Lindsay Atnip

Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago

Intellectual interests: Artistic and literary modernism; Social
theory, particularly of art and/in modernity; Film; Philosophical film
and literary criticism

Nicholas Bellinson

Nicholas studied early modern intellectual history at Princeton and Renaissance art history at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He plans to write his dissertation for the Committee on Shakespeare. His incipient and long-standing intellectual interests include the lyric (from antiquity onwards), drama, and poetic form; the sculpture of Michelangelo; the influence of classical antiquity upon the post-antique world; Counter-Reformation science; neo-Platonism and early Christianity; historical periodization; psychoanalysis.

Paul Cato

Education: B.A. in Religion, Swarthmore College (2014)

Interests: Philosophy of Religion • Philosophy of Love • Interrelatedness & Intersubjectivity • 19th & 20th Century Continental Philosophy • Otherness & Conceptions of Self • Black Social & Political Thought • Postcolonial Theory • Fyodor Dostoevsky • Plato • Emmanuel Lévinas • James Baldwin

Noah Chafets

Undergraduate Degree:  B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College

Interests include ancient Greek philosophy and rhetoric, German idealism, psychoanalysis and Shakespeare. 

Dissertation: Plato's Phaedrus.

Danielle Charette

Undergrad: Swarthmore College, BA in English Literature (2014)

Interests: Republicanism and its legacy, Machiavelli in the Scottish Enlightenment, eighteenth-century commercial society, David Hume, politics and literature

Dissertation: "Hume, Machiavelli and the Acquisitive Passions"

Elena Comay del Junco

Joint degree program in Social Thought and Philosophy

Previous education: B.A. (Hons., 1st Class) in Philosophy and German, McGill University

Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (esp. metaphysics, natural philosophy); Political Philosophy (esp. race and racism); Arabic-Islamic philosophy; Feminism

Dissertation title: Aristotle's Cosmological Ethics

Dissertation committee: Gabriel Richardson Lear and Martha Nussbaum  (co-chairs), Christopher Shields (Notre Dame)

Charles Comey

B.A. Bates College Dissertation: "Reciprocation, Relationship, and Arousal"--in which I try to puzzle out the relationship between intrinsic and intrumental value in love. Intellectual interests include the history of ethics (especially in relation to love), contemporary practical philosophy, philosophy and literature, Greek and German Philosophy, New England Transcendentalism, and human ecology. 

Shana Crandell

Joint Degree candidate in Social Thought and Philosophy

Previous Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Barnard College

Dissertation: Hegel's logic and metaphysics

Andrew Dixon

Is interested in intellectual history, political philosophy, hermeneutics, aesthetics & criticism, and most enjoys reading / thinking about literary philosophy (Zhuangzi, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein) and philosophical literature (Melville, Dostoyevsky, Lu Xun, Kafka).

Luke Foster

Education: Columbia University ’15, English and History

Interests: philosophy of education, therapeutic selfhood and its critics, the relationship of theology and politics, and the role of mythology in modern literature. Intending a primary focus on the 19th-century United States with an eye to comparative modernities and their educational regimes.

Pablo Andres Gonzalez

Education: BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, New York University (NYU); MA in International Relations and Development Economics, SAIS (Johns Hopkins)

Interests: Modern political theory; classical political economy; economic history, institutional economics; sociology of capitalism, critics of capitalism.; Marxism. 

Work experience: Consultant in human development at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

David Gutherz

Undergrad: Oberlin College (2009)

Interests: Shifting relations between art and politics in modernism; psychoanalysis and anti-psychiatry; post-Hegelian thought; fascisms.

Jue Hou

Education: B.A. in English, Tsinghua University (2017)

Interests: writing and/as technology; modern Chinese and Irish literatures; critical theory; contemporary East Asian art; translation; language/script reforms and literary modernisms; the Classics in modern China.


Uday Jain

Education: MA (Hons) Political Science at the University of Edinburgh (2014)

Interests: Plato and Platonism in the history of political thought; the ethics and politics of psychoanalysis; Homer, Proust, and Ferrante; contemporary political economy; critical theory.

Ben Jeffery

Interests: Shakespeare, literary criticism, Marx.

Education: King's College London, BA in Philosophy (2009). University College London, MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health (2011).

Author of Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism (Zero Books, 2011).

Chenxin Jiang

Undergraduate: Comparative Literature at Princeton University

Interests: poetry, translation, German, Chinese, literature and philosophy.

Amy Levine

Joint Degree Program in Social Thought and Philosophy 

Education: BA, Philosophy and English, Williams College (2014); BPhil, Philosophy, University of Oxford (2016)

Interests: Psychoanalysis, Ethics, Kant, Modern Jewish Thought, Philosophy and Literature

Eliza Starbuck Little

Education: BA, Politics, Oberlin College; MA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College Annapolis.

Interests: German Idealism, especially Hegel; History of Metaphysics; Philosophy of Nature; Literature & Philosophy.

Dissertation Committee: Robert Pippin (chair), David Wellbery, Matt Boyle

Dissertation Title: "Hegel’s Aesthetic Inferentialism and the Self-Schematization of Reason"

Emma Lunbeck

Education: B.A. in Religious Studies, Yale University (2008).

Interests: Freud, Proust, Homer, the Hebrew Bible, mythology, tragedy, and dreams.

Jozef Majernik

Education: BA in Political Science, BISLA (2012); MA in Philosophy, Leiden University 

Dissertation: Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations

Interests: Nietzsche; Plato; Heidegger and his students (especially Jan Patočka and Leo Strauss); ethics; modern returns to ancient thought.

Mat Messerschmidt

Interests: aesthetics, phenomenology, deconstruction, literary theory, English and German Romanticism, Friedrich Nietzsche, literary philosophy, pedagogy

Undergraduate education: University of Michigan 2010, BA in Philosophy and English Language & Literature

Johanna Mick

Previous education:  B.A. Economics, Philosophy, M.A. Political Philosophy, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; M.A. in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Interests: Political philosophy, Philosophy of war, Spanish Conquest, Second Scholasticism (Sepúlveda, Acosta, Vitoria, De la Peña)

Katie Bellamy Mitchell

B.A. in Philosophy and English at Georgetown University (2015)

— Honors Thesis, Department of Philosophy: “A Phenomenology of the Externalized Self in Social Media”

— Honors Thesis, Poetry, Department of English: “An Otherwise Flat Space”

My interests include phenomenology, critical theory, intersubjectivity and conceptions of self and subjectivity, legal and philosophical articulations of sexual consent, and 20th and 21st Century poetry and poetics.

I am currently researching the literary history and evolution of apologies and apologetic form. 

David G. Molina

Joint Ph.D. candidate in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Comparative Literature

Education: B.A in Humanities/Russian and East European Studies (distinction in both majors), Yale University (2015); M.A. in Philosophy, University of Chicago (2017); M.A. in Russian, Middlebury College (2020)

Interests: Russian and Soviet Cinema; Russian Silver Age poetry and prose; comparative arts; literature and philosophy; German idealism; Luso-Brazilian poetry and prose; theories of allusion and intertextuality; theory and practice of literary translation

Dissertation: “Kira Muratova and the Struggle for Mutual Interpretability”

Dissertation Committee: Robert B. Pippin, Daria Khitrova (Harvard University), Françoise Meltzer


Hannah Mosher

Undergrad: Wheaton College

Intellectual interests: Kierkegaard, Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Phenomenology and Existentialism

Dissertation: The Role of Inwardness in Kierkegaard's Ethics
Dissertation Advisor: Jonathan Lear

Julia Mueller

Previous education: University of Oregon, BA in English and French; University of Chicago, MA in Humanities

Interests: poetry and poetics; essays; novellas; film; natural history; observation and attention

Antoine Pageau St-Hilaire

Education: B.A. Philosophy, Laval University; Certificate, Liberal Arts, Laval University; M.A. Philosophy, University of Ottawa.

M.A. Thesis: "The Greek Roots of Philosophy: Theôria and Praxis in the Platonism of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Leo Strauss"            

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy (esp. Plato and Aristotle), moral and political philosophy, metaphysics and ontology continental philosophy (esp. phenomenology and hermeneutics), the relationship between metaphysics and politics (with specific attention to Aristotle's concept of ἐνέργεια) and the contemporary recoveries and reappropriations of Greek thought and concepts (esp. in continental and German philosophy, e.g. M. Heidegger, H.-G. Gadamer, L. Strauss, H. Arendt, J. Derrida, P. Ricoeur).

Luke Parker

Undergrad Institution: Vassar College

Interests:  Greek literature & Early Greek philosophy (esp. Pre-Socratics and Plato); Poetics; Reception, comparison, and adaptation of classical traditions; Nature & ecological writing

Dissertation: “Listening to ΛΟΓΟΣ: A Prose Poetics in Heraclitus

Committee: Glenn Most (Chair), Gabriel Lear, Mark Payne


Rik Peters

Education: BA Philosophy and Classics, University of Amsterdam (2011/2012); MA Philosophy, University of Amsterdam (2014); MA Classics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014)

Interests: Modern European philosophy (from German Idealism to poststructuralism); metaphysics; ancient philosophy; ancient Greek science; the concept of ‘wonder’ in Greek thought; Hellenistic literature (esp. Callimachus); paradoxography; classical philology; history of science; history of the humanities.

Aparna Ravilochan

Undergraduate education: St. John's College, Santa Fe

Interests: Aristotle's science and metaphysics; philosophy of science; history of mathematics, biology, physics & cosmology

Andrea Ray

Previous education: B.A. in History, Pomona College; M.A in Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Interests: History and/of philosophy in the early modern and modern periods, rationalism, German idealism

Michael Rutherglen

B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. 

Interested in conceptuality and musicality in lyric poetry, the history of lyric forms, and poetics broadly; the materiality of language; aesthetics, German Idealism, and phenomenology, particularly Heidegger’s; Gerard Manley Hopkins.

A founding editor of The Winter Anthology (, a collection of 21st century literature and thought published annually.

John Sexton

Education: BA, History & Government, University of Sydney; MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago.

Interests: French political philosophy; American political thought; political theory.

Dissertation Committee: Ralph Lerner, Nathan Tarcov (co-chairs), Pierre Manent. 

Dissertation Title: Unorthodox Adversaries: Tocqueville, Gobineau & the Meaning of Modernity

Benjamin Silver

BA, UChicago (2014), Philosophy and Political Science

Interests: moral education, philosophy of law, regime preservation and constitutionalism, philosophy of labor, Aristotle.

Joseph Simmons

Education: B.A. Mathematics and English Literature, University of Dallas (2011)

Dissertation committee: Rosanna Warren (chair), John Muse, Miguel Tamen (University of Lisbon) 

Interests include literature and philosophy; literature and theology; British high modernist poetry; history of criticism; interpretation; analogy; skepticism; theatricality.

My dissertation project compares the work of poet and print-maker David Jones with that of poet and dramatist W. H. Auden. Other projects involve, in various combinations, John Henry Newman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, and Geoffrey Hill.

Robert Stone

Undergraduate: Politics at Princeton University

Interests: The history of political thought from the 18th to 19th centuries; conceptions of liberty; classical reception in 19th century political thought; the work of John Stuart Mill and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Philip Sugg

Undergraduate: Duke University

Interests: 18th and 19th-century German literature and philosophy, religion and secularism in modernity

Josh Trubowitz

Education: The University of Chicago

Interests: Moral and political philosophy, esp. in relation to the philosophy of mind.

Michail Vlasopoulos

March 2008, National Technical University of Athens

MDes 2012, Harvard University; G. M. McCue Medal; Honors Thesis

Originally trained as an architect, Michail Vlasopoulos is primarily interested in Early Modern Philosophy―Descartes, Spinoza, through to Leibniz―and the Philosophy of Biology, from Aristotle to figures of nineteenth-century Continental Formalism such as J. W. von Goethe, Lorenz Oken, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Louis Agassiz. His Master's thesis "Spinoza, Goethe, and the Philosophy of Form" attempted to capture the latent Spinozism undergirding Goethe's grand vision for an all-encompassing science of form. He enjoys discussing a wide range of topics in the history of ideas, especially as it relates to the constant struggle of the laws of thought to grapple with the recalcitrant multiplicity of the Natural world.

Austin Walker

Intellectual interests in history and philosophy of education

Konrad Weeda

I am currently writing a dissertation titled "Poetic Forms of Life: Reading Horace and his Virgil," in which I seek to describe the salient features of a conceptual space that we can call "form of life" in the poetry of Virgil and Horace. Broadly, I am interested in literary history and poetics. Besides Virgil and Horace, authors of interest include Theocritus, Catullus, Nietzsche, and Giorgio Agamben. I am a joint degree student in the Committee on Social Thought and the Classics Department; my undergraduate degree is in Classics from the University of Chicago (2011).

David Williams

Education: BA in Classics, Kenyon College; Joint Program in Classics and Social Thought.

Interests: Ancient Greek literature and philosophy, esp. Athenian drama and Plato; political philosophy; comedy and humor; classical philology.

Rachel Wong

Education: B.A. in Social Studies, M.A. in East Asian Regional Studies at Harvard.

Interests: Politics and aesthetics, Chinese socialism, anthropology and its methods, film theory.

Xinyue Zhang

Education: BA from Bard College Berlin (formerly European College of Liberal Arts), 2018

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy, Aristotelian ethics, German romanticism, 20th century French philosophy (especially Simone Weil, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida), epic as a literary form, modernist poetry.