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Graduate Student Bios

Kieran Aarons (
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Kieran completed a bachelor's degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon, and a master's degree at the Centre for Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario in London. His areas of research include contemporary French philosophy (esp. Deleuze), as well as 19th and 20th century political philosophy. More generally, his interests lie in the philosophy of time and the event, the philosophy of history, theories of property, libidinal economics, and contemporary Marxist and non-Marxist accounts of the State and revolutionary practice. He is currently on a research fellowship with the German Academic Exchange Service (D.A.A.D.) in Berlin.

Cameron Coates (
Cameron received his BA from St. John's College (Annapolis, MD) and his MA in Philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago, IL). His research focuses primarily on Ancient Greek ontology and natural philosophy. In particular, he is interested in questions about matter and materiality in Aristotle's thought.

Evan Edwards (
Evan Edwards studied philosophy, gender studies, and mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, receiving his B.A. in 2011. He is currently a graduate student in the philosophy program at DePaul University, where he is working on a dissertation on Walt Whitman’s understanding of the way that poetry can attune the body to recognize and evaluate the social and natural world. His research interests include early German Romanticism, Marxian/Marxist political economy, American Transcendentalism, the reception of Hegel in America, and, more broadly speaking, the influence of 19th century German philosophy on American thought and ‘common sense.’ He writes for 3 Quarks Daily, and contributes to the City Creatures blog at the Center for Humans and Nature. He lives in Chicago with his partner and their son.

Benjamin Frazer-Simser ( 
Benjamin received his BA from the University of Colorado at Denver, where he studied Ancient philosophy and Spinoza. He earned his MA and Ph.D. from DePaul for his dissertation “A Discourse of the Non-Discursive in Plato and Pseudo-Dionysius. His primary interests are in Ancient philosophy, particular his erotic dialogues. He also focuses on Continental philosophy, phenomenology, and the philosophy of religion.

Jennifer Gammage (
Jennifer earned her BA and MA in Philosophy at University of New Mexico. Her interests, broadly construed, unfold at the intersections of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and ontology within 19th and 20th century German thought, especially Heidegger and Nietzsche. She is currently working on questions regarding methodological approaches to personal and communal histories, and ways in which our  comportment toward the past cultivates and informs interpretive and ethical practices and narrative understandings of trauma. In addition to her work in philosophy, Jennifer co-edits In Progress, an interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies, and works on initiatives aimed at expanding channels of access and support for underrepresented groups within the academy.

Owen Glyn-Williams ( 
Originally from Toronto, I received a BA in philosophy from McMaster University, and an MA from The Center for the Study of Theory and Criticism, at the University of Western Ontario. My MA thesis focused on the attempts made by Hannah Arendt and Jacques Rancire to recover a political logic from Kant's notion of aesthetic judgment. My current interests lie in modern political philosophy, and my research takes up questions of right and force, universality and the partisan, and the specificity of politics from Machiavelli to Marx. I continue to engage with the work of Rancire, as well as that of Michel Foucault.

Liam Heneghan ( 
Liam is an ecosystem ecologist currently working at DePaul University where he is a Professor of Environmental Science. Heneghan is co-director of DePaul University's Institute for Nature and Culture and is co-chair of the Chicago Wilderness Science Team. His interests are primarily in the relevance of continental philosophy for conservation biology and for ecological dwelling.

Amelia Hruby (
Amelia Hruby received a BA in English and Religious and Ethical Studies from Meredith College (Raleigh, NC) and completed an MA in Philosophy at DePaul University. She works on aesthetics and feminist theory across French and German thought, focusing on the intersection of these two fields in considering what it means to develop a feminist aesthetics.

Thomas Krell (
After completing my MA at the New School for Social Research in 2009, I spent a year as a research assistant in the "Lehrstuhl fr Erkenntnistheorie, Philosophie der Neuzeit und Gegenwart" at the Universitt Bonn. In the fall of 2010, I joined the Department of Philosophy at DePaul. I am writing a dissertation on nihilism and German philosophy in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Kristina Lebedeva ( 
Originally from Russia, Kristina got her BA and MA from DePaul University. Her current research interests include trauma theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, critique, and phenomenology. Her present work centers around the relationship between thought and trauma.

Maureen Melnyk ( 
Maureen received a BA in philosophy from The University of Alberta and an MA in theory and criticism from The University of Western Ontario, both in Canada. Her main interests include contemporary French philosophy, phenomenology, feminist theory and aesthetics.

Neal Miller (
I received my B.A. in philosophy and anthropology from the University of Oregon and I am currently an advanced doctoral candidate here at DePaul. My research is in social and political philosophy from a Continental perspective. I am currently wrapping up a dissertation largely based on the philosophy of Michel Foucault, which serves three aims: 1) to define Foucault’s concept of critique as a history of the present and desubjection; 2) to argue for the necessity of his engagement with neoliberalism as a test of critique; and 3) to trace his critique of neoliberalism back to that of anthropology and governmentality in the name of the politics of truth. I am also interested in the critique of political economy, affects and powers of action as they relate to happiness (ethics), struggles around race, class, and gender, and forms of life that counter and pervert their material and semiotic conditions.

Ian Alexander Moore (
Ian Alexander Moore is a Ph.D. candidate at DePaul University and Associate Editor of the journal Philosophy Today. In January 2017, he will begin as a faculty member at St. John’s College (Santa Fe, NM). He has received a Fulbright Fellowship and a Josephine de Karman Fellowship to complete his dissertation, entitled "Being and Method in Eckhart and Heidegger." With Alan D. Schrift, he is the editor of Jean Wahl’s Transcendence and the Concrete: Selected Writings (Fordham UP, forthcoming 2016). Ian recently published materials on Heidegger’s relation to Eckhart in the Bulletin heideggérien, and has essays forthcoming with Brill, Routledge, and Karl Alber Verlag. He is also the co-translator of Peter Trawny's Freedom to Fail: Heidegger's Anarchy (Polity, 2015), Eugen Fink's Play as Symbol of the World and Other Writings (Indiana UP, 2016), and Peter Sloterdijk's Not Saved: Essays after Heidegger (Polity, forthcoming 2016).

Gil Morejón
After receiving his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Villanova University, Gil joined the department of philosophy at DePaul in 2011, where he received his MA in 2013. His areas of research include early modern philosophy and social epistemologies, including intersectional Marxism and feminist philosophies of science. He is currently writing his dissertation, entitled "The Genesis of Belief and Miraculous Ascription", in which he seeks to outline a theory of unconscious determination and a project of ideology critique based on the work of Spinoza, Hume, and Leibniz.

Jeff Pardikes ( 
Jeff Pardikes earned his BA (Hons) in philosophy from Bolton University, UK and his MA in philosophy from DePaul University. His research interests broadly include Hellenic Philosophy, Hermeneutics and gender studies. Jeff is presently working on questions of purity in Plato's Phaedo and on the formulations of Bildung in Gadamer's Truth and Method.  

Amanda Parris (
Amanda K. Parris received her BA in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. She began her graduate studies in German idealism, principally Hegel's Science of Logic, and nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy. She then turned to the thinkers of the seventeenth century, focusing on the philosophy of Spinoza, a standpoint which she has never abandoned.  Amanda is near completion of her dissertation, entitled, "Immanent Causation in Spinozas Concept of Human Freedom."

J.D. Singer ( 
I'm originally from Long Island, NY. I did my undergraduate work at Muhlenberg College, where I graduated magna cum laude with a BA in philosophy with honors. I was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Noel R. and Edith J. Moyer award for achievement in philosophy. I did an honors thesis on Merleau-Ponty's concept of freedom, in which I argued that Merleau-Ponty's philosophy solves (or at least dissolves) the traditional problem of freewill. I'm very passionate about teaching, and so far I've taught Introduction to Philosophy, Business Ethics, and Critical Thinking. I specialize in phenomenology, and most of my research is centered in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, though I have a lot interests that branch out from there. I'm beginning work on my dissertation, in which I will focus on Merleau-Ponty's account of the relationship between the human and the animal/non-human. I intend to argue that Merleau-Ponty's account is compelling on its own terms and that it the key to understanding his late, unfinished ontology. Most importantly, I wish to use Merleau-Ponty's conception of the human/animal relationship - or, more generally, Merleau-Ponty's late philosophy - as the foundation for a genuinely non-anthropocentric account of community and ethical involvement.

Paul Turner ( 
I studied philosophy, the humanities, and music at Marshall University (Huntington, W.Va.) before coming to DePaul, where I earned my MA in philosophy in 2012. After finishing my PhD coursework, I spent a year teaching philosophy and ethics courses at Guangxi University (Nanning, PRC), and in the spring of 2015 I was a visiting senior student in the graduate program at Fudan University (Shanghai, PRC). My areas of specialization are 19th century German philosophy and ancient Chinese philosophy. Presently I am working on my dissertation, tentatively titled “The Chaos of Each One: Of Delimitation and Individuation in Zhuangzi and Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” which seeks to distill and compare cognate notions of ‘chaotic emergence’ in each text, and to get clear about what exactly is meant in saying that a thing is caused by nothing. What I hope to contribute is an account of the role which an array of negative terms (wilderness, chaos, abyss, hundun, sky, etc.) play in the specifically ontological constitution of things (as opposed to just assembling them or putting them into motion), and the traces these ‘ancestors’ leave, while moving away from certain metaphysical presuppositions often brought to interpretations of both texts which treat such negativity as an underlying substance or being. Beyond my dissertation, I have recently published in Metaphilosophy on philosophical pedagogy, and have thus far taught over twenty classes—primarily Introduction to Asian Philosophy, Introduction to Western Philosophy, and Business Ethics—to undergraduates in the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

Thomas Floyd Wright (
Floyd is a doctoral candidate at DePaul. He received his B.A. from Seattle University with a major in Philosophy and Political Science. He is interested in the intersection of metaphysics and politics, especially in relation to problems of legitimacy and value in liberal and neoliberal theories of the state. He is currently completing an as yet untitled dissertation that reexamines the systematic role of religion in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit that challenges the dominant interpretive framework for understanding the fundamental principles of the latter’s social theory.