Emma Lunbeck

Peer Mentor

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

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

Dissertation title: "Narrative Unity in the Odyssey and in Dreams"

Dissertation committee: Jonathan Lear (chair), Laura Slatkin, David Wellbery

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


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

Dissertation title: "The Dialectic of Artifice: Mimesis, Absence, and Excess in Four Myths of Animated Statues"

Dissertation committee: David Wellbery (chair), Andrei Pop, Catriona MacLeod


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

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

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: Dialogical Platonism after Heidegger"

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

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

Nishan D. Varatharajan

Education: M.A. in Political Theory and Design, University of Sydney (2017); MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge (2019)

Interests: 20th-century German-Jewish thought, the Anthropocene, philosophical accounts of human nature, the sacred, meta-ethics, moral imagination, and worldmaking

Karl von der Luft

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

Interests: Ancient Greek philosophy, Kant and German Idealism, Nietzsche and Heidegger, conceptions of modernity, theories of normativity and justification, political philosophy, religion and secularization

Elaine L. Wang

Education: B.A. in Humanities, Yale University; M.A. in the Humanities, University of Chicago

Interests: 19th-century British, German, Russian literature; the essay and the novel; translation; ekphrasis; aesthetics; modernity and imperial collapse

Jiawen Wang

Education: B.A., Boya (Liberal Arts) College, Sun Yat-sen University; M.A. in Classics, University of St Andrews; M.A. in the Humanities, University of Chicago

Interests: Homer, Aristophanes, Plato, Lucian, The Dream of the Red Chamber, landscape and idyllic poetry, mimesis and fiction, philosophy of language and art

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

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”

Tingfeng Yan

Joint degree student in Social Thought and History

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: the British empire, the American Revolution, the making of the constitution, the early American republic, and international perceptions of America

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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