Faculty with M.A. from GSU
Job Prospects for Philosophy Professors
A good number of GSU Philosophy MAs are now faculty. However, individuals applying to do graduate work in philosophy who hope to become professors of philosophy need to be aware that there are currently many more candidates for tenure-track philosophy positions than there are positions available. The American Philosophical Association reports that there are over twice as many candidates as jobs and that over half the jobs are not tenure-track. Those considering Ph.D. programs should ask the departments to which they apply detailed questions about their job-placement records. In particular, they should ask how many graduates received offers for tenure-track positions.
JP Messina earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California - San Diego in 2018, and his dissertation was "Political Obligations and Provisional Rights: A Study in Kant’s Politics of
Freedom." His M.A. thesis, under the direction of Eric Wilson, was "Kant and the Priority of Self-Knowledge." He has published papers in journals such as Kantian Review, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.
Shanna Slank earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2019. In her dissertation, "Essays on Ignorance and the Good Life," she considers how certain kinds of moral and self-knowledge matter for living well. Her M.A. thesis, under the direction of Andrew Jason Cohen, was "The Pernicious Influence of the Ideal/Nonideal Distinction in Political Philosophy." She recently published her paper, "Rethinking the Imposter Phenomenon," in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.
Dr. Stern earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2016. In his dissertation, "Counterfactual Reasoning and Practical Reasoning in Causal Graphs," he developed a decision theory that utilizes graphical causal models in order to capture the precise way in which our beliefs about causation constrain what is rational to believe and do. His M.A. thesis, under the direction of Eddy Nahmias and Andrea Scarantino, was "Can the Contextualist Win the Free Will Debate?" He has published papers in Philosophers' Imprint, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, and Synthese.
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.
Dr. Duncan earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Virginia in 2015. His dissertation, "Thinkers," considered what allows people to persist through change, arguing that we are directly acquainted with ourselves. His M.A. thesis, under the direction of George Graham, was "Can Consciousness Be Taken Seriously When it Comes to Personal Identity?" He has published papers in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, and Erkenntnis.
Dr. Burnston earned his MA in philosophy (neurophilosophy track) at GSU in 2009. His thesis, “Teleosemantics, Externalism, and the Content of Theoretical Concepts,” was directed by Dr. Andrea Scarantino. The thesis considered whether naturalistic accounts of intentionality can account for the full range of human concepts. Dr. Burnston then attended the dual-doctorate program in philosophy and cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego. His dissertation, “Perceptual Context and the Nature of Neural Function,” directed by William Bechtel, proposed a novel perspective on the issue of functional localization in the brain. While at UCSD, Dan also collaborated on several papers in philosophy of science with William Bechtel, Adele Abrahamsen, and Ben Sheredos (GSU MA 2009), and on two papers in philosophy of perception with Jonathan Cohen. His articles have been published in venues such as Philosophy of Science, Neuropsychologia, and Oxford University Press. Dr. Burnston continues to work on issues both in philosophy of science and in naturalistic philosophy of mind.
Dr. Keffer earned his MA in philosophy (neurophilosophy track) at GSU in 2009. His thesis, “Defending Noë’s enactive theory of perception” was directed by Dr. Andrea Scarantino. Dr. Keefer received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2014. His dissertation was "The use of material objects as a secure base." He currently runs the Psychology of Existential Concerns Lab, and he has published numerous articles, including "Is the cure a wall? Behavioral immune system responses to a disease metaphor for immigration," "Time-space distanciation: An empirically supported construct for the cultural psychology of time and space," and "When and why does belief in a controlling God strengthen goal commitment?"
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 constructed 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 drew on Hannah Arendt to articulate a conception of feminist agency, which is women’s agency that aims at resisting oppression. She also applied her conception of feminist agency to the practice of transnational contract pregnancy. Before taking the position at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Fulfer was the Sophia Libman Professor in the Humanities at Hood College. 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).
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).
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 argued 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.
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. Before taking up her position at Northeastern, she was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University. Her publications include “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.
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).
Dr. Aas received his MA from Georgia State in 2006 and his PhD from Brown University in 2013. His MA thesis, supervised by Prof. Andrew Altman, defended Rawls's Law of Peoples against cosmopolitan criticisms. Dr. Aas's dissertation, on the other hand, developed groundwork for a broadly cosmopolitan theory of justice, arguing that the state sovereignty system presupposed by much traditional thinking about international justice can and should be criticized on grounds of justice. Since finishing his PhD, Dr. Aas has been thinking about the boundaries of bodies, alongside the boundaries of states, developing significant interests in issues of medical ethics and health justice. He is currently at work on several projects concerning equality, and disability; and is preparing a manuscript on the ethics and politics of diverse embodiment.
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” was published in History of Philosophy Quarterly.
Dr. Shea received his M.A. in 2004 and wrote his master’s thesis, “Nothingness and the Possibility of Responsible Choice in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Phenomenological Ontology,” under the direction of Dr. David Weberman. Dr. Shea went on to receive his Ph.D. from Duquesne University in 2015 and wrote his dissertation, “Inheriting Nietzsche: The Frankfurt School and Foucault on the Foundation of Critique,” under the direction of Dr. James Swindal.
Dr. Shea’s research investigates the theoretical ramification abandoning metaphysical foundations has for how we conceive of normativity, ethics, and critique in post-metaphysical and post-foundationalist critical social theories. Nietzsche, Horkheimer, and Foucault serve as the primary figures through which he has been framing and exploring questions regarding this issue.
Dr. Min received his MA in philosophy at GSU in 2003 and wrote his master’s thesis “Goldman’s Reliabilist Theory of Epistemic Justification: Is It Viable?” under the direction of Dr. Stephen Jacobson. Dr. Min spent time between masters and doctoral studies to pursue professional work in politics as Regional Representative to a United States Senator. Dr. Min entered the PhD program in philosophy at Saint Louis University, where he wrote his dissertation, “An Epistemological Defense of Deliberative Democracy,” under the direction of Dr. James Bohman. His papers have been published by Contemporary Pragmatism and in a Routledge edited volume, Thinking about the Enlightenment.
Dr. Alessandra Stradella is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Community College of Philadelphia.
Dr. Stradella earned her MA in Philosophy at GSU in 2002. Dr. Stradella then entered the philosophy PhD program at Emory University.
Dr. Wrisley earned his MA in philosophy at GSU in 2002. His thesis, “Wittgenstein’s Conception of the Autonomy of Language and Its Implications for Natural Kinds,” was directed by Dr. Grant Luckhardt. The thesis argued against Kripke’s understanding of natural kinds, and the idea of natural kinds more generally, based on the reading of Wittgenstein’s conception of the autonomy of language presented therein. Dr. Wrisley then completed a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Iowa in 2008. His dissertation, “Realism and Conceptual Relativity,” was directed by Dr. Richard Fumerton. In it, Dr. Wrisley lays out Putnam’s views on conceptual relativity, criticizing them, and finally offering an alternative to metaphysical realism built on the remains of Putnam’s views. While finishing his PhD, Dr. Wrisley was invited by Stewart Candlish to join him as co-author on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s “Private Language” entry. Since earning his PhD, Dr. Wrisley has published on Wittgenstein in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, contributed book chapters on Wittgenstein and Donald Davidson to Just the Arguments, and has forthcoming a chapter co-written with his wife, Samantha Wrisley, in the anthology Feminist Encounters with Confucius. This latter publication reflects Dr. Wrisley’s continued philosophical progression toward East Asian/Comparative philosophy, particularly Japanese and Chinese Buddhism. Dr. Wrisley is currently working on a book on the intersection of Nietzsche and Buddhism on the issues of suffering, compassion, and the “good life.”
Dr. Nadelhoffer earned his MA in Philosophy at GSU in 1999. He then entered the philosophy PhD program at Florida State University. He was previously 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.
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.
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.