Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

Job Placement Information

This page contains information on the placement record of the philosophy program since 2000. The directory is organized by the year in which our students defended their dissertations.


Dana Howard

Dissertation: On Behalf of Another (Estlund)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University
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Matthew Konig

Dissertation: Taking Seriously the Metaphysics of Mental Causation: A Nonreductivist Account (Kim)
Current Position: Part-Time Faculty, Adelphi University

Kateryna Samoilova

Dissertation: The Case for Pluralism About Introspection (Schechter)
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Sean Aas

Dissertation: Understanding Global Injustice (Estlund)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health
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Andrew Rotondo

Dissertation: Standing Your Ground: Epistemic Justification in the Face of Disagreement (David Christensen)
Current Position: Assistant Lecturer, University of New England
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Jed Silverstein

Dissertation: 'Not the Boss of Me': Reviving the Relationship Between Political and Parental Authority (David Estlund)
Current Position: High School Teacher, Riverdale Country School, NY

Chiwook Won

Dissertation: Reasons, Actions, and Causes (Kim)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
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Maxwell Pines

Dissertation: Understanding Actions (Jamie Dreier)
Current Position: Law Student, University of California, Berkley


Ali Eslami

Dissertation: The Feeling of Justification: A Phenomenological Amendment to Virtue Epistemology (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Medical Doctor, Private Practice

Kevin Morris

Dissertation: Physicalism and A Priori Connections, Realization, and Reduction: Two Issues in the Metaphysics of Mind (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Tulane University
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Jason D'Cruz

Dissertation: Imagination and Emotion in Action (Nomy Arpaly)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, SUNY Albany

Ben Jarvis

Dissertation: Teleology and Intentionality: A Challenge to the Deflationary View (Richard Heck)
Current Position: Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast

Nick Treanor

Dissertation: The World in Mind (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Chancellor's Fellow in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
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Aaron-Dirk Boyden

Dissertation: Reducing Realism (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Instructor, Rhode Island College

Benjamin Fiedor

Dissertation: Doxastic Involuntarism and Epistemic Deontology (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary
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Paul Neufeld

Dissertation: The Fitting and the Virtuous in Stoic Ethics (Victor Caston)
Current Position: Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Rebekah Rice

Dissertation: A Causal Approach to the Nature of Human Action (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University

Jerry Steinhofer

Dissertation: Epistemic Desert and the Value of Knowledge (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Visiting Lecturer, Bridgewater State College
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Teresa Celada

Dissertation: Procreative Liberty and its Critics (James Dreier)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Wheaton College

Simon Feldman

Dissertation: Reason and the Limits of Morality (James Dreier)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Connecticut College
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Christopher Kane

Dissertation: The Naive Counterfactual Analysis of Causation (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Adjunct Instructor, Molloy College


John Turri

Dissertation: Epistemic Reasons (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
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Derek Ettinger

Dissertation: Making Sense of Things (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Attorney,

Allan Hazlett

Dissertation: Grice's Razor and Moore's Gambit (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Reader in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
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Alyssa Ney

Dissertation: The Metaphysics of Unified Science (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Rochester

Lilian O'Brien

Dissertation: A Non-Causalist Theory of Rationalization (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Lecturer, University College Cork


Michael Pace

Dissertation: Perceptual Consciousness and Epistemic Justification (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Chapman University
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Juan Comesaña

Dissertation: The Ways of Reason (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Arizona
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Jordi Fernandez

Dissertation: Externalism and Self-Knowledge (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Lecturer, University of Adelaide


John Abruzzese

Dissertation: True and Immutable Natures in Descartes' Ontological Proof (James Van Cleve)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Providence College

Robert Howell

Dissertation: Self-Knowledge and Self-Reference (Jaegwon Kim and Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Professor, Southern Methodist University
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Uriah Kriegel

Dissertation: Conscious Content (Jaegwon Kim)
Current Position: Research Director, Institut Jean Nicod
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David Matheson

Dissertation: Understanding, Validation and the Everyday in Epistemology (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Carleton University

David Prentiss

Dissertation: Doing What a Good Person Would Do: An Exploration of Pure Virtue Theory (John Ladd)
Current Position: Lecturer, University of Rhode Island

Baron Reed

Dissertation: Knowledge, Agency, and Personhood (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Northwestern University
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Joseph Shieber

Dissertation: The Reasons Others Give Us: The Norms of Assertion Account of the Epistemic Status of Testimony (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Lafayette University
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Patrick Durning

Dissertation: Philosophical Anarchism and the Duty to Obey (David Estlund)
Current Position: High School Teacher, Kinkaid School

Douglas Webb

Dissertation: On the Libertarian Approach to Freedom and Responsibility (James Van Cleve)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Lakeland Community College


Jeffrey Auker

Dissertation: Eidolons: An Argument Against Explanatory Exclusion (Gary Gates)
Current Position: Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jason Kawall

Dissertation: Virtues, Ideal Observers, and the Foundations of Normativity (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Colgate University
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Jennifer Lackey

Dissertation: Rationality, Defeaters, and Testimony (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Peter Marton

Dissertation: Skeptical Games (Ernest Sosa)
Current Position: Part-Time Assistant Professor, Clark University

John Stone

Dissertation: Disadvantage and the Allocation of Health-Care Resources (Dan Brock)

Dale Tuggy

Dissertation: Agent Causation (James Van Cleve)
Current Position: Professor, SUNY Fredonia

Katherine Witzig

Dissertation: Racial Concepts: An Epistemological and Ethical Critique (Richard Schmitt)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Southwestern Illinois College

All and only students who currently have some form of academic employment are listed above. Therefore, students who sought jobs before finishing their degrees but have not yet secured a position and have not yet finished their degrees are not listed above.

For privacy reasons, we do not list students who completed their degrees but do not have academic appointments. So that the foregoing should not be misleading however, we list the number of such students in each year here: 2013: 4 students; 2011: 1 student.

By the way, no assumptions should be made about the students who have left philosophy. In particular, it should not be assumed that they have not been "successful". They are teachers, doctors, lawyers, and business people, among other things.