Tony Manela, B.A. 2007

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Siena College – Loudonville, NY

2007 Major: Philosophy

How has being a Philosophy graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Professionally, studying philosophy at Duke prepared me for a competitive Ph.D. program in philosophy, which in turn prepared me to succeed in the competitive academic job market. Personally, my philosophy courses at Duke helped me see every aspect of the world in a deeper, richer and more nuanced way-- from politics to biomedical technology to my dietary and consumption habits to my friendships and personal relationships."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Philosophy programs? 

"I'd urge students in Duke's Philosophy program to get to know their professors and their professors' amazing scholarship projects. Go to your professors' office hours early in the semester, introduce yourself, and ask about what interests them! You can also tell your professors about your own philosophical interests. And if you find a philosophical topic that really captures your attention, exploring that topic in a senior thesis or in summer research with a professor or graduate student can be deeply enriching and fulfilling."

Tony Manela