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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
Originally from Connecticut, Eric Aldieri earned his BA in Philosophy and Humanities from Villanova University and his MA in Philosophy from DePaul University. He is currently writing a dissertation on Deleuze’s reception of Spinoza, specifically its soteriological elements. His broader interests include 20th Century French Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Critical Theory. He currently serves as a Graduate Assistant to the SPEP Executive Committee.

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 main interests include ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle), late antique Platonism (especially Plotinus), the Great Chain of Being, and the relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. Ellery’s ongoing dissertation project is an attempt to understand how the Many comes from the One in terms of emanation, and ultimately how this emanation again returns to its source. 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.

Will received a BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and an 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.

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 where she
taught in the Department of English. She teaches courses in continental philosophy, history of
philosophy, affect theory, existentialism, race and culture, ethics, and carceral studies. She is
currently working on questions arising at the intersection of philosophies of temporality and
history, memorial politics, hermeneutics, and ethics. 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 alongside Gloria Anzaldúa’s
autohistoria-teoría to develop a concept of history that is essentially 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. Jennifer serves as a member of the APA graduate student council, and is a former McNair
scholar and PIKSI participant. She remains committed to increasing support for those from
traditionally underrepresented groups in philosophy and the academy at large.

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 Heraclitus) and to the
practice of sacrifice in the Greek mystery cults.

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.

Originally from Mexico City, Paula Landerreche Cardillo earned her Bachelor’s in Philosophy
from Unversidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her MA in Philosophy and Psychoanalytic
Theory at the New School for Social Research (NSSR) before coming to DePaul. She also holds a
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the NSSR. Her interests include
feminist philosophy, decolonial and postcolonial theory, aesthetics, and philosophy of art. She is
currently working on a dissertation entitled “Difference and the Space of the Commons in
Feminist Thinking.” She is co-founder and member of the Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
Chapter at DePaul University 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 bachelor's 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

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.

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.

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

Rachel achieved her BA in Philosophy at SUNY New Paltz in 2014. Drawing upon Black
Studies, Feminist Philosophy, and Queer Theory, her research takes a pluralist and intersectional
approach to explore questions of oppression, political resistance, and the production of histories.
Her dissertation examines the constitutive role that linear-progressive temporality plays in the
repetitions (and concealment) of anti-Black violence in the United States. Then, it offers a study
of non-linear histories and notions of political subjectivity that have been elaborated and enacted
by scholars, artists, and activists, and how these frameworks might aid in projects of social

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.