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​​​​ Vilde Lid Aavitsland
Vilde received her BA from the University of Oslo, Norway, and her MA from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. She originally came to DePaul University on a Fulbright Flagship Scholarship to write her MA thesis, in which she sought to develop a model of political judgment from Hannah Arendt's unfinished work on judgment. Her research interests are in social and political philosophy and 20th century continental philosophy. She is currently writing a dissertation on the concept of history in Michel Foucault’s thought.

Eric Aldieri
Eric Aldieri grew up in Central Connecticut and received his BA in Philosophy from Villanova University. He is currently writing a dissertation on Deleuze's reception of Spinoza, specifically in relation to its soteriological themes. 

Jessica Avery
Jessica earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of New Mexico, where she completed an honors thesis on existentialism in Harry Potter. She received her M.A. in philosophy from DePaul University. Her primary areas of interest include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, philosophy of science, existentialism, philosophy of literature, hermeneutics, and philosophy of film. Jessica is particularly concerned with the intersection of philosophy and science, and her most recent work focuses on nihilism as it relates to science and technology.

Ellery Beard
Born and raised in Alabama, Ellery received his BA in Philosophy & Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation is a study of emanation in Plotinus, including its precursors in Plato and Aristotle and its afterlife in modern philosophy. He is also a fourfold division of nature respecter (Uncreated Creator, Created Creator, Created Non-Creator, Uncreated Non-Creator). Outside of philosophy, Ellery enjoys pulp sword & sorcery novels, old-school heavy metal, and the music dramas of Richard Wagner.​

Joseph Bermas-Dawes
Joseph Bermas-Dawes received his BA from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) in 2017 with a philosophy major, German studies minor, and concentration in critical theory. He is interested in modern and contemporary social and political philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the ontology of immanence. Joseph also works on ethical and political issues related to comedy and laughter. Outside of philosophy, Joseph enjoys cooking, playing video games, watching movies, and going on runs along Lake Michigan.

Joel Bock
Joel received his BA in philosophy from Colorado College, his MA in German Studies from Middlebury College, and his MA in philosophy from DePaul University. He has also participated in academic exchange programs through Maastricht University, the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is currently writing his dissertation on the concepts of work and leisure in the philosophies of Aristotle, Hegel, and Bernard Stiegler. His main research interests include the philosophy of technology, Ancient Greek philosophy, and 19th and 20th century German philosophy. Joel also works as a graduate writing tutor in DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning, and he enjoys traveling, hiking, watching basketball, and French cheeses.

Laura Campos
Laura was born and raised in Austin, Texas and completed her BA in Philosophy and Classical Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research is focused on contemporary phenomenological approaches to questions about the soul and divine and human persons in Medieval and Ancient Greek philosophy.

Cameron C​​oates
Cameron received his BA from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) and his MA in Philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago, IL). His research focuses on Greek philosophy (especially ontology, natural philosophy, and political theory). His dissertation investigates Aristotle’s ontology of life. Cameron’s research has appeared in Phronesis and in Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought

Originally from Connecticut, Greg received his BS with a double major in mathematics and philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his MA in philosophy from Boston College. He is interested in questions which emerge at the intersections of aesthetics and politics and in figures including Marx, Kant, and the first generation of the Frankfurt School.

Juan was born in Chile but lived most of his life in Argentina. He received his BA in Philosophy from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina. His research interests include greek and modern political philosophy (especially Aristotle and Carl Schmitt), 20th century german philosophy (Heidegger and Hartmann), and recent contemporary philosophy (especially Bifo Berardi, Mark Fisher, Bolivar Echeverría. 

Will received his BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and his MA in Philosophy from Duquesne University. He studies the transition from late medieval to early modern philosophy, along with its reception in twentieth-century historicist thought. He currently serves as the Assistant Editor of Philosophy Today​.​​

Ryan Froese received his MA in philosophy from Ryerson University. His primary research interests are 19th century German philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and ethics. His dissertation focuses on modality, normativity, and method in Hegel's Science of Logic.

Jennifer earned her BA and MA in Philosophy from The University of New Mexico. She teaches courses in continental philosophy, history of philosophy, affect theory, existentialism, race and culture, ethics, and carceral studies. Her dissertation argues that models of universal, progressive history and objective, linear historiography not only distort our understandings of selves and worlds, but fail to accommodate those living in the aftermath of colonial trauma. She draws on Nietzsche's philosophy of history and Gloria Anzaldúa's autohistoria-teoría to develop a concept of history that is essential an-archic and creative, and to suggest modes of historiography capable of honoring the often violent multiplicity of inheritances contemporary selves grapple with through ethical engagement with the past and future. 

John Reilly Gould
Originally from New York, John received his BA in Philosophy from SUNY Purchase. His research interests include 19th-century German philosophy (especially Marx and Schopenhauer), and 20th-century German (Heidegger and Adorno), and French philosophy (mainly Levinas, Derrida, and Foucault). He is particularly focused on the role of violence in philosophy and discourses on nuclear weapons. ​

Originally from Shenzhen, China, Alice received her B.A. degree in philosophy from Colorado College where she did research on the temporality of revolutionary politics with special attention to the temporal dimension of the future. She is interested in various schools of thought in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, including phenomenology, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and political theory. Beyond and in conversation with philosophy, she also takes interest in anthropology, literature, and film.

Carlie earned her BA in Philosophy from the University of North Dakota. Her research interests include social and political theory, feminism, environmental philosophy and 20th century continental thought. Most recently she has been working on questions of epistemology, social abjection and historical materialism specifically through the work of Georges Bataille.

M.Kemal Isik is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate in the philosophy department. His research focuses mainly on Ancient Greek thinking, (esp. Greek tragedy and Pre-Socratic thinking) 19th century German philosophy (mainly Nietzsche) and phenomenology, with an
emphasis on philosophical discussions concerning space and time. Kemal received his BA from Bogazici University, Istanbul, and his MA and MPhil from KU Leuven. His dissertation project focuses on eternal recurrence of the same and how it relates to the Greek experience of temporality in pre-Socratic thinking (particularly Homer, Aeschylus, and Heraclitu​s) and to the practice of sacrifice in the Greek mystery cults.

Jessica Jessen has received an interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree in playwriting and philosophy from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands. Her primary philosophical interests include the role of the feminine in the philosophy of Nietzsche, the aesthetics and philosophy of theater, and existentialist theory. She is presently working on her dissertation on the figure of Ariadne in Nietzsche's work. 

Val received their BA in Philosophy, History, and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. Their current research interests include French feminist receptions of psychoanalysis, particularly in Irigaray, Kristeva, Clément, and Kofman. Their most recent project engages Freud and Anzaldúa in contemporary trauma theory. They also work as a graduate student mentor for the Trio McNair Scholars Program, which aims to diversify higher education.

Amelia received her BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Mary. Her main interests include German Idealism, (especially Kant’s aesthetics), ethics and metaethics, as well as Philosophy of Religion, and feminist perspectives on all of these. In addition to philosophy, she is interested in classical music and literature.

Paula Landerreche Cardillo is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy department at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Originally from Mexico City, she earned her Bachelor's in Philosophy from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her MA in Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory at the New School for Social Research (NSSR). She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the NSSR. Her research areas are feminist philosophy, decolonial and postcolonial theory, aesthetics, and philosophy of art (especially performing arts). She is currently working on a dissertation entitled "Difference and the Space of the Commons in Feminist and Decolonial Thinking." She is co-founder and member of the Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter at DePaul, and is committed to diversifying the field of Philosophy. 

Aurora received her BA in philosophy with minors in German Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Oregon. Her main research areas are Social and Political Philosophy, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Arendt and Foucault), Genealogy, Trauma Theory and Feminist Philosophy. She is also interested in bioethics and its critics, particularly within interdisciplinary and applied ethical contexts. Her approach to bioethics is informed by Disability Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Theory.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mary completed her BA in philosophy at Whitman College. Her areas of interest include political philosophy, existentialism, and deconstruction. She currently works on psychoanalysis, focusing on questions related to incompatibility, quantitative/qualitative thresholds of excitation, and the ~responsibilities~ of the ego.

María-Victoria received her BA and MA in Political Science with an emphasis in philosophy from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. And an MA in Philosophy and Contemporary Thought from Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. Her primary research interest focuses on the philosophy of architecture and on the spatial nature of thought in contemporary feminist philosophy and intersectional theory. She is also interested in the work of Hannah Arendt and her reception in French philosophy and theory, as well as in the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Maria-Victoria has also done some work for architectural projects. She received a grant in 2019 from the Graham Foundation for the public program “Behind the Wall: pedagogical exercises for restoring citizenship” in the framework of a project on spaces for restorative justice.

With a BA in liberal arts from Shimer College and an MA in philosophy from Miami University, Bryan has returned to Chicago to work on psychoanalysis and its impact on French philosophy. He is also studying American approaches to clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Insitute while he prepares his dissertation on the concept of 'economy' in the works of Freud, Derrida, Bataille, and Bergson.

Jack received his BA in philosophy from Grinnell College in Iowa. His main interests include 19th and 20th French (Bergson, Deleuze, Klossowski) and German (Kant, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger) philosophy. He is also interested in the intersections between philosophy, film, and music.

David received his BA from NYU in 2013 and his MA from the École normale supérieure in 2016. His dissertation treats the concepts of science and ideology in contemporary French philosophy. With Filippo Del Lucchese and Gil Moréjon, he co-edited and co-translated a selection of 21 texts by the Spinoza scholar Alexandre Matheron published with EUP in 2020.

Ethan earned B.A. degrees from Grinnell College in Philosophy and Spanish. His principal research interests include Latin American and Iberian Philosophy, as well as the history of philosophy in general. Currently, he is studying the influence of mysticisms in Al-Andalus and the northern Iberian medieval kingdoms on the formation of colonial Latin American philosophy and theology. He is chiefly focused on the history of thought in the Andes and modern decolonial approaches to philosophy, theology, and politics. ​

Evan O'Donnell received his BA in Philosophy from Connecticut College. His main interests include Pyrrhonian skepticism, German idealism (and Kant more specifically), and contemporary French philosophy, especially the work of Gilles Deleuze.

Dan Perlman is a doctoral candidate in the philosophy department, currently writing a dissertation on the phenomenological idea of nature and the historical a priori, which covers contemporary efforts to naturalize phenomenology as well as figures including Husserl, Fink, and Merleau-Ponty. He received a BA in Philosophy from Bard College. His main research area is phenomenology, particularly its interdisciplinary application in various fields including cognitive science, archaeology, and mental health care. He is also interested in science and technology studies, historical ontology, and theories of enactive cognition. He is completing a certificate in bioethics. He has taught courses on philosophy and technology, philosophy and film, business ethics, bioethics, multiculturalism, and logic.

Michael is a PhD candidate currently writing a dissertation on nuclear waste ethics, Gramsci, and Derrida. He received his BA from the University of Alberta in 2011 and his MA from Concordia University, Montreal in 2014. His research interests focus on 20th century French and Italian philosophy and questions of inheritance and endurance in environmental philosophy. Outside of the department, Michael is a fan of dive bars, synthesizers, and TTRPGs.

Héctor has a BA in philosophy from Macalester College, an MSc degree from the LSE (Political Theory), and an MA degree in Continental Philosophy (University of Warwick). While a student at DePaul, he also undertook a yearlong exchange program at the École normale supérieure in Paris. He is interested in the history of philosophy and contemporary European philosophy, and his PhD dissertation attempts to bridge the gap between phenomenology and the French Spiritualist tradition, through questions related to perception, knowledge, affectivity, and willing (and, by extension, science, art, and the living subject). ​

Julian Rios Acuña
Julian has his BA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, and an MA in Philosophy from DePaul University. His areas of focus are social and political philosophy, Latin American philosophy, and critical colonial studies including postcolonial and decolonial theory. Julian is also interested in questions of race and racism in the US. He is currently working on a dissertation that puts into dialogue the methodologies of Michel Foucault, Santiago Castro-Gomez, and Achille Mbembe with the goal of finding ways to elaborate philosophical critiques of contemporary postcolonial violence. 

Originally from Istanbul, Ece earned her BA in psychology from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, her MA in philosophy from KU Leuven, Belgium. She also completed the phenomenology module coursework in the MPhil program at KU Leuven. Her research focuses on the notion of affect in relation to the problem of border(ing) and transformation in the social and political field. She mainly works on Deleuze, Foucault, and Spinoza. Her primary areas of interest are 20th century French philosophy, early modern philosophy, and social and political philosophy.

Rachel is a Philosophy PhD Candidate and Instructor at DePaul University, and also teaches courses in Philosophy for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Drawing primarily upon Feminist Philosophy, Black Studies, and Queer Theory, her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore questions of oppression, political resistance, and the production of histories. 

Originally from California, Sarah completed her BA in Religious Studies at Beloit College and has since earned an MA in Philosophy here at DePaul. Her interests lie at the intersection of feminist philosophy, philosophy of religion, and ethics. Her current research aims to bring feminist thought (especially the work of Luce Irigaray) into conversation with Christian theology on questions concerning relationality, mortality, and the human desire for transcendence.

Jacob is a PhD candidate currently writing his dissertation on Hegel’s account of the syllogism. He received a BA in European Studies from Dalhousie University and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Guelph. His research interests focus on German Idealism, ancient philosophy, and questions concerning the relation between logic and metaphysics.

Bilgesu is a teaching fellow and PhD candidate at DePaul University’s Department of Philosophy. She received her BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Bogazici University, Turkey, and her MA from Galatasaray University, Turkey. Her dissertation is an intersectional analysis of the politics of violence over dead bodies in the history of the modern state. Her research interests include ​20th century political philosophy, philosophy of cinema, psychoanalysis and theories of affect. She is a freelance writer and translator, and works as a Supervising Media Genome Analyst at Katch Media Data Analytics.

Ludovico received both his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Essex, in the UK. His research focuses primarily on Ancient Philosophy, esp. Plato and Aristotle, German post-Kantian philosophy, esp. Hegel and Nietzsche, and on the intersection of themes of morality, psychology and ontology.