Emma Lunbeck

Graduate Student Assistant

Education: B.A. in Religious Studies, Yale University

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

Emma Lunbeck

Jessie Elizabeth Alperin

Education: B.A. in Comparative Literature, Kenyon College; M.A. in History of Art, Williams College Graduate Program at the Clark Art Institute

Interests: Nineteenth-century visual art & literature, art historiography, air and atmosphere, illustrated books & works on paper, history of sculpture, poetry & poetics, aesthetic effects, theories of imagination & experience

Editor-in-Chief of Venti Journal: Air, Experience, Aesthetics: venti-journal.com.

Paul Cato

Education: B.A. in Religion and Black Studies, Swarthmore College, 2014

Interests: James Baldwin; Love Studies; Intellectual History; Religion, Literature, and Arts; African American Literature; Black Cultural Studies; Modern Religious Thought; Affect & Emotion; Audre Lorde; Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dissertation title: “Talk of Fire, Invisibility, and the Erotic: James Baldwin, African American Literature, and the Theological-Political Discourse of Active Love”

Committee: Joel Isaac (Chair), Richard Rosengarten, Sarah Hammerschlag, Kenneth Warren


Luke Foster

Education: B.A. in English and History,  Columbia University, 2015

Interests: History of political thought, political philosophy, educational theory, modern receptions of the ancients, American political thought, French and German Enlightenments. 

Dissertation title: "Separated Powers in the Democratic Soul: The Liberal Arts and the Pursuit of Excellence in America."

Dissertation committee: Nathan Tarcov (chair), Joel Isaac, and Joshua Mitchell (Georgetown University). 

Luke Foster

Sam Gee

Education: B.A. in History and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017); M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago (2019)

Interests: American intellectual history, religion & literature, loyalty & commitment, nature & wildness, philosophy of history

David Alejandro Hernandez

Education: BA in philosophy and English, University of California, Berkeley, 2015; MFA in poetry, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2018

Interests: Authorship; aesthetic experience; literary modernism; metaphysics & skepticism; Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Strauss, and the possibility of philosophy.

Jue Hou

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

Interests: writing and/as technology; literary modernism, esp. Chinese, Irish, Japanese, French; STS; media studies; philology and modernity.

Jue Hou

Uday Jain

Education: M.A. (Hons) in Political Science, 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; Ambedkarite political thought; Black political thought.

Dissertation title: "Pedagogies of Freedom: Comparing W. E. B. Du Bois and B. R. Ambedkar"

Dissertation committee: Joel Isaac (Chair), Jennifer Pitts, Michael Dawson

Uday Jain

Stefanos L. Jones

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Yale University, 2020

Interests: Plato, the Sophists, Idealism, problems of error, phenomenological philosophy

Adam Katwan

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Philosophy

Education: BA/MA in Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 2020

Interests: Kant and German idealism, Kierkegaard, phenomenology, Wittgenstein, Jewish philosophy; perception and embodiment, language, intersubjectivity, aesthetic and religious experience; conceptions of first philosophy

David Kretz

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Germanic Studies

Education: B.A. in philosophy, literature, and intellectual history, Bard College Berlin (formerly European College of Liberal Arts); M.A. in Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure (Paris)

Interests: translation theory, 19th and 20th-century social and political thought, modernity, liberal education.

David Kretz

Sam Lee

Education: B.A. in Classics, Yale University (2019)

Interests: Literary self-consciousness, English and German Romanticism, Greek tragedy & its reception, Kierkegaard
Sam Lee

Amy Levine

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Philosophy 

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English, Williams College, 2014; BPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford, 2016

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

Dissertation title: "Autonomy and Anxiety."

Dissertation committee: Jonathan Lear (chair), Matthew Boyle (Philosophy), Candace Vogler (Philosophy)

Carol Lewis

Education: B.S. in Mathematics, Furman University (2018)

Interests: ancient politics, politics & literature, family, friendship, Plato, Machiavelli.

Carol Lewis

Jozef Majernik

Education: B.A. in Political Science, BISLA, 2012; M.A. in Philosophy, Leiden University 

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

Dissertation: "Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations"

Dissertation Committee: Heinrich Meier, Robert Pippin, Nathan Tarcov.

Jozef Majernik

Mat Messerschmidt

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English Language & Literature, University of Michigan

Interests: secularization and the loss of faith, the corporeal in philosophy & theology, philosophy of religions, Nietzsche, Heidegger, existentialism, deconstruction, phenomenology

Dissertation title: Nietzsche's Death of God as a Physiological Event

Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (co-chair), Ryan Coyne (co-chair), Jean-Luc Marion, David Wellbery

Johanna Mick

Education: BA in Economics and Philosophy, MA in Political Philosophy, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá; MA in the Social Sciences, The University of Chicago.

Interests: Political philosophy, philosophy of war, ethics   

Dissertation: “Is War a World Apart? ‘Necessity’ in Walzer, Thucydides and Hobbes” 

Dissertation Committee: Nathan Tarcov (chair), Christopher Lynch, Richard B. Miller 

Johanna Mick

K. Bellamy Mitchell

Joint degree student in Social Thought & the Department of English Language and Literature

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English, Georgetown University, 2015; M.A. in English Language & Literature, 2021

Interests: American and Canadian 20th & 21st Century Poetry and Poetics, Indigenous Literature, Migration and Movement, Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Theories of Language and Law

Dissertation: "A Poetics of Apology"

Dissertation Committee: Sianne Ngai (co-chair, English); Andrei Pop (co-chair, Social Thought); Jonathan Lear (Social Thought); Tina Post (English, Theater & Performance Studies)


K. Bellamy Mitchell

David Molina

Joint degree candidate in Social Thought and 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

David Molina

John Muller

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Philosophy

Education: B.A. in History and Economics, Dartmouth College; J.D., Yale Law School; M.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Interests: Self-Deception, Ambivalence, Psychoanalysis, Skepticism, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy and the Arts, Disability. 


John Muller

Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Université Laval (2015); M.A. in Philosophy, University of Ottawa (2017)

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy, German philosophy, phenomenology, hermeneutics, history of political philosophy, appropriations of Plato and Aristotle in German and Continental philosophy

Dissertation title: "A German Second Sailing: The Dialogical Platonism of Leo Strauss, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Gerhard Krüger"

Dissertation Committee: Robert B. Pippin (Chair), Glenn W. Most, David E. Wellbery, Francisco J. Gonzalez (University of Ottawa)

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Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire

Rik Peters

Joint degree candidate in Social Thought and Classics

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and Classics, University of Amsterdam, 2011/2012; M.A. in Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, 2014; M.A. in Classics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2014

Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (esp. ethics and aesthetics); History of Science and History of Knowledge; History and Philosophy of Emotions; Hellenistic Literature; Modern European Philosophy (esp. Kant, Heidegger, Foucault); Lucretius.

Dissertation title: "The History of Wonder in Hellenistic Philosophy"

Dissertation committee: Elizabeth Asmis and Gabriel Richardson Lear (co-chairs), Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Lorraine Daston

Rik Peters

Andrea Ray

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

Interests: German Idealism, early modern philosophy, and history of philosophy.

Dissertation: "Reasoning Over Time: Hegel's Critique of Spinoza and the Possibilities of History"

Dissertation Committee: Robert Pippin; Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London); Lorraine Daston

Andrea Ray

Michael Rutherglen

Education: B.A. (Highest Distinction) in English, University of Virginia; M.F.A. in Poetry, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; M.A. in the Humanities, University of Chicago

Interests: intentionality, conceptuality, and musicality in 19th and 20th century lyric poetry; hermeneutics; phenomenology.

Dissertation title: "An Expressivist Account of Poetic Sound." 

Dissertation Committee: Rosanna Warren (chair), David Wellbery, Joshua Scodel (English Department), Richard Strier (English Department)

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

Michael Rutherglen

Benjamin Salman

Education: B.A. in Music and the Joint Major in Philosophy & Religious Studies, Stanford University (2018); M.M. in Music Composition, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (2021)

Interests: Greek philosophy (especially Plato and Neoplatonism); German philosophy (especially Fichte, Hegel, and Heidegger); the history and philosophy of logic; aesthetics; philosophy of music


John Sexton

Education: B.A. in History & Government, University of Sydney; M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago

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

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

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

John Sexton

Ben Silver

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, University of Chicago, 2014 

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

Ben Silver

Robert Stone

Education: B.A. in Politics, Princeton University

Interests: History of political thought, democratic theory

Dissertation Title: "Thucydides on Democratic Decision-Making"

Dissertation committee: Nathan Tarcov (chair), Matthew Landauer, Arlene Saxonhouse (University of Michigan)

Robert Stone

Josh Trubowitz

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Philosophy

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, University of Chicago

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato & Aristotle; the problem of being.

Dissertation title: "Being Manifest: Aristotle on Perception."

Dissertation committee: Gabriel Lear (chair), Agnes Callard, Martha Nussbaum.

Josh Trubowitz

Michail Vlasopoulos

Education: B.A., National Technical University of Athens, 2008; M.Des. in Architecture, Harvard University, 2012

Interests: Early Modern Philosophy―Descartes, Spinoza, through to Leibniz―and the Philosophy of Biology, from Aristotle to figures of nineteenth-century Continental Formalism such as Goethe, Lorenz Oken, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Louis Agassiz.

Michail Vlasopoulos

Karl von der Luft

Education: B.A., St. John's College, Santa Fe

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy, Hegel, history & philosophy of science, political philosophy, phenomenology

Austin Walker

Interests: history and philosophy of education.

Austin Walker

Jimmy White

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Classics

Education: B.A. in Classics and the Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame

Interests: Homer, Sophocles, similes & metaphors, prosocial behavior & non-competitive attitudes

David Williams

Joint degree candidate in Social Thought and Classics

Education: B.A. in Classics, Kenyon College

Interests: Ancient Greek poetry and philosophy, esp. Aristophanes and Plato; comedy and tragedy; ancient and modern intellectual history; historical semantics and conceptual history

Dissertation title: “The Comic Critique of Philosophy: Aristophanes, Plato, and the Bios Theōrētikos

Rachel Wong


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

Interests: Aesthetics in the Age of Goethe, 19th- and 20th-Century German Literature, Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy, Critical Theory and Phenomenology 

Dissertation Title: "After Schiller: Naïve Modernism from Nietzsche to the New Left”

Dissertation Committee: David E. Wellbery (Chair), Robert B. Pippin, Catriona MacLeod (Germanic Department)

Tingfeng Yan

Education: BSc Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science; MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, Queen Mary University of London and University College London

Interests: Federalism; International relations; Intellectual history

Xinyue Zhang

Education: B.A., Bard College Berlin (formerly European College of Liberal Arts), 2018

Interests: Homer, Greek tragedy, Greek philosophy (the sophists and Plato), representations of Socrates, Greek classics in French philosophy, deconstruction and its reception (Jacques Derrida and Sarah Kofman), wonder in philosophy

Matthew Zipf

Education: B.A. in Computer Science, Columbia University, 2019

Interests: American literature & philosophy; rhetoric; political trust; migration; Switzerland; and the history of journalism

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