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Graduate Students


Barrett, Kyle
Teaching Assistant

Borcher, Jake
Teaching Assistant

Bowen, Brandon
Teaching Assistant

Campbell, Tiffany
Teaching Assistant

Chen, Nalei
Teaching Assistant

Figueroa, Richard
Research Assistant

Gilmore - Szott, Eleanor
Teaching Assistant

Hansen, Jorgen
Teaching Assistant

Harrison, Nicholas
TA Scholar

Molter, Daniel
Teaching Assistant

Nelson, Ryan
Teaching Assistant

Pedersen, Louise
Teaching Assistant

Shonberg, Jordan
Teaching Assistant

Smith, Tony
Teaching Assistant

Soriano - Gomez, Heber
Teaching Assistant


Barrientos, Alexander
Teaching Assistant

Halm, Derek

 Teaching Assistant

Ivy, Spencer
Teaching Assistant

Kok, Robert
Teaching Assistant

Petrozzo, Kathryn

Teaching Assistant

Pettit, Kaitlin
Teaching Assistant

Ruble, Andrew
Teaching Assistant

Sarafrazarpatapeh, Lida
Teaching Assistant


Graduate Student Placement

We congratulate the following graduate students on their recent appointments &/or placements:


  • Andrew Greetis, PhD


  • Colin Lewis, PhD, Instructor of Philosophy at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Michael Wilson, PhD, Philosophy Instructor at Western Nevada College
  • Richard Figueroa, MS, Pursuing PhD at the University of Utah


  • Aaron Kenna, MS, Pursuing PhD at the University of Toronto
  • Anna Vaughn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sacred Heart University
  • Jack Anderson, PhD
  • Louise Pedersen, MS, Pursuing PhD at the University of Utah
  • Lucas Matthews, PhD, Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia
  • Quentin Mons, MA



  • Kim Johnston, MS, Pursuing  PhD at UCLA
  • Jon Ross, MS, Nutrition and Physical Fitness Writer
  • Jennifer Warriner, PhD, Limited Term  Lecturer  of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University


  • Stephen Capone, MS, Instructor at The McGillis School in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Thomas Hernstein,  PhD, Philosophy and Honors Faculty at Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Charles Hudgins, PhD
  • David Jackson, PhD, Adjunct Faculty in Philosophy at Utah Valley University
  • Jason Christopher Jenson, PhD, Philosophy Instructor at Houston Community College
  • John Kippen, MA, Pursuing a M. Ed. from Utah State University, and English teacher at Summit Academy High School
  • Yang Liu, MA,
  • Keisha Ray, PhD, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Texas State University
  • Stephanie Shiver, MS, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Advising Coordinator, University of Utah



  • Matthew Barney, MS
  • Monika Piotrowska, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York (tenure-track)
  • Dale Clark, PhD, Lecturer of Philosophy at University of South Dakota
  • Curt Garner, MS,
  • Michael Hermon, PhD
  • Shane SmithMS, Adjunct Faculty in Philosophy at Utah Valley University
  • Conor Walline, MS, Litigation Attorney for Cuddy Feder, LLP
  • Jeffrey Wood, MS, Adjunct Faculty  in Humanities at Salt Lake Community College

Previous Degrees

  • Xianduan Shi, PhD 2010, Received MBA with distinction and Certificate in Marketing from Univeristy of Iowa
  • Troy Booher,PhD 2010, Appellate Attorney at Zimmerman, Jones, Booher in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Joseph Hoffsetz, MS 2010
  • Marissa Lelanuja-Fischer, MS 2010
  • Eirik Harris, PhD 2009, Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University (tenure-track)
  • Joe Ulatowski, PhD 2008, Senior Lecture, Programme Convenor of Philosophy at the University of Waikato 
  • Nate Rockwood,MS 2008, Visiting Assistant Professor at BYU
  • Luke Glowacki, MS 2008, Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
  • Ian Smith, PhD 2007, Associate Professor & Chair of Philosophy at Washburn University (tenure-track)
  • Pepe Chang,PhD 2007. Associate Professor, Deptartment of  Management, University of Texas at San Antonio (tenure-track)
  • Diana Buccafurni - Huber, PhD 2007
  • Justen M. Olsen, PhD 2007. 
  • Jan Van Riper, PhD 2006. Institute of Health and Humanities Executive Director
  • Phyllis Vandenberg, PhD 2005.  Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University (Michigan) (tenure-track)
  • Aaron Holland, PhD 2005. CEO of Holland Media Group
  • Susan Downs, MS 2005.
  • Anna Vaughn, MA 2005.
  • Britta Berkey, MA 2005.
  • Joe Klein, PhD 2004.
  • Shimpei Higuchi, MA 2004.
  • Austin Booth, MS 2004. Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University
  • Shannon Atkinson, MA 2004, Adjunct Faculty, Utah Valley University. 2013 NISOD Award Recipient
  • David Guevara, PhD 2003. Attorney at Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister LLP
  • James Sage,  PhD 2003. Associate Provost at Southern Utah University
  • Mark Phelan, MS 2003. Associatet Professor of Philosophy at Lawrence University
  • Ryan Spellecy, PhD 2002. Ursula von der Ruhr Chair in Bioethics, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Medical College of Wisconsin, 2017
  • Jason Goltz, PhD 2002.
  • Matthew Katz, MA 2002. Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University
Last Updated: 5/17/19