PhD Student Placement Record

Below is information about the current employment of all graduates from the Florida State University Ph.D. program (as well as any ABD students we are able to place) since 2001. If the person is ABD (all but dissertation), the expected graduation year will be indicated as well.

Darrell Jordan

Pensacola State College - Instructor, Tenure-Track (2021-Present)
Advisor: Dr. Simon May
Dissertation: TBD

2021

Aron Vadakin

Delaware State University - Visiting Lecturer (2021- Present)
Advisor: Dr. Alfred Mele
Dissertation: “Against Reason: A Defense of Moderate Normative Skepticism”

FRANCIS CARUSO

Georgia Tech – MA program (2021-Present)
Advisor: Dr. Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: “An Alternative Approach to Analyzing Disposition Ascriptions”

JAY SPITZLEY

Convival Brands – Planning Analyst (2021-Present)
Advisor: Dr. Alfred Mele
Dissertation: “Moral Responsibility Intuitions and Their Explanations: Problems for Retributivism and Desert”

MATTHEW TAYLOR

Florida State University – Visiting Teaching Faculty (2021-Present
Advisor: Dr. Alfred Mele
Dissertation: “Moral Agency and Situationism”

Paul Rezkalla

Hillsdale College – Post-doctoral fellow (2021-Present)
Advisor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: “Survival of the Ethicist: A Neo-Aristotelian Solution to Evolutionary Debunking Arguments”

2020

BRAD STOCKDALE

University of West Florida – Visiting Instructor (2020-Present)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: “On Challenges to Free Will: Contemporary Debates in the Metaphysics and Science of Free Will”

NICK BYRD

Stevens Institute of Technology – Assistant Professor (2021 - Present )
Intelligence Community Research Fellowship Program – Fellow (2020 - Present)
Advisor: John Schwenkler
Dissertation: “Reflective Reasoning For Real People

2019

JOSHUA TURKEWITZ

William Woods University – Assistant Professor (2019 - Present)
Advisor: Stephen Kearns
Dissertation: “A Defense of Semantic Vagueness”

KYLE BOERSTLER

Data Science Resident – Data Scientist/Data Ethicist (2020 - Present
Florida State University – Teaching Faculty I (2019 - 2019)
Advisor: Stephen Kearns
Dissertation: “The Value of Emotion in the Advance Directive Debate”

Aaron Brooks

Durham Tech - Instructor (2020-Present)
Tallahassee Community College – Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: “The Meaning of Life: What We Mean by “Meaning””

2018

JOHN STIGALL

Morgan State University – Lecturer (2019-Present)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: “Omission Impossible? It Depends”

Gabriel De Marco

Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford – Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy (2018 – Present)
Advisor: Alfred Mele 
Dissertation: "Manipulation, Moral Responsibility, and History"

Mirja Pérez de Calleja

University of Los Andes – Postdoctoral Fellow (2020 - Present)
Philosophical Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico – Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 – 2020)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "Free Will, Luck, and Indoctrination"

2017

Martha Lang

Grants Management Specialist – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (2019-Present)
Florida State University – Teaching Faculty I (2019-2020)
Philosophy & Zen - President, Philosopher, and Consultant (2017-Present)
Advisor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation: “The Network Theory of Well-Being, Revamped”

Benjamin Kimmell

Cavalry Baptist Church – Full-time Pastor (2017 – Present)
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: “Modified Molinism: A Source-Based Solution to the Problem of Human Freedom and Divine Foreknowledge”

Peter Takacs

The University of Sydney – Postdoctoral Research Associate (2018 – Present)
Advisor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: “Philosophical, Historical, and Empirical Investigations into the Concept of Biological Fitness”

2016

Matthew Flummer

Porterville College – Assistant Professor (2016 – Present)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "In Defense of Historicism: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Moral Responsibility"

Kyle Fritz

University of Mississippi
 • Assistant Professor (2017-Present)
 • Visiting Assistant Professor (2016-2017)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: "Responsibility, Control, and the Nonvoluntary"

Daniel Miller

West Virginia University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2018 – Present)
Fayetteville State University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2017 – 2018)
Florida State University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2016 – 2017)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: "Blameworthiness and Ignorance"

2015

Richard Cordero 

Tallahassee Community College – Adjunct Professor (2015 – 2016)
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: “Particularism and Holism: Not a Necessary Marriage” 

Daniel Deen

Christ College, Concordia University – Assistant Professor (2010 – Present)
Major  Professor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: "Science, Religion, and Virtue: Toward Excellence In Dialogue"

Katherine Guin

SUNY Brockport – Adjunct Professor (2015 – Present)
Advisor: David McNaughton 
Dissertation: “An Aristotelian Approach to Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park” 

Megan McGrew

The Autism Learning Center – Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) (2013 – Present)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: “Moral Responsibility and Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Project in Philosophy, Psychology, and Applied Behavioral Analysis” 

James Quigley

Software Engineer – CoverHound (2016 – present)
Junior Software Engineer – Avant (2016)
Web Developer (2015 – Present)
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: "Caring and the Apprehension of Value"

2014

Robyn Repko Waller

Iona College – Assistant Professor (tenure track) (2018 – Present)
Franklin & Marshall – Visiting Assistant Professor (2017 – 2018)
King’s College London – Lecturer (2015 – 2017)
University of Alabama – Visiting Professor (2014 – 2015)
Advisor: Al Mele
Dissertation: "A Response to Some Conceptual and Scientific Threats to Compatibilist Free Will."

Zachary Martin

Law School Admission Council – Test Specialist (2015 – Present)
Ashford University – Adjunct Instructor (2014 – 2015)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: "Are We Free? Psychology's Challenges to Free Will."

2013

Joshua Shepherd

Carleton University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2017 – 2020), Associate Professor of Philosophy (2020 – Present)
Oxford Uehiro Centre – Wellcome Trust Research Fellow (2014 – 2017)
Jesus College – Junior Research Fellow (2014 – Present)
Oxford Martin School – James Martin Fellow (2014 – Present)
University of Oxford– Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Neuroethics (2013 – 2014)
Advisor: Al Mele
Dissertation: "Intentional Control and Consciousness"

Heather Perez

Broward College – Assistant Professor (2018 – Present)
Ashford University – Adjunct Professor (2014 – 2018)
Advisor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation: "Norms and Normativity"

Michael Robinson

Chapman University – Assistant Professor (2016 – Present)
Florida State University – Big Questions in Free Will Postdoctoral Fellow (2015 – 2016)
Washington and Jefferson College – Visiting Assistant Professor (2014 – 2015)
Florida State University – Big Questions in Free Will Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – 2014)
Lecturer– Grand Valley State University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2010 – 2013)
Advisor: Al Mele
Dissertation: "Moral Responsibility and Its Alternatives"

Daniel Haas

Red Deer College – Instructor (2012 – 2013), (2014 – Present)
Idaho State University – Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy (2014 – Present)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: "Source Incompatibilism, Manipulation, and Basic Desert" 

Jason S. Miller

Law School Admission Council – Test Specialist (2013 – Present)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: “Free Will in Context: A Defense of Descriptive Variantism”

Tina Talsma

UNC Charlotte – Adjunct Instructor (2014 – Present)
Florida State University – Adjunct Instructor
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: "Free Will and Divine Omniscience" 

Steven McFarlane

University of Minnesota Morris – Assistant Professor (2016 – Present)
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: “Can Value Properties Earn Their Keep? The Metaphysics of Value”

2012

John Carpenter

Florida Department of Transportation – IT project coordinator (2014 – Present)
Evergreen Solutions, LLC – Senior Analyst (2013 – 2014)
Advisor: Russell Dancy
Dissertation: "Remedying Some Defects in the History of Analyticity" 

Melissa Lammey

Miami Dade College – Associate Professor (2006 – Present)
Advisor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: "Distinguishing Science from Philosophy: A Critical Assessment of Thomas Nagel's Recommendations for Public Education" 

Michael B. Miller

Spokane Community College – Associate Registrar (2020 - Present)
University of California, Santa Cruz – Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Physics (2017 – 2020)
Florida State University
 • Adjunct Instructor, Academic Program Specialist (2014 – 2017)
 • Adjunct Instructor, Academic Program Assistant (2013 – 2014)
Advisor: Michael Bishop Dissertation: "The Utility of the Illusion of Character"

2011

Amirah Albahri

Kuwait University – Professor
Advisor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation: "Framework for Understanding Naturalized Epistemology" 

Justin Capes

Flagler College
 • Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
 • Visiting Assistant Professor (2016 – 2017)
East Tennessee State University – Lecturer (2012 – 2016)
Florida State University– Big Questions in Free Will Postdoctoral Fellow (2011– 2012)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "I Couldn't Help It! Essays on Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities" 

Shidan Lotfi

University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Lecturer (2010 – Present)
Advisor: David McNaughton
Dissertation: "A Theory of Flourishing"

Travis Rodgers

Valencia College – Assistant Professor (2014 – Present)
University of Central Florida – Lecturer (2012 – 2014)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: "Accounting for Character"

Clifford Sosis

Coastal Carolina University – Lecturer (2013 – Present)
Mississippi State University, Meridian – Visiting Lecturer (2012 – 2013)
Advisor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation: "Well–Being: The Good Syndrome"

Christopher Zarpentine

Wilkes University – Visiting Assistant Professor (2013 – Present)
University of Utah – Visiting Professor (2011 – 2013)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "The Fragmentation of Moral Psychology: Reason, Emotion, Motivation and Moral Judgment in Ethics and Science" 

2010

Charles Alt

Faculty at Greenwich Academy, Duff Center for STEM Initiatives (2006 – Present)
Fairfield University – Adjunct Professor (2011 – Present)
Advisor: Michael Ruse Dissertation: "Refining the Boundary Conditions of the Darwinian concept of Adaptation: The Affirmation of Darwinism" 

Alison Brown

San Diego State University – Adjunct Lecturer (Present)
Dependency Legal Group of San Diego – Attorney (2014 – Present)
Hanna Brophy Law Firm – Associate Attorney (2013 – 2014)
San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender – Certified Legal Intern (2012)
University of San Diego, School of Law – Research Assistant (2010 – 2012)
Advisor: Randolph Clarke
Dissertation: “Moral Luck and Moral Responsibility” 

Tracie Mahaffey

Florida State University
 • Teaching Faculty II (2014 – Present)
 • Assistant-in-Teaching (2010 – 2014)
University of North Florida, Visiting Instructor (2009 – 2010)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "Socialization and Psychological Autonomy" 

Scott Mueller

Freelance Editor and Proofreader (2011– Present)
University of Wisconsin Press – Editorial Assistant (2011 – 2013)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "The Phenomenology of Action and the Problem of Free Will."

2009

Joseph Long

The College of Brockport, SUNY
 • Assistant Professor (2014 – Present)
 • Visiting Assistant Professor (2011 – 2014)
Florida State University– Visiting Instructor (2010 – 2011)
Advisor: J. Piers Rawling
Dissertation: "Kinds and their Terms: On the Language and Ontology of the Normative and the Empirical" 

Jamie Watson

Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2020 – Present)
Clinical Ethicist at Arkansas Children's Hospital (2020 – Present)
Broward College – Assistant Professor (2014 – Present)
Young Harris College – Assistant Professor (2009 – 2014)
Advisor: Michael Bishop
Dissertation: "A Priori Justification and Experience" 

2008

Adam Feltz

Michigan Technological University – Assistant Professor (2013 – Present)
Max Planck Center for Human Development Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition– (2009 – 2012)
Schreiner University – Assistant Professor, Director of Behavioral Philosophy Lab (2008 – 2013)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "The Relevance of Folk Intuitions to Philosophical Debates" 

2007

Lisa Liseno

Florida State University
 • Assistant Dean of the Graduate School (2014 – Present)
 • Academic Center for Excellence, Instructor (2008 – 2014)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "The Problem of Akratic Action"

Jason Zinser

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point – Assistant Professor (2017 – Present)
University of Wisconsin, Marathon County – Senior Lecturer (2010 – Present)
University of North Florida – Visiting Assistant Professor (2007 – 2010)
Advisor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: "Modal Concepts in the Biological Sciences" 

2006

Charles Hermes

University of Texas–Arlington – Undergraduate Adviser and Visiting Assistant Professor (2007 – Present)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "Scientific Essentialism and the Lewis/Ramsey Account of Laws of Nature" 

Elizabeth Kanon

Texas State University – Lecturer (2010 – Present)
University of North Florida – Visiting Assistant Professor (2006 – 2009)
Advisor: Peter Dalton
Dissertation: "Stipulating Moral Status" 

2005

George Abaunza

Felician College – Associate Professor and Chair (2000 – Present)
Bergen Community College – Lecturer/Instructor (1996 – 2000)
Advisor: C. David Gruender
Dissertation: "Making Artists of Us All: The Evolution of An Educational Aesthetic" 

Jeremy Kirby

Albion College – Assistant Professor (2006 – Present)
Advisor: Russell Dancy
Dissertation: "Material Migration and Aristotelian Metaphysics" 

Thomas Nadelhoffer

College of Charleston
 • Associate Professor of Philosophy (2016 – Present)
 • Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2012 – 2016) 
 • Affiliate Faculty of Psychology (2014 – Present)
 • Roster Faculty of Neuroscience Program (2015 – Present)
Dickinson College
 • Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2006 – 2012)
 • Roster Faculty of Law and Policy Program (2006 – 2012)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "Intentions and Intentional Actions in Ordinary Language and the Criminal Law"

2004

Stephen Morris

College of Staten Island – Assistant Professor (2009 – Present)
Western Missouri State University – Assistant Professor (2005 – 2009)
Florida A & M University – Instructor (2004 – 2005)
Florida State University – Instructor (2004 – 2005)
Advisor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: "Deciphering the Secret Chain: An Evolutionary Perspective on Enlightened Self-Interest"  

Deena Hurst

Research Associate for the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University (2005 – Present)
Advisor: Donald Hodges
Dissertation: “America’s National Interest: Politics of Deceit”

2003

Christopher Pynes

Western Illinois University
 • Professor of Philosophy (2014 – Present)
 • Associate Professor of Philosophy (2009 – 2014)
 • Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2005 – 2009)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Lecturer of Philosophy (2003 – 2005)
Advisor: Michael Ruse
Dissertation: "Human Cloning and Moral Status"  

2002

Justin Barnard

Union University – Associate Professor and Director of the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Intellectual Discipleship (2007 – Present)
Crichton College – Assistant Professor (2005 – 2007)
Messiah College – Lecturer (2002 – 2004)
Advisor: Alfred Mele
Dissertation: "Rationally Justified Belief and Mental Causation: An Epistemic Argument Against Physicalism"

Gregory Smith

Patrick Henry College – Professor of Philosophy
Advisor: Russell Dancy
Dissertation: "Aristotle and Cognitive Intentionality"

2001

John Farnum

Portland Community College – Instructor (2000 – Present)
Advisor: Peter Dalton
Dissertation: "Habermas and the American Context: Toward a Theory of a Substantive Democracy"  

Bradford Hadaway

Georgetown College – Professor (2001 – Present)
Advisor: Maria Morales
Dissertation: "Hobbesian Individualism and the Self: Bringing Hobbes to Bear on the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism" 

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