The Dennes Room

Graduate Students

Greyson Abid  (B.A., Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2014) Greyson is primarily interested in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and race.

Randall Amano  (A.B., Harvard University) He is writing a dissertation on the role of normativity in Kant’s account of our cognitive capacities. His advisors are Hannah Ginsborg and Daniel Warren. He has interests in many areas of philosophy including the history of modern philosophy, epistemology, self-knowledge, normativity, and perception.

Michael Arsenault  (B.A. Hons. with high distinction, University of Toronto, 2011) I’m interested in contemporary philosophy of mind, especially perception; Aristotle, and Wittgenstein.

Scott Blomgren  (B.A. Philosophy, UCLA, 2020) Scott’s main interests are in the philosophy of language, philosophical logic, epistemology, and the ethics of belief.

Mathias Boehm  (M.A. Philosophy, HU Berlin) For the most part, I like to think about philosophy of language but I also like to think about topics in formal epistemology and metaphysics.

Scott Casleton  (B.A., Yale University). Scott is writing a dissertation on freedom of expression, with a focus on problems of regulating online speech. His interests include political philosophy, ethics, and history of philosophy.

Monika Chao  (B.A. University of North Carolina, Asheville, M.A. San Francisco State University) Monika is mainly interested in ethics and political philosophy, especially questions about privacy as they relate to data science. She has also done work in philosophy of language and feminist philosophy.

SJ Cowan  My interests are in thinkers like Kant, the German Romantics, and Wittgenstein, as well as in Critical Theory, and Feminist and Black thought. My dissertation project—which draws primarily on Kant, Nietzsche, and Adorno—is on hope’s relationship to aesthetic experience and art.

Katie Coyne  (B.A., Yale 2020, M. Phil, University of Cambridge, 2021). Katie is interested in ethics, aesthetics, and perception. She also has strong interests in German idealism and in Iris Murdoch’s work.

Hannah DeBrine  (B.S., Mathematics and Philosophy, UW Madison). Hannah is currently interested in social epistemology, epistemic injustice, and philosophy of education. She is also interested in public philosophy, especially philosophy for children.

Micah Dubreuil  (B.A. with high honors, Philosophy, Wesleyan University; M.A. with distinction, Philosophy, San Francisco State University). Micah has many questions about the structure and sources of normativity—primarily in the areas of mind, language, perception/phenomenology, and aesthetics.

James Evershed  (B.A., Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, University of Oxford, 2017; MPhil, Philosophy, University of St Andrews, 2020). I spend much of my time trying to use formal tools to tackle problems in areas of ethics including population ethics, infinite ethics, the ethics of war, animal ethics, effective altruism, equality, and desert. Previously I worked on the philosophy of logic, and I’ve written articles on the normativity of logic and logical pluralism.

Virginia Foggo  (B.A. Philosophy, UCLA). Her main interests are in normative and applied ethics, as well as legal philosophy. Virginia has a particular interest in the ethics of technology.

Tyler Haddow  (B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2014).Tyler thinks mostly about topics that (are usually thought to) belong to moral psychology, the theory of practical reason, philosophy & literature, the history of existentialism, and Wittgenstein.

Russell Helder  (M.A. with distinction, Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2019; B.A. Classics & B.S.A. Chemistry, UT Austin, 2016). His main area of research is ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle’s ethics and psychology. Russ is also interested in eighteenth-century moral philosophy, particularly Hume, Kant, and Adam Smith.

Jes Heppler  (B.A., summa cum laude, SUNY Geneseo) Jes is primarily interested in philosophy of perception, embodiment, phenomenology, and moral psychology. She is also often thinking about feminist epistemology and political philosophy.

Anhui Huang  (B.A., Philosophy, Williams College) Anhui has interests in philosophy of language, epistemology, Kant, later Wittgenstein, Davidson and philosophy of film.

Joseph Kassman-Tod  (M.A., Music, University College London, 2012; B.A. & M.A., Philosophy, University College London, 2013)

Alex Kerr  (B.A. with highest honors, Oberlin College, 2010) Alex’s main interests are in the philosophy of perception.

Dan Khokhar  (B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics, J.D., Indiana University; M.A. Bioethics, NYU).Dan is a sixth year student interested primarily in moral and political philosophy. His dissertation focuses on a variety of topics concerning our abilities to change the moral status of actions through our choices (e.g. through promising, requesting, and commanding).

Elek Lane  (B.A., University of Chicago) Epistemology, language, empiricism, Kant. Language, acrostics, naming, existentialism.

Urte Laukaityte  (B.A. Linguistics, University of Cambridge; M.Sc. Philosophy of Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh) Urte is working within philosophy of psychiatry, although she is also readily excitable about issues in philosophies of mind, psychology, cognitive science, biology as well as the history and philosophy of medicine generally.

Madeleine Levac  (B.A. Hons. with high distinction, University of Toronto). Madeleine’s main interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of language and mind.

Jennifer Marsh  (B.A., M.A. University of Pennsylvania) Jennifer is interested in epistemology and the history of modern philosophy. She is writing a dissertation on Kant’s conceptualism about perception.

Emily Massey  (B.A., Yale; B.Phil, University of Oxford; J.D., Harvard Law School). Emily is interested in metaphysics, philosophy of language and logic, metaethics, and Wittgenstein.

Matthew McCauley  (B.A. Johns Hopkins) Matthew is a student in the Logic Group. He studies mathematical logic.

Russell McIntosh  (B.S. in Mathematics with Highest Distinction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Russ is primarily interested in the philosophies of mathematics and mind. He maintains a secondary interest in consequentialist ethics.

Teague Morris  Teague Morris (B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Honors in Philosophy, Williams College). Teague is interested primarily in the philosophy of mind and epistemology, with particular interests in phenomenology, pragmatism, relativism and skepticism.

Milan Mossé  (B.A.H. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics; Stanford) Broadly, I’m interested in ethics and points of intersection between philosophy and complexity theory. Recently, I’ve been especially interested in fairness, intention, and causation. If you’re considering grad school in philosophy and would like to talk to someone in the program, please do send me an email!

Christian Nakazawa  (A.B., Dartmouth College) Christian’s primary interests are in the philosophy of language, jurisprudence, and moral and political philosophy. Other areas of interest include philosophy of science and philosophy of race.

Sven Neth  (B.A., Freie Universität Berlin, 2016). Hi, I’m interested in philosophy. I mostly work on decision theory and formal epistemology.

Emily Perry  (B.A. McGill University) I’m writing a dissertation about Aristotle’s modal metaphysics, a paper about the narrative unity of Wagner’s Ring, and a novel about regret (a subject with which I grow increasingly familiar with every passing year). Don’t hesitate to email me about any of these things.

William Phillips  (B.A., Middle Tennessee State University; MA, Brandeis University)

Daniel Proske  (B.S., University of Texas, 2014). My main interests are in logic and philosophy of language.

Patrick Ryan  (Harvard, 2015) Currently, I am working on topics in the philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of science. I also have serious secondary interests in Kant, ancient philosophy, and normative ethics.

Pia Schneider  (B.A., German Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 2013; M.A., Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 2016). Pia is writing her dissertation on Kant’s conception of space and its origins. Some of her other interests are in visual (especially video and mixed media) art, feminism, and existentialism. Most lately she is also thinking more about value systems (especially currencies) and time.

Edward Schwartz  (B.A., UC Berkeley, 2017.) Recently he’s been thinking about philosophy of language and ethics.

Coleman Solis  (B.A. Philosophy, Pomona College, 2019; Bioethics Fellow, NIH, 2021). His main interests are in normative and bio-/applied ethics.

Sarah Vernallis  (B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2019). Her main interests are in philosophy of language, aesthetics, philosophy of science, and epistemology.

Daniel Villalon  (B.A., philosophy and mathematics, Northwestern University, 2017). I am mainly interested in philosophical logic and philosophy of language. I have additional interests in metaphysics and early analytic philosophy.

Aglaia von Götz  (B.A. Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Zurich; BPhil, University of Oxford) Aglaia’s primary interests are metaphysics and philosophy of language.

Alina Wang  (B.A., Philosophy & Psychology, Smith College, 2019). Perception and imagination. Phenomenology and embodied cognitive science.

Evan Washington  (A.B., with high honors, Mathematics, Princeton University, 2018). My main interest is logic (both mathematical logic and philosophical logic). I also have interests in formal epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science.

Visiting Graduate Students

Michal Masny  (BA, University of Warwick; BPhil, University of Oxford; PhD, Princeton University) My main research area is normative ethics. I am currently working on (i) population ethics and our obligations to future generations, and (ii) a set of issues concerning the nature of well-being, with an emphasis on the significance of temporal and modal features. Beyond that, I’m interested in epistemology and technology ethics.