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)


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



Noah Chafets

Education:  B.A. in Philosophy, Vassar College

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

Dissertation: "Plato's Phaedrus"

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)

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 Unity of Reason

Dissertation committee: Robert Pippin (chair); Matthias Haase

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).

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).   

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. 

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.

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.

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).

Chenxin Jiang

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

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

Sam Lee

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

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

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.

Carol Lewis

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

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


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

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: 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.

Mat Messerschmidt

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, 2010

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

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 

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.

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

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

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

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. 


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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

Josh Trubowitz

Joint degree student in Social Thought and Philosophy

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

Interests: Ancient Greek ethics and ontology, especially in Plato and Aristotle.

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.

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.

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

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.