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Placement Record

This is a complete list of PhD graduates from the HPS program and their first job placement. We do our best to follow their later careers, but cannot guarantee that this information is up to date.

(tt) = tenure track

(t) = tenure

(fp) = full professor


2017

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Michael Miller University of Toronto (tt) University of Toronto (tt) Batterman The structure and interpretation of quantum field theory

2016

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Joseph McCaffrey Washington University in St. Louis (Post Doctoral Research Fellow) Washington University in St. Louis (Post Doctoral Research Fellow) Machery, Machamer Mental function and cerebral cartography: Functional localization in fMRI research
Lauren Ross University of California, Irvine (tt) deferred University of Calgary (Postdoc Fellow) Woodward, Schaffner Explanation in Contexts of Causal Complexity

2015

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Elizabeth O'Neill Eindhoven University of Technology (tt) Eindhoven University of Technology (tt) Machery The Epistemological Implications of the Causes of Moral Beliefs
Greg Gandenberger University of Bristol (Postdoctoral Fellowship) left the field Machery Two Principles of Evidence and Their Implications for the Philosophy of Scientific Method
Julia Bursten San Francisco State University (tt) University of Kentucky (tt) Batterman Surfaces, Scales, and Synthesis: Scientific Reasoning at the Nanoscale
Bihui Li University of Southern California (Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar) University of Southern California (Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar) Batterman Moving Beyond 'Theory T': The Case of Quantum Field Theory
Aleta Quinn Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (Distinguished Fellow) University of Idaho (tt) Lennox Biological Systematics and Evolutionary Theory
Elay Shech Auburn University (tt) Auburn University (tt) Earman, Norton Assume a Spherical Cow: Studies on Representation and Idealizations
Kathryn Tabb Columbia University (tt) Columbia University (tt) Machamer, Wilson Mad Errors: Associated Ideas, Enthusiasm, and Personal Identity in Locke

2014

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Karen Zwier Drake University (Adjunct Professor Part-time) Drake University (Adjunct Professor Part-time) Mitchell Interventionist Causation in Physical Science
Marcus Adams SUNY Albany (tt) SUNY Albany (tt) Machamer Mechanical Epistemology and Mixed Mathematics: Descartes’s Problems and Hobbes’s Unity
Yoichi Ishida Ohio University (tt) Ohio University (tt) Mitchell, Lennox Models in Scientific Practice
Thomas Pashby USC, Provost's Postdoctoral Scholarship in the Humanities University of Chicago (tt) Earman, Norton Time and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Keith Bemer Winchester Thurston School (science teacher) Winchester Thurston School (science teacher) Lennox A Philosophical Examination of Aristotle's Historia Animalium
Eric Hatleback University of Pittsburgh (research associate professor) University of Pittsburgh (research associate professor) Norton Chimera of the Cosmos

2013

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Thomas Cunningham University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (tt) Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles (tt) Machamer, Schaffner Socializing Medical Practice: A Normative Model of Medical Decision-Making
Peter Distelzweig Western Michigan University (visiting assistant professor) University of St. Thomas, Minnesota (tt) Lennox, Machamer Descartes' Teleomechanics in Medical Context: Approaches to Integrating Mechanism and Teleology
Balazs Gyenis Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Assistant Research Fellow) Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Assistant Research Fellow) Earman, Norton Well posedness and physical possibility
Catherine Stinson Universität Tübingen (post-doc) University of Western Ontario (post-doc) Machamer, Schaffner Cognitive Mechanisms and Computational Models: Explanation in Cognitive Neuroscience

2012

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Benjamin Goldberg East Tennessee State University (visiting assistant professor) University of Southern Florida (instructor, permanent position) Lennox, Machamer William Harvey, Soul Searcher: Teleology and Philosophical Anatomy
Bryan Roberts University of Southern California (post-doc) London School of Economics (t) Earman, Norton Time, Symmetry and Structure: Studies in the Foundations of Quantum Theory

2011

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Jonathan Livengood University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (tt) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (tt) Spirtes, Norton On Causal Inferences in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Actual Causation
Jonah Schupbach University of Utah (tt) University of Utah (tt) Machery, Earman Studies in the Logic of Explanatory Power

2010

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Justin Sytsma East Tennessee State University (tt) Victoria University of Wellington (t) Machery, Schaffner Phenomenal consciousness as scientific phenomenon? A Critical Investigation of the New Science of Consciousness

2009

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Holly Andersen Simon Fraser University (tt) Simon Fraser University (t) Mitchell The Causal Structure of Conscious Agency
Peter Gildenhuys Lafayette College (tt) Lafayette College (tt) Lennox A Causal Interpretation of Selection Theory
Julie Zahle University of Copenhagen University of Copenhagen (tt) Machamer, Brandom Practices, Perception, and Normative States

2007

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Zvi Biener Western Michigan University (tt) University of Cincinnati (tt) Machamer,
McGuire
The Unity and Structure of Knowledge: Subalternation, Demonstration, and the Geometrical Manner in Scholastic-Aristotelianism and Descartes
Brian Hepburn University of British Columbia (post-doc) Wichita State University (tt) Machamer Equilibrium and Explanation in 18th Century Mechanics
Jackie Sullivan University of Alabama at Birmingham (tt) University of Western Ontario (tt) Machamer Reliability and Validity of Experiment in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Jim Tabery University of Utah (tt)

University of Utah (t)

Griffiths, Mitchell Causation in the Nature-Nurture Debate: The Case of Genotype-Environment Interaction

2006

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Ingo Brigandt University of Alberta (tt, deferred for post-doc)
University of Alberta (t) Griffiths, Gupta A Theory of Conceptual Advance: Explaining Conceptual Change in Evolutionary, Molecular, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Francesca DiPoppa Texas Tech University (tt) Texas Tech University (t) Machamer "God acts through the laws of his nature alone": From the Nihil ex Nihilo axiom to causation as expression in Spinoza's metaphysics.
Abel Franco California State University, Northridge (tt) California State University, Northridge (t) Machamer,
McGuire
Descartes' theory of passions
Doreen Fraser Waterloo (tt) Waterloo (t) Earman Haag's theorem and the interpretation of quantum field theories with interactions
Greg Frost-Arnold University of Nevada, Las Vegas (tt) Hobart and William Smith Colleges (tt)

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Carnap, Tarski, and Quine’s Year Together: Logic, Science and Mathematics
Francis Longworth Ohio University (tt) Institute d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris, France (post-doc) Norton Causation, Counterfactual Dependence and Pluralism
David Miller Yale (post-doc) Iowa State University (tt) Machamer, McGuire Representations of Space in Seventeenth Century Physics
Christian Wüthrich UC - San Diego (tt) University of Geneva (t) Earman Approaching the Planck Scale from a Generally Relativistic Point of View: A Philosophical Appraisal of Loop Quantum Gravity

2005

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Erik Angner University of Alabama at Birmingham (Philosophy, Economics, tt) George Mason University (t) Machamer Subjective Measures of Well-Being: A philosophical examination
Megan Delehanty University of Calgary (tt) University of Calgary (t) Mitchell

Empiricism and the Epistemic Status of Imaging Technologies
Alan Love UC Santa Cruz (tt)

University of Minnesota (tt)
University of Minnesota (t) Lennox Explaining Evolutionary Innovation and Novelty: A Historical and Philosophical Study of Biological Concepts
Andrea Scarantino Georgia State University (tt) Georgia State University (t) Machamer, Griffiths. Explicating Emotions

2004

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Armond Duwell University of Konstanz University of Montana (t) Norton Foundations of Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Computation Theory.

2003

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Gualtiero Piccinini Washington University in St Louis (post-doc) University of Missouri at St Louis (t) Machamer Computations and Computers in the Sciences of Mind and Brain
Uljana Feest Max Planck Institute for History of Science (post-doc) University of Hanover (t) Machamer Operationism, Experimentation, and Concept Formation
Wendy Parker Congressional Fellow University of Durham (t) Norton Computer Modeling in Climate Science: Experiment, Explanation, Pluralism

2002

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Daniel Steel Michigan State (tt) Michigan State (t) Mitchell Mechanisms and Interfering Factors: Dealing with Heterogeneity in the Biological and Social Sciences
Chris Smeenk Dibner Institute (post-doc)

UCLA (tt)
University of Western Ontario (t) Earman, Norton Approaching the Absolute Zero of Time: Theory Development in Early Universe Cosmology

2001

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Chris Martin Indiana, HPS (tt) Left the field Earman, Norton Gauging Gauge: Remarks on the Conceptual Foundations of Gauge Symmetry

2000

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Andrew Backe Indiana (post-doc)
Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong Salmon The divided psychology of John Dewey

1999

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Benoit Desjardins Medical Doctor
Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Glymour On the theoretical limits to reliable causal inference
Elizabeth Paris Harvard (lecturer) Deceased Krips, Norton

Ringing in the new physics: The politics and technology of electron colliders in the United States, 1956--1972
Tom Seppalainen Portland State U (tt) Portland State U (t) Machamer The problematic nature of experiments in color science

1998

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Jonathan Bain U of Maryland (post-doc) Polytechnic Institute of NYU (t) Earman, Norton Representations of spacetime: Formalism and ontological commitment
Carl Craver U of Maryland (post-doc) Washington U, St. Louis (t) Machamer Neural mechanisms: On the structure, function, and development of theories in neurobiology
Heather Douglas

U of Puget Sound (tt) University of Waterloo (t) Machamer The use of science in policy-making: A study of values in dioxin science
Mark Holowchak

Eastern Michigan University Rider University Lennox

The problem of differentiation and the science of dreams in Graeco-Roman antiquity

David Sandborg

Business Consulting Business Consulting Manders

Explanation in mathematical practice

Marta Spranzi-Zuber

University of Paris @ Nanterre (tt) University of Versailles (t) Machamer

The tradition of Aristotle's 'Topics' and Galileo's 'Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems': Dialectic, dialogue, and the demonstration of the Earth's motion

Andrea Woody

U of Chicago (post-doc) U of Washington (t) Glymour Early twentieth century theories of chemical bonding: Explanation, representation, and theory development

1997

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Rachel Ankeny

U of Pittsburgh (tt) U of Adelaide (t) Lennox

The conqueror worm: An historical and philosophical examination of the use of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism
Jonathan Simon

Max Planck Institute for History of Science (post-doc) University of Lyon, France (t) McGuire

The alchemy of identity: Pharmacy and the chemical revolution, 1777-1809

1996

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Aristides Arageorgis

Greek Military National Technical University of Athens (tt) Earman

Fields, Particles, and Curvature: Foundation and Philosophical Aspects of Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime

Keith Parsons U of Houston, Clear Lake (tt) U of Houston, Clear Lake (fp) Lennox Wrongheaded science? Rationality, constructivism, and dinosaurs
Ofer Gal

Ben Gurion University (tt) U of Sydney (t) McGuire

Producing knowledge: Robert Hooke

David Rudge

Texas A&M Western Michigan (t) Lennox

A philosophical analysis of the role of selection experiments in evolutionary biology

1995

Name Placement Current Advisor(s) Dissertation Title
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Michel Janssen

Boston University (tt) U of Minnesota (t) Norton A Comparison between Lorentz's Aether Theory and Special Relativity in the Light of the Experiments of Trouton and Noble

Madeline Muntersbjorn

U of Toledo (tt)

U of Toledo (t)

Manders

Albebraic Reasoning and Representation in Seventeenth Century Mathemacis: Fermat and the Treatise on Quadrature C. 1657

1994–1973

Year Name Current Advisor(s)
1994

John Culler

Earman

1992

Corey Juhl

U of Texas (fp)

Glymour
1991 Chuang Liu U of Florida (fp) Earman

Robert Pennock Michigan State (fp) Wesley Salmon
Hazim Murad U of Malaysia (fp) McGuire
1989 Kenneth Aizawa Centenary College (MO) (fp) Glymour
Jose Chiappin Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (t) Schaffner
Lee Zwanziger Designated Federal Official, US Food and Drug Administration Schaffner
1988 Martha Harty CMU (t) Machamer
Richard Scheines CMU (fp) Glymour
1987 Sandra Mitchell U of Pitt (fp) Machamer
Joel Smith Distinguished Career Teaching Professsor, CMU (fp) Glymour
1986 Kevin Kelly CMU (fp) Glymour
Tim Maudlin NYU (fp)
1985 Steve Fuller University of Warwick, England (fp) McGuire
1984 Fred Gifford Michigan State (t) Schaffner
Mary Kathleen Okruhlik U of Western Ontario (t) McGuire
1982 James Hoffman Cal State, Fullerton (fp) Schaffner
1981 Christopher Burch Left the field McGuire
Charles Kay Wofford College (fp) McGuire
Peter Spirtes CMU (fp) Schaffner
1980 Spyros Sakellariadis Left the field Machamer
Warren Schmaus Illinois Inst. of Technology (fp) Machamer
1978 Martin Curd Purdue (fp) Laudan
Steven Wykstra Calvin College (fp) Laudan
John Strong Deceased Laudan
1976

 

Thomas Cook Left the field McGuire
Fred Sawyer Left the field Schaffner
John Nicholas Univ. Western Ontario (fp, emeritus) Laudan
1975 John McEnvoy U of Cincinnati (fp) McGuire
1973 Wolfram Swoboda Deceased McGuire

(tt) = tenure track

(t) = tenure

(fp) = full professor