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In an effort to keep this page from becoming ungainly, the webmaster has decided to confine it to active students. There are several other students presently working outside the department on their dissertations. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about them and their endeavors, feel free to contact the Office Support Specialist.

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Eric Bruce

B.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Kevin Cales

B.S. - Radford University
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

As of now, Kevin’s primary interests are phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, Gadamer, Plato, and those who are referred to as the Pre-Socratics. To be candid, Kevin is trying to find his way about the world, and has been for as long as he has been able. He may not have many convictions, but he is convinced that life leads one to philosophy. He shares Gadamer's conviction that, “… Philosophy is a human experience that remains the same and that characterizes the human being as such, and that there is no progress in it, but only participation” (Hans Georg Gadamer. 1986. The idea of the good in Platonic-Aristotelian philosophy. New Haven: Yale University Press.

John Cohan

B.A. - Grand Valley State University
M.Phil - Fudan University

Aaron Darrisaw

B.A. - Georgia Southern University
M.A. - Reformed Theological Seminary

My central area of research is in 20th century French thought; especially the philosophies of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy. I'm interested in developing a theory of political subjectivity, drawing upon the insights of these thinkers. 

I have additional research interests in Critical Theory (esp. Adorno) and Marxist theory.

Lois Eldrige

A.A. - Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

B.A. - McKendree University - Lebanon, IL
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Areas of Specialization: Africana Philosophy, Philosophy of Economics, Social and Political Philosophy

Areas of Competence: Applied and Theoretical Ethics, Logic, Ancient Greek and Roman Culture and Philosophy, American Pragmatism, Critical Theory

David Gray

B.S. - Northern Illinois University
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

My current interests are in phenomenology, regarding time (Husserl) and persons and emotions (Scheler). I am especially interested in how these intertwine in personal deeds, and the resulting symbolic nature of deeds.

AOS: Scheler, Kant

AOC: Early modern philosophy, early 20th century phenomenology, American pragmatism, ancient Chinese philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Time.

Emily Humbert

B.A. - Sacred Heart University
MAT - Sacred Heart University
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Areas of study: American Pragmatism, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Education

Dissertation: Canine Training Programs in Prisons as a Pragmatic Approach to Ethics

Micah Klareich

B.A. - Pitzer College (Honors Philosophy and Media Studies)
M.A. - University of Copenhagen (Philosophy with Specialization in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind)

Areas of Specialization:
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism (esp. Nietzsche, Husserl, and Scheler)
  • 19th and 20th  Century European Philosophy (esp. German Idealism and Critical Theory)
  • Philosophy of Religion
Areas of Competence:
  • Plato
  • Kant
  • Jewish and Christian Existentialism
  • Value Ethics and Personalism
  • Philosophy of Liberation

Andrii Leonov

B.A. — Oles Honchar Dnipro National University (Dnipro, Ukraine)
M.A. — Oles Honchar Dnipro National University (Dnipro, Ukraine)

For now, my philosophical interests include philosophy of mind, phenomenology, Descartes’ philosophy, as well as various philosophical translation issues.

Donnie McMann

B.A. - University of California Riverside
M.A. - Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Areas of Specialization: Kristeva, French Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Marxism, Critical Theory, Queer Theory, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Philosophy of Psychology, Cats, Psychopathology, Addiction,Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression/Melancholia.

Areas of Competency: Buddhism, Taoism (esp. Chuang Tzu), Hinduism, Philosophy of Mind, German Idealism, History of Continental Philosophy, History of Analytic Philosophy, and Applied Ethics.

I am working at the intersections of (generative) phenomenology and psychoanalysis through the work of Julia Kristeva.
Broadly speaking my current projects are oriented around an attempt to bring the person's symbolic world and lived experience back into our understanding of issues in mental health/illness, now as the necessary starting point for psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. This fits into an emerging critical theory of the development and significance of contemporary psychopathology, recognizing both its tragic missteps in and its contributions to helping those suffering within issues of mental health, be it neurosis or psychosis. I find that a key factor in understanding these issues is affective resonance, and the ability to bring something from one's abyss up into the light of representation.

Les Murray

B.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

My interests in Philosophy currently include Ancient Philosophy, the History of Philosophy (especially the History of the Philosophy of Science, Math, and Medicine), Philosophy of Science, Environmental Philosophy (especially Environmental Ethics), Philosophy of Economics (especially related to sustainability), Metaphysics, Asian Philosophy, and Pragmatism. I plan to practice philosophy, grow as a person, and exchange Philosophic ideas with other curious souls.

Nick Popow

B.A.Rutgers University 

Ebraheem Safabakhsh

B.A. - University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
M.A. - University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
M.A. - New School University, New York, NY

For someone who is fascinated with the process more than achieving the outcome, it is quite hard to determine in a definite way the area of his studies. I am even scared of being determinate in this regard due to the possible losing of the chance for being open to other sources of philosophical inspiration. Having said this, I must say that my philosophical upbringing has been in phenomenology, mainly Husserl’s and Heidegger’s, and secondly, Merleau-Ponty’s and Levinas’s. Delving into the French school of phenomenology began to turn my attention to the way French philosophers have integrated Hegel’s phenomenology into the Husserlian and Heideggerian modes of phenomenology. The project, therefore, arising from my studies in New School for Social Research is an attempt to get to the distinctive character of French phenomenology due to its neighboring with the then prevalent Hegelianism of figures like Kojѐve, Koyre, Wahl and Hyppolite. Finally, the last strike in my path since I started my studies at Southern Illinois University has been the encounter with almost neglected philosophy of Josiah Royce, a strike so unexpected and unprecedented that I should admit that his account of time is way more penetrative and insightful than that of Husserl’s or Heidegger’s.

Amy Stewart

B.S. - Psychology, Kennesaw State University
M.A. - Gender/Cultural Studies, Simmons College

Amy Stewart is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy as well as an instructor for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she specializes in continental feminist philosophy, psychoanalysis, and philosophies of gender, race, and sexuality. Her dissertation project, which engages and integrates Lacanian and Kristevan psychoanalysis, explores the imaginative albeit unsettled embodiment of transgender liminality in order to cultivate a queer ethics of intimate revolt. Amy regularly teaches courses on gender and sexuality studies and has offered a special topics course on transgender histories, identities, and politics; she has also taught courses on queer studies, critical theory, and existential philosophy. As an active interdisciplinary scholar, Amy has organized academic conferences on feminism and philosophy, developed curriculum for gender studies programs and anti-racism civic engagement projects, indexed manuscripts on psychoanalysis and literature, and served on numerous committees advancing progressive LGBTQ campus policies. At Simmons College, where she completed her M.A. in Gender/Cultural Studies, she was appointed as the first Hazel Dick Leonard Research Fellow on Gender. Amy’s research has been presented at over 30 national and international conferences and her writings appear in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, as well as the volume New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva’s Intimate Politics.