Harvard Shield

Department of Philosophy

Harvard University

    Harvard.edu | FAS | GSAS | HCL
Home | News & Events | Links | Site Map | Contact


Graduate Students

To contact, please add ".harvard.edu" after "@fas" or "@post"
Rachel Achs rachelachs@fas
Rachel Achs Research Interests:
Diana Acosta Navas dacostanavas@fas
Theodore Alexander talexand@fas
Ahson Azmat aazmat@fas
Ahson Azmat Research Interests: Metaethics, Mind, Law
Ahson received his A.B. from Princeton University. For a long time afterward he hoped to become a shepherd in New Zealand, but could never get his foot out the door. Now he ponders the Myth of the Given. He enjoys figs and labradors (though not for the same reasons), playing basketball, watching football, and going on long road trips with good friends, or at least good music. In his spare time he tries to do some philosophy, usually at the intersection of ethics, jurisprudence, and the philosophy of mind.
Olivia Bailey obailey@fas
Olivia Bailey Research Interests: Ethics, Epistemology, Aesthetics
Olivia received her BA from Middlebury College (2007) and her B.Phil from Oxford (2009). She's interested in the ties between virtue and knowledge, and between ethics and aesthetics.  She is only mildly ashamed of her passion for mystery novels of dubious literary merit.
Sharon Berry seberry@fas
  Research Interests: Philosophy of Mathematics, Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language
Sharon Berry double majored in philosophy and mathematics at Columbia. She's interested in philosophy of mathematics and logic, the epistemology of the a priori, and related issues in philosophy of language (e.g. analyticity and indeterminacy arguments). Her thesis proposes a naturalistic solution to the access problem. For fun, she collects Nabokov trivia, writes incredibly boring computer games, dabbles in recursion theory, and gets into arguments in areas of philosophy where she doesn't know the literature
Ewa Bigaj ebigaj@fas
Ewa Bigaj Research Interests: Logic; Philosophy of Mathematics
I received my undergraduate MMathPhil degree in mathematics and philosophy from Oxford (2013). I'm especially interested in logic and the philosophy of mathematics. Outside of philosophy, I enjoy visiting art galleries, painting, going to concerts, hiking in mountains, caving, doing math; anything which involves aesthetic pleasure, really.
James Bondarchuk jfbondar@fas
James Bondarchuk James received his B.A. in mathematics from Columbia University in 2005. After a brief sojourn into the world of criminal defense law, he decided on a more lucrative career, enrolling in the M.A. program in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he finished his degree in 2009. His primary interests outside of philosophy include free food, thrash metal, and caffeine.
Austin Booth agbooth@fas
Austin Booth Research Interests: Philosophy of Biology
A proud Salt Lake City native, Austin received both a B.S. and an M.S. in philosophy from The University of Utah. He came to Harvard in 2007. Austin's main research area is the philosophy of biology, with a particular focus on issues surrounding the individuation of biological entities.
Javier Caride jcaride@fas
  Research Interests: Metaethics, Ancient Philosophy (particularly Aristotle)
Javier came to Harvard directly after receiving his B.A. from Carleton College in 2011. Outside of his philosophic studies, Javier enjoys doodling in the margins of his notes, obsessively following the Minnesota Twins, and procrastinating on his philosophic studies, often simultaneously.
Colin Chamberlain cwchamb@fas
Colin Chamberlain My principal interest is in the ambiguous relationship between the body and the self. Sometimes we experience our bodies as parts of ourselves. When I stub my toe, my throbbing foot seems to be a part of me. I do not typically regard my face as simply a mask that I wear, but, rather as the most visible surface of my self. And yet, sometimes we are indifferent, or even alienated, from our bodies. Sickness makes one’s body strange. Some people even feel as though they were born in the wrong body. Sometimes my face does feel like a mask. The body is puzzling because it does not fit comfortably on either side of the many classic dualities that structure philosophical thinking. My body can seem to be both me and not-me, both what I am and merely one of my possessions, both subject and object, both inner and outer. Ambivalence towards the body is a theme that runs through the history of philosophy, our ordinary lives, and Western culture more broadly. In its most general form, then, the self-body problem consists in the fact that we are conflicted about how we are related to our bodies. I focus on a version of this problem in Descartes and Malebranche in my dissertation. But I am also interested in the way self-body problems arise in contemporary philosophy.
Nicolas Cornell cornell@fas
Nicolas Cornell Research Interests: Normative Ethics, Rights Theory, Philosophy & Law, Political Philosophy
Originally from Maine, Nico graduated from Harvard College in 2004.  His research interests include normative ethics, rights theory, philosophy and law, and political philosophy.  He is concurrently pursuing a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Lauren Davidson ldavidson@fas
Byron Davies bmdavies@fas
Ryan Davis ryandavis@fas
Sanford Diehl sdiehl@fas
Sanford Diehl Research Interests:
Noel Dominguez ndominguez@fas
Patricio Fernandez pfernand@fas
Jeremy Fix jdfix@fas
Jeremy Fix Jeremy David Fix is most prominently known for his seminal contributions to underground hip-hop and R&B culture under the pseudonym Boyoncé. Now, he works in practical philosophy, concentrating on the nature of self-consciousness and its importance for an account of human intentional action. A highly erratic and idiosyncratic man, he plays his enemies like a game of chess.
Johann Frick jfrick@fas
Johann Frick Research Interests: Normative & Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy
Johann Frick joined Harvard's Philosophy Department in 2008, after five years of studies at the University of Oxford (BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 2005; BPhil in Philosophy, 2008) and one year of academic tourism at the École normale supérieure in Paris. His primary interests are in normative and applied ethics and political philosophy. In his spare time, Johann is an avid cinephile and news junkie, and wishes that graduate life would leave him a little more time for his cello. 
Marc Gasser mgasser@fas
  Research Interests: Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Math, Logic
Micha Glaeser mglaeser@fas
Chandler Hatch chatch@fas
Paul Julian pjulian@fas
Paul Julian Research Interests: Ethics, Metaethics, and Moral Psychology
Paul grew up in Nashville and received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Some people find his lack of a strong Southern accent to be a kind of moral failing. Paul's current philosophical interests revolve around questions about normativity and personhood. Outside of philosophy, he enjoys climbing rocks, watching movies, and traveling to faraway places. He is also a big fan of waxed cotton.
Michael Kenneally mkenneal@fas
  Research Interests: Philosophy of Law, Moral Philosophy
Michael Kenneally joined Harvard's Graduate Program in Philosophy in 2006. His dissertation examines natural rights–based and consequentialist arguments for intellectual property. He received his A.B. in philosophy from Princeton University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Lauren Kopajtic lkopajtic@fas
  Research Interests: Early Modern Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy
Lauren Kopajtic received her BA from UCONN in English Literature and her first MA from St. John's College in Annapolis. After taking two years to work as a paralegal in New York, she returned to the good life and pursued an MA in philosophy from Simon Fraser University. Lauren joined Harvard's department in 2011. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband and their cat and spends her free time swimming and watching procedural crime dramas.
Douglas Kremm kremm@fas
Douglas Kremm Research Interests: Ethics, Metaethics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind
Doug joined the department in 2010 after receiving his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He's interested in questions about what we ought to do and why we ought to do it (and, more recently, in questions about what those questions mean). 
Enoch Lambert lambert4@fas
Enoch Lambert Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology and Biology
Enoch grew up in Ithaca, New York and chose philosophy not only because he loves it but because it gives him an excuse not to narrow down all his other interests ("X sounds interesting. I think I'll study that for a while and justify it by saying I'm doing the philosophy of X").  He has a blog about some of these interests called phunk 'n' philosophy.
David Langlois dlangl@fas
David Langlois Research Interests: Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Normativity
Dave received his BA (2005) and MA (2006) from Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario. He moved to the US and joined the Harvard grad program in 2007. His research interests include ethics, practical reason, and normativity in general. Beyond philosophy, he is interested in vampires, romance, hand balancing, porches and being classy.
Céline Leboeuf leboeuf@fas
Céline Leboeuf Research Interests: Early Modern Philosophy, 20th Century French and German Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy
Céline has had the fate of being in love with metaphysics, although only rarely can she boast of any favors from her.
Bio: What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.
Paul Marcucilli paulmarcucilli@fas
Paul Marcucilli Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Normativity
Paul received his B.A in philosophy and political science from Tufts University.  He joined the department in 2011.  His personal interests include flute-playing, Twilight Zone-watching, and Jon Arbuckle.  
Patricia Marechal marechal@fas
Emily McWilliams emcwill@fas
Emily McWilliams Research Interests: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Feminist Philosophy
Elizabeth Miller elmiller@fas
Elizabeth Miller Research Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science
Oded Na'aman onaaman@fas
Oded Na'aman Research Interests: Normativity, Political Philosophy, Moral Psychology
I received my BA in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007) and joined the Harvard Philosophy Department in 2008. I focus on practical reason, moral and political philosophy, as well as philosophy and literature. Outside academia, I am a member of "Breaking the Silence," an organization of Israeli veterans that collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers. Even further outside academia I write stories in Hebrew, my native tongue.
Tran (Jen) Nguyen trannguyen@fas
Jen Nguyen Research Interests: Early Modern Philosophy
Jen received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Southern California in 2012.
Craig Nishimoto cnishim@fas
Nataliya Palatnik palatnik@fas
Alex Prescott-Couch prescott@fas
Alex Prescott-Couch Alexander Prescott-Couch graduated from Columbia University in 2005 with a BA in philosophy and history. Before coming to Harvard, he studied at the Humboldt Universität on a DAAD fellowship and then worked in Berlin for two years as a translator, journalist, and consultant. His research focuses on philosophy of science (especially social science) and value theory, with particular emphasis on the relationship between the understanding provided by scientific explanation and that provided by humanistic forms of social inquiry, such as history. He also has strong interests in the history of philosophy, especially Nietzsche. He is currently writing a dissertation about idealization and rational reconstruction. Beyond philosophy, he is interested in film, classical guitar, and all things German.
Michael Rabenberg mrabenberg@fas
Michael Rabenberg Research Interests: Ethics, Metaphysics
Michael Rabenberg graduated from Kenyon College in 2010 and joined Harvard's Ph.D. program in philosophy in 2011. His interests include ethics, metaphysics, the St. Louis Cardinals, and bacon cheeseburgers.
Shantia Rahimian rahimian@fas
Ronni Sadovsky sadovsky@fas
Ronni Sadovsky Research Interests: Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Critical Theories of Race & Gender.
Ronni Sadovsky grew up in St. Louis, and studied philosophy and linguistics at Swarthmore. She's interested in non-ideal theories in political and moral philosophy, and particularly in moral issues connected with ideology and self-deception. She's now studying philosophy and law as a JD/PhD student, so she'll be over at Harvard Law until 2014.
Wendy Salkin salkin@fas
Wendy Salkin Research Interests: Social & Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Feminist Philosophy
Wendy grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey. She earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy and Africana studies at New York University and her law degree at Stanford.
Richard Sanchez rsanchez@fas
Richard Sanchez Research Interests: Logic, History of Philosophy, Normativity
Richard joined the department in 2010.  He's interested in logic, the history of philosophy, and the possibility of global normative nihilism.
Zeynep Soysal soysal@fas
Zeynep Soysal Research Interests: Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics
Zeynep joined the department in 2010 after receiving her B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Cornell University. She is mainly interested in logic, philosophy of mathematics, and metaphysics.
William Tadros tadros@fas
  Research Interests: Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy
I received my B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2002 in Economics and Mathematics. After getting an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 2005, I worked for several years before returning to school to study philosophy. In 2011, I graduated from Tufts University with an M.A. in Philosophy and am now pursuing a J.D./Ph.D.
Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc atarasen@fas
Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc Research Interests: Meta-ethics, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Action
Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc hails from around Chicago. In 2008, he received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His philosophical interests are mostly concentrated in meta-ethics, philosophical psychology, and the philosophy of action -- with a particular emphasis on the methodological issues in these areas. Outside of philosophy, Aleksy has personal interests as well (including poetry, dogs, cocktails, and contemporary indie).
David Thorstad thorstad@fas
David Thorstad Research Interests: Logic; Philosophy of Mathematics
David received his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Haverford College in 2008. He is mainly interested in logic and the philosophy of mathematics.
Kate Vredenburgh kvredenburgh@fas
Kate Vredenburgh Research Interests: Philosophy of Language; Epistemology
Kate joined the department in 2012 after completing a BPhil at Oxford (2011) and a BA at Gettysburg College (2009).  Her main interests lie in the philosophy of language and epistemology, particularly as they intersect with linguistics and other areas of philosophy.  

This site is best viewed in a Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Google Chrome browser.

© 2011-2013 President and Fellows of Harvard College, Harvard University