Placement Record

Villanova has an outstanding placement record. Students who have completed the Ph.D. in our program are listed below, with their current positions and dissertation titles.

Liam Kavanagh, Ph.D, 2014, Villanova University, Augustine & Culture Seminar Program, (full-time) "Principles of Reason: Alasdair MacIntyre and Jacques Derrida"

Lee Cole, Ph.D. 2014, Hillsdale College, Assistant Professor, (tenure-track) "At the Limits of Realism: St. Thomas Aquinas and the Intellectual Knowledge of Singulars"

Sarah Vitale, Ph.D. 2014, Ball State University, (tenure-track) "Marx and the Metaphysics of Production"

Neil Brophy, Ph.D. 2014, "Power, Life and the Art of Government:  Foucault's Genealogy of Modern Politics"

Erika Kidd, Ph.D. 2014, University of St. Thomas, (tenure track) St. Paul, MN. "Verbum et Vita: A Reading of Augustine's De magistro"

Timothy Jussaume, Ph.D. 2014, Villanova University, Instructor, Ethics Program; Lecturer, Thomas Jefferson University, "Heidegger and the Nothing:  Transcendence After Metaphysics"

Jeffrey Gower, Ph.D. 2014, Wabash College, Visiting Assistant Professor, "The Sovereign Living Law:  Onto-theology and Normativity in Aristotle's Metaphysics"

John Garner, Ph.D. 2014, University of West Georgia, Lecturer, (renewable) "The Good that Comes to Be:  The Truth of Pleasure and the Experience of Learning in Plato's Philebus"

James Butler, Ph.D.  2013, "Aristotle and the Science of Perception"

Michael Olson, Ph.D. 2013, Macquarie University, Lecturer, (fixed term, 3 years, begins Jan 2015) "Kant's Transcendental and Metaphysical Idealism"

Rebecca Steiner Goldner, Ph.D. 2013, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD. (tenure-track) "Lived Flesh: Touch and Embodiment in Aristotle's de Anima"

Jacob Wortman, Ph.D. 2013 "The Ecstatic Character of Being: The Intricate Interrelationship Between the Later Heidegger and the Later Merleau-Ponty"

Christopher Ruth, Ph.D. 2012, Drexel University, Southern New Hampshire University, Ashford University (part-time), "Sheltering Singularity: Marx, Heidegger and the Question of Alienation"

Raoni Padui, Ph.D. 2012, Tutor, St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (tenure-track) “The Limits of Transcendental Philosophy: Hegel, Heidegger and the Crisis of Grounding”

Geoffrey Karabin, Ph.D. 2012, Neumann University, Assistant Professor, (full-time)  “The Afterlife and Aggression: Creating Hell to Attain Heaven?”

Snezhina Gabova, Ph.D. 2011, Risk Monitor: Public Policy Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria. "Hegel and Heidegger and the question of the work of art (focusing on Hegel's Aesthetics and Phenomenology and Heidegger's The Origin of the Work of Art)"

Michael Norton, Ph.D. 2011, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Assistant Professor (tenure track), “Thinking Religion as More than One:  A Deconstructive Appeal for Pluralism”

Alexi Kukuljevic, Ph.D. 2010, Artist in Residency, at the International Artists Studio Program in Stockholm, Sweden, "The Renaissance of Ontology: Kant, Heidegger, Deleuze"

Nazareth Pantaloni, Ph.D. 2010, Indiana University, Assistant Director for Copyright and Administration at the Cook Music Library, "The The Im/Possibility of Democracy: Derrida and Habermas"

P. Taylor Trussell, Ph.D. 2009, "The Gift of Power: Foucault, Derrida, and Normalization"

Edward Kazarian, Ph.D. 2009, Rowan University, (adjunct) "The Science of Events: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis"

Andrew Davis, Ph.D. 2009, Belmont University, Assistant Professor (tenure track) "Living Method: From the Regulative to the Constitutive Idea in Hegel's Logic"

Ashley Vaught, Ph.D. 2008, Villanova University, Ethics Program & New York University, (adjunct) “The Specter of Spinoza in Schelling's Freiheitsschrift”

Adriel Trott, Ph.D. 2008, Wabash College, Assistant Professor,  "The Challenge of Physis: Reconcilling Nature and Reason in Aristotle's Politics"

Michael Brogan, Ph.D. 2007, St. John's College - Annapolis (tenure track) "The Good Against Being: Ethics and Ontology in Emmanuel Levinas"

Daniel Greenspan, Ph.D. 2006, "Kierkegaard and the Rebirth of Tragedy: Philosophy, Poetry and the Problem of the Irrational" (with constant reference to Aristotle and Sophocles)

Joshua Alan Ramey, Ph.D. 2006, Grinnell College, Assistant Professor (tenure track), "Gilles Deleuze and the Powers of Art"

Matthew Groe, Ph.D. 2006, Jacksonville University, Associate Professor, (Tenured) "Ethical Coexistence Beyond Dualism: The Converging Visions of Dewey and Merleau-Ponty"

Judd Seth Wright, Ph.D. 2006, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Director of Adult Faith Formation, "The Foundations of Productive History in Mimesis and Narrative Identity"
Michael Marx Shaw, Ph.D. 2006, Utah Valley University, Associate Professor, (Tenured) "The Role of Desire in Aristotle's Ontology"

Andrea Margaret Hurst, Ph.D. 2006, (Tenured) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa, "Derrida or Lacan: The Revolutionary's Choice On the 'Plural Logic Of the Aporia' in Deconstruction and Lacanian Psychoanalysis"

Gregory Hoskins, Ph.D. 2005, Villanova University - Gallen Fellow, Villanova Center for Liberal Education (three-year renewable), "The Politics of Memory: A Philosophical Investigation"

Adam Miller, Ph.D. 2005, Collin College (tenure track), "Immanent Grace: Badiou, Marion, & Saint Paul"
John Whitmire, Ph.D. 2005, Western Carolina University - Associate Professor of Philosophy (Tenured), Department Chair "On the Subject of Autobiography: Finding a Self in the Works of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Derrida"

Timothy Kirk, Ph.D. 2004, City University of New York-York College (tenure track) "The Moral Significance of Intimacy in Nurse-Patient Relationships"

Ammon Allred, Ph.D. 2004, University of Toledo (Full-time), "The Lyrical Age: Reconfiguring Metaphysics, Modernity, and Poetry in the Thought of Martin Heidegger"

Lucio Privitello, Ph.D. 2003, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department (Tenured) "Animality and Laughter: Contributions to a Theory at the Borders of Philosophical Discourse (Plato, Nietzsche, Bataille)"

Farhang Erfani, Ph.D. 2003, American University, Associate Professor  (Tenured), Research Associate, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa. "Left on the Road to Utopia: Social Imaginary in the Age of Democracy"

Dana Belu, Ph.D. 2003, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Associate Professor and Chair, (Tenured)  "Thinking Again: Heidegger on Technology and the Place of Freedom"
Michael Andrews, Ph.D. 2002, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Full Professor and the McNerney-Hanson University Endowed Chair in Ethics and Catholic Thought at the University of Portland, "Contributions to the Phenomenology of Empathy: Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein, and Emmanuel Levinas"

Jamey Findling, Ph.D. 2002, Newman University, Associate Professor (Tenured), "The Dialectic of Being: Gadamer's Reading of Plato"

Shannon Mussett, Ph.D. 2002, Utah Valley University, Associate Professor, (Tenured)  "Binding Nature and Freedom: Hegelian Themes of Liberation and Oppression in Simone de Beauvoir"

Sarah Donovan, Ph.D. 2002, Wagner College, Associate Professor, (Tenured) "Judith Butler and Luce Irigaray: Feminist Resources for Overcoming Oppressive Exclusions"

Joseph Berendzen, Ph.D. 2002, Loyola, New Orleans, Associate Professor (Tenured), "Toward an Existential Critical Theory of Deliberative Democracy"

Steve Finn, Ph.D. 2002, United States Military Academy, Associate Professor, "The Political Influence: Hobbes's Politics and Natural Philosophy"

Christian Diehm, Ph.D. 2001, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Tenured), "The Gravity of Nature: Other-than-human Others in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas"

Darin Crawford Gates, Ph.D. 2001, Brigham Young University (one-year renewable), "The Ontological Disclosure and Ethical Exposure of Meaning in Heidegger and Levinas"

Theodore D. George, Ph.D. 2000, Texas A&M University, Associate Professor, (Tenured) "Hegel's Speculative Theory of Political Life: Community and Tragedy in the Phenomenology of Spirit"

Matthias Fritsch, Ph.D. 1999, Concordia University, Professor, (Tenured)  "Benjamin, Derrida, and the Politics of Memory: The Promise of History Reconsidered"
James K.A. Smith, Ph.D. 1999, Calvin College, Professor, (Tenured) and the Endowed Chair of The Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. "How to Avoid Not Speaking: On the Phenomenological Possibility of Theology"

Jennifer Anna Gosetti, Ph.D. 1999, Fordham University, Professor, (Tenured) "Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Languages

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