Graduate Students

Kourosh Alizadeh

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

Areas of Interest: 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.

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

Christopher Bobier

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

Areas of Interest: Medieval philosophy,Early modern philosophy, Philosophy of emotions, Ethics, Philosophy of religion, Epistemology

Aaron Briley

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

Simona Capisani

CapisaniDegrees:
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.
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

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

Areas of Interest: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Language

Matthew Dean

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

Areas of interest: Ethics, Metaphysics, Free will, and Well-being.

Michael Duncan

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

John Fensel

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

Areas of Interest: Metaethics, Practical Reasoning, and Metaphysics

Adam Fox

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

Areas of Interest: Political Philosophy and the Philosophy of Law.

Itzel A. Garcia

GarciaDegrees:
B.A, Philosophy, UC Santa Barbara

Areas of Interest: Epistemology, Ethics

Rena B. Goldstein

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

Areas of Interest: Ethics, Virtue epistemology, Social and Political philosophy, and the Philosophy of education.   

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

Jacob Heim

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

Areas of Interest: Metaethics, Ethics, Agency and Practical reason, Political philosophy, Epistemology

Samuel Kelso

KelsoDegrees:
B.A., Philosophy, University of Iowa

Area of Interest: Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy

Benjamin Leider

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

Areas of Interest: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Metaethics

Steven Norris

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

Areas of Interest: Logic, Social ontology, Promising, History of analytic philosophy

Dylan Popowicz

PopowiczDegrees:
B.A, Philosophy, Cal State University, Sacramento

Areas of Interest: Epistemology, Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry, Bioethics, and Philosophy of Science.

Brandon Richardson

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

Areas of Interest: Epistemology and Political philosophy

Adam Sanders

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

Areas of Interest: Epistemology, Logic, Social Ontology, and Philosophy of Science

Kyle Scott

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

Areas of Interest: Moral and Political philosophy and the History of 18th and 19th-century ethics  

Nicholas Smith

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

Areas of Interests: Ethics, Metaethics, Political philosophy

Andrew Sucre

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

Areas of Interest: Ethics and History of Philosophy

Darby Vickers

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

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