GSU Philosophy MAs Who Are Now Faculty

Byran Russell (GSU MA 2011), Northland Pioneer College

Mr. Bryan Russell is a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of English and Philosophy at Northland Pioneer College.

Mr. Russell earned his MA in philosophy at Georgia State University in 2011. His thesis, “Consciousness, Self-Control and Free Will in Nietzsche,” was directed by Dr. Jessica Berry. Northland Pioneer College primarily serves the native American populations in the Four-Corners area of the Southwest.

Katy Fulfer (GSU MA 2008), Hood College

Dr. Katy Fulfer is the Sophia Libman Professor in the Humanities at Hood College.

Dr. Fulfer earned her MA in philosophy at Georgia State University in 2008. Her thesis, “The Concept ‘Woman’: Feminism after the Essentialism Critique,” was directed by Dr. Christie Hartley and Dr. A.I. Cohen. In her thesis, she constructs a concept of “woman” that focuses on how women are sexually subordinated to men. This conception is intended to meet challenges raised by the essentialism critique in feminist theory that women’s diverse experiences cannot be discussed in a unified way. Dr. Fulfer then went on to the PhD program at Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario) and specialized in feminist philosophy and applied ethics. Her dissertation, “Hannah Arendt and Feminist Agency,” was directed by Helen Fielding and Carolyn McLeod. In her dissertation, she draws on Hannah Arendt to articulate a conception of feminist agency, which is women’s agency that aims at resisting oppression. She also applies her conception of feminist agency to the practice of transnational contract pregnancy. Dr. Fulfer’s current research focuses on the intersections between Hannah Arendt’s philosophy and bioethics. She has published “The Capabilities Approach to Justice and the Flourishing of Nonsentient Life” (Ethics & the Environment, June 2013) and “The Capabilities Approach and the Dignity of Nonsentient Life” (in The Capability Approach on Social Order. Ed. B. Hawa and N. Weidtmann. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2012).

Justin Coates (GSU MA 2007), University of Houston

Dr. Justin Coates is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston.

Dr. Coates earned his MA in philosophy at Georgia State University in 2007. His thesis, “Manipulation and Hard Compatibilism,” was directed by Dr. Eddy Nahmias. In the thesis, he defended compatibilism (the thesis that moral responsibility and causal determinism are compatible) against the manipulation argument. Dr. Coates then went on to the PhD program in philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation, “Reasons and Resentment,” was directed by John Martin Fischer. In the dissertation, he developed an instrumentalist theory of practical reasons. After defending his dissertation in June of 2012, Dr. Coates was appointed the Law and Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. Dr. Coates has published papers on free will, moral responsibility, blame, and love in journals such as Philosophical Studies, The Journal of Ethics, Philosophy Compass, and Philosophical Psychology. He is an editor (with Neal Tognazzini) of Blame: Its Nature and Norms (Oxford University Press, 2012).

James Sias (GSU MA 2007), Dickinson College

Dr. James Sias is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dickinson College.

Dr. Sias earned his MA in Philosophy at Georgia State University in 2007. His MA thesis, entitled “Naturalism and Moral Realism,” was directed by Dr. Andrew Altman. In the thesis, Dr. Sias argues that ethical naturalists cannot construe the supervenience relation between the moral and the natural in a way that preserves both the objectivity of morality and the possibility of moral knowledge. Dr. Sias then entered the PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation, entitled “Emotion and Virtue in Moral Judgment,” was directed by Robert Adams. In the dissertation, Dr. Sias argued that the epistemic status of moral intuitions is not threatened by emotion, as is typically assumed, as long as one’s emotions are to a sufficient degree shaped by virtue. In addition to his work in metaethics and moral psychology, Dr. Sias has also published in the philosophy of language. His “Varieties of Expressivism,” coauthored with Dorit Bar-On, is forthcoming in Philosophy Compass.

Keith Diener (GSU MA 2006), Richard Stockton College

Mr. Keith Diener is an Assistant Professor of Public Law at Richard Stockton College.

Keith William Diener was the first graduate of Georgia State University’s joint JD/MA program in law in philosophy in 2006. His thesis, “A Defense of Soft Positivism: Justice and Principle Processes” was directed by Dr. Andrew Altman. Following his graduation from GSU, Keith completed his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University and then enrolled in Georgetown University’s Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program. Keith has published articles including “The Road to Discrimination: Implications of the Thought of F.A. Hayek for Equal Employment Law,” Journal of Employment and Labor Law (Spring 2013) and “Recovering Attorneys’ Fees under CISG: An Interpretation of Article 74,” Nordic Journal of Commercial Law (November 2008).

Candice Delmas (GSU Phil MA 2006), Clemson University

Dr. Candice Delmas is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University.

Dr. Delmas came to Georgia State University as part of the Sorbonne Exchange program and earned her MA in Philosophy at GSU in 2006. Her thesis, directed by Dr. Andrew Altman, was “Liberalism and the Worst-Results Principle: Preventing Tyranny, Protecting Civil Liberty.” In the thesis, Dr. Delmas brought together the ideas of Montesquieu, Judith Sklar, and Roberto Unger in order to argue for a liberal political principle that focuses on safeguarding basic freedoms and preventing civil strife. Dr. Delmas then entered the philosophy PhD program at Boston University, where her dissertation, “The Duty to Disobey,” was directed by David Lyons. She has published “Three Conceptions of Practical Authority,” Jurisprudence 2 (1):143-160 (2011), coauthored with Daniel Star, and “State Legitimacy and Political Obligation in Justice for Hedgehogs: The Radical Potential of Dworkinian Dignity,” Boston University Law Review 90 (2):737-758 (2010), coauthored with Susanne Sreedhar.

Anthony Carreras (GSU Phil MA 2005), Lone Star College

Dr. Anthony Carreras is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lone Star College.

Dr. Carreras earned his MA in Philosophy at GSU in 2005. His thesis, directed by Dr. Tim O’Keefe, was “The Role of Self-Interest in Aristotle’s Moral Theory.” In the thesis, Dr. Carreras argued that Aristotle endorses a defensible form of ethical egoism. Dr. Carreras then entered the philosophy PhD program at Rice University, where his dissertation, “Aristotle’s Ideals of Friendship and Virtue” was directed by Donald Morrison. His “Aristotle on Other-Selfhood and Reciprocal Shaping” is forthcoming in History of Philosophy Quarterly.

Alessandra Stradella (GSU Phil MA 2002), SUNY-Oneonta

Dr. Alessandra Stradella is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York-Oneonta.

Dr. Stradella earned her MA in Philosophy at GSU in 2002. Dr. Stradella then entered the philosophy PhD program at Emory University.

Thomas Nadelhoffer (GSU Phil MA 1999), College of Charleston

Dr. Thomas Nadelhoffer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston.

Dr. Nadelhoffer earned his MA in Philosophy at GSU in 1999. He then entered the philosophy PhD program at Florida State University. He was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dickinson College and has held fellowships at The University of California-Santa Barbara and Duke University. He is the author of more than 25 articles and book chapters.

Sanjay Lal (GSU Phil MA 1999), Clayton State University

Dr. Sanjay Lal is Lecturer of Philosophy Clayton State University.

Dr. Lal earned his MA in Philosophy at GSU in 1999. He then entered the philosophy PhD program at the University of Tennessee. He has published several articles on the thought of Gandhi.

Linda Martin Alcoff (GSU Phil BA 1980, GSU MA 1983),
Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Dr. Linda Martin Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Dr. Alcoff earned her BA in philosophy at Georgia State (with honors) in 1980. In 1983, she earned her MA in Philosophy at Georgia State. She then enter the philosophy PhD program at Brown University where she earned her PhD in 1987. She has had faculty appointments at institutions such as Syracuse University, The State University of New York-Stony Brook, and Aarhus University (Denmark). She has authored or edited more than ten books including Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006). She has written more than 80 articles and book chapters. She is currently President of the American Philosophical Association.

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