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.
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall AOI: philosophy of science, environmental ethics, philosophy of language, aesthetics
Colin started his educational journey as a biology major at Iowa State University before changing his major to philosophy realizing that it was in the world's interest that he not screw things up in labs. His research focuses on developing philosophical accounts of when to attribute climate change as a cause to specific weather events.
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall Office Hours: by appointment AOI: bioethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, personhood and consent
Joseph Duda arrived in Bowling Green in August of 2020 as a graduate student. He is currently a 3rd year PhD candidate with an interest in applied ethics, particularly bioethics. His other academic interests are in philosophy of mind, personal identity, ethics of sex, moral psychology, philosophy of science, and business ethics. He earned his master's degree at the University of Mississippi in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Mower. Joe completed his bachelor's of art degree in philosophy with a minor in business management in 2013 from Marywood University. Joe helped to create the certificate in bioethics program at Marywood University with BGSU alum Dr. Aaron Simmons, and was in the first class to complete the certificate program.
In addition to the above, he assists with the BGSU Ethics Bowl Team and the University of Mississippi Ethics Bowl Team.
Joe is originally from Easton, Pennsylvania but he has lived in several states and foreign countries throughout his life. He lived in Belgium as a child where he had the opportunity to visit over 10 different countries. He has been a resident of Scranton, PA where he served as an ethics advisor and researcher for the start up company Aya Fair Trade. He has also served as a tutor, Resident Assistant, Writing Fellow, Assistant Coach for Ethics Bowl Team (University of Mississippi), and Graduate student council member.
Joe is an avid "gamer", amateur chess player, and sort-of-cinephile. He also collects comic books and other related merchandise and is a car and tech enthusiast.
Address: 340 Shatzel Hall AOI: political philosophy, philosophy of economics, distributive justice
Cade received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He is now in the Philosophy Ph.D. program at BGSU. Cade's main area of interest is political and economic philosophy, with a specific focus on distributive justice.
Address: 340 Shatzel Hall AOI: moral philosophy, animal ethics, normative ethics, environmental ethics
Joseph received his master's degree in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University. He arrived at BGSU in August 2021 and is currently a 2nd-year graduate student. Joseph's main area of interest is animal ethics. Other academic interests include normative ethics, applied ethics, philosophy of mind, and moral psychology. Outside of philosophy, Joseph enjoys gaming in various forms (video games, tabletop, board games, etc.) and watching movies.
Sara studied biochemistry, art, and philosophy as an undergraduate student at The College of St. Catherine, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sara received her master’s degree in philosophy at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. Sara is now completing her doctoral degree in applied philosophy and researching problems in moral responsibility.
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.
Address: 336 Shatzel Hall Office Hours: By Appointment AOI: moral philosophy, metaethics, metanormativity, applied ethics
I first found philosophy as a pre-med student studying neuroscience. I had begrudgingly signed up for bioethics to fulfill a core requirement, but I quickly became enthralled from the very first lecture. In 2020 I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor's in philosophy. There I developed an interest in the intersections between philosophy and social systems, as well as an interest in value theory broadly. I am currently at BGSU working on my Master's in philosophy in preparation for a PhD program. Since becoming a Falcon I have further expanded my interests in value theory. Specifically, I enjoy researching issues surrounding metanormativity and fundamental questions in normative ethics.
Address: 333 Shatzel Hall AOI: Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Moral Theory
Sam began his studies at BGSU in the fall of 2022. He is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cuyahoga Community College located in Cleveland Ohio where he has taught philosophy courses since 1991. His primary interests are in the area of bioethics, especially end-of-life care, brain death, and health care justice. His book, The Dying Experience: Expanding Options for Dying and Suffering Patients was published in by Rowman and Littlefield International in 2019. Sam has also published several articles in the field of bioethics. Sam also enjoys playing piano and providing piano lessons on occasion.
Address: 336 Shatzel Hall Office Hours: Wed 12-3 PM AOI: Political philosophy and ethics, particularly relating to feminism, queer theory, and race. I also have some interest in existentialism and the philosophy of aesthetics.
Kara completed her bachelors in Philosophy and English at the University of Louisville. Her primary areas of interest are political philosophy (specifically surrounding topics of gender, race, and class) and applied ethics, though she also studies existentialism and philosophy of aesthetics. Outside of her philosophical work, Kara is a dedicated writer and artist, her work primarily consisting within the horror genre and utilizing themes that tie back into her philosophical concerns.
Address: 331 Shatzel Hall AOI: Political Philosophy; Democratic Theory; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
Sam received his BA in Philosophy in 2018 from Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC. His primary interests in philosophy lie in political philosophy, with a recent interest in John Dewey's democratic theory. He has also been reading about the relationship between ideal and non-ideal theory and thinking about what kind of role ideals (such as democratic equality) have in justifying economic systems. Outside of philosophy, Sam enjoys cycling, running, cooking, and reading science fiction.
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.
Address: 305 Shatzel Hall AOI: political philosophy, personal identity
Julia's background includes a BA in art history, a JD after which she practiced law, an LLM obtained from the LSE, and an MA in philosophy from Carleton University in Ottawa. It also includes years working in government in a political position. Her dissertation makes the case that all persons should be equally treated with respect and refutes arguments, that maintain persons can be unequally treated, as made in bad faith.
Position: M.A. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Address: 336 Shatzel Hall Office Hours: By Appointment AOI: moral psychology, applied ethics
Samantha received her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. Her primary interest in Philosophy is looking at the important relationships and issues between Psychology and Philosophy. Outside of academia, Samantha enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, and playing cards with her grandparents.
Address: 330 Shatzel Hall AOI: animal ethics, environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, political philosophy
James completed a BA in Government, at California State University, Sacramento, and a J.D. at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, in Bloomington. Before coming to grad school at BGSU, he worked as a public defender in Indianapolis. His main areas of interest are animal ethics, environmental ethics, the ethics of technology, and political philosophy. Publications
"Animal-Rights Primitivism: A Vital Needs Argument Against Modern Technology," Between the Species (2023). Media
"Ted Kaczynski was wrong about violence but mostly right about technology," The Plain Dealer (June 16, 2023).
"Justice requires ending marijuana prohibition in Ohio," The Plain Dealer (Jan. 22, 2023).
Quoted in "City's Animal Control Commission recommends banning dog, cat sales," The Herald-Times (July 10, 2019).
Address: 330 Shatzel Hall Office Hours: Wed, Thurs 1-4 PM AOI: political philosophy, moral philosophy
I work on political and moral philosophy, particularly in relation to the issue of how issues of autonomy and religion interplay. Freedom and religion are in a tension in contemporary American culture. I am working on a political theory seeking to integrate the two as basic goods.
Position: M.A. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Address: 320 Shatzel Hall Office Hours: Fri 1-4 PM AOI: tech ethics, instrumentarianism, surveillance capitalism, queer theory, philosophy of mind
Seth received his bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from the University of Vermont. He is a tech ethicist, with interests in surveillance capitalism, instrumentarianism, queer theory, and the philosophy of mind. He is also a fiction writer and poet, with work published in Strange Horizons, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, HAD, and elsewhere. Outside of scholarship and art, he enjoys videogames, horror movies, and cultivating carnivorous plants.
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.