People

Dylan Abney
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind
C. Anthony Anderson
  • Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
Philip Atkins
  • Visiting Assistant Professor — Temple University (Philosophy)

Dissertation (Spring 2013)

“A Defense of Millian Descriptivism” (advised by Nathan Salmon)

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
Michael Augustin
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
Jeff Bagwell
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Logic
  • Epistemology
  • South Hall 5706
Marian Baker
  • Academic Personnel Coordinator

Duties - Philosophy Department

  • Personnel policy and procedures
  • Faculty recruitment and appointments
  • Ladder faculty merits, promotions, career steps, retentions, appraisals
  • Non-Senate faculty re-appointments, excellence reviews, merits
  • Payroll, additional compensation, and contracts
  • Sabbatical and other leaves
  • Donor acknowledgment
  • Faculty email list administrator
  • Visiting scholars
  • New faculty email, UCSBNetID, orientation
  • 805-893-7151
  • SH 3431B
Damien Barnes
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Logic
  • Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • South Hall 5720
Arnel Blake Batoon
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language, Perception, and Science
  • History of Philosophy
Morgan Bennett Bigelow
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Metaphysics
  • Assistant Professor — George Mason University

Dissertation (Summer 2009)

“Practical Rationality and Committeed Action” (Advised by Kevin Falvey)

Christopher Britton
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Linguistics
  • Cognitive Science
Alex Bundy
  • Lecturer
  • Technologist — Opus Logica

Dissertation (Summer 2013)

“The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement with Others” (advised by Anthony Brueckner)

Areas of Study

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
Tim Butzer
  • Instructor- University of Alabama

Dissertation (2015)

Advised by: Co-Chairs: Kevin Falvey and Michael Rescorla

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • South Hall 5702
Jonathan Caravello
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Rationality
  • Transcendental Arguments
Justin Clark
  • Utah State University
  • Lecturer (Philosophy)

Dissertation (Summer 2013)

“Virtue of Knowledge and Unity in Early Plato” (advised by Voula Tsouna)

Areas of Study

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
Christopher Cloos
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Modern Philosophy
  • History of Epistemology
  • South Hall 5717
Daniel Coman
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics/Ontology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Meta-philosophy 
  • Meta-normativity
Sherri Lynn Conklin
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Moral Worth
  • Responsibility
  • Action Theory
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Logic
  • Language
  • Epistemology
  • South Hall 5721
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • 18th-Century Philosophy
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Hume
  • Philosophical Psychology
Kyle Dickey
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language and Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • South Hall 5719
Dan Dolson
  • Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies — Western Michigan University

Dissertation (Winter 2015)

“On God’s Gestures: Miracles, Laws of Nature, and Special Divine Action”

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language/Science
  • Hume
  • Philosophical Logic
Alex Dunn
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
E. Sonny Elizondo
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Kant
Kevin Falvey
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • South Hall 5709
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Chinese Philosophy
Michael Fletcher
  • Lecturer — Central Washington University

Dissertation (Summer 2011)

“The Cognitive Significance of Kant’s third Critique”

Areas of Study

  • History of Modern Philosophy (AOS: Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy)
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Cognitive Linguistics
J. William Forgie
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Epistemology
  • Wittgenstein
Quentin Gee
  • Lecturer in Philosophy and Environmental Studies

In residence Fall 2017

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Environmental Studies (energy, critical & quantitative thinking, climate change)
  • Bren Hall, Room 4005
Richard Graziano
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
Matt Griffin
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
Sian Griffith
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Action Theory
  • Unknown

Dissertation (Summer 2010)

“The Formation and Function of Stoic Conceptions” (Advised by Voula Tsouna)

Areas of Study

  • Ancient Philosophy
Michael Hannen
  • Lecturer — Clemson University

Advised by: Voula Tsouna

Areas of Study

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Meta-Ethics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
Jason Hanschmann
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language
  • South Hall 5706
Hanser
  • Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Law
  • South Hall 5724
Keith Hess
  • Alumni

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion
Thomas Holden
  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Department Chair

Research Interests

  • Modern Philosophy
  • 805-893-5452
  • South Hall 5710
David Holmes
  • SASC Director

Duties

  • All management functions related to the operations of administrative support and services of the SASC (Student Services and Academic Services units) provided to South Hall HFA departments and programs in the areas of Academic Personnel, Financial/Budget, Student Services, Contract and Grant administration, Purchasing, IT, Space, Development and Alumni Relations, Safety, Policy and Procedures, etc.

  • 805-893-3237
  • SH 3431H
Steven Huizenga
  • Adjunct Professor — Capital University

Dissertation (Fall 2011)

“Responsibilty, Luck Egalitarianism and the Egalitarian Aim” (Advised by Christopher McMahon)

Areas of Study

  • Ethics
  • Social Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

In residence Winter 2018

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Visiting Faculty
  • Moral & Legal Philosophy
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • South Hall 5721
Sangsu Kim
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Normative Ethics
  • Military Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Feminism
David King
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Social Cognition
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Philosophy
Dan Korman
  • Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language

 

Zak Kotlow
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • South Hall 5721
Blake Kyler
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Early Modern/Modern Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • South Hall 5706
Jonathan LaSalle
  • Graduate Student not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • South Hall 5717
Alex LeBrun
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaethics
Jeonggyu Lee
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • South Hall 5718
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Meta-Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
Tim Lewis
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
Juliana Lima
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • South Hall 5717
Timothy Linehan
  • Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion
Samantha Little
  • Staff Undergraduate Advisor

Duties

  • Undergraduate student major, minor, and program advising
  • Undergraduate student petitions for major requirements
  • Approval codes
  • University and department undergrad awards
  • Course scheduling and wait-lists
  • Seminar room scheduling (COURSES only)
  • Undergrad listserve and alumni info
  • 893-3776
  • SH 3432C
Brian Looper
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • South Hall 5702
  • Manager
  • SASC (Financial & Academic Personnel Services Unit)

Duties

  • Managerial oversight of Academic Services Unit of the SASC
  • Financial and academic personnel policy and procedures
  • Academic appointments and payroll
  • Financial/academic personnel staff supervisor
  • 805-893-3864
  • SH 3431C
Tim Mainwaring
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • South Hall 5721
Luke Manning
  • Full-time Instructor — Auburn University

Dissertation (Winter 2012)

“Signifying Nothing? How Fiction Represents” (Advised by Nathan Salmon)

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Aesthetics
  • Assitant Professor (tenure-track) — University of Alabama
  • Birmmingham

Dissertation (Spring 2011)

“The Possibility of Acting from Duty” (Advised by Aaron Zimmerman)

Areas of Study

  • Moral Psychology
  • Meta-ethics
  • Epistemology
Corey McGrath
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
Robert McIntyre
  • Post-Doc American University in Cairo

Dissertation (2015)

Advised by Thomas Holden

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
Richard McKirahan
  • Visiting Professor

In residence Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Greek Intellectual History
Christopher McMahon
  • Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Political and Social Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
David Mokriski
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphilosopy
  • South Hall 5719
Ian Nance
  • Lecturer

Dissertation (Summer 2011)

“Intentional Actions: Explanation and Epistemology” (Advised by Kevin Falvey)

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests

  • Political Philosophy
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Perception
  • Epistemology
  • History of Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science
Kyle O'Dwyer
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphilosophy
Seán Pierce
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Meta-ontology
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Greek Philosophy
Zachary Rentz
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Hume
  • Modern Philosophy
  • History of Political Philosophy
  • South Hall 5718
Teresa Robertson
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
Amir Saemi
  • Faculty Member and Postdoctoral Associate — Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)
  • Tehran (School of Analytic Philosophy)

Dissertation (Spring 2013)

“On the Nature of Practical Reasons” (advised by Matthew Hanser and Kevin Falvey)

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Mind
  • Language and Religion
Nathan Salmon
  • Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • South Hall 5712
Cheryl Saum
  • Staff Graduate Advisor

Duties

  • Graduate student recruitment and admissions
  • Graduate student progress checks
  • Graduate student advising
  • TA coordinator: recruitment, payroll, fee remissions
  • Graduate committee consultant
  • Student awards
  • Graduate stipends
  • Block grant/graduate funding support
  • Graduate email list administrator
  • 893-7490
  • SH 3432E
Matt Sayball
  • Graduate Student not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • South Hall 5706
Jenna Schaal-O’Connor
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Cognitive Science
Dillon Schultz
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Associate Professor — Northern Virginia Community College

Dissertation (Summer 2009)

“A Person as a Lifetime: An Aristotelian Account of Persons” (Advised by Voula Tsouna)

Albert Shin
  • Instructor (Tenure-Track)- Pasadena City College

Dissertation (Summer 2014)

“Adam Smith on the Nature and Authority of Conscience” (advised by Aaron Zimmerman)

Areas of Study

  • Ethics
  • 17th and 18th Century Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology
Wally Siewart
  • Director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life — University of Missouri
  • St. Louis

Dissertation (Summer 2011)

“Inter-Sovereign Justice: An Alternate Model of Economic and Political Justics Between Sovereign Nations”

Areas of Study

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Political Philosophy
Sarah Silverman
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
Austin Somers
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Moral Psychology
  • Metaethics
  • Aesthetics
  • South Hall 5706
Edward Song
  • Lecturer

Not in residence for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Research Interests

  • Moral and Political Philosophy
David Spewak
  • Instructor — Mississippi State University (Philosophy and Religion)

Dissertation (Summer 2013)

“Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Nature of Semantic Theories” (advised by Nathan Salmon)

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
Martin Stokes
  • SASC Manager
  • Student Services Unit

Duties

  • Managerial oversight of Student Services Unit of the SASC
  • Student services policy and procedures
  • Curriculum planning and course scheduling
  • TA/Associate/Reader appointments and payroll
  • Student services staff supervisor
  • 893-2708
  • SH 3432G
Rick Stoody
  • Lecturer- Gonzaga University

Advised by: Co-Chairs: C. Anthony Anderson and John Martin Fischer (UCR)

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • South Hall 5702
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Action Theory
  • Group Agency
  • Metaethics
  • Ethics
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Moral Psychology
  • Hume
  • Aristotle
Chris Tennberg
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion
Stephen Troxel
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Mind
  • Metaethics
  • Metaphilosophy
Vasilis Tsompanidis
  • Post-Doc — National University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dissertation (Winter 2011)

“Tensed Belief” (Advised by Kevin Falvey)

Areas of Study

  • Philosophy of Mind and Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Time
Voula Tsouna
  • Faculty Graduate Advisor
  • Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • 805-893-3990
  • South Hall 5722
Meg Wilson
  • Instructional Program Assistant

Duties

  • Textbook and desk copy orders
  • Office hours listings
  • Keys
  • Mail boxes
  • Office supplies, business cards
  • Visitor parking arrangements
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Room and media equipment reservations
  • Technical assistance (e.g. copiers, printers)
  • Door codes
  • 893-7489
  • Front desk SH 3431
  • Lecturer

In residence Fall 2017

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law 
Eric Yang
  • Assistant Professor
  • Santa Clara University (Philosophy)

Dissertation (Spring 2013)

“Objects, Persons, and Animals: A Defense of Animalism” (advised by Anthony Brueckner)

Areas of Study

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
Seyed Mohammad Yarandi
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Political Philosophy
  • South Hall 5706
Hui Yuhl Yi
  • Assistant Professor — Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy
  • Korea

Dissertation (Spring 2010)

“On the Parfitian Psychological Approach to Personal Identity” (Advised by Anthony Brueckner)

Areas of Study

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
Sam Zahn
  • Graduate Student in Residence

Research Interests

  • Early Modern/Modern Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
Aaron Zimmerman
  • Faculty Undergraduate Advisor
  • Associate Professor of Philosphy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Action Theory
  • Moral Psychology
Carmen Zinn
  • Graduate Students not in Residence

Research Interests

  • Moral Psychology
  • Ethical Theory
  • Applied Ethics
  • Lecturer

In residence Winter 2018

Research Interests

  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy