Graduate Students

Brett W. Anderson Brett W. Anderson
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Brett is a graduate student at UNL. He received his BA degree in philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His primary philosophical interests are Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Language. Outside of philosophy he enjoys camping, craft beer, films, and hiking. Brett currently lives in Omaha with his girlfriend Tatiana, his daughter Natalee, and his two cats: Emma Goldman and Rosa Luxemburg.
Patrick Arnold Patrick Arnold
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Patrick Arnold is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He holds a BS degree in philosophy and English from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and an MA degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Some of his interests include: epistemology, ethical theory, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy (early modern and history of skepticism), philosophy of language, philosophy of science; as well as experimental, formal, and historical methods to all the above. He works best in the winter and with good coffee at hand.
Brent Braga Brent Braga
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Brent Braga is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.
Gabriel Bruguier Gabriel Bruguier
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Gabriel is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He holds a Licentiate degree in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico, and a BA degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota Morris. He also completed some graduate work in philosophy at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico, which focused on Latin American and contemporary continental philosophy. His main interests are in the history of modern philosophy, particularly in the philosophy of David Hume. His current research is focused on several questions regarding Hume’s philosophy of mathematics: Does Hume even have a philosophy of math? (Gabriel thinks he does); how is it justified within Hume's strict empiricist framework? (it’s complicated); and why is this interesting? (arithmetic is the only science for which Hume thought we could achieve certainty). He also has a developing interest in Hume’s metaethics.
David Chavez David Chavez
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David Chavez is a philosophy graduate student at UNL. He received his BA degree and MA degree in philosophy from the University of New Mexico, after which he taught philosophy at a community college. Among other things, David is currently interested in problems in the Philosophy of Mind, such as the nature of mental states and their contents. He has an abiding interest in Metaethics.
Andrew Christmas Andrew Christmas
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Andrew Christmas is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.
Joseph Dante Joseph Dante
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Joseph Dante is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL.
Matthew Dee Matthew Dee
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Matthew Dee is a philosophy graduate student at UNL. He received a BA degree in philosophy and a BA degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2005. His primary interests are in Epistemology, but he is also interested in Ethics and the Philosophy of language. Outside of philosophy, Matthew is a religious fan of the Minnesota Vikings and a terrible but steadily improving golfer.
Hai Diep Hai "Mark" Diep
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Hai "Mark" Diep is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.
Aaron Elliott Aaron Elliott
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Aaron Elliott is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL.  He received a BA in philosophy and sociology from Northern Arizona University, and an MA in philosophy from San Diego State University.  His current research focuses on metaphysical issues in non-naturalist metaethics.  His dissertation committee is Mark van Roojen (chair), Joe Mendola, Aaron Bronfman, and David Sobel.
Luke Elwonger Luke Elwonger
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Luke Elwonger is a philosophy graduate student at UNL. He earned a BA degree in Philosophy and Chemistry from UC Berkeley. He worked for a short time as a chemist before returning to philosophy. His main interests are Epistemology and Metaethics. Beyond his professional interests he also maintains a tumultuous love affair with surrealist and existentialist literature.
Allison Fritz Allison Fritz
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Allison Fritz is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. She received her BA degree in Philosophy with a double major in International Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2002. She received her MA degree in Philosophy at the University of Wyoming in 2007, where she also completed her MA degree in Environment and Natural Resources. Her current interests are in normative ethics, meta-ethics, applied ethics (particularly environmental ethics), and feminism. She is an avid cyclist (transportation and fun). She loves outdoor activities (hiking and backpacking). She probably makes too much free time to play music (guitar, banjo, and fiddle) and to hang out with her hilarious dog.
Zachary Garrett Zachary Garrett
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Zachary Garrett is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL.
Shane George Shane J. George
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Shane George is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He received a BA degree in Philosophy and a BA degree in English from the University of North Florida in 2006. He attended the Masters Program at Northern Illinois University prior to coming to UNL. His primary areas of philosophical interest are Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics of Time. He has a growing interest in Philosophy of Science, Aesthetics, Metaethics, and tends to study other areas of philosophy as the spirit moves him. Outside of philosophical pursuits, he enjoys playing and listening to live music, not taking things seriously, twiddling his thumbs, documentaries, answering questions in obtuse fashions, ambiguities, and TV/VCR repair. In his spare time, he likes to contemplate what he should do with his spare time.
Christopher Gibilisco Christopher Gibilisco
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Christopher Gibilisco is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He received his BA degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2009. Christopher's research divides into two related topics: metaphysics and philosophical methodology. That is, he is interested in first-order ontological questions, as well as higher-order questions about the legitimacy, goals, and methodology of metaphysical practice. His research into metaphysical practice borrows resources from the history and philosophy of science, which investigates analogous questions about scientific practice. These higher-order investigations guide his approach to first-order problems. As a result, Christopher's research into metaphysics and philosophical methodology form a unified research program with the following goals: to better understand the limits of good metaphysical investigation, and to solve interesting ontological problems within those limits. Christopher is currently finishing his dissertation "The Nature of Properties: Why We Shouldn't Care and What to Do Next."
Danielle Hampton Danielle Hampton
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Danielle Hampton is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.
Christian Haug Christian Haug
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Christian Haug is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.
Landon Hedrick Landon Hedrick
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Landon Hedrick is a philosophy graduate student at UNL. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2009 with a double major in Philosophy and History. His primary area of interest is epistemology, although he also works in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics. He lives with his girlfriend, Tara, and their three pets: Henry, Riley, and Theo.
Ben Henke Ben Henke
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Ben Henke is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He received his BA in philosophy at Kansas State University in 2012. His interests vary, but center around the intersection between philosophy, especially metaphysics and epistemology, and science, especially cognitive science. His present interest is in the relationship between definitions of theoretical terms in epistemology and their counterparts in cognitive science. He has also done some work on epistemology more broadly, metaphysical issues in the philosophy of science, and in metaethics. In his free time, Ben enjoys listening to music of various sorts, reading about the history of science, and talking even more philosophy with his friend Preston Werner.
Cliff Hill Cliff Hill
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Cliff Hill is a philosophy graduate student at UNL. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002 with a BA degree in History and a minor in Humanities. By chance he took a Philosophy of Mind class the second to last semester before graduating and he was hooked. Since then he has become interested in various philosophical topics like Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Biology, Epistemology (specifically Epistemic and Doxastic Logic), Philosophy of Mathematics/Logic, and Philosophy of Science. His interests outside of philosophy include camping, mind-rotting video games, and "The Simpsons."
Jason Lemmon Jason Lemmon
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Jason Lemmon is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL.  He received a BA in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, 1996, and an MA in philosophy from Northern Illinois University, 2001. Lately he has been reading intellectual history as well as philosophy, and he received an MA in history from the University of Oregon in 2012. His main interest at present is the nature of practical reason.
TIm Loughlin Tim Loughlin
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Tim Loughlin is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.
Kevin Patton Kevin Patton
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Kevin Patton is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He received his BA degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2013. Kevin's philosophical interests are wide-ranging and include in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and ethics. His non-philosophic interests include powerlifting, computer repair, video games, cigars, and anything do-it-yourself.
Katerina Psaroudaki Katerina Psaroudaki
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Katerina Psaroudaki is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL.
Chris Richards Chris Richards
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Chris Richards is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL.
Chelsea Richardson Chelsea Richardson
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Chelsea Richardson is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. She received her undergraduate degree in philosophy at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY in 2013. Her main philosophical interests are in ethics, social and political philosophy, and other areas concerning applied ethical issues. While pursuing her degree at Marist she completed an internship on a local farm in the Hudson Valley that inspired her senior thesis regarding the philosophical implications of modern agriculture. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, reading novels, spending hours on end in Lincoln's multitude of independent coffee shops, seeing back-to-back films at the theatre, Pinterest, YouTube, listening to live music, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. To see her CV and get to know her a little better, please contact Chelsea via her LinkedInprofile.
Ben Schuth Ben Schuth
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Ben Schuth is a philosophy graduate student at UNL. He earned his BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010. His main areas of interest are Ethics and Existentialism. He enjoys sculpture, anime, Magic: The Gathering, and rock and classic metal bands.
Andrew Spaid Andrew Spaid
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Andrew "Andy" Spaid is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He received his BA degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary interests are in epistemology and ethics.
Lauren Sweetland Lauren Sweetland
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Lauren is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. Lauren received her BA in philosophy from Arizona State University and her MA degree in philosophy from ASU as well. Lauren’s research interests are primarily social and political philosophy, metaethics, ethics, and epistemology. She is also interested in philosophy of science and applied ethics. Lauren enjoys reading, listening to black metal, and makeup artistry.
Adam Thompson Adam R. Thompson
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Adam Thompson is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistnat at UNL. Adam received his BA in philosophy from Ball State University and his MA degree in philosophy from the University of Wyoming. He is currently ABD. Adam’s research interests lie primarily in moral responsibility, metaethics, ethics, social/political philosophy, philosophy of language, epistemology, and the philosophy of education. Adam is also the Assistant Director, Faculty/Graduate Programs, at the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching & Study of Applied Ethics.  Outside of philosophy, Adam enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities (esp. camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, biking, and snowboarding), live music, wine and beer tasting, cooking, creating art, building things, working on cars, and laughing. For CV and more, please visit his personal webpage.
Cheng Chang Tu Cheng Chang Tu
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Cheng Chang "Alfred" Tu is a philosophy graduate student and teaching assistant at UNL. He received both his BA and MA in philosophy from National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. His primary research interests are metaphysics and epistemology.
DonJun Yuan DonJun Yuan
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DonJun "Kiki" Yuan is a philosophy graduate student at UNL.