University
Matthew Grellette Positivism Beyond the Hartian Pale (Dr. Wilfrid Waluchow) Research Associate, Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation, McMaster University. Formerly Assistant Professor, CLA, McMaster University
Heather Kuiper Understanding Fundamental Secondary Rules and the Inclusive/Exclusive Legal Positivism Debate (Dr. Wilfrid Waluchow) Sessional Lecturer, Rowan University, (Dept. of Philosophy & Religion Studies) New Jersey
Professional Roller Derby Player, Philadelphia
Qilin Li Epistemic Contextualism and Its Problems: A Philosophical Critique (Dr. Nicholas Griffin) Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Peking University (TT)
John-Otto Phillips Administrative Review, Deference, and Authority (Dr. Wilfrid Waluchow) Lawyer: Associate at Waddell-Phillips, Toronto
Adam Riggio An Ecological Philosophy of Self and World: What Ecocentric Morality Demands of the Universe (Dr. Barry Allen) Dean of Business Administration at Royal Crown College of Business and Technology, Toronto and Policy Analyst and lead member of the research team at the Canadian think tank Ghubril Ltd. He is also the Digital Editor for the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.
Fábio P. Shecaira Legal Scholarship as a Source of Law (Dr. Wil Waluchow) Instructor (TT), Faculty of Law, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


Michael Bruder The Time of Our Lives: Aristotle on Time, Temporal Perception, Recollection, and Habituation (Dr. Spiro Panagiotou & Dr. Mark Johnstone) Sessional Instructor at Trent University and
C.E.O. of Aristos Education Services Inc.
Jolen Galaugher Russell’s Philosophical Approach to Logical Analysis (Dr. Nicholas Griffin) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Iowa


Duncan Maclean The Metaphysics of Probabilistic Laws of Nature
(Dr. Brian Garrett)
Mount Royal University
Jeremy Proulx The Provocations of Nihilism: Practical Philosophy and Aesthetics in Jacobi, Kant, and Schelling (Dr. Brigitte Sassen) Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University


David Campbell Democracy After the Charter (Dr. Wil Waluchow) Ethicist, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston.
Formerly: Ethicist at South East Community Care Access Centre, Bancroft, Ontario
Sheldon Hanlon Levinas, Singularity, and The Restless Subject
(Dr. Diane Enns)
David Rondel Equality as Democracy: Reconstructing Liberal Egalitarianism (Dr. Barry Allen) Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada at Reno (TT)


Claudia Emerson Private Interests in the Public Domain:Privacy and Confidentiality in Observational Health Research (Dr. Elisabeth Gedge) Associate Professor, McMaster University and Director, Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation
Gülberk Koç Bertrand Russell’s Bundle Theory of Particulars (Dr. Nicholas Griffin) Assistant Professor, Mount Royal University
Rashmika Pandya From Narcissism to Schizophrenia: The Subject and Method in Jean-Luc Marion, Emmanuel Levinas and Edmund Husserl
(Dr. Brigitte Sassen)
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, American University in Cairo (TT)


Mark Capustin Framing Political Deliberation in Circumstances of Disagreement
(Dr. Wil Waluchow)
Sessional Instructor,  University of Saskachewan
Christopher Maddocks Law as Language Game:A Reply to Professor Waldron (Dr. Wil Waluchow) Professor, School of Academic and Liberal Studies, Niagara College


Colin Koopman Requiem for the Politics of Certainty:Pragmatism, Democracy, and Hope (Dr. Barry Allen) Associate Professor, University of Oregon (TT)
Stefan Rodde The Role of Dialectics in Aristotle’s Conception of Science
(Dr. David Hitchcock)
Assistant Lecturer (TT), York University. Formerly, Assistant Professor (CLA), McMaster University


Michael Giudice Contingent Relations and Philosophy of Law
(Dr. Wil Waluchow)
Associate Professor of Philosophy, York University
Elizabeth Skakoon Artifactual Ecology (Dr. Barry Allen) Foreign Professor in Language Education Center, Cheongju University, Korea


Brian Burge-Hendrix Epistemic Uncertainty and Legal Theory (Dr. Wil Waluchow) Professor and Faculty Tutor in Humanities, Quest University (TT)
David Godden Psychologism, Semantics, and the Subject Matter of Logic (Dr. Nicholas Griffin) Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University (TT)


Jonathan Breslin A Care-Based Model of the Physician-Patient Relationship
(Dr. Elisabeth Gedge)
Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Karl Darcy Otto The Likeness Regress: Plato’s Parmenides 132c12-133a7
(Dr. David L. Hitchcock)
Arts and Humanities Tutor (Philosophy and Classics); Mathematics Tutor (Logic and Computer Science) (full-time, 5-year renewable appointment), Quest University, Squamish, BC




Daren Jonescu Human Thinking and the Active Intellect in Aristotle (Dr. Spiro Panagiotou) Instructor of English Language and Philosophy, Changwon National University, South Korea
Joe Murray Liberal Cultural Coercion (Dr. Evan Simpson) Principal and Lead Consultant, Joseph Murray & Associates (JMA) Consulting
Jason Robert Taking Development Seriously: Toward a Genuinely Synthetic Biology (Dr. Barry Allen) Lincoln Chair in Ethics, Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences, and Director of Arizona State University Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
James Steeves Imagining Bodies with Merleau-Ponty (Dr. Jeff Mitscherling) Intermediate Communications Teacher,
Peel District School Board
* Note: there were no graduates in these years.