Professor Thomas W. Polger, University of Cincinnati: 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.




2020 - Year of Graduation
Tim Burkhardt University of Colorado Boulder Death is Nothing! A Defense of Epicureanism
Heather Wallace TBD The Other's Freedom: Existential Vulnerability in the Philosophy of Simone de Bouvier
2019 - Year of Graduation
Ewan Kingston Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute/University Center for Human Values Bad Goods: On the Political Morality of Production and Consumption in Global Supply Chains
Bryce Gessell Assistant Professor of Philosophy (TT), Southern Virginia University Materia Mentis:  How the Brain Sculpts the Mind
Max Beninger Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Salzburg The Mental Workspace:  Working Memory and Its Relation to Attention and Consciousness
Matthew Harris Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Continents in Cognition
Lauren Bunch Assistant Professor (TT) of Bioethics and Professionalism, Mercer University School of Medicine Authenticity and Enhancement

Paul Henne

Assistant Professor (TT) at Lake Forest College Omissions, Causation, and Modality
Sungwoo Um 

Post-doctoral Fellow (2-year) at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center, the Department of Bioethics

The Virtues of Intimate Relationships
2018 - Year of Graduation
Rafael Ventura Assistant Professor (TT), Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey)

Evolutionary Models of Language

Lok Chan Post-doctoral Associate, Social Sciences Research Institute, Duke University Deliberative Bayesianism: Abduction, Reflection, and the Weight of Evidence
2017 - Year of Graduation
Aaron Ancell

Edmund J. Safra Post-Doctoral Fellow-in-Residence, Harvard University

Public Unreason: Essays on Political Disagreement
Jing Hu

Assistant Professor (TT), Concordia University (Montreal)

A New Perspective on Sympathy and Its Cultivation, with Insights from the Confucian Tradition
Susanne Meyer   Flavors of Responsibility
2015 - Year of Graduation
Aryn Conrad Robins Kaplan Law firm On the Functions of Morality
Nathaniel Gindele   A Naturalistic Philosophy of Play 
James Ong Postdoctoral fellow, University of San Diego Inhabiting Difference
Gordon Steenbergen Assistant Professor (TT), Lycoming College Understanding Cognition 
Daniel Stephens Assistant Professor of Humanities (TT), Duke Kunshan University (China) The Sage's Psychology: Confucianism Naturalized
2014 - Year of Graduation
David Barack Presidential Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Mindcraft: A Dynamical Systems Theory of Cognition
Carlos Mariscal Assistant Professor (TT), University of Nevada, Reno  Universal Biology
Stephen Martin Lecturer, Tufts University; Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Irresistible Reasons, Immovable Minds, and the Miracle of Rational Persuasion
2013 - Year of Graduation
Robert Williams   Peircean Naturalism
Nathan Morton Ontologist, Cycorp, Austin, Texas Articulating the Core Realist Commitment
John Park Assistant Professor (TT), Sacramento State University Theories of Concepts and Ethics
2012 - Year of Graduation
Matthew Braddock Assistant Professor (TT), University of Tennessee at Martin Debunking Challenges to Moral Realism
David Crawford Postdoctoral fellow, 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 Associate Professor (Tenured), Utica College Variance, Selection and Evolutionary Explanation
Daniel Kraemer Adjunct Professor, Florida International University Making Sense of Normative Functions and Information in Neurobiological Systems
2011 - Year of Graduation
Sanem Soyarslan Assistant Professor (TT), NC State University Reason and Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza's 'Ethics': Two Ways of Knowing, Two Ways of Living
Breanna Kerchner Visiting Assistant Professor - two year, Lafayette College in Easton, PA Humean Supervenience
2009 - Year of Graduation
Russell Powell Associate Professor (Tenured), Boston University Reading the Book of Life: Contingency and Convergence in Macroevolution
Andres Luco Assistant Professor (TT), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Desire and the Rationality of Virtue
2008 - Year of Graduation
Hagop Sarkissian Associate Professor (Tenured), Baruch College and the Gradate Center, CUNY After Confucius: Psychology and Moral Power
Sahar Akhtar Assistant Professor (TT), University of Virginia Topics in Rational Choice
Sun Kyeong Yu Associate Professor (Tenured), Minnesota State, Mankato Reducing Biology
Elizabeth Jelinek Assistant Professor (TT), Vanderbilt University Platonic Teleology Through An Aristotelian Lens
2007 - Year of Graduation
Woojin Han Associate Professor (TT), Duksung Women's University  A Construction of A Posteriori Physicalism
David Kaplan James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis The Nature and Bases of Spatial Representation
Grant Ramsey BOFZAP Research Professor, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium Culture from Infrahumans to Humans: An Essay in the Philosophy of Biology
2006 - Year of Graduation
Kevin DeLapp Harold Fleming Chair of Philosophy, Converse College Re-enchanting Morality: A Defense of Pluralistic Moral Realism
Nita Farahany Professor of Law and of Philosophy, Duke University 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 Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Portland Medieval Intelligibility: The Relationship Between Mind, World and Transcendental Truth in the Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
Avram Hiller Associate Professor (Tenured), Portland State University Vagueness and Normativity
Marion Hourdequin Associate Professor (Tenured), Colorado College Nature and Normativity: Biology, Culture, and the Evolution of Ethical Norms
Stefan Linquist Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Guelph, Canada 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 Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Houston Beyond Freedom and Resentment: An Error Theory of Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Andrew Terjesen Attorney, Davis Polk, New York 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
Frédéric Bouchard Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Montreal, Canada Evolution, Fitness and the Struggle for Persistence
2003 - Year of Graduation
Boris Kukso Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice Trouble for Truthmakers: Negation and Possibility
Anthony Williams Assistant Professor (TT), 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 (TT), Wesleyan College The Augustinian Background of Bonaventure’s Doctrine of Order
Eddy Nahmias Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University Free Will and the Knowledge Condition
Thomas Osborne Assistant Professor (TT), 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 Professor of Philosophy, CUNY Motivational Internalism and the Authority of Morality
Thomas Polger Chair, Department of Philosophy, 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 Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, University of Waterloo, Canada 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