Placement History

Our department assigns a faculty member as Placement Officer and devotes a significant portion of staff resources to help graduates find employment. The placement officer carefully reviews every element of a candidate's dossier; the faculty participate in mock interviews for all job seekers, each of whom is also given the opportunity to present a practice job talk to the department. In a job market that has long been challenging, the department is proud of its placement record and committed to enhancing the professional qualifications of its graduate students.

Select year of the graduates to see their placement:

2015–2016

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Lydia DuBois "Medical Practice: Its Objects and Ends" (Advisor: Dan Hausman) Simon Fraser University (sessional faculty)
Brian McLoone "The Causal Scope of Natural Selection" (Advisor: Elliott Sober) Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (1 year post-doc), then KLI Institute (1 year post-doc)
Reuben Stern "Counterfactual Reasoning and Practical Reasoning in Causal Graphs" (Advisor: Dan Hausman) Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (post-doc)
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2014–2015

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Hayley Clatterbuck "Are Humans the Only Theorizers?: A Philosophical Examination of the Theory-Theory of Human Uniqueness" (Advisor: Elliott Sober) University of Rochester (tenure-track)
Tim Hansel "Nonideal Theory and Partisanship" (Advisor: Harry Brighouse) Lecturer, Edgewood College
Jeff Pretti "Intuitions, Substitutions & a Causal Account of Reference within Simple Sentences" (Advisor: Alan Sidelle) Did not seek employment
Naftali Weinberger "Causal Inference Across Populations" (Advisor: Dan Hausman) Tilburg University (2-yr post-doc)
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2013–2014

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Daniel Crow “Knowing the Non-Natural: Why Morality is as it Appears” (Advisor: Russ Shafer-Landau) UW-Madison (Visiting Asst. Prof)
Justin Horn “Three Challenges to Moral Realism: Evolution, Disagreement, and Moral Semantics” (Advisor: Russ Shafer-Landau) Oklahoma State (tenure-track)
Holly Kantin “Objects, Identity, and Modality: In Defense of Ontological Nihilism” (Advisor: Alan Sidelle)

Initial Position: National Institutes of Health (2 year Post doc)

Subsequent Position: University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa (tenure-track)

Jacob Krch “Nietzsche’s Account of Human Excellence (Advisor: Ivan Soll) Did not seek academic employment
Jonathan Lang Parity, Austerity, and the Extension of the Cognitive” (Advisor: Malcolm Forster) UW Psychology (Visiting Scholar)
Michael Roche “Self-Knowledge – A Defense of an Extrospective Account” (Advisor: Larry Shapiro) Mississippi State (Visiting Asst. Prof)
Daniel Schneider “Spinoza’s Method of Certainty” (Advisor: Steve Nadler)

Initial Position: Ghent University (Post-doc)

Subsequent Position: Cambridge (3-year appointment)

Subsequent Position: University of Haifa (tenure-track)

Danielle Wylie “Moral Cognition and Its Implications for Ethics” (Advisor: Larry Shapiro) Mississippi State (tenure-track)
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2012–2013

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Jeff Behrends "A Hybrid Account of the Sources of Practical Normativity"
(Advisor: Russ Shafer-Landau)

Initial Position: Illinois State University (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: Harvard University (visiting assitant professor)

Molly Gardner “Our Duties to Future Generations”
(Advisor: Rob Streiffer)

Initial Position: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1-2 year postdoc)
(declined tenure-track position in Kansas)

Subsequent Position: Bolwing Green U (tenure-track)

Michael Goldsby "Methodology in Crisis: Modeling in the So-Called 'Sick' Science of Ecology." (Advisor: Elliott Sober) Washington State University (tenure-track)
Casey Helgeson “Diverse Evidence, independent evidence, and Darwin's arguments from anatomy and biogeography”
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
London School of Economics (3 year postdoc)
Peter Nichols "Personal Identity, Wide Reflective Equilibrium, and the Autonomy of the Normative"
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
Adjunct Instructor, University of Saint Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
Regina Schouten “A Family Affair: Political Liberalism and the Gendered Division of Labor”
(Advisor: Claudia Card)

Initial Position: Illinois State University (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: Harvard University (tenure-track)

Bekka Williams “Doing One's Part: Group Obligations and the Obligations of Individuals in Groups”
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)

Initial Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas (3-year)

Subsequent Position: University of Minnesota-Mankato (tenure-track)

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2011–2012

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Mohammed Abed “Genocide as a Process of Social Group Destruction”
(Advisor: Lester Hunt)
Cal State - Los Angeles (tenure-track)
Mark Anderson “Moral Luck and Libertarianism”
(Advisor: Keith Yandell)
Tarrant County College (tenure-track)
Joshua Filler “Essays on Evolution and Explanation”
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Ripon College (tenure-track)
Tom Frost “The Relativity of Conceivability”
(Advisor: Keith Yandell)
Long Beach City College (adjunct instructor)
Fred Harrington “The Concept and Grounding of Human Rights”
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Edgewood College (Permanent Faculty); declined tenure-track offer in Texas
Shahin Izadi “For Your Own Good: Philosophical Theories of Well-Being and Children”
(Advisor: Dan Hausman)
Did not pursue academic employment
David Killoren “Moral Intuitions, Moral Perceptions, and Moral Dilemmas”
(Advisor: Russ Shafer-Landau)

Initial Position: Coastal Carolina University (3-year postdoc)

Subsequent Position: Northwestern University (1-year post-doc)

Matthew Kopec “Norms of Group Rationality: Essays in Social Epistemology”
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)

Initial Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, UC-Boulder (3 yrs.)
Subsequent Appointment: Northwestern Univeristy (1-year postdoc)

Mark Mitchell "Benevolence and Justice: On the Role of Benevolence in Liberal Political Conceptions of Justice"
(Advisor: Lester Hunt)
Attorney-at-Law
Eric Stencil “Cartesian Modality: Possibility and Essence in Descartes and Arnauld”
(Advisor: Steve Nadler)
Utah Valley University (tenure-track)
Leigh Vicens “Divine Determinism: A Critical Consideration”
(Advisor: Keith Yandell)
Augustana College (tenure-track)
Matt Waldren "Liberalism and the Aims of Education"
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)
Working in academic publishing
Jason Walker “The Rule of Law as an Emergent Order”
(Advisor: Lester Hunt)
Initial position: Research Coordinator, Institute for Humane Studies

Subsequent Position: Adjunct Lecturer, Georgetown University

Subsequent Position: Visiting Lecturer, China Foreign Affairs University
Brynn Welch “Why You Should Be Nice to Your Parents: A Theory of Filial Obligations”
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)

Initial Position: Emory & Henry College (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: University of Alabama-Birmingham

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2010–2011

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Vivi Atkin "Applying Kant’s Universality Test for the Morality of Actions"
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Did not pursue academic employment
John Basl “The Levels of Selection and the Functional Organization of Biotic Communities”
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Initial Position: Bowling Green State University (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: Northeastern University (tenure-track)
Mavis Biss “Moral Imagination in an Ethics of Principle”
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Loyola University Maryland (tenure-track)
Hallie Liberto “On the Moral and Legal Alienation of Reproductive rights, Sexual rights, and Rights to Bodily Organs”
(Advisor: Daniel Hausman)
University of Connecticut–Storrs (tenure-track)
Emily McRae "Love, Equanimity and the Cultivation of Moral Emotions"
(Advisor: Claudia Card)

Initial Position: University of Oklahoma (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: University of New Mexico (tenure-track)

Shannon Spaulding "In Defense of Mindreading: a Philosophical Perspective on the Psychology and Neuroscience of Social Cognition"
(Advisor: Lawrence Shapiro)
Initial Position: Washington University, McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology

Subsequent Position: Oklahoma State University (tenure-track)
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2009–2010

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Jaime Ahlberg "Ideal and Nonideal Theory in the Realm of the Political
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)
University of Florida (tenure-track)
Matthew Barker "The Philosophy of Species: Conceptual, Metaphysical and Ethical Insights Concerning Biological Species"
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Initial Position: Mt. Allison University (Canada) (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: Concordia University (Montreal)(tenure-track)
Donald Moskowitz "Topics in the Philosophy of Mind"
(Advisor: Elliot Sober)
Did not pursue academic employment in philosophy
Gregory Mougin "Mental Causation and Screening Off"
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Did not pursue academic employment
Armin Schulz "Evolutionary Theory and the Belief/Desire Model of the Mind"
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Initial Position: London School of Economics (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: University of Kansas (tenure-track)
Richard Teng "Goal-Directed Behavior"
(Advisor: Daniel Hausman)
Did not pursue academic employment
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2008–2009

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Paul Anders "Whewellian Science and Christian Theology: On the Possibility of Consilience"
(Advisor: Keith Yandell)
Initial Position: Edgewood College (temporary lecturer).

Subsequent Position: Mt. Marty College (tenure-track)
Paul Dunn "Beyond Skepticism and Certainty"
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
Initial Position: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, Director of Special Communications.

Subsequent Position: Senior Executive Assistant to the President, Western Washington University
Michael Humiston "Contextualist Semantics Without Contextualist Epistemology"
(Advisor: Dennis Stampe)
State University of New York–New Paltz (Adjunct Professor)
W. John Koolage "Realism and the Agreement of Independent Measurements"
(Advisor: Malcolm Forster)
Initial Position: University of British Columbia post-doc (1 year).

Subsequent Position: Eastern Michigan University (tenure-track)
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2007–2008

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Sara Gavrell-Ortiz "Birthing with Dignity"
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Initial Position: Associate Admin Program Specialist, UW–Madison Institutional Review Board.

Subsequent Position: University of Puerto Rico
Daniel Shriro "Secession and the Right to Non-Intervention"
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Attorney at Law, Oakland, CA
Joel Velasco "Philosophy and the Tree of Life The Metaphysics and Epistemology and Phylogenetic Systematics"
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Initial Position: Stanford University post-doc (two years).

Subsequent Position: Cornell University (one year).

Subsequent Position: California Institute of Technology post-doc(2 years)

Subsequent Position: Texas Tech (tenure-track)
Madeleine Arseneault "On What Is Said"
(Advisor: Dennis Stampe)
State University of New York-New Paltz (tenure-track)
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2006–2007

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Joey Baltimore The Argument from Reason and the Problem of Mental Causation
(Advisor: Keith Yandell) 
West Virginia University (tenure-track)
Deborah Mower Leveling Sex Differences in Mindreading
(Advisor: Larry Shapiro)

Initial Position: Youngstown State University (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: University of Mississippi

Greg Novack Unification and Description-Variance in the Philosophy of Science
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Wayne State University (tenure-track)
Ben Sachs Does Rationality Ever Require Immorality?
(Advisor: Russ Shafer-Landau)
Initial Position: NIH post-doc (2 years).

Subsequent Position: Program in Environmental Studies & Center for Bioethics, New York University, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow (3 years)

Subsequent Position: St. Andrews (tenure-track)
Matt Ferkany The Nature and Importance of Self-Respect
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)
Initial Position: Michigan State Philosophy (2 years)

Subsequent Position: Michigan State School of Education (3 years)

Subsequent Position: Michigan State School of Education (tenure-track)
Eugene Marshall Akrasia in Spinoza’s Ethics
(Advisor: Steve Nadler)
Initial Position: Dartmouth College Visiting Lecturer (2 years).

Subsequent Position: Wellesley College (tenure-track)
Josh Thurow The A Priori: A Defense via Explanation
(Advisor: Keith Yandell)
Initial Position: Augustana College Visiting Lecturer (2 years).

Subsequent Position: Mount Marty College (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: University of Texas San Antonio (tenure-track)
Kevin Brosnan Evolutionary Theory and the Autonomy of Ethics
(Advisor: Elliot Sober)
Cambridge University Post-doc (three years)

Subsequent Position: Virginia Commonwealth University (rolling horizon)
Pamela Knoll A Reading of Plato’s Lysis
(Advisor: Paula Gottlieb)
Did not pursue academic employment
James Steadman Moral Responsibility and Its Conditions
(Advisor: Dennis Stampe)
Did not pursue academic employment
Terence Sullivan Weighing the Causal Importance of Genes
(Advisor: Elliot Sober)
Did not pursue academic employment
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2005–2006

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Vitor Moura In Search for the Wrong Currency: A Theory of Metaphoric Experience
(Advisor: Noel Carroll)
University of Portugal (tenure-track)
Alan Rubel A Philosophical Account of Privacy
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Initial Position: Law Clerk, Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Subsequent Position: NIH/Johns Hopkins Greenwall Fellowship (2 years).

Subsequent Position: U.W.-Madison, School of Library Studies and Legal Studies (tenure-track)
Aaron Smuts Laughing at Art: Humor, Art and Morality
(Advisor: Noel Carroll)
Initial Position: Temple University Visiting Assistant Professor.

Subsequent Position: Rhode Island College (tenure-track)
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2004–2005

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
John Fields Perception, Testimony, and the Argument from Religious Experience
(Advisor: KeithYandell)

Initial Position: Edgewood College (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Edgewood College

Ken Hochstetter Modality, Reductionism, and Material Adequacy: A Rejection of Reductionism
(Advisor: KeithYandell)
College of Southern Nevada
Rimas Uzgiris Desire, Meaning, and Virtue: The Socratic Account of Poetry
(Advisor: Terry Penner)
St. John’s University (long term contract)
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2003–2004

Sara Chant Composite Action
(Advisor: Dennis Stampe)
Initial Position: Florida State University (tenure-track).

Subsequent Position: University of Missouri–Columbia (tenure-track)
Laura McAlinden Leibniz on Constant Creation and Divine Concurrence
(Advisor: Steven Nadler)
Bridgewater State College (Massachusetts) (tenure-track)
Dale Murray Nozickian Libertarianism and A Positive Right to Health Care
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)
Initial Position: Virginia Commonwealth University Visiting Lecturer.

Subsequent Position: Xavier University, Louisiana (tenure-track).

Subsequent Position: Joint appointment UW-Baraboo/Sauk County and UW-Richland (tenured).
Laura Osinski Guaranteeing Equal Financial Opportunity for Political Participation: How Ideal Theory Informs the Debate over Campaign Finance Reform
(Advisor: Andrew Levine)
Madison Area Technical College (tenure-track)
Fatih Ozturk The Indispensability of Internalism in Epistemology
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
Pamukkale University (tenure-track)
Stephen SchmidIndeterminacy in Reductive Color Theories
(Advisor: Lawrence Shapiro)
UW–Rock County (tenure-track)
Andrea Veltman Transcendence, Creativity, and Futility: Labor and Work in the Ethics of Simone de Beauvoir
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Initial Position: York University (2 years).

Subsequent Position: James Madison University (tenure-track)
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2002–2003

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Mehmet Elgin Laws in the Special Sciences: A Comparative Study of Biological Generalizations
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Mugla University (Turkey) (tenure-track)
Zachary Ernst Evolutionary Game Theory and the Origins of Fairness Norms
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
Initial Position: Florida State University (tenure-track).

Subsequent Position: University of Missouri-Columbia (tenure-track)
Eric Wolf Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science
(Advisor: Malcolm Foster)
Carleton College (Minnesota)
Jerry Yang An Essay on Self-Awareness
(Advisor: Dennis Stampe)
Taipei University of Technology (tenure-track)
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2001–2002

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Randy Blumenstein Zoning, Spillovers, and Harm
(Advisor: DanHausman)
Attorney at Law
David Concepcion Individual Moral Responsibility and Luck
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Ball State University (tenure-track)
Noel Hendrickson The Contingency of Choice: Developing and Defending a New Method and Theory in the Philosophy of Freedom and Action
(Advisor: KeithYandell)
Information Analysis Program, James Madison University (tenure-track)
Stan Kaufman Enforcement and the Existence of a Legal System: A Study in the Concept of Law
(Advisor: Lester Hunt)
Attorney at Law
Joonsung Kim Probabilistic Causality: In Defense of the Unanimity Theory
(Advisor: Ellery Eells)
Myongji University Korea (tenure-track)
Sheila Lintott On the Performative Interpretation of Nature: A New Model of Nature Appreciation
(Advisor: Noel Carroll)
Bucknell University(tenure-track)
Kate Norlock A Feminist Ethics of Forgiveness
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (tenure-track)
Will Seaman Indeterministic Explanation: Visited, and Again, Revisited
(Advisor: Ellery Eells)
Did not pursue academic employment
Naomi Shiraishi Direct Reference Theory and Modes of Presentation
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
Public Health Services Specialist, UW–Madison Library
Charles Starkey Emotion, Moral Perception, and Character
(Advisor: Lester Hunt)
Initial Position: Washington University post-doc.

Subsequent Position: Clemson University (tenure-track)
Stephen Whitton Punishment and Character
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
Morris College
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2000–2001

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Brian Brost Toward a Theory of Linguistic Knowledge
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
Central Missouri State University (tenure-track)
Matthew Davidson Propositions, Proper Names, and Indexicals: A Neo-Fregean Approach
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
California State University–San Bernandino (tenure-track)
Tracy Edwards Public Policy as a Matter of Principle: An Examination into Expression that Subordinates and Silences
(Advisor: Claudia Card)
North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Branden Fitelson Studies in Bayesian Confirmation Theory
(Advisor: Malcolm Forster)
Initial Position: Acting Assistant Professor, Stanford University.

Subsequent Position: San Jose State University (tenure-track).

Subsequent Position: UC-Berkeley (tenure-track)

Subsequent Position: Rutgers University (tenure-track)
Todd Hughes Qualism
(Advisor: Berent Enc)
Software Industry (ontologist)
Stephan Johnson Content, Naturalism, and Normativity
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
College of San Francisco (tenure-track)
Sungsu Kim Mental Causation: The Causal Efficacy of Content
(Advisor: Berent Enc)
Texas Tech (tenure-track)
Ron Sandler Spinoza’s Ethical Theory
(Advisor: Steven Nadler)
Northeastern Univ. (tenure-track)
Laura Sizer A Theory of Moods and Their Place in our Science of Mind
(Advisor: Larry Shapiro)
Hampshire College (tenure-track)
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1999–2000

NameDissertation Title & AdvisorPlacement
Noel Adams Kierkeggard’s Conception of the Eternal in his Works
(Advisor: KeithYandell)
Marquette University (tenure-track)
Gordon Barnes Modal Inquiry: An Epistemological Study
(Advisor: Alan Sidelle)
Initial Position: University of St. Thomas (tenure-track).

Subsequent Position: SUNY at Brockport (tenure-track)
Monica Cowart The Connection Between Embodied Cognition and Cognitive Complexity
(Advisor: Malcolm Forster)
Merrimack College (tenure-track)
Jeff Jones History, Civic Education, and Liberal Democracy
(Advisor: Harry Brighouse)
Initial Position: University of Massachusetts-Boston (tenure-track).

Subsequent Position: Lewis & Clark Law School (tenure-track)
Dean Kowalski Conditionals of Freedom as Bivalent: A Defense of Middle Knowledge
(Advisor: Keith Yandell)
UW–Waukesha (tenure-track)
Chris Stephens Why Be Rational? Prudence, Rational Belief, and Evolution
(Advisor: Elliott Sober)
University of British Columbia (tenure-track)
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