Professor Thomas W. Polger, University of Cincinatti: Duke Alumnus 2000

Our Department has an excellent placement record. Since 1996, over 70% of graduates have continued on to tenure-track academic positions. The vibrancy of the Department’s philosophical culture (as shown, for instance, by its active colloquium series), its strength in a broad range of areas of philosophy, and the outstanding reputation of its faculty combine to attract some of the nation’s most talented graduate students.

We are very pleased with our recent placement record. It is organized below by the year the Ph.D. was earned, beginning with the most recent year. Next to each graduate is the name of his or her institution and dissertation title.

Alumnus Employment Thesis
2014 - Year of Graduation
David Barack Presidential Scholar Postdoc, Columbia University Mindcraft: A Dynamical Systems Theory of Cognition
Carlos Mariscal Postdoc, Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada Universal Biology
Stephen Martin Lecturer at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Irresistible Reasons, Immovable Minds, and the Miracle of Rational Persuasion
2013 - Year of Graduation
Robert Williams   Peircean Naturalism
Nathan Morton   Articulating the Core Realist Commitment
2012 - Year of Graduation
Matthew Braddock Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee at Martin  
David Crawford University of Bristol, United Kingdom Philosophy: Chance Begets Order: Hierachical Probabilistic Processes in the Natural Sciences; Biology: Hierarchical Transition Via Individuation, Not Integration: How the Filamentous Fungi Challenge the Standard Model
Leonore Fleming Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Utica College Variance, Selection and Evolutionary Explanation
Daniel Kraemer Adjunct Professor, Florida International University  
2011 - Year of Graduation
Sanem Soyarslan Assistant Professor, NC State University  
Breanna Kerchner Visiting Assistant Professor - two year, Lafayette College in Easton, PA Humean Supervenience
2009 - Year of Graduation
Russell Powell Assistant Professor  (Tenure Track), Boston University Reading the Book of Life: Contingency and Convergence in Macroevolution
Andres Luco Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  
2008 - Year of Graduation
Hagop Sarkissian Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Baruch College, CUNY After Confucius: Psychology and Moral Power
Sahar Akhtar Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Virginia Topics in Rational Choice
Sun Kyeong Yu Associate Professor (Tenured), Minnesota State, Mankato Reducing Biology
Elizabeth Jelinek Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Vanderbilt University Platonic Teleology Through An Aristotelian Lens
2007 - Year of Graduation
David Kaplan James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis The Nature and Bases of Spatial Representation
Grant Ramsey Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Notre Dame Culture from Infrahumans to Humans: An Essay in the Philosophy of Biology
2006 - Year of Graduation
Kevin DeLapp Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Converse College Re-enchanting Morality: A Defense of Pluralistic Moral Realism
Nita Farahany Assistant Professor of Law (Tenure Track), Vanderbilt University Law School Rediscovering Criminal Responsibility through Behavioral Genetics
2005 - Year of Graduation
Robert Conrad Postdoctoral Fellow, Center of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London Conceptual Structures of Moral Experience in Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis
Caery Evangelist Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Portland Medieval Intelligibility: The Relationship Between Mind, World and Transcendental Truth in the Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
Avram Hiller Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Portland State University Vagueness and Normativity
Marion Hourdequin Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Colorado College Nature and Normativity: Biology, Culture, and the Evolution of Ethical Norms
Stefan Linquist Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Guelph, Ontario The Descent of Mind: An Evolutionary Account of the Higher Cognitive Emotions
Joel Schickel Assistant Professor, University of Dayton Freedom of the Will, Passion, and Virtue in Descartes’s Theory of Judgment
Tamler Sommers Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Houston Beyond Freedom and Resentment: An Error Theory of Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Andrew Terjesen Assistant Professor, Rhodes College The Role of Sympathy and Empathy in Moral Judgment, with Special Reference to Adam Smith and David Hume
William Wojtach Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University An Empirically Constrained Study of Visual Perception
Frederic Bouchard Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of Montreal Evolution, Fitness and the Struggle for Persistence
2003 - Year of Graduation
Boris Kukso Law Student, University of California at Berkeley, School of Law Trouble for Truthmakers: Negation and Possibility
Anthony Williams Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), College of Charleston Moral Conflict and Incommensurability
2002 - Year of Graduation
Alan Galloway Non-academic position Moral Perception
2001 - Year of Graduation
Todd Davis Non-academic position Science and the Constitutive a priori: Ian Hacking’s Philosophy of Science
Michael Muth Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Wesleyan College The Augustinian Background of Bonaventure’s Doctrine of Order
Eddy Nahmias Associate Professor (Tenured), Georgia State University Free Will and the Knowledge Condition
Thomas Osborne Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), University of St. Thomas The Natural Love of God Over Self: The Role of Self-Interest in Thirteenth-Century Ethics
Brook Sadler Associate Professor (Tenured), University of South Florida Amoralism and the Justification of Morality
2000 - Year of Graduation
Steven Geisz Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Tampa Speaking Wordly: An Adverbial View of Representation
James E. Mahon Associate Professor (Tenured), Washington and Lee University Motivational Internalism and the Authority of Morality
Thomas Polger Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Cincinnati Natural Minds
Elizabeth Schiltz Associate Professor (Tenured), College of Wooster Sophrosune and Mania: The Rise and Study of Moral Psychology
1999 - Year of Graduation
Gokhan Adalier Professor of Business Administration, Eastern Mediterranean University
The Structure of Judgments and Knowledge in Plato’s Theaetetus
Carla Fehr Associate Professor (Tenured), Iowa State University A Natural History of the Evolution of Sexual Reproduction: The Virtues of Explanatory Pluralism
1998 - Year of Graduation
James Allman Non-academic position Language, Speakers, and Metaphor
1997 - Year of Graduation
Joseph U. Neisser Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Sam Houston State University The Embodied Approach to Cognition: A Defense
Glenn Sanford Professor, Sam Houston State University Explaining Evolution: Genes, Culture, Environment, and Mechanisms
1996 - Year of Graduation
Gillian Brock Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand  
Donald Scott Carson Associate Professor and Director of Studies, Honors Program in Philosophy, Ohio University Being and Truth: Elements of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Language
Jack Wilson Associate Professor (tenured), Washington and Lee University Living Entities: Identity and Persistence