Thesis Topics & Graduate Placement


Alexandra Jewell (2016)

“An Investigation into Hybrid Models of Mindreading: A Dual Type Model Theory Account"
PhD program at University of Arkansas

Michael Hogan (2016)

“Grounding Deliberative Contractualism"
PhD program at University of Arkansas

Dylan Abney (2016)

“Contra Naturalness”
PhD program at UC-Santa Barbara

Maxwell Gatyas (2016)

“An Inquiry into the Distinction between Belief and Imagination”
PhD program at University of Cincinnati

Bobby Howard (2015)

“On the Evolutionary Origins of Religious Belief”
PhD program at University of Arkansas

Zachary Biondi (2015)

“Spinoza’s Eternal Mind”
PhD program at UCLA

Derek McAllister (2015)

“The Problem of Epistemically Irrelevant Causal Factors”
PhD program at Baylor University

Kelly Gallagher (2014)

"Can Libertarianism or Compatibilism Capture Aquinas' position on the Will?" Instructor of Theology, Strake Jesuit High School, Houston, TX.  Previously  Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Blake Hereth (2014)

"Against Self-Defense"
PhD program at University of Washington-Seattle.

Elijah Hess (2014)

"Neo-Molinism: A Reappraisal and Defense"
PhD program at University of Arkansas

Justin Clardy (2013)

"Love, Reason, and Romantic Relationships"
PhD program at University of Arkansas.

Seth Daves (2013).

"On the Permanence of Heideggerian Authenticity" 
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, University of Arkansas.

Kathryn Zawisza (2011)

"The Ins and Outs of Prostitution: A Moral Analysis"
PhD program at University of Arkansas.

Danny Marrero (2011).

"Cognitive Agendas and Legal Epistemology"
PhD (2014), University of Arkansas.

Zaccheus Harmon (2011).

"Whither Representationalism? Evaluating Huw Price's Global Expressivism" 
PhD program at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cody Cash (2010).

"An Alternate Approach to the Conditional Analysis of Dispositions" 
PhD program at University of Arkansas.  Instructor of Philosophy, Missouri State  University, Springfield, MO.

Cameron Pershall (2009).

"A Case Against Moral Universalism"
PhD program at Calgary University, Canada (declined).

Paul Cudney (2009).

"Response-Dependent Evaluative Properties:  A Response to the Circulatory Objection"
PhD program at Georgetown.  Previously in PhD program at University of South  Florida.

Philip Antin (2008).

"There's a Place for 'Us': The Need for the Notion of Collective Responsibility" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.

David Barrett (2008).

"Universalizability and Resultance: An Argument Against Dancey's Particularism" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD (2013), University of Arkansas.  Now Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy,  University of Arkansas.

Chad Bogosian (2008).

"MacIntyre's Virtue Theory: A Critical Appraisal" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD (2012), University of Arkansas.  Now Assistant Professor of Philosophy,  Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ.

Charlie Coil (2008).

"Primum Non Nocere--First Do No Harm: Finding Common Ground for Human Indignity" Teaching at John Brown University.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.  Teaching at John Brown University,  Siloam Springs, AR.

Joshua Kenyon (2008).

"Global Skepticism: Descartes, Wittgenstein, and the Limits of Inquiry" PhD program at University of Arkansas; teaching part-time at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.  Teaching part-time at Northwest  Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, AR.

Joshua Packwood (2008).

"Mysticism and Conversion in Plotinus" PhD program at University of Arkansas; teaching part-time at NWACC.
PhD (2013), University of Arkansas.  Now Visiting Assistant Professor of  Philosophy, UAFS, Fort Smith, AR.

Dawna Shin (2008).

 "Wittgenstein and the Grammar of 'Human Being" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.

Jeffery Byrnes (2007).

"Dasein, Skepticism, and Authenticity: Getting from Being and Time to a Lived Life" PhD program at Essex.
PhD (2012), Essex.  Now Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State  University, Allendale, MI

Adam Grasser (2007).

"Understanding Pretense: A Look at Theories of Motivation" University of Arkansas Law School.
JD program at University of Arkansas Law School.

Larry Duran (2006).

"Has Alvin Plantiga 'Undercut' the De Jure Objection in Warranted Christian Belief?" MDiv program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
MDiv program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Keith Harvey (2006).

"What is Enlightenment?: Foucault's Genealogical Historiography and the Concept of Danger" University of Arkansas Law School.
JD (2006), University of Arkansas Law School.

Roman Briggs (2005).

"Red Worlds of Red Prisms: A Cordial Humbling of Marxian Dialectics" PhD program at University of Arkansas; teaching at NWACC.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.  Now Instructor of Philosophy and  Humanities, Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ.

DJ Murphy (2005).

"Heidegger, Artwork, and Truth" In a band, living and teaching part-time in Nashville, TN.
In a band, living and teaching part-time in Atlanta.

Shannon Spaulding (2005).

"Belief-Desire Thesis Defended: The Causal Motivation of Pretence" PhD program at University of Wisconsin.
PhD (2011), University of Wisconsin.  Now Assistant Professor of Philosophy,  Oklahoma State University.

Tony Woodside (2005).

"Faith and Silence in Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling" Teaching Junior High English in Harrison, AR.
Teaching Jr. High English in Harrison, AR.

Heath Bradley (2004).

"To Hell with Freedom?" MDiv program at Perkins School of Theology/SMU. Now minister in Huntsville, AR.
MDiv (2008), Perkins School of Theology/SMU.  Now campus minister at  Vanderbilt University.

Lisa Cook (2004).

"Rousseau, Mill, and Medium Censorship" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD (2006), University of Arkansas.  Now teaching English in Japan.

John Humphrey (2004).

"Further Reanimation of Great Philosophical Monster : Species, Logico-Philosophicus, Or the Ontological Implications of Wittgenstein's View of Truth in the Tractatus" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.

Matt Pianalto (2004).

"Suicide and the Self" PhD program at University of Arkansas. Now tenure-track at Eastern Kentucky.
PhD (2007), University of Arkansas.  Now Associate Professor of Philosophy,  Eastern Kentucky University.

Alexei Zarnitsyn (2004).

"Cavell and Rorty on Skepticism (Two Analyses of Philosophical Skepticism)" PhD program at University of Illinois.
PhD (2013), University of Illinois at Chicago.  Now post-doc at UIC.

Aaron Champene (2003).

"The Possibility of Basic Beliefs" PhD program at University of Arkansas; teaching part time at Coe College in Iowa.
PhD (2009), University of Arkansas.  Now Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St.  Louis Community College.

Megan Wallace (2003).

"Chisholm's Paradox: An Analysis" PhD program at Syracuse. Now at UNC Chapel Hill.
PhD (2009), UNC-Chapel Hill.  Previously in PhD program at Syracuse.  Now  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky.

Kyle Russell (2002).

"On Talbot's Universalism" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD program at University of Arkansas.  Now law student at Regent University  School of Law.

Hansen Wendlandt (2002).

"Inter-Species Moral Consideration" MDiv at Boston University--Director of Christian Education.
MDiv, Boston University.  Now pastor at Nederland Community Presbyterian  Church, Nederland, CO.

Kevin Kimble (2001).

"Two Arguments Against Moral Dilemmas" PhD program at Indiana University. Now tenure-track at National Chung-Cheng University in Taiwan.
PhD (2006), Indiana University.  Now Assistant Professor of Philosophy,  National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan.

Christopher Ott (2001).

"Refutations of Idealism" no information available .

Charles Urban (2001).

"On the Rationality of Christianity : An Examination of Two Contemporary Accounts" PhD program at University of Arkansas.
PhD (2013), University of Arkansas.  Now part-time Instructor of Philosophy,  College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL.

E. J. Coffman (2000).

"Three Recent Causalist Accounts of Free Agency" PhD program at University of Notre Dame. Now tenure-track at Tennessee.
PhD (2006), University of Notre Dame.  Now Associate Professor of Philosophy,  University of Tennessee.

Michael Holland (2000).

"On Aquinas' Theodicy" no information available.

Sonjoruri Trisakti (2000).

"Thomas Kuhn and the Rationality of Scientific Movement" Lecturer in Indonesia.
Lecturer in Philosophy, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

David Rice (2016)

“Biocentrism in Environmental Ethics: Questions of Inherent Worth, Etiology, and Teleofunctional Interests”
Instructor at University of Arkansas

Cody Cash (2015)

“Disentangling Embodied Cognition: An Examination of the State, Problems, and Possibilities of Embodied Cognition”
Non-Academic Employment, Plus Adjunct Teaching at Missouri State University

Joshua Daniel (2015)

“Wittgenstein’s Liberating Word: A Meditation on Philosophy and God”
Student at Virginia Theological Seminary

Roman Briggs (2015)

“Impartialist Ethics & Psychic Disintegration: A Talking Cure”
Full-time Faculty at Cochise College; Adjunct at University of Arizona South

Danny Marrerro (2014)

"Everyone Knew He Did It, But He Was Not Condemned! Knowledge and Knowledge Attributions in Legal Contexts." 
Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Universidad Jorge Tadeo  Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia.

Charles Urban (2013).

"Content and Concept: An Examination of Transcendental Empiricism" 
Part-time Instructor of Philosophy, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL.

Joshua Packwood (2013).

"Everything is Flat: The Transcendence of the One in Neoplatonic Ontology" 
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UAFS, Fort Smith, AR.

David Barrett (2013).

"Defending the Multiple Realization Argument Against the Identity Theory" 
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, University of Arkansas.

Matthew Sokoloski (2012).

"Divine Hiddenness and the Challenge of Inculpable Nonbelief"
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL.

Chad Bogosian (2012).

"Steadfastness and the Epistemology of Disagreement" 
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ.

Christian Roos (2011).

"A Nietzschean Account of Human Flourishing: Affirming the Will to Power Inside the Contours of Frie"
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, Delgado Community College, New Orleans,  LA.

Nicholas Barber (2011).

"Longing for the Divine: Holism in Plato's Theaetetus and Sophist"
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, University of Arkansas.

Douglas Krueger (2011).

"Activism: An Epistemology Inspired by Wittgenstein's On Certainty"
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Northwest Arkansas Community College,  Bentonville, AR.

David Leonard (2010).

"Intellectual Virtue and Epistemic Praise: Towards an Internalist Virtue Epistemology"
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Luther Rice College & Seminary, Atlanta, GA.

Aaron Champene (2009).

"Blind trust: A Defense of Non-Reductionism in the Epistemology of Testimony"
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis Community College.

Jeremy Williams (2008).

“Is Knowing Only Half the Battle in Moral Decision Making?  An Analysis of the  Development of Moral Psychology through the Platonic Tradition into Late  Antiquity with Special Emphasis upon the Unity of Virtue and Akrasia
Part-time Instructor, William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS.

Andy Kelso (2007).

“The Duty to Aid: A Kantian View of Physician-Assisted Suicide”
Assistant Professor, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Matt Pianalto (2007).

"Subjectivism, Realism, and Morality" 
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Eastern Kentucky University.

Lisa Cook (2006).

"The Land Ethic" 
Teaching English in Japan.

Richard Howe (2004).

"A Defense of Thomas Aquinas' Second Way" 
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical  Seminary, Charlotte, NC..

John Gulley (2003).

"Ludwig Binswanger's Existential Psychology" 
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Ronald Hustwit (2003).

"Meaning As Use: Why Wittgenstein Was Not an Empiricist" 
United States Air Force.

William Eakin (2002).

"A Rational Ecstasy: Language and Mystical Experience in Plotinus"
Professor of Philosophy, University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, AR.

Darren Hibbs (2001).

"Eriugena, Berkeley, and Hegel: The Variety of Idealisms in the Western Philosophical Tradition" 
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Nova Southeastern State University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Donald Merrell (2001).

"Contemporary Conceivability Arguments in Philsophy of Mind: A Critique" 
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, AR.

In addition to these listed, a number of our PhD students have gotten jobs before finishing their dissertations. Among them are:

  • Leonard Schulte: Northwest Arkansas Community College (permanent position)
  • Michael Harper: Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, Cowley County Community College, Arkansas  City, KS.  Previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern College,  Winfield, KS.