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Dissertations &  Placement

Name Dissertation Position Year
Jenn Dum

"Dimensions of Educational Justice: Practices, Reciprocity, and Individual Development" (Guay) 

 Test Developer at the Law School Admissions Council 2020
Huseyin Kuyumcuoglu

"Sweatshops: A Normative Analysis" (Christopher Morgan-Knapp)

Sinan Oruc "The Grammar of Promising" (Christopher Morgan-Knapp)   2020
Richard Saucedo "On the Emptiness of Morality" (Goodman) Instructor, Lamar University 2020
Laura Engel

"Metaethical Constructivism and Adaptive Preferences"

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth 2019
Fernando Zapata

"John Dewey's Historical Criticism of American Liberalism"

Adjunct Lecturer, LaGuardia Community College 2019
Jake Bartholomew "How Nice Of You, Doctor: Adorno's Freudian Ethics" (Pensky) Instructor, Missouri State University 2017
Aaron Bell "The World's Agony Raised to a Concept: Negative Dialectics and Animal Suffering" (Pensky)   2017
Ann Johnson "Toward an Understanding of the Morality of Trauma: World Loss and the Issue of Freedom in Women's Experience of Violence" (Bar On)  Adjunct Lecturer, Boise State University 2017
Khagendra Prasai "Habermas and the Project of Emancipation: Communicative Action, Emancipated Society and the Self-Constitution of Emancipatory Agency" (Penksy) Associate Professor (TT),
Nepal Open University 
Evan Sechrest "The Instrumental Nature of Democratic Authority" (Reeves)   2017
M. Blake Wilson "What's So Private About Private Property" (Pensky)

Assistant Professor (TT) of Criminal Justice

California State University 

Brandon Davis-Shannon "Lost Luck: Recovering the Concept of Moral Luck from the Problem of Moral Luck" (Tessman)

Director of Distance Learning

Cayuga Community College

Rochelle Duford "Considering Global Government: Legitimacy, Human Rights, and Global Democracy" (Pensky)

Assistant Professor (TT)

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

 Jack Marsh "Levinas, Chauvinism, Disinterest" (Friedman)   2016
Regan Rule "O My Friend, There is No Friend: A Non-Ideal, Feminist Theory of Aristotelian Friendship and Eudaimonia" (Tessman) Manager of the Law Firm of Matthew P. Gomez and Adjunct Professor at Rogers State University 2016
Gary Santillanes "Studies in Moral Relativism" (Tessman)  Instructor
Northland Pioneer College
Carlos Cortissoz Mora "Psychology of the State, Politics of the Soul. A Study of Plato's City-Soul Analogy" (Preus)

Assistant Professor (TT)

Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano,
Bogotá, Columbia

Shoni Rancher "Kierkegaard and Nietzsche: Tragicomedy, the Double Demands of Ethics, and Ethical Communication" (Guay) Adjunct Lecturer
University of West Georgia 
Nathan Schmidt "Moral Agency and Empathy" (Dietrich) Adjunct Lecturer
Lehigh University
Jessica Kyle "The Promise of Global Politics: Military Humanitarian Intervention and Care for the World" (Bar On)

Associate (Lawyer)

Beveridge & Diamond, PC 

Jessica Payson "Responsibility and Justice" (Bar On) Lecturer
Bentley University
Danesh Singh "Health as an Ethical Category in the Thought of Nietzsche and Zhuangzi" (Goodman) Assistant Professor (TT)
Borough of Manhattan  Community College
Saba Fatima "The Political Muslim American" (Tessman) Associate Professor
SIU Edwardsville  
Andres Molina Ochoa "On How Law Determines Morality" (Morgan-Knapp) Assistant Professor (TT)
South Texas College 
Valerie Saint-Amand "Assuming Nature: The Conception of Human Nature in Modern Philosophy" (Bar On)   2011
Sean Johnston "John Stuart Mill and the Ethical Work of Character: Reading On Liberty as an Aesthetic Manual" (Bar On) Visiting Assistant Professor
Canisius College
Iclal Ayse Kucukkirca  "Homelessness and Homemaking" (Bar On) History Programme Coordinator
Hrant Dink Foundation
Sisli/Istanbul, Turkey
Sean Cummings "The Dependency Contract: Ideal Theory and the Problem of Political Aporia" (Tessman) Binghamton University Acres

Edgar Valdez "Pre-Postulate A Priori Intuition: Revisiting Kant's Account of Space" (Guay)  Seton Hall University (postdoc) 2011
Lewis Trelawny-Cassity "Plato's Legislative Demiurgy: A Study of the Laws" (Preus) Associate Professor (TT)
Antioch College 
Joshua Wretzel "Speaking with the Dead: the Philosophical Implications of Brandom's Interpretive Oversights" (Guay) Lecturer, Penn State;
prev. Central Washington
Selin Gürsözlü "Virtues and Flourishing Oppression" (Tessman) Affiliate Professor
Loyola University of Maryland
Shay Welch "Social Freedom: Choice, Consent, Commitment, and Trust" (Bar On) Associate Professor (TT)
Spelman College; prev. Williams College (postdoc)
Fuat Gürsözlü "The Problem of Peaceful Political Action with Democratic Politics" (Bar On) Assistant Professor (TT)
Loyola University of Maryland; prev. Dalhousie University (1yr)
Monica Mueller "An Inquiry into the Relationship Between Thought and Action: Interpreting Phronesis"  (Tessman)


Portland State University

Jason Mallory "Prisoner Oppression, Democratic Crises, Abolitionist Visions" (Bar On) Instructor, Polk State College, Florida  2008
Howard Engelskirchen "The Aristotelian Marx and Scientific Realism" (Preus) Attorney 2007
Desiree Melton

"Existential Disappointment: A Sociopolitical Theory of Black Visibility" (Tessman)

Associate Professor

College of Notre Dame of Maryland 

Michael Winkley "Strang: A Model of Analogical Conceptual Change" (Dietrich)

Research Scientist

Griffiss Air Force Base

Jane Drexler "Politics Improper: Radical Democratic Feminist Political Theory, Hannah Arendt, and the Political Importance of the Inappropriate" (Bar On)

Associate Professor

Salt Lake City Community College

Christal Frakes

"The Virtue of Compassion: Responding to Suffering with Equanimity" (Tessman)



Shalahudin Kafrawi "Supreme Being in the Islamic Intellectual Tradition" (Preus)

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Hobart and William Smith

Camila De Gamboa "Forgiveness and Political Reconciliation for Transitional Democracies" (Bar On)

Professor Principal, School of Law

Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia

Etin Anwar "Gender and Self in Islam:  A Philosophical Interpretation"
(Bar On)

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Hobart and William Smith 

Diane Enns "Emancipatory Desire and the Struggle for Liberation: Freedom and Politics in Question" (Pensky)

Associate Professor

McMaster University

Coeli Fitzpatrick "Galen’s Necessary Causes in Medieval Islamic Sources" (Preus)


Grand Valley State University

James Sheppard "Urban Environmental Ethics: Toward Flourishing Human and Ecological Communities" (Light)

Associate Professor

University of Missouri, Kansas City

Fouad Kalouche "Ethics of Destruction: The Path Towards Multiplicity; The Cynics, Sade and Nietzsche" (Ross)

Associate Professor

Albright College


SPEL faculty members have been the dissertation directors of all of the alumni listed on this page. Because SPEL is a fairly new program (2002 was the first year in which a SPEL student graduated with a Ph.D.), some of those listed above are alumni of the previous graduate programs of the Binghamton University Philosophy Department; their (former) advisors are currently on the SPEL faculty.

Last Updated: 9/17/20