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Benoni Reynolds (BA, 1942)

I received my UW Law Degree (JD) in 1947. I also received an MBA in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Denver University in 1958.



John Burr (BA, 1955)

I received a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1959. I have been a member of the UW-Oshkosh Department of Philosophy since 1964. I served as Department chair from 1966–76 and 2000–11. I also served as Assistant Dean of the College of Letters and Science, from 1976-80.


Frank Lornitzo (BA, 1957)

I received a BS in Philosophy in 1957 and an MS under Professor A Campbell Garnett with a thesis on Kant’s Categorical Imperative. I served as research fellow or senior research specialist at Enzyme Institute and the Veterans Administration, doing work related to medical problems in Madison, and then at UW-Milwaukee, also in computer simulated molecular models. After retiring in 1994, I have been contributing editorial letters to newspapers, gratis. I am finishing the editing and looking for a publisher for my work, “Topics and Concepts in Differential Geometry and Into 4D.” I have comments slamming the “Big Bang” hypothesis on logical consistency.


Robert M. Sigman (BA, 1959)

I retired in 2010 after 48+ years practicing law in Appleton, WI. I believe, and have told many people, that I don’t know of an undergraduate major which offers better preparation for law school or the practice of law than philosophy.



Thomas Engh (BA, 1960)

I am a retired Deputy Probation Officer from Alameda County California. I attend Great Books meetings. I do community work, including Meals on Wheels. I am currently training a new American Fox Hound-or she is training me.


L Linda Morgenlander (BA, 1960)

After graduation at UW, I served as full time Training Director for the Continental Can Co. and elsewhere until 1971. I obtained a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Pace University in 1986. I taught as an adjunct Professor at Pace University from 1972 – 1996.

Claudia Card (BA, 1962)

I have just completed my 45th year as a member of the faculty of the UW Department of Philosophy. I delivered my Presidential Address to the Central Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Minneapolis on April 1 and received a Hilldale Award in the Arts and Humanities from the UW Chancellor on April 4. My book Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide (Cambridge 2010), the second volume in a projected trilogy on evil, appeared in September 2010.

John DuBois (BA, 1962)

After graduation I spent 3 years in the US Army, one of which was in Vietnam flying helicopters. After a year in Colorado flying mountain search & rescue, I was hired by United Air Lines. I retired in 1999 after 34 years, as a Captain. When asked what I “”did”” I tell folks that I will give them either my college major or my profession and having been given the one they must guess the other.


Henry Winogrond (BA, 1963)

After graduating from UW, I went on to earn an MBA from Stanford. I then spent nearly 15 years working in tropical countries managing large tropical fruit operations. I continue to do consulting work for the World Bank and USAID, and am a principal in my own consulting company focused on agriculture. But none of it would have been possible without my early focus on philosophy.


Henry Beck (BA, 1964)

I received an MSS in social work in 1972, and a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis in 1980. I’ve been working as a psychotherapist in the Philadelphia suburbs since 1973.


Beverly Harpold (BA, 1964)

I spent most of my post graduation life in Illinois raising my family and then working for a large corporation. For the past 14 years I have been living in Tucson, AZ. Three years ago we built Vistoso Funeral Home, a very upscale and technically advanced facility located in Oro Valley, AZ, that is run by my son Douglas Harpold.

Theodore Voss (BA, 1964)

Following my undergraduate graduation, I went to law school and obtained a JD degree from UW. Subsequently, I have been practicing law since 1967.

Michael Abelson (BA, 1965)

I received my PhD from New York University in European History in 1977, but didn’t like working in academia. I’m a diver with the New England Aquarium in Boston and a blues harmonica player.

Gale Lipsyte (BA, 1965)

I received a PhD in Clinical Psychology, trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the Jung Institute in San Francisco and continue to teach and practice psychology and psychoanalysis in San Francisco.


Arnold Paster (BA, 1966)

All is pretty much the same since the last report save that we are all older, families expand with new generation and contract with older ones.


Charles Winter (BS, 1966)

I am a retired computer software systems analyst. I developed and implemented Process Control software. My career was as varied as being targeted by rockets during the Iran-Iraq war, having to negotiate through the Communist Iron Curtain to working for a year in the mountains of southern India. In 2007 I endowed the Charles Manthey Winter Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


James McBriar (BA, 1968)

After receiving my BA, I did some graduate work in Philosophy, with Julius Weinberg, Keith Yandell and Claudia Card. I then left Philosophy for computers in 1973 – the right move. I developed and launched three 2-Year Associate Degree computer programs (Operations-1979; Programming-1992; Networking-1998) at MATC-Madison. I retired in 2004 and re-discovered my current Philosophical foci, viz., Cosmology (from the Physicist/Philosopher view-point), Linguistics, and Philosophy of Religion.


Randy Rasmussen (BA, 1968)

After 32 years working as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, I recently retired and am now available for philosophic discussion over coffee on the terrace…no appointment necessary.


Peter Anderson (BA, 1969)

After graduation, I continued at UW and received a Medical degree in 1973. I then went out to Southern California for further training and have lived in Newport Beach for the past 37 years. I continue work in the field of Emergency Medicine.


Penny J. Schwartz (BA, 1969)

I received an MS in Social Welfare from Columbia University in 1978, and, in 1994, a Doctor of Social Welfare from City University of New York at Hunter College School of Social Welfare.


Gary Knowles (BA, 1969)

I am President of Knowles Communications, in Madison,WI; Travel Columnist for the Journal & Topics Newspaper Chain, Des Plaines, IL; Travel Advisor on the Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Founder/Director of OpenAirTours.


Wendy Krueger Lueder (BA, 1969)

I’ve been living in Ft Lauderdale FL since 1969 where I met and married my husband Ren of 33 years. Attended Broward College graduating in 2005 with a degree in graphic design. I channeled my design work into bead and crystal weaving and my necklace designs have been published in four magazines and one book. Spend most my time doing charity work. Also did a 180 since my beloved UW years and became a knee jerking conservative! Who would believe?


David Philips (BA, 1969)

Studying Philosophy taught me about logic, aesthetics and idealism, and at Madison I acquired the practical skills of atheism and historical materialism. I have published two books of biblical scholarship which are listed under Authors at the Edwin Mellen Press web site. Hebrew-English Paleo Exodus: Scripture At The End Of The Iron II Period (2004) presents the marvellous Dead Sea Scroll 4Q22; its textual twin, 4Q27, is featured in The Samaritan Version Of The Book Of Numbers With Hebrew Variants, A Close Textual Study (2014) with the latter based on Ze’ev Ben-Hayyim’s parsing inventory of realized Hebrew words. I am an independent scholar at 6282-A Joaquin Murieta, Newark, CA 94560, and my books exhibit the truth that language is the essence of human behavior.



Michael Fields (BA, 1970)

I am a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in Chicago, specializing in the work of parents battling over custody of their children, and in the therapeutic evaluation of federal and state criminals. I can be reached at 312-345-1550 or through my website:


Jeffery Hermanson (BA, 1970)

I received an MA in Chinese at the UW in 1973, worked as a mechanic at the Co-op Garage in Madison, then became a union organizer for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in NYC. I’ve organized for the Carpenters, Teamsters, and most recently at the Writers Guild of America in Hollywood, where I helped lead the 2007-8 Writers’ Strike. I am currently retired and working pro bono with several garment workers’ unions in Latin America and Asia, pursuing fair wages and working conditions in factories producing for global brands like Nike, Adidas and Gap.


Richard Schwarz (BA, 1970)

After graduating I worked as a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1971-1976. I received a second BA from UW-Madison in Journalism in 1974. I moved onto union organizing work briefly with Wisconsin Nurses Association, then to American Federation of Teachers new healthcare division, first establishing Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals; then to Oregon (state) Federation of Teachers; then to Washington, D.C, as Assistant Director; and since 1989 as Executive Director of AFT-Oregon.


Chuck Stonecipher (BA, 1970)

I have worked for a public child welfare agency most of my adult life, primarily as a social worker and social work supervisor. I am presently the director of a small nonprofit agency called Family Sexual Abuse Treatment in Madison, WI. I received a master’s degree in public administration in 1986. I have been married (to the same woman) for 42 years, have a daughter, son-in-law, and a 3 year-old grandson.


Jens Beck (BA, 1971)

I loved my years at Wisconsin and am proud of my degree. Professionally, I became an architect practicing in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I married my Wisconsin College sweetheart and have 2 children. One son is a professional violinist and one son a neurobiologist.


Barton Hirsch (BA, 1971)

After a year as a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Michigan, I switched to the social sciences and to working with community groups oriented to positive youth development. I am presently Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University.


Adrian Ivancevich (BA, 1971)

I attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and graduated in 1974 with a J.D. For two years, I was in private practice, focusing on criminal defense and civil law. From 1977 to 1983 I was a Deputy District Attorney in Marysville, Yuba County, California. From 1984 to 2010 I was an Assistant District Attorney with the San Francisco District Attorneys Office. I am currently retired.


Catherine M Bauer (BA, 1972)

After graduation, I went on to medical school and then psychiatric residency and a child psychiatry fellowship. Following my medical training, I moved with my husband and children to the Boston area to teach at a Harvard Affiliated Hospital. I currently have a private practice in the suburban Boston area and I have four wonderful grown children and two grandchildren. My studies in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin prepared me by sharpening and strengthening the clear thinking that has been vital to my success as a physician and psychiatrist and has clearly helped me be a good parent. I remember fondly the courses and the professors, the discussions and the writing. I have felt indebted all these years for the exceptional education I received.


Barbara Bisbee (Brown) (BA, 1972)

My Wisconsin BA simply began a life of awareness of others that led to an MFA in Documentary Film Making. Now my time is used to write observations about our society. Philosophy study opened my mind to others’ alternative mind attentiveness, some practical and some shamefully self-serving. It is a good time to communicate to all generations about change and enlightened self-interest.

Jeffrey Jordan (BA, 1972)

The real value of my philosophy degree was instilling a life-long interest in learning and, by extension, reading. It was through philosophy that I developed a respect for intellectual activity.

Bill West (BA, 1972)

My career has been spent in advertising and marketing, principally in the healthcare industry. My philosophy training has enabled me to apprehend core issues among numerous extraneous matters, by which process I could craft effective campaigns. I have recently celebrated twenty years as the vice president of marketing at a medical malpractice carrier in Los Angeles.


Greg Bock (BA, 1973)

I double majored in philosophy and physics and then did graduate work in physics. I have worked in experimental high energy physics since 1974. Since 2009 I have served as associate laboratory director for particle physics at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.


Jeffrey Brody (BA, 1973)

I am a Professor of Communications, California State University, Fullerton. I teach Mass Media Ethics and advanced writing courses.


Jeff Gold (BA, 1973)

After graduating from UW, I continued to study Philosophy and have been a philosophy professor at East Tennessee State University since 1978. Loved my time in Madison.


James Jacobson (BA, 1973)

I was a double major in philosophy and psychology @ UW-Madison, graduating in 1973. I received an MD at Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1979. I did my internship and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, finishing in 1984. I am currently an Associate Professor, Psychiatry, at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. I am married (to Polly E. Parsons, MD) with two children (Alec, 21 and Chandler, 16).


Douglas Kappelmann (BA, 1973)

I am Christian and no longer troubled by apparent philosophical conundrums. I am happily married, with 5 beautiful teenagers. I practice surgical ophthalmology in Texas, and I spend all my spare time with my family, especially on our ranch in Wyoming, near Yellowstone. Philosophical training helped sharpen my honesty, for which I am most thankful, and I still regularly study and philosophically discuss. But facing grizzly bears trumps philosophical angst, and faith in Christ comprehends both experiences. Warmest regards.


Jeff Miller (BA, 1973)

I thought about pursuing an advanced degree in philosophy after finishing my BA, but was frightened off by my short attention span (still a problem). I am an ER doc in Southern California, a tennis fanatic, and I (self-) publish comic books. I’ve got 5 great kids.


Mark Penno (BA, 1973)

I am a Professor and Soumyo Sarkar Faculty Fellow at the University of Iowa- Tippie College of Business.108 Pappajohn Business Building Iowa City, IA


David Dabroski (BA, 1974)

I am managing counsel, EHS & Compliance Investigations, for Huntsman Chemicals, based in Brussels, Belgium. I have managed to combine my legal career work in the environment with a long-held desire to live in Europe.


Bill Foust (BA, 1974)

Law school led to prosecution and defense work. I was elected Dane County DA in 1988, and appointed Circuit Judge in 1997. I’m currently the Chief Judge for the 5th Judicial Administrative District of Wisconsin.


Bruce Haarmann (BA, 1974)

Philosophy has proven helpful to me in the practice of law, having graduated from UW Law School in 1978. It was also good background for later theological study. I obtained an MAR from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school in 2006, in preparation for post-retirement ministry.


Patrick Jennings (BA, 1974)

After graduating from UW Madison, I went to Pepperdine University School of Law, and have been a practicing lawyer for 31 years.


Michael Siebers (BA, 1974)

I received a BA with distinction from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 with a major in philosophy. In 1980 I received an MD degree from the UW School of Medicine. I practiced internal medicine at the UW Medical School and Middleton VA Hospital until 2012. Currently I am an emeritus professor at UW.

Tom Christensen (BA, 1975)

I received an M.A. in South Asian Studies in 1976. I took the business entrepreneurial path, and am now winding down towards retirement. I use principles of logic, and orderly thinking, acquired during my Philosophy B.A. every day!!! It was the best possible foundation for business success.


Karl Galen Lee (BA, 1975)

After graduation, I moved to New York City and am currently working as a landscape designer and special events designer, both freelance and for The Frick Collection.


Michael Leidel (BA, 1975)

I’ve worked in the computer field since 1982. I still consider myself a lover of wisdom. My work in symbolic logic led me eventually to a love of computer languages. My undergrad work in Madison, though bittersweet, taught me the joy of seeking truth.

Larry Temkin (BA, 1975)

I’m one of the lucky UW undergrads who majored in Philosophy LONG AGO who is still at it after all these years. I currently teach at Rutgers, where we briefly had a stronghold of former UW undergraduate majors, including Andy Egan and Alan Code (alas, Alan has recently left us for Stanford). Loved my time at UW, and UW t-shirts still constitute a large percentage of my wardrobe. I don’t care how unphilosophical or uncosmopolitan it is: GO BADGERS! And GO PACK!

Jim Weiland (BA, 1975)

I live in Madison and I’m retired. I loved philosophy, but the major didn’t help much in terms of job opportunities. I wish the Public High Schools throughout the State offered philosophy classes. Of course, then little Johnny and Mary would have to think about issues like the existence of “God.”

Margaret Flood (BA, 1976)

I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member in Philosophy and English, at Indiana Tech. I earned an MS degree from University of Wisconsin in 1988 in C&I- Educational Communication and Technology.


Candace Gorman (BA, 1976)

I am a civil rights attorney and represent a man at Guantanamo. I have spent many an hour discussing the nature and meaning of life and liberty with him while he is shackled to the floor.


Candace Leatherman (BA, 1976)

I received an MLS in 1990, from the Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jon Skavlem (BA, 1976)

After obtaining my UW philosophy degree, I obtained an MA in public policy, followed by an MS in accounting. An 8 year stint with the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue as an economist and policy analyst sharpened my interest in state and local taxes. I fulfilled the requirements for a CPA license in 1988 and have spent my career since then working for national and regional accounting firms. Currently, I am a director and practice leader of State & Local Tax for a large regional firm. My philosophy degree was invaluable in helping me approach problems in a logical, analytical fashion as well as honing my writing skills. In later life, the focus on ethics, particularly in the world of a CPA, has become critical Thanks to Prof. Byrd and all the other great UW philos professors.


Timothy Carew (BA, 1977)

My 1977 philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin has provided a great foundation for my global real estate and banking career. After receiving a master’s degree from the Wisconsin School of Business Real Estate Program in 1980, I embarked on a 28-year career in commercial, investment, and private banking. Since 2008, I have been a real estate and investment management consultant and an advisor to students, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations by offering support to the Ronald McDonald House, U.S.-Ireland Alliance, and the Real Estate MBA program at UW. I value my liberal arts degree in philosophy because it helps one think, communicate, and act creatively with others in a changing world!


Enoch Carver (BA, 1977)

I attended UW Law School, graduating in 1979. I am employed as Chief Investment Officer, Legacy Private Trust Company, Neenah, WI.


Juan Colas (BA, 1977)

UW Law School JD 1981. Was legal counsel to Governor Earl, an assistant state public defender and an assistant attorney general. Since 2008 a Circuit Court Judge in Dane County, living in Madison.

Jim Hale (BA, 1977)

After graduation I spent 10 years learning the precision machining trade, tool & die making and scientific instrument building. I am currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a medium sized manufacturing company in southern Wisconsin

Kelly Henderson (BA, 1977)

I received a Life Time Membership in the Memorial Union on January 12, 2003. I am currently a Florida Supreme Court Certified mediator and was recently named General Counsel to the Wisconsin literary magazine Rosebud.


Barry Stern (BA, 1977)

I attended UW Law School, graduated in 1980, and worked as a lawyer until 2009. Since then, I have been working as a family/divorce mediator. I’m currently living in Madison.

Brian Hanson (BA, 1978)

Following the advice of Professor Robert Ammerman, I pursued a career in law. My law firm is Baird Hanson Williams LLP, which focuses on environmental issues facing the resources industries.


Karen Tirandazi (BA, 1978)

After graduating from UW, I was a personnel assistant on campus. My husband and I then moved to Marshfield, Wisconsin, where we lived for 5 years, working at Figi’s and at a law firm. After moving to Minneapolis and working as a legal secretary for a numbers of years, I had a daughter and worked out of the home. I am now re-entering the traditional work force.


Gene Frank (BA, 1979)

After graduating from UW-Madison, I attended graduate school in Computer Science (UW MS ’81). I also received angene. MBA in High Technology (Northeastern ’88). I have pursued an eclectic career in large scale IT development projects, corporate level technical management roles (CTO, CKO), and projects with challenging people issues. I am now leading the Refugee Processing Center at the Department of State, where my philosophy background is even more valuable. Philosophy made a significant difference in my ability to develop solutions and strategies and to understand and lead people. I am now focusing on Comparative Religion.


Daniel Scerpella (BA, 1979)

I have been working as a Reverse Mortgage Lender for MetLife Bank In Milwaukee since 2008.



Jack Beermann (BA, 1980)

After graduating UW, I attended law school at University of Chicago, clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy (of Wisconsin) on the U.S. Court of Appeals and have, for the last 27 years, been a faculty member at Boston University School of Law. I am married with four children, the oldest of whom will start as an undergraduate at Boston University this fall. I still miss the hot fudge pound cake sundae at Ella’s!


Auric Gold (BA, 1980)

I am a photographer: and I am also a firearms instructor and blogger: and


Daniel Miller (BA, 1980)

I attended UW Law School and graduated in 1985. I have since worked as a lawyer in Milwaukee and am now a shareholder with Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, a firm that represents health care providers. My wife Kathy is also a UW alum and we enjoy visiting Madison often, especially while our daughter completed her studies at UW.

Rick Allard (BA, 1982)

I worked at Brookhaven National Lab in the 80s and in IT since. I moved from Missouri to Brooklyn earlier this summer (2011).

Ruth Ginzberg (BA, 1983)

I attended Graduate School in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota and successfully defended my Ph.D, dissertation in 1991. I was a philosophy professor for ten years but then went on to pursue other interests. I am currently an I.T. Procurement Specialist for the University of Wisconsin System, and serve on the Technologies Executive Council of the 12-state Midestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). I am also an officer in my state employees’ Union, the Wisconsin Professional Employees Council (WPEC), AFT Local 4848.

Michael Shohoney (BA, 1983)

I am living in Ripon, WI. I am President and Chairman of Math Corporation, a financial industry software firm. I’m an avid supporter of and follower of the UW.


Diane Kliebard Silverberg (BA, 1983)

After graduating with a double major in Philosophy and English in 1983, I went to the UW Law School and earned my JD in 1986. Since that time (after a brief stint in St. Louis), I have been practicing law in Chicago, with an emphasis in business litigation. My philosophy major has served me very well, particularly with respect to logic and the art of persuasion.


Charlotte Ullman (BA, 1983)

After graduating with a double major in philosophy and journalism in 1983, I worked as a book editor in Chicago at various publishing companies. Then I got my masters in applied linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University and ran ESOL programs around the Chicago area, and taught EFL in Ecuador. I earned my Ph.D. in educational anthropology at the University of Arizona in 2004 and am am a tenured associate professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Mark Risjord (BA, 1984)

I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina in 1990. I am now a professor of philosophy at Emory University.

Tracey Schwalbe (BA, 1984)

I received my JD in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and am now serving as General Counsel, Wisconsin Labor & Industry Review Commission, in Madison.

Christopher Bergh (BA, 1985)

After Madison, I spent 2.5 years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Botswana. I went to graduate school at Columbia University, and worked for MIT and NASA-Ames in applications of Artificial Intelligence. Over the past ten years I have worked for several small software start up companies. I am currently Chief Operating Officer of a data analytics company in Massachusetts. I am married with two kids.


David Gunkel (BA, 1985)

I received my PhD from DePaul University in 1994 in philosophy. Currently I hold the position of Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University where I teach philosophy of technology, information ethics, and web programming and design. I am the author of three books-“Hacking Cyberspace” (Westview, 2001), “Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology” (Purdue University Press, 2007) and “The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on Robots, AI and Ethics” (MIT Press 2012). And I am the managing editor of the “International Journal of Zizek Studies” –


Gregg Jaeger (BA, 1986)

I am an Associate Professor at Boston University, specializing in quantum information theory and the philosophy of physics. In addition to journal publications, I have published three books: Quantum Information (Springer), Entanglement, Information, and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Springer), and Philosophy of Quantum Information and Entanglement (Cambridge). After completing my undergraduate work at UW advised by Ellery Eells, I studied in Boston with Hilary Putnam and Abner Shimony, who was my PhD advisor. See


Gregory Reigel (BA, 1986)

I am an attorney with my own law practice handling aviation, business and real estate matters. My office is in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.


David Zalewski (BA, 1986)

I worked nationwide (WI/MO/CA/AK/elsewhere) as environmental and public health chemist in private laboratories and consulting firms, county, state and Federal governments. I graduated with an MS in chemistry from Cal State Fullerton; worked in pharmaceuticals and government, and finally, at present, independent consulting in the area of Memory Care dietary supplements.


Bruce Broker (BA, 1987)

I have been employed by libraries in Madison since 1987. I currently help manage the technology services provided by College Library (in the lower floors of Helen C. White Hall). I enjoyed living near campus so much that I still do. Most importantly, I think I have become quite accomplished at maintaining balance in my life.


Christopher Fink (BA, 1987)

I graduated with dual majors in physics and philosophy, and my favorite courses were in the topics of logic and metaphysics. In 1994, I went to Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL., and received the Ph.D. in physics there in 2001, specializing in high-energy particle physics. Since then, I’ve been V.P. and senior physicist at JRM Technologies, in Fredericksburg, VA, producing algorithms for the simulation of atmospheric, reflective, thermal, and RF physics in sensor wavebands.


Laura Murphy (BA, 1987)

I graduated with a BA in Philosophy and German. I have a JD/MBA from Madison (1993). I worked almost for years in Ford Motor Company’s Finance Organization, including 4 expat assignments in Europe. I am currently VP Finance at Stericycle in Chicago.

Brian Repko (BA, 1987)

I attended UW for graduate school (MA in Mathematics), graduating in 1991. Since then I have been involved with software engineering and am an independent consultant and conference speaker – typically on software testing systems and coaching/leading agile software teams. I’m currently living in Minneapolis.

Matthew Saltzman (BA, 1987)

After graduating UW-Madison in 1987 I attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and received my JD in 1993. I have been working as an attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1997.


Robert Claassen (BA, 1988)

I am a corporate lawyer at Paul Hastings in Silicon Valley, advising technology and internet start-ups.


Jordan Graham (BA, 1988)

A haiku: decades have passed; now a Colorado Badger remembers Plato


David Schmidtke (BA, 1988)

I attended UW School of Library and Information Studies, graduating in 1991. Since 1997, I have worked as a reference librarian/collection services manager at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library in Saint Paul, MN.

Elizabeth Shine (BA, 1988)

I teach first grade at an independent school in CT!

Keith Stattenfield (BA, 1988)

I attended UW Madison from 1984 until 1988, graduating with a rather rare Bachelor of Science from both the Computer Science department and the Philosophy department. I moved to California to work at Apple, Inc, and have been there ever since.


Jonathan Pinsky (BA, 1990)

After finishing a B.S. with a double major in philosophy and psychology, I went on to medical school at St. Georges in Grenada, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at Loyola University, in Maywood, Il, in 2001. I currently work out of Metro Infectious Disease Consultants. I am the director for infection control and a consultant at Edward Hospital, in Naperville, IL.


Brian Shukan (BA, 1990)

In June I completed an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College, and in August I will take up a new position as Consul General at the U.S. consulate general in Casablanca, Morocco. I have been in the Foreign Service since 1995 and have recently served in Accra, Ghana and Baghdad, Iraq.

Eric Stabb (BA, 1990)

I am currently an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Georgia.

Becky(Munk) Thall (BA, 1990)

I completed my master’s in philosophy at UIC in 1993. I am currently the chair of the philosophy department at the College of Lake County in northern Illinois.


Adam Zoll (BA, 1990)

I currently work as an editor/reporter in the Chicago Tribune’s informational graphics department. I’ve spent the bulk of my career in journalism and much of that at newspapers.


Michael Cockson (BA, 1992)

I attended law school at the George Washington University, graduated in 1997, and have been working as a lawyer. I’m currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Martha Kimes (BA, 1992)

After graduating from UW with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, I attended Columbia Law School in New York. I have been working as an attorney for the past 14 years, specializing in intellectual property law (primarily trademark and copyright matters). In 2007, Simon & Schuster published my memoir about my journey as a midwestern girl in a big-city Ivy League law school (IVY BRIEFS: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student), which is currently in paperback reprinting. I now live with my family (husband Joe who I met at UW and our two sons) in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Mark Sniderman (BA, 1992)

I am a civil rights attorney in Indianapolis, IN.


Michael Willeford (BA, 1992)

I am currently president of Wind Walker Labels in Kiel, WI.


Craig Kennison (BA, 1993)

After graduating and working in marketing for a few years, I returned to Wisconsin for an MBA in Finance through the Applied Securities Analysis Program in 1999. I am currently work in investment research.

Karl Nibbelink (BA, 1993)

I am an emergency physician, practicing in Madison, WI.

Joseph Pavelka (BA, 1993)

I have a website at


Christopher Pearson (BA, 1993)

I pursued a Master’s degree in philosophy at Northern Illinois University, then went on to get my philosophy PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 2007, I have been a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Gregg W. Perkins (BA, 1993)

I am an assistant professor of Communication at the University of Tampa, where I teach filmmaking and media studies. My art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and my writing has appeared in Coterie, New Art Examiner, ArtUS, TimeOut Chicago, and


Brian Soriano (BA, 1993)

I have opened my own private law practice in San Francisco, focusing on civil litigation and entertainment law. I am also an adjunct professor of law at Golden Gate University School of Law, teaching courses in Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. I also serve as a coach for schools competition mock trial students.

Todd Vogt (BA, 1993)

I earned a BS in Philosophy, Political Science & Economics at UW, and was Big Ten Champion in High Jump in 1989 & 1990. I have worked in the health care field for 15+ years as a IT/Process Reengineering Consultant and Electronic Medical Record implementation manager, and am now the Director for the Clinical Information Systems for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. I currently live in Grantham, NH with my 4 yr old son Miles.


Peter Zeimet (BA, 1993)

After getting my degree in philosophy I went on to earn an MS in Library Science. I currently work as a software salesman for a library automation company. I live in DeForest, WI with my wife and two boys.

Ingrid Hallett (BA, 1994)

After I graduated, I attended the University of Minnesota Law School. I have been practicing law since 1998 and work as in-house corporate counsel at U.S. Bank.


David Pagac (BA, 1995)

I completed my Masters in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University in 2002 and have continued to teach at a middle school in the Chicago suburbs for the last ten years. I am also an adjunct professor at the DePaul School of Education.

Edward Williams (BA, 1995)

I received my M.S. in Biotechnology in 2006 and work as a Scientist in Middleton, WI. My philosophy degree has been instrumental to me in fostering critical thinking skills, leading to five patents and numerous pending. I am also an author of the Amazon digital book “Metaphysics and Epistemology in Eastern and Western Philosophy.”


Jeffrey Cross (BA, 1996)

I received an Information Technology Certificate from Minneapolis Community and Technical College in 1999. I have worked for the Geek Squad, New York University and Apple, Inc. I currently reside in New York City working for a Design and Brand Strategy Firm.


Benjamin Grawe (BA, 1996)

After college, I attended Vermont Law School (JD, 2000), and have been practicing environmental law for the past 11 years. I am a partner on the environmental team at a national law firm, and enjoy a very busy air compliance and remediation practice. I currently live in Middleton, WI with my wife Katie (BS, 1997; DVM, 2003) and our three kids – Henry (5), Felix and Olive (both 19 months).


S. Craig Alexander (BA, 1997)

After receiving a JD from Duke Law School in 1991 and clerking for a federal court of appeals in 1992, I joined the Environment Division of the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. I currently lead the Indian Resources Section of the Environment Division, which brings suit to protect the treaty rights, lands, sovereignty, and resources of American Indian tribes.

Torrey Cuthbert (BA, 1997)

After graduating, I went on to receive a second B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Florida-Tampa and eventually a M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. I have worked for Symantec, DellEMC, and currently as an engineer for Research and Development at Cray.


Michael Ling (BA, 1997)

I am now a Senior Business Development Manager for the Litigation practice of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a law firm with more than 700 lawyers worldwide. I currently reside in Fort Lee, NJ.


Christopher Rucks (BA, 1997)

From 1997-2010, I held various positions in Finance & Accounting. I attended graduate school in Teacher Education at the U of St. Thomas from 2005-2007. I am currently in Operations and project management. All the best to the philosophy department!


Brett Twente (BA, 1997)

I am a physician at Columbia St Marys in Milwaukee. I rely on my philosophy degree in my work on the Medical Ethics committee and have found it to be a good background for any work.


Jacob Waidelich (BA, 1997)

After graduation, I went on for an M.S. (Medical Physics) and an M.D. I’m now married with 2 boys and working as an anesthesiologist in Fond du Lac. I have many fond memories of the philosophy department, which I can honestly say had the best teaching in all my 12 years at the UW!

John Wiesman (BA, 1997)

I obtained a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations in 2002 from UW-Madison. I worked for fourteen years as a Human Resources Specialist for the State of Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and UW Hospital & Clinics. I am Past President of the Central States Compensation Association, and current President of IPMA-HR, Wisconsin chapter.


Adam Kadlac (BA, 1998)

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2007 and am currently a lecturer in the philosophy department at Wake Forest University.


John Kelly (BA, 1998)

After graduation I worked served with the working poor in Quito, Ecuador before returning to attend UW Medical School. I am now a practicing allergist/immunologist in Madison, WI. I also serve on the Health Care Ethics council for the Wisconsin State Medical Society.



Chad Ernest (BA, 2000)

I am currently working as a counselor with children and families. One would think that philosophy would not come in handy in counseling, but it does, a lot.

Jon Esslinger (BA, 2000)

I am professionally employed providing Philosophical Therapy (cv., L. Wittgenstein, W. Shibles) as the Program Director of a mental health counseling center and in a private counseling/consulting practice: T.H.E. Service for Growth. My undergraduate in philosophy worked perfectly as a springboard to receiving a Masters degree and licensure as a Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. I remain actively engaged in avoiding enculturation and facilitating love.


Thomas Keehan (BA, 2000)

I graduated from UW-Madison School of Law in 2004, and am currently practicing law in Western Washington.

Paul Maxon (BA, 2000)

I attended USC Law School, graduated in 2003, and currently work as a lawyer in Boulder, Colorado where I represent employees in discrimination claims against employers.


Kathryn Plaisance (BA, 2000)

I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota in 2006, specializing in philosophy of biology. I then went on to do a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science at Leibniz Universitat Hannover in Germany. From there, I started a tenure-track position at the University of Waterloo in 2009 in the Centre for Knowledge Integration, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Philosophy. For more, see


Ashlee Brown (BA, 2001)

I have just completed my PhD in Counseling Psychology and am currently a counseling psychologist at the Texas Tech student counseling center. All of my research thus far has had a philosophical component – tracing the historical and philosophical foundations of psychological ideas such as death anxiety, optimism, and constructivism.


Jeremy Cesarec (BA, 2001)

Since graduating, I’ve primarily been working in the book business, first in editorial and marketing at HarperCollins Publishers, and more recently on the Social Media Marketing team at Barnes &

Benedict Chan (BA, 2001)

I graduated in 2001 at UW Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Economics and Philosophy. I then received my MA and PhD in Philosophy at at the University of Maryland, College Park. I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and the Program of Asian Studies at Tulane University in 2011-2012, and currently I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Education at Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong, China. My major research areas include Social & Political philosophy, Applied Ethics & Moral Philosophy, and Comparative Political Theory (Chinese & Western).

Jacqueline Helmrick (BA, 2001)

After graduating from UW-Madison, I attended Loyola University of Chicago, where I received my JD and MBA degrees. I am currently working for a mid-sized law firm in Chicago, Aronberg Goldgehn. I work primarily with mid-sized commercial lenders to document loan transactions as well as loan work-outs and foreclosures.


Michael Hendrickson (BA, 2001)

I currently work as a research scientist for a small Madison biotechnology company, developing drugs for neurodegenerative disorders.

Kurtis Lindeman (BA, 2001)

I am currently working as a physician, specializing in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I work with the homeless and underserved of San Diego. I also teach mental health care to the Family Medicine residents at the University of California-San Diego.

Nick Olson (BA, 2001)

I’m currently back in school, getting an MBA. It’s a lot of fun, but I don’t meet many other philosophy majors! Before that I worked in film production in New York for about 7 years. It’s hard to say concretely how studying philosophy has helped me-I think that specific philosophical ideas, like whatever Kant or Aristotle said, aren’t always useful in themselves, but the practice of thinking (especially hypothetical thinking) has been very useful and has allowed me to stay mentally stimulated.


Frederick Wesner (BA, 2001)

I am a tax attorney, and am Vice President, Senior Tax Manager, at Bank of America in New York City. I am a director on the board of a nonprofit organization devoted to providing affordable housing and support services to New Yorkers living with psychiatric disabilities.


Adam Bridge (BA, 2002)

I am Chief Public Defender in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Agency Village, S.D.


Sarah Haque (BA, 2002)

I am living in Chicago!

Stephanie Somers (BA, 2002)

I am a mindful yoga teacher for students of vinyasa flow, gentle yin yoga and those just beginning. I help people with relaxation, finding peace and a healthy, happy life.

Andrew Farley (BA, 2003)

I am currently working at the San Francisco Opera as the Assistant Technical Director. Since I received a dual degree in Theatre and Philosophy, this position has been a great fit. The skills I learned with Philosophy are used often with critical interpretation of staging and scenery requirements. Additionally, my language and rhetoric abilities learned at UW serve me well. Cheers!


Matthew Gillhouse (BA, 2003)

After receiving a B.A. in Philosophy, I worked as a lab technician (oddly enough) for one year and then went to law school and received a J.D. from UW-Madison in 2007. Since then, I have been working for a federal judge.

Michael Pietrus (BA, 2003)

I graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology, and am currently working as a staff psychologist at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Center.


Vanessa Boyd (BA, 2004)

I am a Retail Buyer at Adidas in Portland, OR. I have worked for Adidas America since 2005.

Jason Foster (BA, 2004)

After I received my bachelor’s degree, I pursued a law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where I interned for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and coached a Moot Court Board team. Currently, I study for an advanced law degree in taxation at Northwestern University School of Law. My interest in taxation stems from a tax professor who showed me how the philosophical theories of John Rawls, Martha Nussbaum, and Thomas Pogge were intertwined with international tax policy—including the policies of the OECD—and tax treaties. Had I not been introduced to these philosophers by Prof. Harry Brighouse, I would not have seen or appreciated the connection between philosophy and taxation, and may not have chosen this extremely rewarding career path.


Ryan Johnson (BA, 2004)

I now am working in education in Anchorage, Alaska.

James Lambert (BA, 2004)

After graduation, I attended law school at Rutgers University and obtained a Master’s in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently licensed to practice law in Illinois, and am working as an analyst for a federal contractor.


Sterling Lynk (BA, 2004)

After graduation, my wife and I started a financial planning firm which we sold in 2006. From 2006 to 2011, I served as the Director of Operations/Economic Development at the Urban League of Greater Madison and the President of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Currently, I am the Executive Director at the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society. I recently founded to help non-profit boards improve their leadership and governance.


Kyle Swanson (BA, 2004)

After graduation, I obtained a medical degree at UW-Madison. I am now a resident in neurosurgery at the UW hospital. My training in philosophy of mind and ethics has taken a more practical application.


John Dyreby (BA, 2005)

I worked in Berkeley, CA for a few years in the solar energy field, and am now attending UW-Madison for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Joel Martin (BA, 2005)

I was a consultant (health care, IT) for Epic Systems, from 2005-2010. Since then, I have been pursuing a master’s degree in Statistics at the University of Minnesota.


John Ostlund (BA, 2005)

I am living in San Francisco, working for Google, Inc., in their Enterprise Business Services division, selling Google Apps for Business.

Peter Vila (BA, 2005)

I am currently in my last year of medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. After graduating from UW-Madison, I pursued a two-year Master’s in Population Health, with a concentration in Biostats and Epidemiology. I will be applying to residency programs in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the fall to continue my training.


Nicolas Ziebarth (BA, 2005)

I am enrolled in the PhD program in economics at Northwestern University.

Luke Berg (BA, 2006)

I’m attending law school at New York University.

Daniel Ryan Kinney (BA, 2006)

Upon graduation, I enrolled in New York University’s publishing program. I initially worked in the magazine industry and later for a Talent Agency in their commercial endorsement department. I currently work as a Talent Manager for Momentum Entertainment Group and live in Manhattan.


Alyssa Knutson (BA, 2006)

I am an associate in the Palo Alto office of the law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where I am a member of the intellectual property litigation department. During law school, I served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. I also worked for the Samuelson Clinic for Law, Technology & Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.


Andrea (Kaufman) Mac Arthur (BA, 2006)

My undergraduate studies in philosophy and history led me to a career in nonprofit fundraising and grant writing. I continued on to earn my M. Public Policy from the Humphrey School at the U of MN and now consult with companies on their philanthropy and volunteerism programs.

Q Mountain (BA, 2006)

I am editing Killing the Buddha, a lit mag on religion for people made anxious by churches.


Ben Nered (BA, 2006)

I am currently in graduate school at UW-Madison for social work and public affairs.

Matt Olver (BA, 2006)

I am working in the field of Information Technology as a Network Engineer for CDW Corporation, formerly Berbee Information Networks, here in Madison since 2007. I use all of the analytical and logic skills acquired in my Philosophy undergraduate major daily. If you would like to connect with me professionally you can also find me on LinkedIn.


David Roiter (BA, 2006)

I reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I received a JD from the Boston University School of Law in 2010, and am a member of the Massachusetts Bar.


Jon Atwell (BA, 2007)

I am currently pursuing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Michigan. I am also an IGERT fellow at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, where I draw on sociological theory in the development of agent-based models of economic phenomena.


Krissy Fischer (BA, 2007)

I got an MBA from the University of Bologna, Italy. I worked as a sales representative for Furla, then moved back to the states. I am currently a Product Director for software firm Zywave in Milwaukee.

Derek Johnson (BA, 2007)

Graduating in 2007, I majored in Philosophy and Communication Arts (Radio, Television & Film). I live in Los Angeles and work in the Television industry. I’ve worked on the G4 cable shows ‘Attack of the Show!’, ‘Web Soup’ and most recently on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’.


Evan Johnson (BA, 2007)

I received a master’s degree in public affairs (MPA) from the La Follette School at UW-Madison in 2010. During that time I also worked as a Research Fellow at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I am currently beginning work on a PhD in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.


Joe Manske (BA, 2007)

I work retail management.

Abigail McGraw (BA, 2007)

I am currently completing the MA program in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths University of London.


Max Osterhaus (BA, 2007)

I am currently living in Oakland, CA, working for Out of the Box Publishing. Still philosophizing.


Nicholas Santucci (BA, 2007)

I am beginning my third year at George Mason University School of Law. I have focused my law school education on a career in intellectual property law.

Travis Smith (BA, 2007)

I am working in higher education (admissions) for Herzing University in Brookfield, WI.

John Stolzmann (BA, 2007)

Since graduation I have been a full-time professional poker player. I currently reside in Long Beach, California.

Joshua Tilley (BA, 2007)

I attended the UW Philosophy program, graduated in 2007, and continued my education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an MA in Philosophy of Religion. I am currently serving as a pastor outside of Detroit, MI and finishing my PhD work in philosophy through Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Terry Wilkinson (BA, 2007)

I was working as an English professor at Suwon University, South Korea for the past 3 years, and am currently pursuing a Research Master’s in Philosophy at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.


Michael Zenz (BA, 2007)

I am enrolled in the philosophy PhD program at the University of Maryland.

Nicolas Allinder (BA, 2008)

Since graduating from UW-Madison, I have received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas – Austin. I currently live in Austin, Texas and work for an architectural firm.


Samuel Homburger (BA, 2008)

I am living in NYC and working for WIRED Magazine at Condé Nast on the ad sales / marketing side.


Jason Miller (BA, 2008)

I am currently living in Los Angeles, CA, my hometown. I work in the foodservice industry. I am Operations Manager at a Healthy Meal Delivery company called PALETA.


Ryan Richter (BA, 2008)

I graduated in 2008 and the following year worked as a high school algebra teacher in Brooklyn, NY. I have since begun a career in teaching ESL and am currently enrolled in an MA TESOL K-12 certification program for the state of New York at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Peter Sielski (BA, 2008)

I am currently studying medicine in Europe at the Danyllo Halytsky University. I have finished the second year of a six-year program. After the third year, I hope to concurrently be studying there and working in a PhD program in neuroscience.

William Waller (BA, 2008)

I graduated with a J.D. and M.S.W. from Washington University in 2012. I’m currently a public defender in the St. Louis City Trial Office.


Catherine Wiley (BA, 2008)

After graduating in 2008 with degrees in English and Philosophy, I took a year off from school and worked in banking. It was here that I found an opportunity to go back to school to get a Masters in Education degree and my teaching license to teach English to grades 7-12. I just finished the Masters in Education program at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and have since moved to Concord, NH with my fiancé for his residency program (hence all the moving around the country) and am pursuing teaching here.


Susan Detrie (BA, 2009)

After completing my BA in Philosophy, I enrolled in graduate school. I am currently working on my MA at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Teachers College. I am in the department of Math, Science and Technology, focusing on educational technology.


Dan Fink (BA, 2009)

I have been working in IT for the UW School of Medicine. It’s great to be able to stay in Madison, and even better to be working for such a great university.

Hilary Hannon (BA, 2009)

From October 2009 to August 2010, I was a corps member in the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps Program. I am currently attending law school at William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, MN, class of 2014.

George Hovey (BA, 2009)

I spent 2 years in China, teaching science at an international school. I am starting the philosophy MA program at Virginia Tech this fall.

Melissa Jacquart (BA, 2009)

I am currently a PhD student in the Philosophy Department at The University of Western Ontario.


Marilynn Johnson (BA, 2009)

I am a PhD student in philosophy at the CUNY Gradute Center.

Maeve Kendall (BA, 2009)

I have just completed my first year of Law School at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. I am in a JD/MA program called “Cultural and Educational Policy Studies and Law” that will allow me to complete both degrees by 2013. This summer, I am working with the Honorable Ann C. Williams on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as with the Center for the Human Rights of Children through Loyola.


Jared Steinke (BA, 2009)

I took some classes as a university special student after graduating. Then, after one year off, I got accepted to UW’s PhD program in Philosophy, where I will be enrolled in the fall of 2011.


Carl Weitkamp (BA, 2009)

I am now a graduate student at Boston University pursuing a PhD in English. Literature.



Scott Boyce (BA, 2010)

I’m currently teaching 4th grade in Milwaukee through the Teach For America program. Professionally, I use my philosophical education to unpack academic concepts for my students. More personally, I use my analytically trained mind to problem solve and analyze my experience to live a richer life.


Owen Cole (BA, 2010)

I am currently working as a project manager at Epic in Verona, WI.


Lee DeMet (BA, 2010)

I graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology in Dec. 2010, a semester earlier than I had expected. I spend most of my time thinking of creative responses to the question, “So, what are you going to do with THAT?”


Mark Donahue (BA, 2010)

I moved to Chicago within 2 weeks of graduating with a degree in philosophy as well as economics. After 6 months of underemployment (temping), I started work at Merrill Lynch and have been there since. The perspective I gained from studying philosophy is what I value most from my fours year at UW.


Kimberly Krautkramer (BA, 2010)

I have just begun the long road to an MD/PhD as a fellow in the UW Medical Scientist Training Program.


Peter Hiller (BA, 2012)

After graduating from UW-Madison in 2012, I spent a year volunteering at a health center in Camden, NJ. During this time, I was fortunate enough to gain acceptance to medical school. I currently live in Camden where I attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Ethan Stortz (BA, 2012)

After graduating from UW-Madison in 2012, I spent a year volunteering at a health center in Camden, NJ. During this time, I was fortunate enough to gain acceptance to medical school. I currently live in Camden where I attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

James Nikolay (BA, 2013)

I graduated from UW Madison in 2013 with majors in Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science.I will be working for Best Buy at their corporate office in Minneapolis starting in June 2013.

Graduate Students

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Hans Oberdiek (PhD, 1964)

I am Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College.


Gerald Paske (PhD, 1964)

I am emertius professor at Wichita State University. I retired in 1999 after teaching at WSU for 32 years.


Michael Kelley (PhD, 1969)

After many careers I am now jubilado.


Michael Reiter (PhD, 1969)

I am still practicing law, but not full time, with the Chicago office of a large international law firm. I travel for pleasure outside the United States. I taught at Northwestern University Law School for 22 years and stopped in 1999.



Georges Dicker (PhD, 1970)

I am Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. I have been teaching philosophy for 42 years. In May I published my sixth book, *Berkeley’s Idealism: A Critical Examination* with Oxford University Press. My previous books are on Kant, Hume, Descartes, the philosophy of perception, and Dewey. I have just been appointed Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Some details be found here.


Warren Kessler (PhD, 1971)

I retired from long career teaching philosophy at California State University, Fresno at the end of 2006. I recently started a small business, Philosophical Images, wholesaling a “Think Outside the Box Sculpture” that I designed and patented.

Celia Wolf-Devine (MA, 1971; PhD, 1984)

I am married to another philosopher, Phil Devine. I just retired from teaching at Stonehill College. I’ve published in a variety of areas. For information about my work, see my website:

Robert Hollinger (PhD, 1972)

I am an emeritus professor at Iowa State University (35 years), now living near Ft. Collins. I recently got a part time teaching job in philosophy at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins.


M. Brian McMahon (PhD, 1972)

I taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 1970-1975. I obtained a J.D. from U.C.L.A. Law School in 1978. Since then, I have been in private practice specializing in antitrust, environmental law and oil & gas law. For details, see


John Shier (PhD, 1972)

I taught at UW-Green Bay until 1974. I then served as the Executive Director of the Lake Michigan Area Agency on Aging and the United Way of Brown County until 1992. I received my BSN from UW Milwaukee in 1995. I was then involved in Cardiac and Hospice nursing to 2004. I have been a speaker to corporations and seminars (1800 presentations, 300 corporate contacts): I’ve also written a book: “Notes From Thatguynurse.”


Gary Baran (MA, 1973)

After leaving Madison I taught philosophy at California State University, Northridge from 1970 until 1974, where I also earned an M.A. in Educational Psychology: Counseling and Guidance; and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a career I practiced as a sideline for many years. I taught philosophy at Los Angeles City College from 1974 until 2001, when I took early retirement to devote my full energy to the Center for Nonviolent Communication, whose executive director I was from 1998 until 2006. In 2006 my family and I moved to Eugene, Oregon. I offer some training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in Eugene and as a member of a team of volunteers that offers NVC training to inmates in Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon. I also regularly play the banjo and fiddle.


George Brockway (PhD, 1973)

I accepted a one-year-only position at the Univ. of Richmond after getting the PhD, but was not able to secure another full time teaching position after that. So I got another degree (MSSW in Administration) and changed careers-a number of times, actually-from the Administrator of a medical clinic to financial planner and investment consultant (stock broker). While living in Europe (1991-1993), I got back into teaching. After returning to the U.S. in 1993, I continued on that track at Strayer University, in the greater D.C. area. I retired from that position in 2006, and in 2009, published a book of popular philosophy titled: Some Thoughts on the Big Questions.Contact:

R. Craig Sautter (MA, 1973)

I was a UM-Madison graduate student in philosophy. For the past 30 years, I’ve taught courses in philosophy, politics, history, literature, and creative writing at DePaul University’s School for New Learning. In the winters I teach “Ethics and Critical Thinking” at Miami Dade College. I’ve written, co-written, or edited 10 books on various topics from poetry to politics ( and am a political consultant (


Murray Stone (PhD, 1974)

I practiced law in Edmonton, Alberta, until March 2011, when I retired to a life of contemplation and the pursuit of virtue on the shores of Pigeon Lake.


Ron Amundson (PhD, 1975)

I served as an Instructor at UW after receiving my PhD until a found a tenure track job at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 1978. I taught there until I retired in June of 2012. My book “The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought” was published by Cambridge in 2005.


John Schmidt (MA, 1976)

I retired after 30 years in the Foreign Service. I teach at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I am an expert on Pakistan and radical Islam; my articles have appeared in many foreign affairs journals and current events websites. My book, “The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad,” will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September 2011.


Roderick Hale (MA, 1977)

I went to law school in 1977 and have been practicing law since 1981, representing many patients who have been committed to the state hospital system in Minnesota. The whole area raises many issues concerning freedom and the power of the state over individuals.


Robert Good (PhD, 1978)

I am Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. I am also Professor of Arts and Sciences at Westminster Choir College, Rider’s College of Music, in Princeton, NJ. The recipient of three fellowships from the NEH, I have published articles in Metaphilosophy, the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and Research in Philosophy and Technology, among others. I live in Princeton near Princeton University, where I received my undergraduate degree.


Gary Hatfield (PhD, 1979)

I am a joint degree recipient (History of Science/Philosophy/Psychology). I have been Professor of Philosophy at Penn since 1987. I am the author of Natural and the Normative: Theories of Spatial Perception from Kant to Helmholtz (1990; now in paperback from Amazon), Descartes and the Meditations (2003), and Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology (2009).


Richard Lippke (PhD, 1982)

I’ve taught philosophy at James Madison University, DePauw University, and at Indiana University, where I am a Senior Scholar in the Criminal Justice department. My most recent book was The Ethics of Plea Bargaining (OUP 2011).


George Rudebusch (PhD, 1982)

I am Professor of Philosophy at Northern Arizona University. My most recent book is Socrates (Wiley-Blackwell: 2009).


Thomas Drucker (MA, 1983)

I am currently teaching in the mathematics department at UW-Whitewater. I’ve had the chance to teach the survey course in the philosophy department (which also includes Ann Behrend) there as well. It is certainly harder work to get students to talk about any philosophical reading than it is to get them to work on applying solution techniques to algebra problems. I’m also currently Program Director for the Philosophy of Math Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America.

Walter Schaller (PhD, 1984)

I have been teaching at Texas Tech University for 25 years, focusing first on Kantian ethics, then Rawls, and now torture and just war theory.


Peter Losin (PhD, 1985)

After getting my degree I taught for several years at the College of Charleston and Gonzaga University. During this time I was hired by the Division of Fellowships and Seminars at the National Endowment for the Humanities, where I worked as a program officer. In 2000 I made the transition to the Office of Information Technology, where I am a software developer, designing systems for online application, review, and grant management. I still teach part-time in the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Alan Vraspir (PhD, 1985)

Since 1986 I have been teaching mathematics at Albuquerque Academy, an independent college-preparatory school in New Mexico. I generally teach AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, and geometry, in addition to my own course: Logic and Probability, which covers first-order predicate logic and inductive logic.


David Estlund (PhD, 1986)

I received my bachelors, Masters, and PhD all at UW Madison, spending 10 great years there. (My bachelors was in art, but I took philosophy every semester for the equivalent of a major.) I headed west for a 1 year job at UC Irvine, which turned into a 5 year job, which I left for Brown in 1991 where I’ve remained except for several leaves and sabbaticals. I live outside Providence, in Seekonk, MA.


Katherine Kruse (PhD, 1986)

I am currently a Professor of Law at the Univeristy of Nevada Las Vegas, where I teach courses in criminal law, evidence, and professional responsibility. I also direct and teach the UNLV Innocence Clinic, which investigates claims of wrongful conviction in Nevada and advocates for systemic changes to improve the criminal justice system. My scholarship draws on my background in philosophy by exploring the foundations of legal ethics in the political and jurisprudential role of lawyers in a morally pluralistic liberal democratic state.


Michael Taber (PhD, 1987)

I am going on 25 years as a professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (the honors college for the state of MD system), teaching Ancient philosophy, general ethics, and occasionally the philosophy of mind, meaning of life, and Nietzsche. Every third year or so, I teach Ancient Greek, when enough students ask, and in alternate years, I lead a 3-4-week study tour to Greece with usually about 15 students. I have a reduced teaching load as part of serving as director of our college’s Paul Nitze Scholars Program, which is a program about leadership in an international context. (My chance, I guess, to groom future philosopher kings.)

Keith Cooper (PhD, 1988)

I am still teaching at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. (A very good place to be.) I am increasingly involved in campus-service and administrative roles, including past service as department chair and humanities dean. I continue to puzzle over the understanding of scientific method and confirmation theory / theory of evidence, employed by proponents of Intelligent Design.


Alireza Nurbakhsh (PhD, 1988)

I received my Ph.D in 1988, then I moved to London, England where I attended law school and became a lawyer. I am now working as a solicitor in London. My advisor was Fred Dretske and my area of specialisation was philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science.



Scott Berman (PhD, 1990)

I’m an associate professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University. I specialize in ancient Greek philosophy and contemporary metaphysics. I’ll be a visiting research fellow at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford for the 2011-12 academic year, working on structuralism in the metaphysics of science, as well as ancient Greek philosophy.


Tina Wood (PhD, 1990)

Finally I left the comfy and cool nest of Madison. I taught at many good schools on my long and winding road to home, real home, here in College Park, MD. Here I have been an adjunct teacher, online and face-to-face, at my undergrad alma mater, U of Maryland, George Washington and U of Maryland, University College. Self-discovery, which being a student in philosophy fosters, is a lifelong project, the most important one.

Chris Cuomo (PhD, 1992)

I am currently Professor of Philosophy and former Directly of Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia. After completing my agree at Madison I taught for many years at the University of Cincinnati, and I have served as a visiting scholar at Cornell, Murdoch University, and Amherst College. I work in the areas of Feminist Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, Science Studies, and Philosophy of Art. Madison is still one of my favorite places.

Ted Kinnaman (PhD, 1995)

I am chair of the Department of Philosophy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. In addition to my administrative work I continue to teach, and to write, mainly on Kant and Hume.


Jim Butler (PhD, 1996)

I graduated with a B.A. in philosophy in 1986 and then went on for my PhD (1996). I am currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Berea College in Kentucky.


Storm Bailey (PhD, 1997)

I am an associate professor in philosophy at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa–where at the moment I am chair of the Philosophy department. I have directed our all-college humanities program and was recently very honored to serve a term as distinguished teaching professor in humanities.

Jeffrey Dean (PhD, 1999)

I live in Somerville, MA, just outside of Boston. I am an Executive Editor with Wiley-Blackwell, an academic publishing company that is a division of John Wiley and Sons, working as commissioning editor for philosophy books. I still see a lot of my UW-Madison professors and fellow students at philosophy conferences, and also work with a fair number of them as authors, which is a great part of my job!


Dave Young (PhD, 1999)

I have a tenured teaching philosophy professorship at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ, since the Fall of 2000, and am Philosophy Club Advisor. I have written a book: Plotinus: The Platonist (Parmenides Publishing, forthcoming), and am interested in the philosophies of Buddha, Plato, and Plotinus, and the connections between them. I have given papers pretty regularly at the Pacific APA lately, and at MCC. On Wisconsin, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Contact: yount@mesacc.ed


Laura Sizer (PhD, 2000)

After a great post-UW year as a PNP Post-doc at Washington University in St. Louis I moved to Northampton, Massachusetts in 2001 and started teaching at Hampshire College. I am now an Associate Professor of Philosophy and am currently the Dean of the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College. When I am not deaning I teach courses and supervise undergraduate theses in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, emotions, and wherever else the students take me.

Ronald Sandler (PhD, 2001)

I am currently an Associate Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


David Concepcion (PhD, 2002)

I’m professor and department chair at Ball State University and President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. I have a dog named Pig.

Stephen Whitton (PhD, 2002)

I am raising a family in beautiful Buffalo, NY. I am working as an IT Project Manager for a commercial real estate development company, implementing financial reporting, enterprise document management, customer relationship management, and business process automation software. I’m also teaching the occasional Philosophy class for local community college. I am active in the local chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, the Project Management Institute, and Meals on Wheels.


Laura McAlinden (PhD, 2004)

In fall 2004, I started in a tenure-track position at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. In 2009 I received tenure, and this past year I was promoted to Associate Professor. In addition to working on Leibniz and teaching, I’ve taken several administrative positions, including logic curriculum coordinator and undergraduate research coordinator. My 4-4 teaching load includes a rotation of electives including Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Happiness, Free Will, Sex, and Feminism.


Cora Lee Mooney (MA, 2004)

I work for BrownFlynn, a corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm. I am a sustainability consultant and corporate trainer, primarily advising clients on how to utilize the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Framework–the most widely used framework for non-financial reporting. This career move was a natural extension of my ongoing philosophical interest in arguments for why it is never in your best interest to harm others. Needless to say, I was surprised and thrilled to find out that many of the world’s top companies also recognize the payoff for protecting the interests of their employees, local communities and the environment.


Joel Uckelman (MA, 2004)

I completed a PhD in Computer Science at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation at the University of Amsterdam, and have since started a computer forensics company, Lightbox Technologies.


Sara Uckelman (MA, 2004)

Joel and I obtained our Ph.D.s in logic from the University of Amsterdam in 2009, after which I’ve had post-docs at Amsterdam and then in Tilburg and the University of Heidelberg. He is a founding partner and chief scientist in the digital forensics company Lightbox Technologies. After 7 years in the Netherlands and nearly 2 in Germany, we’re preparing to make our permanent home in the UK; I will be taking up the post of lecturer in philosophical logic at Durham University.


Sara Gavrell Ortiz (PhD, 2007)

I got my PhD from UW-Madison in 2007. I worked for the UW Health Sciences IRB’s and then went to Quito, Ecuador, to teach English for a couple of years. Currently I am an assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez.


Joshua Thurow (PhD, 2007)

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mount Marty College in South Dakota, where I work to educate South Dakota’s finest while continuing work on my research projects in epistemology. I am co-editing a volume with Albert Casullo, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, entitled “The A Priori in Philosophy.” My work has appeared in Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, as well as some forthcoming edited collections. In 2011, Mount Marty College granted me the James Award, in recognition for excellence in research.


W. John Koolage (PhD, 2008)

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University. I just published an article co-authored with Ralph Hall – “Chemical Action: What is it, and why does it really matter?” – in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. I have also just completed an Introduction to Philosophy textbook, which will be published by Great River Technology. I am presenting papers on epistemic injustice this summer at several conferences.


Joel Velasco (PhD, 2008)

After doing my undergraduate work at UW-Madison, I stayed to enter graduate school and received my PhD in 2008. Since then, I have had a post-doc position at Stanford University, a visiting position at Cornell University, and currently, I am a post-doc at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. Look me up at



Mavis Biss (PhD, 2011)

Fall 2011 will be my first semester as Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure track) at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. In September, I will travel to Scotland to present a paper entitled “Kant on the Duty to Moral Self-Perfection” at the UK Kant Society “Reading Kant” conference.

Shannon Spaulding (PhD, 2011)

In August 2011 I will take a position as a McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis.


Eric Senseman (MA, 2013)

I have started a solar company with a friend in Central Florida. The skills I acquired during my time at UW have been invaluable while building this company from the ground. My capacity to solve problems in a moment’s time is uncanny thanks in large part to my philosophy studies at UW. I would not be nearly as efficient, effective, or successful as a start-up business co-founder without my degree from the philosophy department at UW-Madison.