Graduate Placement

Karl SchaferPlacement Director: Professor Karl Schafer

The UCI Philosophy Department is committed to actively supporting its graduate students in preparing for both the academic and non-academic job markets. At UCI the process of preparing for the job market begins well before students consider going on the market. In particular, through our Professional Development Seminar, students develop many of the skills required for success in the job market throughout their time in graduate school. Thus, by the time they reach the placement process proper, they are well placed to focus on tailoring their materials to meet the requirements of particular positions. In developing these materials, the Placement Director works closely with each student, while also drawing on resources outside the Philosophy Department, such as the Office of Engaged Instruction. If you have any questions about the details of this process, please contact the Placement Director

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Jacob Heim

Samuel Kelso

Benjamin Leider

Brandon Richardson

Nicholas Smith


Kourosh Alizadeh

Aaron Briley

Dylan Popowicz
California State University, Sacramento
Adam Sanders
California State University, Sacramento


Christopher Bobier
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Tenure Track 
Simona Capisani
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
Michael Duncan
Part-Time Faculty
CalPoly Pomona
Andrew Sucre


Kyle Banick
Chapman University & Cal State University, Long Beach 
Joseph Dowd
California State University, San Bernardino


Matthew Dworkin
Nathan Fulton
Systematic and clear thinking, along with methodologies for efficient and effective research, are valuable everywhere. Transitioning to a career outside education is mostly a matter of learning the associated jargon and a few tools, and being willing to accept an entry-level position with the confidence that you will advance rapidly. You will, due to the acuity and discipline you bring with you from a graduate education process. 
Maura Priest
Assistant Professor - Tenure Track
Arizona State University
Valentina Ricci
Daniel Robert Siakel
Lecturer, Humanities Core Course
University of California, Irvine
Teaching constitutes our primary contribution to society; don't neglect developing your teaching skills. 
Amanda Trefethen
CSU Long Beach


Louise Kleszyk
Chapman University
Prior: Humanities Research Associate
University of California Irvine

Mark Makin
Assistant Professor
Biola University
Violet McKeon
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Practical Justice Initiative University of New South Wales
Jonathan Shoemaker
Visiting Assistant Professor
Azusa Pacific University
Megan Zane
Visiting Assistant Professor
Azusa Pacific University


Ashley Dressel
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
College of St. Scholastica
I am currently Chair of the Philosophy Department at a small liberal arts college in a city I love. My graduate program prepared me for nearly ever aspect of this position. I was given ample opportunity to teach, which is my primary passion, and my professors (especially Bonnie) were extremely supportive of my work. They helped form me into a polished presenter and researcher capable of participating in the field at all levels, and enabled me to navigate a very challenging job market. I am a first gen student who came to graduate school directly from an undergrad program at a little known university. I am extremely proud of the success I have had so far and I owe a great deal of that to the training and support I received at UCI.

Forrest Fleming
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Daniel Pilchman
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chapman University
Philip Walsh
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
Fordham University
Mathew Yunker
Western Governors University


Mark Bernier
Adjunct Professor
Azusa Pacific University
Prior: Research Associate
UC Irvine

Aaron Griffith
Assistant Professor
College of William and Mary
I am now in my third year at a tenure track job at William & Mary. I would advise Humanities PhD students to publish during grad school, go to as many conferences as you can, make as many connections as you can, and when on the market apply as widely as possible.
Casey Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chapman University
Prior: Adjunct Professor
California State University, Fullerton
Peter Schombert
Prior: Research Associate
UC Irvine


Christina Chuang
Assistant Professor
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
I am fortunate enough to get a tenure track job right after I got my degree, but most people are not so lucky. I'd encourage current Humanities graduate students to look for alternative career while they're in school.
Jason Sheley
Adjunct Faculty
California State University, Fullerton