Graduate placement

PhD program alumni

Here is a complete list of PhDs awarded by the department since 1998.

Graduates are listed by year that their degree was awarded. Updates to a graduate’s employment status are made as we receive them. Due to timing issues, no PhDs were awarded in 2017 or 2018.

To briefly summarize the outcomes from 1998 through 2014: 20 of 25 found fulltime academic jobs after graduating. 11 of 25 secured tenure-track positions.

Although it is natural to be interested in numbers like these as a prospective graduate student, it should be noted that the sample size of actual graduates is rather small. When graduates do not go on to academic work, do not find tenure-track positions, or find but leave tenure-track positions, they often do so for idiosyncratic reasons such as geographic or family preferences.

PhD job placement


Brendan Lalor

Worldly Thoughts: A Theory of Embedded Cognition (chair: Ron McClamrock)

1st position: University of Central Oklahoma, tenure track

Subsequent position: Castleton State College (VT), tenure track


Robert Seltzer

The Role of Intentions in Perceptual Demonstrative Utterances (chair: Ron McClamrock)

1st position: Nova University

Subsequent position: Western Illinois University, tenure track


Glenn Braddock

Explaining Consciousness: Naturalizing the Phenomenological (chair: Ron McClamrock)

1st position: Hunter College, tenure track

Subsequent position: Siena College, Associate Vice President, Student Academic Success and Engagement


Andrew Costa

Upward Collapses and Downward Explosions: The Emergence of the Problem of Individuation in Plato and Aristotle and the Solutions Proposed by Porphyry and Boethius (chair: Josiah Gould)

1st position: Adirondack Community College, tenure track; subsequently tenured at same

Daniel Thero

Understanding Moral Weakness (chair: John Kekes)

1st position: adjunct teaching

2nd position: The College of Saint Rose, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies (2007-2011)

Present position: Lecturer (full-time) and undergraduate program director for Philosophy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cognitive Science Department (2012-present)


Lawrence Stark

Personal Identity and Moral Responsibility (chair: Josiah Gould)

1st position: adjunct teaching

Subsequent position: Oakland Community College, Oakland County, Michigan

Alissa Hurwitz Swota

Autonomy in End-of-life Decision Making (chair: Bonnie Steinbock)

1st position: University of Toronto, post doc

Subsequent position: University of North Florida, tenured


Daniel Patrone

Leaving Morality Where It Is: The Particularistic Approach to Morality and the Problems of Contingency, Happiness, and Responsibility (chair: John Kekes)

1st position: Rogers State University, tenure track

Subsequent position: East Stroudsburg University


James Walker

Hegel's Response to Meta-critical Skepticism in the Phenomenology of Spirit (chair: Robert Howell)

Winner of University at Albany's 2005 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation award

1st position: Union College

Subsequent position: Frostburg State University, tenure track


Tatiana Patrone

Kant's Deduction of the Political Ideal (chair: Jon Mandle)

Winner of University at Albany's 2006 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation award

1st position: Montclair State University, tenure track

Subsequent position: Ithaca College, tenured


Klaus Ladstaetter

Paul Horwich on Truth and 'True' -- with Particular Consideration of the Generalization Problem (chair: Brad Armour-Garb)

1st position: Bennington College

Subsequent position: Washburn University


John Styles

Empirically Grounded Metaphors in Science (chair: P.D. Magnus)

position: Supreme Headquarters for Allied Powers in Europe high school, Belgium; teaching chemistry and philosophy

Juliette Stevens

Mental Causation: A Nonreductivist Perspective (chair: Ron McClamrock)

1st position: College of Southern Nevada, now tenured at same


Syd Johnson

Proactive Procreation: The Ethical Implications of New Genetic Technologies on Parental Obligations to Future Offspring (chair: Bonnie Steinbock)

1st position: post-doc fellowship in neuroethics at Dalhousie University

subsequent positions: Michigan Technological University, tenured; SUNY Upstate Medical University, Center for Bioethics and Humanities


David Pinkowski

Resolving Incomparability (chair: Rachel Cohon)

1st position: Bryant and Stratton College


Jonathan Auyer

Illusion in the Commonplace: Reinterpreting Ernst Gombrich's Concept of Illusion (chair: Robert Howell)

1st position: Burlington College, Vermont

Edward DuBois

The Case for Character: A Reply to Situationism (chair: Rachel Cohon)

Brandon Lee

Phronesis After Situationism (chair: Jason D'Cruz)

Pete Murray

Why the Basic Structure is Basic: a defense of the doctrinal autonomy of political philosophy (chair: Jon Mandle)

1st position: Siena College

2nd position: Saddleback College, tenure track

Jie Yin

The I think, Self-awareness, and Reflexivity -- a Reconstructed Kantian Model of Self-awareness (chair: Robert Howell)

1st position: Southeast University, Nanjing, China, tenure track

2nd position: Associate professor, School of Philosophy, Fudan University


Elliot Cross

Motives, reasons, and morality (chair: Rachel Cohon)

Thomas Fowler

The Role of The Simple Natures and Method in Descartes' Meditations (chair: Robert Meyers)

Nicholas Partyka

Democracy, Political Externalities, & the Labour-Process (chair: Kristen Hessler)

Peter Reinisch

Locke's Theory of Justified Resistance: An Explanation and Defense (chair: Jon Mandle)

Kimberly Van Orman

Toward Explaining the Gap: How a Particular View of Explanation Underwrites the Explanatory Gap (chair: Ron McClamrock)

1st position: Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership, University at Albany

2nd position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bennington College

3rd position: Lecturer, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Georgia


David Krueger

The Self in Hume's Treatise (chair: Rachel Cohon)

John Milanese

Expecting the Unexpected: A Precautionary Principle Addressing Unconsidered Dangers (chair: Kristen Hessler)

1st position: adjunct teaching

subsequent position: full-time lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Wes McMichael

Beyond Permissibility: Traversing the many moral pitfalls of abortion (a virtue ethics approach) (chair: Bonnie Steinbock)

1st position: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, tenure track

2nd position: Fresno City College, tenured 2019

Kevin W. Olbrys

Plato and the Sophists: Eristic Practice, Cognition, and Perception (chair Nathan Powers)

Position: Bergen Community College, tenure track


Susan Parrillo-Home

Adjudicating the Simulation Theory / Theory Theory Debate (with Special Attention to the Case of Autism Spectrum Disorders) (chair: Brad Armour-Garb)

1st position: adjunct at Skidmore College and subsequently Cazanovia College

Marius Pascale

What Monsters May They Be: The Moral Status of Macabre Fascination and the Paradox of Horror (chair: Jason D'Cruz)

1st position: Raritan Valley Community College

Kathleen Whipple

The Concept of Human Dignity and Its Role in Bioethical Discourse (chair: Jason D'Cruz)


Toan Tran

The Obligation of Promises (chair: Rachel Cohon)

Jennifer Tillman

An Extension of Social Justice: A Rawlsian Application of Justice for the Intellectually Disabled (chair: Jon Mandle)

1st position: two-year post doctoral position dually appointed in Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of San Diego

Gunnar Babcock

Change and Continuity in Biology (chair: P.D. Magnus)

1st position: postdoctoral associate in the McShea Lab at Duke, as part of the Teleology and Complexity project


Will Kidder

The Role of Empathy in Moral Inquiry (chair: Jason D'Cruz)

Kali Milner

Partially Pretend Things: A Semantic Pretense Account of Plural Quantification (Chair: Brad Armour-Garb)


Mark Brennan

Equality and Justice in Aristotle's Theory of Friendship (chair: Nathan Powers)

1st position: Northern Virginia Community College, Loudon Campus, Assistant Professor, Full-Time, Long-Term Renewable Position

Evan Malone

Genres, Communities, and Practice (chair: P.D. Magnus)

1st position: Full-time, Permanent Faculty position, Lone Star College, Houston

Nick Jacobson

Causal Exclusion and Free Will Arguments (chair: Ron McClamrock)



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