Graduate Students

Bearden

Alexander Bearden

Email: arbeard@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Alex’s main research interest is in the ethics of collective action, especially environmental ethics and the ethics of voting. He engages arguments that explore the efficacy of individuals and how collective action shapes moral requirements. He also enjoys the history of philosophy, particularly as related to modern political philosophy as well as ancient and contemporary accounts of virtue ethics. Alex earned a B.A. in philosophy from Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN (’05) and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ (’08). He spent a few years cultivating his love of teaching philosophy at community colleges in New Jersey and Minnesota before arriving at Bowling Green.

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Natalie Cote

Email: ncote@bgsu.edu
Address: 340 Shatzel Hall

Natalie received her B.A. in philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is primarily interested in the intersections between political philosophy and feminist philosophy. She also likes thinking about social ontology, distributive justice, and applied ethics. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, activism, and playing with her ridiculously many cats. 

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Katie Duncan

Email: kadunca@bgsu.edu

Erickson

Andrew Erickson

Email: americk@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Andrew received his M.A. in philosophy from San Jose State University and his B.A in philosophy from Humboldt State University. He is writing his dissertation on rule consequentialism. His other area of interest is in applied ethics.

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Ryan Fischbeck

Email: rtfischbeck@gmail.com

Ghaffari

Sara Ghaffari

Email: sghaff@bgsu.edu
Address: Shatzel 305

Sara studied biochemistry, art, and philosophy as an undergraduate student at The College of St. Catherine, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated with a major in philosophy and a minor in biochemistry.  Sara received her master’s degree in philosophy at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. Her master’s thesis argued that knowledge that others are capable of holding themselves accountable to our second-personal demands is not dependent on the knowledge that we can hold ourselves accountable—we can have knowledge of both concurrently.  She is now completing her doctoral degree in applied philosophy and researching problems in moral responsibility.  One of her favorite works in philosophy is Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations.

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Tatiana Gracyk

Email: tgracyk@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Tatiana received her B.A. in philosophy from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an M.A. in philosophy from Bowling Green State University. Her primary area of research is medical ethics, focusing on addressing the shortcomings of traditional bioethical theories to guide decision-making in clinical practice. Her work in bioethics also includes research regarding end-of-life policies and practices, paternalism in the clinical setting, and the impact of food policies on patient health outcomes.

Grounds

Zeke Grounds

Email: gezekea@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Zeke received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. He also received a B.A. in Anthropology, focusing on Archaeology. He finished his M.A. in Philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, writing on the ethics of cognitive enhancement.  His primary interests are ethics (meta, normative, and applied), anything relating to John Stuart Mill, and 16th-17th century Metaphysics. When he isn't agonizing over whether or not he's doing the "right" thing, Zeke is an avid gamer (both the video and tabletop variety) with an intense interest in game design, speed-running, and E-sports. He also enjoys playing bass guitar and savoring rye whiskeys.  

Herman

Mark H. Herman

Email: hermanm@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

 

Dissertation: Moral Heuristics & Biases

Areas of Interest: Moral Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy of Science/Social Science/Psychology

Irwin

Ian Irwin

Email: icirwin@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Ian studied philosophy and economics at Pepperdine University before arriving at BGSU.  His main philosophical interests include accounts of political legitimacy and the justification of coercion.  In his spare time, Ian does audio engineering and plays video games.

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Vassiliki Leontis

Email: vleonti@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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John Luchon

Email: jluchon@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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Will Lugar

Email: wlugar@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Manning

Colin Manning

Email: cmannin@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Colin received his B.A. in philosophy at Ohio University and his M.A. in philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He is currently working on issues of policy individuation in public-reason liberalism. His other interests include ethics, political philosophy, and privacy.

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Sebastian Martinez

Email: martias@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

McGrath

Austin McGrath

Email: amcgrat@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Austin is interested in the will and its connection to ethics. 

McPherson

Elizabeth McPherson

Email: eacker@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Liz received her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. She also holds degrees in Equine Science and Veterinary Technology, and she is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Before returning to academia, she spent several years working in private veterinary practice. Unsurprisingly, her primary philosophical area of interest is animal ethics, but she also has interests in metaphysics and the philosophy of gender. Outside of philosophy, she enjoys bird watching, spending time with her cats, and playing electric guitar.

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Jessica Mefford

Email: jmeffor@bgsu.edu

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Nathan Mulch

Email: nmmulch@gmail.com
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Nichols

Danny Nichols

Email: denicho@bgsu.edu
Address: 330 Shatzel Hall

Danny received her bachelor's degree from Purdue University Northwest. Her interests primarily lie with issues at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics, especially regarding the relationship between persons and points in time, such as personal identity, the Shape of a Life Phenomenon, and the Nonindentity Problem. She also has great interest in philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of psychiatry. Outside of philosophical interests, Danny is interested in writing and producing music, trading card games, and video games.

Palmer

Amitabha Palmer

Position: http://missiontotransition.blogspot.com/
Phone: https://reasoningforthedigitalage.wordpress.com/
Email: amitap@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

I received my BA in international relations and philosophy at UBC in Canada. After a long hiatus from book learnin', I got an MA from the University of Houston. I then worked as an adjunct at UNLV for a few years before coming to BG to pursue a PhD. In the broadest terms, my research revolves around the growth of science denialism and conspiracism and their effects on public policy-making within a liberal democracy. I'm interested in how accounts of public justification handle the rise and prevalence of denialism and conspiracism. My dissertation examines the above problem within the domain of public healthcare policy. Other and related areas of interest include applied epistemology, paternalism, and existentialism. In my spare time I coach the BGSU judo and grappling club and hike with my dog Otis Ponens.

Schmitt

Sam Schmitt

Email: sschmit@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Sam received his BA in Political Science from Bowling Green State University. He is interested in political philosophy generally, but especially the interdisciplinary area of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Sam is also interested in citizenship, and the intersection of political and religious belief. 

Schultz-Bergin

Marcus Schultz-Bergin

Phone: http://schultzbergin.xyz
Email: schultzbergin@gmail.com
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Marcus received his B.A. in philosophy and political science from Washburn University and an M.A. in philosophy from Colorado State University. His primary research is on theories of political legitimacy, and their application to controversial political issues such as animal rights. He also works in applied ethics, especially animal ethics, and the history of philosophy, especially the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.

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Scott Simmons

Email: scottms@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Sparks

Jacob Sparks

Email: jacob.sparks@gmail.com

Jacob earned a BS in Physics and Political Science at Tufts University before coming coming to BGSU. His dissertation makes the case for an unorthodox view of how moral beliefs are justified. He has interests in the history of moral philosophy, the nature of inferential justification and in a number of applied ethics questions (especially debates about commodification, the dangers of artificial intelligence, and the justification of punishment). He currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Nicholas Sucher

Email: nsucher@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Walsh

Timothy Walsh

Email: twalsh@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Tim tried out several possible majors, including political science and art history, before realizing that his real interest was in the philosophy of the various fields he was drawn to. His present philosophical interests are in all areas of ethics, with side interests in philosophy of mind and epistemology. In ethics, he is currently interested in a variety of puzzles that arise when considering the interaction between present and future ethical demands (as well as concurrent ethical demands that differ in temporal scope), and how these puzzles relate to collective action problems. He is also interested in the ethics of emerging technologies—in particular, the ethics of “virtue engineering” and of human enhancement more generally.

White

Adam C. White

Email: acwhite@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

Adam is most interested in political philosophy. Much of his writing is on the confrontation between state sovereignty and global authority. Adam teaches some of the department’s introductory courses as an adjunct. Away from philosophy Adam can be found wearing down his running shoes in modest 5K doses; trying to outsmart the stock market (nope); and missing sports questions for our otherwise excellent trivia bar philosophy team.