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Placement and Alumni

DePaul's PhD program in philosophy has an exceptional placement record. During the last decade we have placed students in such institutions as St. Edwards University, University of Scranton, Chicago State University,  Earlham College, Grinnell College, the Rhetoric Program at Berkeley, Xavier University in New Orleans, The American University in Cairo, Lewis University,  Columbia College and The University of Memphis, Duquesne University and Laurentian University, University of San Diego, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


This section lists recent PhD alumni, the title of their dissertation and their place of current academic appointment, if known.

Name Current Position Dissertation Title Committee Director
​2016 ​Karolin Mirzakhan ​DePaul University,
Chicago, IL
​Humor and the Absolute:  Comedy and Irony in the Philosophical Project of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Schlegel Elizabeth Millán
2016 Ashley Bohrer Hamilton College
Clinton, NY
The Janus-Face of Capitalist Labor: Gender, Race, and Work in the Early Modernity Richard A. Lee
​2016 ​Ben Frazer-Simser ​DePaul University,
Chicago, IL
​A Discourse of the Non-Discursive: Plato and Pseudo-Dionysius ​Sean D. Kirkland
2015 Don T. Deere Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
The Invention of Order: Modern Spatial Concepts and the Emergence of the Americas

Elizabeth Millán

2015 David Volfe Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago, IL Interpretation as Epieikeia: Aristotelian Ethics as a Paradigm for Hans-Georg Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics Will McNeill
2015 Sonya Ozbey Koç University, Istanbul
Discontinuities in Immanent Worlds: The Human - Nonhuman Animal Split in Spinoza and the Zhuangzi Franklin Perkins
Tina Chanter
2015 Rosalie Siemon Loyola Marymount Univ.
Los Angeles, CA
Arendt and Spivak: A Feminist Approach to Political Worlding and Appearing Peg Birmingham
2015 Rohan Sikri Unknown Therapeutic Methods in the Platonic Dialogues and the Zhuangzi Neipian 莊子内篇  Michael Naas
Franklin Perkins
2015 Imge Oranli Koç University (İstanbul) Reframing Theories of Evil: Ethics, Violence and the State Tina Chanter
2015 Perry Zurn Center for Curiosity,
University of Pennsylvania
Curiosity: Philosophy and the Politics of Difference Kevin Thompson
Michael Naas
2015 Marie Draz San Diego State University, San Diego, CA Transitional Subjects: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Temporality Tina Chanter
2014 James Griffith Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia "Fable, Method, and Imagination in Descartes" Richard A. Lee
2014 Alicen Beheler Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska "Continuity, Constellation, and Unworking: An Exploration of Language in Nietzsche" Tina Chanter
Will McNeill
2013 Robin Weiss American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
"The Stoics and the Practical: A Roman Reply to Aristotle." Sean D. Kirkland
2013 Jana McAuliffe University of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
"Ethics and Affects: A Critique of Social Intelligibility with Adorno, Butler and Spivak." Tina Chanter
2013 Joseph Weiss Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina "Mimetic Play, and Critique in the Works of Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno." Richard A. Lee
2012 Richard Elmore Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina "Critical Ecologies: Violence and Life in the Work of Jacques Derrida and Theodor Adorno." Michael Naas Elizabeth Rottenberg
2012 Daw-Nay Evans Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois "Nietzsche and Classical Greek Philosophy: Essays On Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, And Heraclitus." Will McNeill
2012 Kristin McCartney Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois "Dissolute Pluralism:  The Ethics of Queer Thought." Darrell Moore
2012 Surti Singh American University in Cairo, Egypt    "The Problem of Experience in Adorno’s Philosophy and Aesthetics." Richard A. Lee
2012 James Manos Unknown "A Critique of Political Self-Deception: Kant and Freud At The Edge of Political Theory." Tina Chanter
2012 Heather Rakes DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois "Becoming Identities: The Philosophical Subject, Intersectionality, and Assemblage." Namita Goswami
2011 Dilek Huseyinzadegan Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia "Politics, History, Critique: An Interpretation of Kant’s Political Philosophy In Light Of His Critical-Regulative Method." Avery Goldman
2011 Sina Kramer Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California "Constitutive Exclusion and the Work of Political Unintelligibility." Kevin Thompson
Tina Chanter
Cavin Robinson
LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York.
"Social Contract Theory, African American Slave Narratives, and the Reconstruction of Early Modern Conceptions of Political Freedom."
Jason Hill
2010 Andrew LaZella University of Scranton, Pennsylvania "Thomas Aquinas, the Real Distinction Between Esse and Essence, and Overcoming the Conceptual Imperialism of Metaphysics." Richard A. Lee
2010 Jeremy Bell Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA "The Ethics of Inquiry." Michael Naas
2009 Holly Moore Luther College,
Decorah, Iowa
"Plato's Analogical Thought." Michael Naas
2009 Molly Sturdevant St. Xavier, Chicago, Illinois "The Residence of Infinity in Finite Minds: The Role of Objective Reality in the Work of Descartes and Suarez." Richard A. Lee
2009 Elizabeth Sikes Seattle University, Seattle, Washington “Intellectual Intuition after Kant: Katharsis and the Revolution of the Tragic in Friedrich Hölderlin.” Will McNeill
2009 Kathleen League Unknown "Utopia in the Map of the World: Adorno, Radical Negativity, A Cultural Critique." Peg Birmingham
2008 Samuel Talcott University of Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “Anatomical Operations: The Modern Invention of the Living as Pathological, Or Contributions to a Genealogy of Michel Foucault’s Work.” Darrell Moore
2008 Hernando Estevez Unknown "An Essential Transition in Latin American Nineteenth Century Policital Thought." Elizabeth Millán
2007 Julia Davis Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington “The Poet as Destiny: The Inauguration of Heidegger’s Dialogue with Hölderlin.” Will McNeill
2007 Wesley Swedlow Unknown “Against the Personification of Democracy: Of the Causes, Generation, and Dissolution of the Person with Political Formations.” Darrell Moore
2007 Lisa Tama Weisman Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois “From Totalitarianism to the Tradition: Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx on History, Politics, and Philosophy.” Peg Birmingham
Bill Martin
2007 Robertus Wijanarko Institute for Philosophy and Theology, Malang, Indonesia “Exploring Indonesian Humanism: Revisiting Indonesian Nationalism, Humanism, and National Culture.” Darrell Moore
2007 Peter Gratton Memorial University, Newfoundland “Freedom, Equality, but not Fraternity: Toward a Shared Sovereignty.” Michael Naas
2007 Robert Tapia St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois “Cogito qui vivo: A Vitalistic Approach to the Problem of Man’s Being.” Elizabeth Millán
2007 Robert Valgenti Lebanon Valley University, Annville, Pennsylvania “Critique and the Inheritance of Metaphysics: Philosophical Hermeneutics in the Shadow of Kant.” Will McNeill
2007 Sokthan Yeng Adelphi University, New York “Establishing Community Fitness through Michel Foucault’s Mechanisms of Power.” Darrell Moore
2006 Brett Buchanan Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada. “Onto-Ethologies: Relations Between Uexküll, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze.” Will McNeill
2006 William Behun The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania “The Historical Pivot: Philosophy of History in Hegel, Schelling, and Hölderlin.” Will McNeill
2006 Gerard Kuperus
University of San Francisco, California. “Hegel’s Perspectivism.” Kevin Thompson
2006 Robin James University of North Carolina, Charlotte The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race and the Philosophy of Music" Tina Chanter
2006 Pleshette de Armitt University of Memphis, Tennessee "Echoes of Narcissus: Aporias of Self-Relation in the Works of Rousseau, Kristeva, and Derrida." Peg Birmingham
2006 Nathan Ross Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma
"On Mechanism in Hegel's Social and Political Philosophy." Kevin Thompson
2005 Kenneth Burak Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania “Logic and Resistance: On Retroactive Constitution and Misrecognition in Hegel’s Science of Logic.” Kevin Thompson
2004 Peter Wake St. Edwards University, Texas. “Tragedy, Speculation, and Ethicality in German Idealism.” David Farrell Krell
2004 David Preiman Unknown "Care for the Whole: Some Scattered Remarks on the Introduction to Being and Time and Beyond." Will McNeill
2003 Mark Walter Aurora College, Illinois. “Indications: Heidegger and Levinas on Language and Ethos after Husserl.” Will McNeill
2003 Christina M. Gschwandtner Fordham University, New York "Sparks of Meaning at the Points of Friction: At the Boundary Between Philosophy and Theology in the Work of Jean-Luc Marion." David Pellauer
Michael Naas
2003 Christina Smerick Greenville College, Greenville, IL “Between the Garden and the Gathering: The Intertwining of Philosophy with Theology in Walter Benjamin.” Bill Martin
2003 Philip Cronce Chicago State University, Chicago “Max Scheler’s Typology of the Model Person: A Critique of Societal Role Models.” David Pellauer
2003 Susanne Johansen-Trent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, London, United Kingdom "Beyond Boundaries of Belonging: Transgressions of an Emigrant." Mary Jeanne Larrabee
2003 Elizabeth Hoppe
Lewis University, Illinois. "Looking for Eternity at Two O'Clock: Plato on Time and the Unknowable." Michael Naas
2002 Ellen Cox Transylvania University, Kentucky "The Promise of Reading: Ethics, Narrativity, and the Law." Michael Naas
2002 Kas Saghafi University of Memphis, Tennesse "Apparitions—Of the Other in Contemporary French Philosophy." Michael Naas
2002 Daniel Selcer Duquesne University, Pennsylvania "Method and Repetition in Leibniz and Hegel." Angelic Nuzzo
2002 Robert Vallier DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois "Institution: Of Nature, Life, and Meaning in Merleau-Ponty and Schelling." David Farrell Krell
2001 Keith Peterson Colby College, Waterville, Maine "Problem and Construction: Kant, Schelling, Deleuze." Angelic Nuzzo
2000 Matthew Pacholec Unknown "The Critical Aesthetics of Kant and Lyotard: Aesthetic Temporality, Sublime Subjectivity, and the Immaterial." Peg Birmingham
2000 Susanna Pagliaro
Office of Liberal Arts & SocialSciences, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. "Sensible Being: Sexual Difference, Air, and Other Universal Matters in the Thought of Luce Irigaray." Peg Birmingham
2000 Madeleine Victoria Unknown "A Phenomenological Study of Dance: Dancing Bodies, A Celebration of Life!" David Pellauer
1999 Daniel Price
University of Houston Honors College, Texas. "Difficult Abandon: The Shape of Singularity." Michael Naas
1999 Kelly Coble The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Currently Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio
"Intelligible Character and Deed in Kant, Schelling and Musil." David Farrell Krell
1998 Thomas Brugger
Unknown "Spinoza and Hegel on Ethical Individuals." Stephen Houlgate
1999 Karen Feldman University of California, Berkeley "Rhetoric and Performativity." Department of Rhetoric" Peg Birmingham
1999 Ferit Guven Earlham College, Indiana "The Death of Philosophy and the Beginning of Madness: Plato, Hegel, Heidegger, and Foucault on Madness and Death." Will McNeill
1999 Graham Harman
The American University in Cairo, Egypt "Tool-Being: Elements in a Theory of Objects." Will McNeill
1999 Paul Schafer Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana "The Praxis of Philosophy: Nature, Reason, and Freedom in the Young Marx's Criticism of Hegelian Idealism." Stephen Houlgate
1999 Anna Vaughn Humanities Center, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois "The Generation of Creation: F.W.J. Schelling's Early Plato Studies." David Farrell Krell

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