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Dissertations in Progress

Daniel Cunningham

Areas of interest include: philosophy of history, history of political philosophy, contemporary social and political philosophy, world-systems analysis
Dissertation Title: Nostalgia and Utopianism in the Modern Radical Tradition

Terence Sweeney

Areas of interest include: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, Medieval Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Dissertation Title: Sharing God in Common: An Augustinian Ethic of Participative Community."

Jingchao Ma

Areas of interest include: feminist philosophy and queer theory
Dissertation Title: Narcissistic Gender: Psychoanalysis and the Social Formation of Gendered Bodies


Jared Bly

Areas of interest include: Social and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Critical Theory, Social Science (Psychoanalysis, sociology, linguistics, anthropology, geography)
Dissertation Title: Benjamin, Deleuze and the Time of the Image

David Mesing

Areas of interest include: Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, and History of Philosophy
Dissertation title: "Elements for a Theory of Strategy"


Mark William Westmoreland

Areas of interest include: Philosophy of Race, Social & Political Philosophy, Henri Bergson, Applied Ethics; Philosophy of Gender, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology, Critical Pedagogy
Dissertation title: "Racism on the Beat: A Philosophical Critique of Racial Profiling"

Christiaan Reynolds

Areas of interest include: Social and Political Philosophy
Dissertation title: Working through ideology: Knowledge, Science and Political education

Humberto GonzalezNunez

Areas of intererst include: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (esp. Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Deconstruction), Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art, Continental Philosophy of Religion, Latin American and Spanish Philosophy, Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
Dissertation title: Towards a Phenomenology of the Event: On the Transformation of Heidegger's Thinking

Miranda Pilipchuk

Areas of interest include: Intersectional feminisms, critical race theory, and legal theory
Dissertation title: Racializing Rape: The U.S. Legal System and the Legitimization of Racist, Sexual Assault Myths

Karl Hahn

Areas of interest include: German Idealism, Schelling's philosophy of Christianity, and Russian Religious Philosophy
Dissertation title: The God-Word Relationship in Schelling's Philosophy of Revelation

Katherine Kurtz

Areas of interest include: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art (especially literature, film, and performance), Feminist Theory, and Queer Theory
Dissertation title: "Deviant Bodies: Toward an Aesthetics of Monstrosity"

Luis Salazar

Areas of interest include: Ancient Greek Philosophy (esp. Aristotle), Philosophy of Emotion, Early Modern Philosophy, Latin American Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Social/Political Philosophy
Dissertation title: "A Physics of Affection: Aristotle’s Natural Science of the Páthē"

Amanda Holmes

Areas of interest include: Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology  (Kant, Heidegger, Freud, Lacan)
Dissertation title: "The Structure of Anxiety and the Status of the Object:
Kant, Heidegger, Lacan"

Chris Drain

Areas of interest include: Philosophy of Mind; Philosophical Psychology; Philosophical Anthropology; Philosophy of Technology 
Dissertation title: "Activity, Mediation, Signification: Towards a Neo-Vygotskian Anthropogeny"


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