PhD placement

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PhD alumni career placement

Placement and career information about our alumni is included where known.


2019

Sencan, Sinan
Scientific Pluralism from a Biological Perspective
Supervisor: Marc Ereshefsky

Caouette, Justin
Assessing the Moral Evaluations of Pharmacological Enhancements
Supervisor: Walter Glannon
Currently: Philosophy Lecturer, Bridgewater State University

2018

Hayashi, Teppei
The Continuum: History, Mathematics, and Philosophy
Supervisor: Richard Zach
External Examiner: Bernard Linsky (Alberta)

Hulbert-Smith, Shelley
Amor Fati: Nietzsche's Formula for Human Greatness (A Philosophical Guide to Saying Yes! to life)
Supervisor: Mark Migotti
External Examiner: R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford)
Currently: Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary

Kary, Daniel
Direct Moral Standing and Regan's Lifeboat Cases
Supervisor: Christopher Framarin

External Examiner: Katie McShane (Colorado State)
Currently: Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary

Thomas-Bolduc, Aaron
New Directions for Neo-Logicism
Supervisor: Richard Zach
External Examiner: Roy T. Cook (Minnesota)
Currently: Sessional Instructor, College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, BC

2017

Boutland, C. David
Liberalism and Pluralism: Assessing the Affinity
Supervisor: Allen Habib
External Examiner: Cindy Holder (Victoria)
Currently: Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary

McConwell, Alison
Individuality, the Major Transitions, and the Evolutionary Contingency Thesis
Supervisor: Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner: John Beatty (UBC)
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Puszczalowski, Philip
Creativity, Culture, and Genius: Nietzsche's Ethics of the Creative Life
Supervisor: Mark Migotti
External Examiner: Jessica Berry (Georgia State)
Currently: Sessional Instructor, Camosun College, Victoria

2016

Hebert, Ryan
Telelogism Full Stop: A General Theory of Ability, Agency, Obligation, and Justification
Supervisor: Jeremy Fantl
External Examiner: Timothy Williamson (Oxford)

Jankunis, Frank
Rethinking Environment: The Ethics of a Constructionist View of Our Relation to Nature
Supervisor: Allen Habib
External Examiner: Katie McShane (Colorado State)
Currently: Instructor, Camosun College, Victoria

Lee, Caleb
The Nature of Belief and Its Normative Implications
Supervisor: Jeremy Fantl
External Examiner: J. David Velleman (NYU)
Currently: Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary

2014

Holter, Brandon
The Epistemic Significance of Values in Science
Supervisor: Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner: Heather Douglas (Waterloo)
Currently: Lecturer, Philosophy, East Tennessee State University 

Nordal, Salvör
Privacy as a Social Concept 
Supervisor: Ann Levey
External Examiner: Trudy Govier (Lethbridge)
Currently: Director, Centre for Ethics, University of Iceland 

2013

Bagg, Sara 
Sitting in Judgement: Moral Constraints on Judicial Reasoning within the Bounds of Law
Supervisor: John Baker
External Examiner: Eldon Soifer (Regina)
Completed joint PhD/JD
Currently:  Environmental Lawyer, Calgary.

2012

Anderson, Ardis
Playing by the Rules: A Theory of Embodied Human Rights
Supervisor: Mark Migotti
External Examiner: Roger Shiner (British Columbia)
Currently: Instructor, Philosophy Department, University of Lethbridge 

Dagsson, Jóhannes 
Meaning, Perception, and Works of Art
Supervisor: Jack MacIntosh
External Examiner: Peter Alward (Lethbridge) 
Currently: Instructor, Iceland Academy of the Arts

Mansur, Mostofa
Bertrand Russell's Theory of Definite Descriptions: An Examination"
Supervisor: Ali Kazmi
External Examiner: Bernie Linsky (Alberta) 
Currently: Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Payette, Gillman
A Study in the Logic of Institutions
Supervisor: Richard Zach
External Examiner: Allen Hazen (Alberta)
Recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal
Currently: Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary

Pedroso, Makmiller
A Critique of Modern Biological Essentialism
Supervisor: Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner: John Beatty (British Columbia)
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Towson University

2011

Guerrero, David
Against Naturalist Conceptions of Health: In Defence of Constrained Normativism
Co-Supervisors:  John Baker and Walter Glannon
External Examiner:  Glenn Griener (Alberta)

Murphy, Matthew
Why Not Be an Amoralist?
Supervisor:  John Baker
External Examiner:  Eldon Soifer (Regina)
Currently:  Sessional Instructor, Mount Royal University, Calgary

Steiner, Michael
An Anti-Realist Theory of Natural Kinds
Supervisor:  Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner:  Alexander Bird (Bristol)
Currently:  Business Analyst, TransCanada Pipelines

Tanner, Ryan
Reasons, Final Value, and Relative Value
Supervisor:  John Baker
External Examiner:  Emer O'Hagan (Saskatchewan)
Fall 2012:  Law School, University of Toronto

2010

Dumsday, Travis
Defending an Essentialist Ontology of Kinds, Laws, and Biological Taxa
Supervisor:  Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner:  Crawford Elder (Connecticut)
Currently:  Canada Research Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University College (Edmonton, AB)

Kasaki, Masashi
Contextualism and the Reference Class Problem
Supervisor:  Jeremy Fantl
External Examiner:  Jonathan Vogel (Amherst)
Currently:  Designated Associate Professor, Department of Academic Writing Education,  Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nagoya University

Strasbourg, Tina
Feminist Hobbesian Contractarianism: A Defense
Supervisor:  Elizabeth Brake
External Examiner:  Ann Cudd (Kansas)
Currently: Instructor, Grande Prairie Regional College


2009–2000

2009

Marriott, Chris
Folk Psychology, Cognitive Ethology and Artificial Agents
Co-Supervisors: John Baker, James Parker
External Examiner: Eric Neufeld (Saskatchewan)

Dolgetta, Speranza
The Moral Status of Germ Line Gene Manipulation: Practical Considerations
Supervisor:  John Baker
External Examiner:  Elisabeth Gedge (McMaster)
Completed joint MD/PhD at University of Calgary.
Currently:  Medical Doctor, Calgary

Sager, Alexander
Immigration, Rights, and Equality
Co-Supervisors:  Dennis McKerlie, Kai Nielsen
External Examiner:  Michael Blake (Washington)
Currently:  Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Portland State University (Oregon)

2008

Edgar, Stuart
Deciphering the World: A Study in Schopenhauer's Metaphysics
Supervisor:  Mark Migotti
External Examiner: Chris Janaway (Southampton)
Currently:  Philosophy Instructor, Athabasca University

Joss, Jennifer 
The Ineliminability of Metaphors in Biology
Supervisor:  Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner:  Richard Boyd (Cornell)
Currently: Lawyer, Calgary (JD University of Calgary)

Urbaniak, Rafal
Leśniewski's Systems of Logic and Mereology: History and Reevaluation
Supervisor:  Richard Zach
External Examiner: John Kearns (University at Buffalo)
Currently:  Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdańsk (Poland); Associate Researcher, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ghent University (Belgium)

2007

Fenton, Andrew
Aping the substantive epistemic subject? In search of epistemic equals in the genus Pan
Supervisor: John Baker
External Examiner: Bruce Hunter (University of Alberta)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University

Kobasigawa, Yoshiki
Meinong Plus
Supervisor:  Ali Kazmi
External Examiner: David Kaplan (UCLA)
Currently:  Instructor, Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary

2006

Hendrikse, Jesse
Explanation and Inheritance
Supervisor: Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner: James Griesemer (UC Davis)
Currently: Instructor, Community Health Services, University of Calgary

2005

Gillis, Marin
The Human Stem Cell Debate and the Commodification of Women: Ethical Considerations
Supervisor: Dennis McKerlie
External Examiner: Elisabeth Gedge (McMaster) 
Currently:  Professor and Chief, Division of Ethics, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

Janzen, Gregory
The Reflexive Nature of Consciousness
Supervisor: John Baker
External Examiner: William Seager (Toronto)
Currently:  Lawyer, Calgary (JD Osgoode Hall School of Law)

Albahari, Miri
The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self
Supervisor: John Baker
External Examiner: Uriah Kriegel (Arizona)
Currently: Lecturer, University of Western Australia

2003

Mellow, David
A Critique of Just War Theory
Supervisor: Thomas Hurka, Dennis McKerlie
External Examiner: Jeff McMahan (Rutgers) 

2001

Odenbaugh, Jay
Searching for Patterns, Hunting for Causes: A Philosophical Examination of Mathematical Modeling in Theoretical Ecology
Supervisor: Marc Ereshefsky
External Examiner: William Wimsatt (Chicago)
Currently:  Associate Professor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. 

2000

Sisson, Janet
The Influence of Mathematics on Plato's Moral Theory
Supervisor: John Baker
External:  David Hitchcock (McMaster)