People

Graduate Students

Cody Abramson Cody Abramson
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Philosophy and BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience) in 2015. My main philosophical interests include meta-ethics, personal identity, idealism and pragmatic theories of knowledge. I also like to think about whether or not realism is consistent with contemporary theories in physics. When not thinking about philosophy, I enjoy playing guitar, drums, and watching Chopped on the food network!
Hannah Carrillo Hannah Carrillo
Shmuel Gomes Shmuel Gomes
In the winter of 2014, I graduated summa cum laude from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in philosophy. (For those who are curious, Humboldt State is located deep in the redwood forest of Northern California - a beautiful area.) My primarily interests are in ethics and political philosophy, although I also dabble in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. In ethics and political philosophy, my inquiries range from the highly abstract (e.g. value theory, the justification of state coercion, etc.) to relatively concrete topics in applied ethics (e.g. the role of education in a democratic society, or the proper treatment of nonhumans). Ultimately, I strive to connect these two ends of the spectrum. Meanwhile, my flirtations with metaphysics have yielded my forthcoming article "Whitehead on the Experience of Causality," which is expected for publication in Process Studies, issue 44.1. When I'm not reading philosophy or writing, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, practicing martial arts, and studying Jewish theology and law.
Monika Greco Monika Greco
Monika Greco graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a B.S. in philosophy and political science. Her main philosophical interests include general philosophy of science, ethical theory, and feminist philosophy. Currently, Monika is working on a critique of convergent realism, which is grounded in her view that approaches to scientific inquiry should be pragmatic in nature (rather than truth-seeking). Monika lives with Plato, her faithful feline friend, and they are excited to explore everything New England has to offer. Outside of philosophy, Monika is an avid Star Wars fan, and has an ever-growing collection of lightsaber props. On occasion, you may find her practicing lightsaber forms at select locations on campus.
Raul Ibarra Herrera
Dana Horowitz Dana Horowitz
As part of the 4+1 program, I finish my undergraduate degree at Tufts in 2018, with a philosophy major and English minor, and my masters degree in 2019. My philosophical interests are primarily in ethics (meta-ethics, moral responsibility, etc.), but I am also very interested in metaphysics, particularly with personal identity and time. Besides my love for philosophy, at Tufts, I am on the debate team and participate in ethics bowl. I also love hiking, reading, and writing.
Shayan Koeksal Shayan Koeksal
I graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in philosophy in May of 2017. My primary areas of interest are meta-ethics, moral psychology, and practical rationality. In my free time, I enjoy playing/watching basketball and soccer. If you are a prospective student student and have questions, feel free to send me an email.
Arian Koochesfahani Arian Koochesfahani
Educated as a Straussian, I grew into philosophy during my junior year at James Madison College. At Tufts, I am focusing on epistemology and philosophy of science, as well as on philosophy of logic and philosophy of language.
Runeko Lovell
Marco Maggiani
Isaac McAllister Isaac McAllister
While originally hailing from the small town of Hamilton, New Zealand, I have spent most of my life dwelling in China, where my family split time primarily between Kunming and Beijing. Following this, I moved to the LA area to attend university and received my B.A. in Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University in 2016. My main philosophical interests are logic and philosophy of language. Most notably, I am interested in exploring modal systems and investigating questions of vagueness and indeterminacy in logic and language. Outside of philosophy, I also maintain a keen fascination with ancient Semitic linguistics and am engaged in projects in that field as well. When not busy with academic stuff, I enjoy rock climbing, playing games, and chatting with friends.
Amelia Perkins Amelia Perkins
Amelia graduated in 2015 from St. John's College. She completed an undergraduate program based on the Western canon, including significant study in literature and the history of science and mathematics as well as philosophy. She is interested in ancient philosophy and philosophy of science.
Travis Quigley Travis Quigley
I grew up in Suffolk, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where I strayed from my original interest in political science into political philosophy and then fully into philosophy proper. I have research interests some better developed than others in political obligation, the coherence of consequentialist ethics, and fairness theory. I occasionally make a foray into other fields, where I have almost-entirely-undeveloped views about the moral standing of animals and the composition of ordinary objects.
Harry Rosenberg Harry Rosenberg
Alex Sarappo Alex Sarappo
Alex grew up in a quiet corner of New Jersey and, in 2016, graduated from Colby College, where he double majored in Philosophy and English, with a concentration in creative writing. After graduating, Alex worked in New York, teaching creative and essay writing to students of all ages and backgrounds. His primary areas of philosophical interest include epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of language, and Wittgenstein. Currently, he's particularly invested in issues relating to interpersonal testimony, specifically when the content of the testimony in question is of an aesthetic or ethical nature. Alex is excited to be at Tufts, though he admits to feeling slightly isolated out among all the Red Sox caps in the Boston area..
Daniel Schwartz Daniel Schwartz
I concentrated in English at Harvard and wrote a book of poems for my senior thesis. During my time at Harvard, I became increasingly fascinated by a small handful of thinkers and writers—Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein, and Kafka. At Tufts, I hope to continue to study Wittgenstein as well as the language philosophy that preceded him and has since been developed. Most broadly, I am interested in philosophy that is suspicious of system, reason, abstraction, and any kind of truth independent of emotional truth.
Soham Shiva Soham Shiva
I grew up in different parts of India before settling down in Delhi, where I began formal study in philosophy at the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University. At Tufts, I hope to orient my study to track a language-logic-mind curve that is aligned closely with recent work in cognitive science. ​Obliquely, I have historical interests in Aristotle and Kant, and often find myself thinking about the interface of aesthetics and philosophy of mind. Outside (though not entirely) of philosophy, I routinely dabble in photography and Indian classical music.
Gabe Siegel Gabriel Siegel
I obtained my B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington, with a minor in French. Part of my undergraduate studies was spent at Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France. In addition to French, I am learning the German language. My primary philosophical interests are in the Philosophy of Language, the Philosophy of Mind, and the Philosophy of Psychology. At the moment, I have particular interest in: propositional attitude reports, theories of reference, folk psychology in humans and animals, and reductionism regarding propositional attitudes. I also have interest in Spinoza, especially his psychology and philosophy of religion. Outside of my academic pursuits, I play the saxophone and clarinet.
Harry Rosenberg Sally Tilton
Chip Williams Chip Williams
As an undergraduate at Oberlin College I considered following my heart and majoring in computer science or economics, but my lust for material gain drove me into the arms of the philosophy department. After graduating in the spring of 2013, I briefly returned to my hometown in northeastern North Carolina, where I enjoyed explaining to strangers and casual acquaintances alike what I plan to do with my philosophy degree. I never tired of basking newtlike in the warm glow of their approval after revealing my intention to obtain another, bigger philosophy degree. My primary interests are in the philosophy of biology (especially evolutionary biology) and general philosophy of science.
James Withers James Withers
My research in philosophy revolves around ethics but ethics as it relates to epistemology and ontology. Particularly, I am currently interested in the ethical implications of Ray Brassier's philosophy and Alasdair MacIntyre's ethical philosophy. Other philosophers that interest me are François Laruelle, Derek Parfit, and Bernard Steigler. I have also recently become interested in cognitive science. Besides philosophy, I enjoy watching the Red Sox, playing Dark Souls, reading literature, and listening to Pink Floyd.
Asa Zabarsky Asa Zabarsky
I studied painting at Boston University where I began taking philosophy courses in my junior year. My ambitions to become a painter were soon displaced by a developing interest in philosophy. My current interests lean toward philosophy of action and moral philosophy. I am also interested in vagueness and its consequences for logic, epistemology, and metaphysics; ordinary language philosophy (especially the work of J.L. Austin); and the philosophy of art.