Danielle Charette

Graduate Student Assistant

Education: B.A. in English Literature, Swarthmore College, 2014

Interests: Civic republicanism and its legacy, David Hume, Machiavelli in the Scottish Enlightenment, eighteenth-century commerce and society, politics and literature.

Dissertation: “David Hume at the Limits of the Civic Tradition: Reading Machiavelli in the Commercial World”

Danielle Charette

Nicholas Bellinson

Education: B.A. in History, Princeton University; master's work in Art History, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Interests: Shakespeare; Renaissance literature; lyric poetry; the experience of classical poetic meters; historiography; the influence of classical antiquity upon the post-antique world; counter-Reformation scientific culture; Michelangelo's sculptures; psychoanalysis.

Dissertation title: "Shakespeare's Songs"

Dissertation committee: David Wellbery (chair), Rosanna Warren, Richard Strier, David Bevington (deceased)

 

Nicholas Bellinson

Paul Cato

Education: B.A. in Religion and Black Studies, 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.

Dissertation Title: "Testimonies of Fire, Freedom, and the Erotic: Discourse on Love as a Political Force in African American Literature"

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

 

 

Paul Cato

Noah Chafets

Education:  B.A. in Philosophy, Vassar College

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy and rhetoric, German idealism, psychoanalysis, Shakespeare.

Dissertation: "Plato's Phaedrus"

Noah Chafets

Elena Comay del Junco

Joint degree candidate in Social Thought and Philosophy

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)

Elena Comay del Junco

Shana Crandell

Joint Degree candidate in Social Thought and Philosophy

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Barnard College

Interests: Kant and Hegel; freedom, logic, and action

Dissertation title: "Action and the Actuality of Reason"

Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (chair); Matthias Haase; and Christian Martin (LMU Munich)

Shana Crandell

Andrew Dixon

Education: B.A. in Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Interests: intellectual history; political philosophy; hermeneutics; aesthetics & criticism; literary philosophy (Zhuangzi, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein); and philosophical literature (Melville, Dostoyevsky, Lu Xun, Kafka).

Andrew Dixon

E. John Ellison

Education: A.B. in Government, Harvard College

Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, especially the Platonic tradition; political philosophy; Platonism and Christianity; history of natural law; liberalism

Dissertation Title: Law and Human Nature in Plato

Dissertation Committee: Gabriel Richardson Lear (chair), Nathan Tarcov, Jonathan Lear  

 

E. John Ellison

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, philosophy of religion, comparative mysticism, psychology of religion, ethics, modern Jewish thought


Pablo Andres Gonzalez

Education: B.A. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, New York University; M.A. 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. 

Andres Gonzalez

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.

Uday Jain

Ben Jeffery

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, King's College London, 2009; M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health, University College London, 2011

Interests: Shakespeare, literary criticism, Marx.

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

Ben Jeffery

Chenxin Jiang

Education: B.A. in Comparative Literature, Princeton University

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

Chenxin Jiang

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.

Amy Levine

Carol Lewis

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

Interests: unhappiness, human nature, love of one’s own, Plato, Aristotle, and Tocqueville.

 
Carol Lewis

Eliza Starbuck Little

Education: B.A. in Politics, Oberlin College; M.A. in Liberal Arts, St. John's College Annapolis

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

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

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

www.elizastarbucklittle.com

Eliza Starbuck Little

Emma Lunbeck

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

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

Emma Lunbeck

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, 2010

Interests: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Deconstruction, Theology, Literature & Philosophy, Romantic poetry.

Mat Messerschmidt

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 and English Language and Literature

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English, Georgetown University, 2015

Interests: 20th & 21st Century Poetry and Poetics; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis; Phenomenology. Conducting preliminary research towards a dissertation on the literary history and poetics of apologies and apologetic forms.

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

Hannah Mosher

Education: B.A., Wheaton College

Interests: Kierkegaard, Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Phenomenology and Existentialism

Dissertation: "The Role of Inwardness in Kierkegaard's Ethics"

Dissertation Advisor: Jonathan Lear

Hannah Mosher

Julia Mueller

Education: B.A. in English and French, University of Oregon; M.A. in Humanities, University of Chicago

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

Dissertation title: "The Intelligence of Attention"

Dissertation committee: Mark Payne (co-chair), Rosanna Warren (co-chair), Lorraine Daston

Julia Mueller

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: "The Possibility and Limits of Philosophy in New Marburg Platonism. Appropriations of Plato by 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).
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

Aparna Ravilochan

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

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

Aparna Ravilochan

Andrea Ray

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.

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.

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

Michael Rutherglen

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: Ancient and early modern political theory

Dissertation Title: "Thucydides and the Athenian Activity of Listening"

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

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

Austin Walker

Interests: history and philosophy of education.

Austin Walker

David Williams

Joint degree candidate in Social Thought and Classics

Education: B.A. in Classics, Kenyon College

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

David Williams

Rachel Wong

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

Interests: Philosophy of art; Cinema (esp. ontology, classical Hollywood, postsocialist Chinese); Ancient Greek epic and tragedy; Historicism and historiography

Rachel Wong

Xinyue Zhang

Education: B.A., 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), the epic as a literary form, modernist poetry.

Xinyue Zhang