Current Philosophy Graduate Students

Ray W. Aldred
BA Honours in Philosophy (Calgary), MA in Philosophy (Calgary)

Research interests: Philosophy of Disability, Philosophy of Sex and Love, Philosophy of Mind, Neurophilosophy, Neuroethics, Ethics (especially biomedical ethics), Epistemology


Email: raymond.aldred [at] (Ray Aldred)

Jeanne Allard
BA Philosophy (Université de Montréal), MFA Creative Writing (UQÀM), MA Philosophy, Majeure German Studies (Université de Montréal)

Research interests: Hegel, Aristotle, German Idealism, Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy
Dissertation title: The Aristotelian Sources of Speculation in Hegel

Email: jeanne.allard [at] (Jeanne Allard)

Frédérick Armstrong
BA in History, culture and society, minor in political science (UQÀM), MA in Philosophy (Université de Montréal).

Research interests: Contemporary Political Theory, Liberal Multiculturalism, Vulnerability, Minoritization, Justice, Minority Rights and Diversity

Email: frederick.armstrong [at] (Frédérick Armstrong)


Mathieu Baril

Research interests: Moral psychology, early modern philosophy, autonomy, freedom, feminism.

Email: mathieu.baril [at] (Mathieu Baril)

Gilles Beauchamp
BA Philosophy w minor in Jazz Performance, MA Philosophy (Université de Sherbrooke)

Research interests: Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, (Social) Epistemology, Christian thought and Theology

Email: gilles.beauchamp2 [at] (Gilles Beauchamp)

Moritz Bodner

Research interests: Mathematical Logic, History of Philosophy & Logic (esp. (late) ancient, medieval & early 20th century), Literature

Email: moritz.bodner [at] (Moritz Bodner)

Joseph Carew

BA Honours Philosophy (MUN), MA Philosophy (MUN), MA Philosophy (Europhilosophie: Université catholique de Louvain, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Toulouse Le Miral II)

Research interests: Hegel and German Idealism, the History of 19th-Century Philosophy, and 20th-CenturyContinental Philosophy


Sarah Clairmont

BA Arts & Contemporary Studies (Ryerson University), MA Philosophy (The New School)

Research Interests: Philosophy of epidemiology, social epistemology, feminist and race-critical philosophy, philosophy of medicine, history and philosophy of science.

Email: sarah.clairmont [at] (Sarah Clairmont)

Thomas Colbourne

B.A. Honours in Philosophy (Carleton University)

Research Interests: History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Ontology, Spinoza and Hegel.

Email: thomas.colbourne [at] (Thomas Colbourne)

David Collins

BFA Film Production (York University), MFA Screenwriting (York University), MA Philosophy (Ryerson University)

Research interests: Philosophies of Art, Culture, and Value; Moral Philosophy (especially virtue ethics, existentialist ethics, and autonomy); R.G. Collingwood; American Pragmatism (especially James and Dewey); 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy (e.g. Bergson, Dilthey, existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics); Process Metaphysics; Philosophies of Experience/Philosophical Psychology (including perception, imagination, and emotion); Philosophy of Education

Thesis topic (working title): Expression, Creation, and Discovery: a Synthesized Processual Account of Art and its Cognitive, Moral, and Social Value

Email: david.collins3 [at] (David Collins)

Hugo Cossette-Lefebvre

BA Political Science and Philosophy, MA Philosophy (Université de Montréal)

Research interests: Philosophy of Human Rights, Philosophy of International Relations, Political Theory (esp. Democratic Theory), Institutional Design, Philosophy of Law

Melanie Coughlin

Japan Foundation Research Fellow, Kyoto University; MA Philosophy, University of Ottawa; Bachelor of Humanities, Carleton University Dissertation:  Nishitani's Notion of Realization as a Return to the Everyday   

Research Interests: Buddhist philosophy, 19th and 20th century German philosophy, critical theory

Email: melanie.coughlin [at] (Melanie Coughlin)


Léa Derome

B.A. and M.A. Philosophy (Université de Montréal)

Research interests: Ancient philosophy (Esp. Aristotle), History and Philosophy of Science

Email: lea.derome [at] (Léa Derome)

Emily R. Douglas

B.A. University of Alberta 2012 (Philosophy, French minor) ; M.A. University of Alberta 2014

Research interests: feminist philosophy, phenomenology, Foucauldian philosophy, critical race and queer theories, animality

Email: emily.douglas [at] (Emily Douglas)

Nicholas Dunn

BA, Philosophy, Politics, Economics (King's College); MA, Philosophy (Simon Fraser University)

Research interests: Kant, Early Modern, Political Theory (esp. Hannah Arendt), Ethics, Environmental Philosophy

Email: nicholas.dunn2 [at] (Nicholas Dunn)


Alice Zoe Everly

BA in Political Theory (Marlboro College), MA in Philosophy (University of Memphis)

Research interests: Feminist Philosophy/Gender Studies, 20th century Continental philosophy, Social-Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Ethics

Dissertation: "Revitalizing Normativity: A Conceptual Framework for Political Projects"

Email: alice.everly [at] (Alice Everly)


Celia Edell

BA Honours Philosophy (University of Western Ontario), MA Philosophy (University of Sheffield)

Research interests: Feminist ethics, critical race theory, philosophy of sex and gender, moral epistemology

Email: celia.edell [at] (Celia Edell)

David Gaber

BA Philosophy (Alberta), BSc Mathematics (Alberta), MA Philosophy (SFU)

Research Interests: Philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, epistemology

Email: david.gaber [at] (David Gaber)

Hakan Genc

Research Interests: Ancient Greek and Medieval Arabic Philosophy (esp. Metaphysics)

Email: hakan.genc [at] (Hakan Genc)

Kosta Gligorijevic

BA Philosophy/German Studies (Guelph), MA Philosophy (Guelph)

Research Interests: Ancient Philosophy, History of Political Philosophy, Ancient Metaphysics

Email: %20kosta.gligorijevic [at] (Kosta Gligorijevic)

Yasmin Haddad

Research interests: Epistemology, philosophy of biology, evo-Devo Biology and the extended-evolutionary synthesis, model organisms, data-bases and big data in biology

Email: yasmin.haddad [at] (Yasmin Haddad)

Nikolas Hamm
BA Honours Philosophy (St Mary's University), MA Philosophy (SFU)

Research interests: Early Modern (esp. Kant, Spinoza), Character Development, Political Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy

Email: nikolas.hamm [at] (Nikolas Hamm)



Daniel Harris
BA Honours Philosophy & Information Systems, MA Theory, Culture, and Politics (Trent University), MPhil Philosophy (King's College London)

Research interests: Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (esp. AI Alignment & Existential Risk), Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science, Neuroscience

Éliot Litalien

B.A. in political science and philosophy (Université de Montréal); M.A. in philosophy (Université de Montréal)

Research interests: Social and Political Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Social Ontology, Metaethics, Epistemology

Email: %20eliot.litalien [at] (Éliot Litalien)


Renxiang Liu

BSc Chemistry (Peking University), MPhil Philosophy of Science and Technology (Peking University, thesis: "The permanent presence of reality and the recall of technology: a critical study on representationalism")

Research Interests: Phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty) with a focus on notions of authenticity, expression and temporality; philosophy of perception and memory; Hegel; Nietzsche; existentialism in literature (Dostoevsky, Kafka, Thomas Mann); psychoanalysis; intellectual history of early modern science

Email: renxiang.liu [at] (Renxiang Liu)

Andre Martin

BA Honours Philosophy, MA Philosophy (Toronto)

Research Interests: Philosophy of mind and metaphysics in medieval and contemporary philosophy

Email: andre.martin2 [at] (Andre Martin)

Eric Murphy

BA, Independent Scholar: Consciousness Studies (Lake Forest College, Chicago, IL) MA, Philosophy (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA)

Research interests: Philosophy of Music (esp. electronic and improvised), Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics

Email: eric.murphy2 [at] (Eric Murphy)

Martina Orlandi

BA Honours Philosophy (University of Rome "La Sapienza"); MA Philosophy (University of Florence)

Research interests: Moral Psychology, Epistemology (esp. ethics of belief), philosophy of cognitive science

Email: martina.orlandi [at] (Martina Orlandi)


Julien Ouellette-Michaud

BA, MA Philosophy (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Research interests: Philosophy of logic (esp. logical consequence and pluralism), Logic (formal and informal), Cognitive science (esp. human reasoning), History of analytic philosophy

Email: julien.ouellette-michaud [at] (Julien Ouellette-Michaud)

Azadeh Radbooei
BA Philosophy (University of British Columbia), MA Philosophy (Paris X Nanterre), MA Philosophy (Université de Montréal)

Research interests: Pragmatic theories of perception, Kant, Fichte, Bergson, Deleuze

Email: azadeh.radbooei [at] (Azadeh Radbooei)

Nicole Ramsoomair
BA English and Philosophy (Wilfrid Laurier University), MA Philosophy (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Research interests: Personal Identity, Metaphysics, Feminist Theory, Legal and Political Philosophy

Email: Nicole.ramsoomair [at] (Nicole Ramsoomair)

  Maxwell J.D. Ramstead
BA Philosophy (Université de Montréal), MA Philosophy and Cognitive Science (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Research interests: Cultural neuro-phenomenology and related interdisciplinary approaches to culture, mind, and brain; the free-energy principle and multilevel explanation in social/cultural and cognitive neuroscience and in computational psychiatry; radical embodied and radical enactivist approaches in cognitive neuroscience, free-energy approaches in theoretical biology, ecological and phenomenological psychology, and cooperative turn cognitive anthropology

Walt J Reid
BA Hons Philosophy, MA Philosophy (University of Calgary), PhD Program (Syracuse University, New York)

Research Interests: Ethics & the Cross-cultural History of Philosophy (esp. 19th Century German Philosophy, South Asian Philosophy)

Dissertation title: The Varieties of Well-Being: Three Essays in Cross-cultural Philosophy


Email: walter.reid [at] (Walt J Reid)


Jean-Francois Rioux
BA Philosophy (Université de Montréal), MA Philosophy (Université Laval)

Research Interests: German Idealism (Kant, Fichte), Post-Kantianism (Dilthey), Phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger), Hermeneutics (Ricoeur), Philosophy of Action (Arendt)

Email: jean-francois.rioux2 [at] (Jean-Francois Rioux)


  Sebastian Rodriguez Duque
BA Philosophy and Political Science, MA Philosophy (Carleton University)

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Moral Psychology

Email: sebastian.rodriguezduque [at] (Sebastian Rodriguez Duque)

Charlotte Sabourin
BA Philosophy (Université de Montréal), MA Philosophy (Université de Montréal)

Research interests: Kant, Early modern philosophy, History of philosophy, Heidegger

Email: charlotte.sabourin [at] (Charlotte Sabourin)

Matthew Scarfone
BA Honours Philosophy (Acadia), MA Philosophy (Carleton)

Research interests: Metaethics (esp. realism/anti-realism), Moral Epistemology, Normativity

Email: matthew.scarfone [at] (Matthew Scarfone)


Valérie Lynn Therrien
BA Philosophy (Université de Montréal), MPhil Philosophy of Mathematics (Western University)

Research interests: Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics


Email: valerie.l.therrien [at] (Valerie Lynn Therrien)

Muhammad Velji
Honours BA Bioethics (University of Toronto) MA Philosophy (Carleton University) PhD (Transferred) (University of South Florida)

Research Interests: Dissertation title: "The Philosophy of Piety: Rethinking Agency, Legal Accommodation, Adaptive Preferences, and Autonomy." AoS: Political philosophy (analytic & continental), Feminist philosophy, 20th century continental (Merleau-Ponty, Bergson, Fanon, Late Foucault and Heidegger). AoC: Philosophy of Law, Bioethics and Critical Race Theory

Email: muhammad.velji [at] (Muhammad Velji)

Jordan Walters
BA Philosophy (Guelph), MA Philosophy (Concordia)

Research interests: I specialize in metaethics, normative ethics, and political philosophy. I also have interests in epistemology and applied ethics.


Email: jordan.walters [at] (Jordan Walters)

Eric Wilkinson
Honours BA Philosophy (University of Ottawa); Honours BSocSc Political Science (University of Ottawa); MA Philosophy (University of Toronto); MA Political Science (York University)

Research Interests: Metaethics, Normative Ethics, and Political Philosophy

Email: eric.wilkinson [at] (Eric Wilkinson)

Boyu Xie
BSc Environmental Engineering (Hunan University); MA Chinese Philosophy & Literature (incomplete) (Hunan University Yue Lu Academy); MA Philosophy (University of Saskatchewan)

Research interests: Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Bodily Awareness, and Comparative Philosophy


Email: boyu.xie [at] (Boyu Xie)


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