Graduate Students

Kourosh Alizadeh

B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Denver

Publications/ Presentations: “Physicalism, Qualia Inversion, and Conceivability Arguments”, Consortium Journal (2011)

Research Interests: The study of Kantian and Hegelian metaphysics, as well as Hegelian dialectic, serve as the focal points of my general interest in the history of philosophy. In contemporary philosophy, it is metaphysics and epistemology, especially as related to questions of ontology, that most interest me.

Christopher Bobier

M.A., Philosophy, UC Irvine
B.A., Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton

Research Interests: Medieval philosophy,Early modern philosophy, Philosophy of emotions, Ethics, Philosophy of religion, Epistemology;

Aaron Briley

M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Irvine
B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

Simona Capisani

M.A., Philosophy, San Francisco State University
B.A., Interdisciplinary Humanities- Philosophy, University of San Diego

I am a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy at UCI. I received my Masters in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. My current research lies at the intersections of social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and applied ethics with an emphasis in environmental ethics and justice. My dissertation research focuses on the challenges of displacement due to climate change. My work aims to address the normative gap in the contemporary international refugee protection regime and the questions regarding our obligations to  `climate refugees.'

I am currently completing the Graduate Feminist Emphasis (GFE) at UCI, a certificate program that provides interdisciplinary training and education in Feminist studies. I hold a Certificate in Teaching Excellence from UCI and I am a UCI Pedagogical Fellow (PF). As a Pedagogical Fellow I have advanced training in pedagogical theory and serve as a mentor in training TA's and faculty in teaching and educational/course development. My emphasis is on inclusive pedagogy.

I have taught courses in Moral Theory, Applied Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, History of Philosophy, and Critical Thinking. 

Inclusive pedagogy drives my course design, teaching methods, research, and service to the discipline, academic institutions, and local communities beyond the university. Thus, my commitment to inclusive pedagogy is also a commitment to improving the conditions for under-represented groups in Philosophy in particular.

I have pursued a commitment to supporting such groups on the local level within my department - organizing a number of workshops, a conference, and other events, serving as a chair of the women's graduate group Hypatia as well as in a more expansive level as a member of the leadership board for the non-profit Minorities and Philosophy (MAP). MAP is a network of graduate students dedicated to facilitating increased participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy.

I am currently one of the three international organizers for MAP.  The organization has expanded in the past four years to have more than 80 chapters internationally, which have together organized more than 200 events and projects dedicated to addressing issues of minority participation in professional philosophy. For more on the origin and development of our organization-turned-non-profit please read here.

Rachel Cooper

M.A., Philosophy, San Francisco State University
B.A., Philosophy, San Francisco State University

Research Interests: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Language

Matthew Dean

M.A., Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
B.A., Philosophy and English, University of Saskatchewan

Research Interests: Ethics, Metaphysics, Free will, and Well-being.

Michael Duncan

M.A, Philosophy, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Washington

John Fensel

M.A., Philosophy, University of Houston
B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Metaethics, Practical Reasoning, and Metaphysics

Adam Fox

M.A., Philosophy, Georgia State University
J.D., University of Arizon
B.A., Philosophy, University of Arizona

Research Interests: Political Philosophy and the Philosophy of Law.

Itzel A. Garcia

B.A, Philosophy, UC Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Epistemology, Ethics

Rena B. Goldstein

M.A., Philosophy and Education, California State University, Los Angeles
B.A., Philosophy and Humanities, University of Colorado at Boulder

Publications/  Presentations: Forthcoming book chapter: "The Problems of Contingency In Testimonial Exchanges" (forthcoming in Philosophy and Social Justice in the 21st century (Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield).  Northwest Philosophy Conference: "The Problem of Contingency in Testimonial Exchanges," Gonzaga University, Spokane W.A., Oct. 14-15, 2016; Significations Conference: “The Problem of Contingency,” California State University, Los Angeles, California, May 2016

Research Interests: Ethics, Virtue epistemology, Social and Political philosophy, and the Philosophy of education.

Jacob Heim

M.A., Philosophy, Ohio State University
B.A, Philosophy, Souther Virginia University

Research Interests: Metaethics, Ethics, Agency and Practical reason, Political philosophy, Epistemology

Samuel Kelso

B.A., Philosophy, University of Iowa

Research Interests: Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy

Benjamin Leider

M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago
B.A., Philosophy, Grinnell College

Research Interests: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Metaethics

Steven Norris

M.A, Philosophy, Tufts University
B.A, Philosophy, UCLA

Research Interests: Logic, Social ontology, Promising, History of analytic philosophy

Dylan Popowicz

B.A, Philosophy, Cal State University, Sacramento

Research Interests: Epistemology, Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry, Bioethics, and Philosophy of Science.

Brandon Richardson

B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Chapman University

Research Interests: Epistemology and Political philosophy

Adam Sanders

M.A., Philosophy, UC Irvine
M.A., Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles
B.A., Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Epistemology, Logic, Social Ontology, and Philosophy of Science

Kyle Scott

M.A., Philosophy, Northwestern University
B.A., Philosophy, Tufts University

Research Interests: Moral and Political philosophy and the History of 18th and 19th-century ethics  

Nicholas Smith

M.A. in Philosophy, Ohio University
B.A., Philosophy, Brandeis University

Research Interests: Ethics, Metaethics, Political philosophy

Andrew Sucre

J.D., Harvard University
M.A., Philosophy, University of Missouri- St. Louis
B.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia

Research Interests: Ethics and History of Philosophy

Darby Vickers

M.A., Classics, University of California, Irvine
B.A., Classics, Reed College

Research Interests: Ancient philosophy (especially Plato and Iamblichus), Epistemology, Political philosophy, Philosophy of history and archaeology