Current Graduate Students

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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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Joshua Brown

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: jbrown3@gsd.harvard.edu

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Colin Campbell

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: clcampb@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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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

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Kayla Fox

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: klfox@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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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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Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant

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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.  

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Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Vassiliki Leontis

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

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Will Lugar

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

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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

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Nathan Mulch

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

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Erica Nichols

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

Erica 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 Nonidentity Problem. She also has great interest in philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of psychiatry. Outside of philosophical interests, Erica is interested in writing and producing music, trading card games, and video games.

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Nicholas Piscitelli

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: npiscit@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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Emrys Rhodes

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: emrhode@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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Julia Ringma

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: juliaringma@gmail.com

Julia came to formal philosophy later in life, but sees that all her life has been pointing in that direction. She studied art history at Queen’s and then went to Queen’s law school. She got married and bought a car and a house in the years of 20% interest rates. Tired of the grind of practising law, she went back to school at LSE and obtained her LL.M. Having always been somewhat involved politically, she worked on Parliament Hill for a number of years during the upheaval of the Bloc and Reform Party years. When Reform turned into Conservative, she ended up teaching law at a community college, where she was then diagnosed with breast cancer, which was a life-changer. Determined to go back to school to pursue her interests in identity and belonging, she obtained her MA in philosophy at Carleton and now finds herself content and busy and challenged at BGSU.

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Scott Simmons

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

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Nicholas Sucher

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

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Colton Veler

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: coltonv@bgsu.edu
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall

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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.

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Yuzhou Wang

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: yuzhouw@bgsu.edu

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Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant

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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. 

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Xuanpu Zhuang

Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: xzhuang@bgsu.edu