People

Graduate Students

Florence Bacus Florence Bacus
In 2018, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in math and physics and a minor in philosophy. Originally I had planned to pursue a career as a mathematician, but towards the end of my time as an undergraduate my interest in philosophy grew, and I ultimately decided to switch fields. My main interests are (meta)ethics, philosophy of language, epistemology, and Kant. I also have some interest in logic, decision theory, and philosophy of mind.
Justine Chung Justine Chung
As a combined degree student, Justine graduates from Tufts with high honors in philosophy and in film & media studies, and is currently making a thesis film in VR. She is primarily interested in metaethics and normativity, and recently forming interests in philosophical method and neopragmatism (in Blackburn, Price, and others). Outside of philosophy, she is interested in STS and anthropology. In life, she enjoys making media art, playing analog games, and anything aimless. She is from LA and Seoul.
Hunter Elson Hunter Elson
I graduated summa cum laude from Towson University in 2019 with a B.S. in philosophy and sociology. With a bent toward analytic philosophy, my interests in philosophy are wide. However, they tend to focus around metaphysics and philosophy of mind, and more specifically how they intersect with the philosophy of religion. Besides philosophy, I enjoy reading, exercising, and rock climbing.
Tyler Farmer Tyler Farmer
In 2013, Tyler graduated magna cum laude with a BFA degree in Dance from CSU, Long Beach. Since graduating, he has spent his time teaching somatics and dance composition, learning new languages (currently French and ASL), and developing his philosophical interests. In 2018, Tyler began a year of postbaccalaureate studies in philosophy at CSU, Chico, during which he began to delve lovingly into the philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. He is grateful that his background as a movement artist affords him unique perspectives on the philosophy of action, and he is excited to continue developing his work on habituation and agency during his time at Tufts University.
Layne Garrelts Layne Garrelts
I graduated from University of San Diego in 2017 with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in philosophy. My primary philosophical interests include ethics, moral psychology, and continental philosophy. I'm especially interested in virtue ethics and questions concerning the moral value of emotions. Outside of studying philosophy you might find me reading or practicing yoga.
Firdaus Gupte Firdaus Gupte
My main philosophical interests are in metaphysics and philosophy of language. However, I'm also interested in ethics, especially Kantian ethics, and the philosophy of math. You can reach me at firdaus.gupte@tufts.edu.
Thane Hale Thane Hale
I graduated with Honors from UC Berkeley in 2018, majoring in philosophy. Before transferring there, I attended San Diego State University. My domain of research is philosophy of mind, with the aim of bringing phenomenology and empirical cognitive science into that discourse. I try to understand the nature of thought in terms of the living organism situated in its natural and social environment. Outside of philosophy, but related to it, I am interested in Chinese culture and language. I'm also trying to be an active socialist.

I enjoy teaching and thinking about the nature of teaching. Hopefully, trying my best, I can convey the richness and enjoyment I find in philosophy to my students. If you're an undergraduate with questions about philosophy or related things, feel free to reach out to me!
N. Dane Hewitt
The philosophy of logic, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of cognitive science, the philosophy of physics, and metaphysics
Shao-An Hsu
I graduated from National Taiwan University with a bachelor of science in psychology and the Dean's Award of College of Science. While I was an undergraduate, I became increasingly concerned about how our scientific theories, couched in allegedly purely objective terms, could possibly explain the subjective, conscious aspect of our mind. Such a concern is one major reason why I eventually decided to change my academic pursuit to philosophy.

So far, my research has been focusing mainly on philosophy of mind and language, while sometimes touching upon metaphysics and epistemology. I find the problem of mental content interests me the most. I have been obsessed with the debate between semantic internalism and externalism for a while yet still not satisfied with either side's solution. But I believe that a more satisfactory account shall come from a deeper understanding of the relationship between phenomenal consciousness, intentionality, objectivity and identity, about which I will explore more in the future. Recently I have been trying to construct a theory of communication about our phenomenal experiences, in hope of circumventing the private language problem. Besides, I am also interested in the mind-body problem and mental causation. In particular, I am working on a defense of Russellian monism against the charge of falling back into epiphenomenalism.

My email is shao-an.hsu@tufts.edu.
Christopher Humphreys Christopher Humphreys
Before enrolling in the MA program, I earned a BA in Philosophy & Public Affairs from Claremont McKenna College in 2018. My primary philosophical interests could be broadly categorized as normative questions, with particular attention given to ethics, and to social, political, and moral philosophy. In essence, analytic philosophy is my preferred method of understanding how we are, how we ought to be, and how we can try to be less terrible. If you are a prospective student student and have questions, feel free to send Shayan an email.
William Jimenez Senzano William Jimenez Senzano
I studied philosophy and physics at the University of Virginia and graduated in 2018. I am primarily interested in metaphysics and the philosophy of physics, specifically regarding topics like theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, foundations of physics, and time. Other interests include critical theory and philosophies of art, literature, and film.
Jana Kasab Jana Kasab
I graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in biology. I have growing interests in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, philosophy of biology, and feminist philosophy. Aside from philosophy, I enjoy the theater, musicals, and discovering all kinds of music and artists.
Polina Kasparova Polina Kasparova
I graduated from Barnard College in 2015 with a B.A. in political science and worked in the human rights non-profit sector for several years. My primary interests in philosophy are in continental philosophy, phenomenology, and the history of philosophy. I am also interested in the intersection of philosophy and literature, as well as efforts to expand public philosophy.
Matthew Koshak Matthew Koshak
I graduated from Louisiana State University in 2018 with a B.A. in philosophy and political science, where I wrote my senior thesis on the definition of freedom in the work of Michel Foucault. My primary interests are philosophy of psychology/psychiatry, continental philosophy, and ethics. I'm particularly interested in the relationship between ethics and time, especially as it concerns certain ethical experiences like forgiveness. I also enjoy listening to and discovering music, reading outside of the discipline of philosophy, and exploring theology.
Huadian Liu Huadian Liu
After graduating with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2016, I spent a year at the University of Edinburgh and received an MSc in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition. I am mostly interested in descriptive theories of conscious experience. I also have interests in empirical work in cognitive science, especially in perception and psycholinguistics. Outside of philosophy, I swim, play pool, and translate John Ashbery's prose poems into indecipherable Chinese.
Zeming Liu Zeming Liu
I graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in philosophy and political science. During my undergraduate career, I have also studied at Fudan University (China) and Columbia University. I was led to the world of ideas through political theory, and eventually immersed myself fully into philosophy after experiencing the power, depth, and beauty of philosophical arguments. My philosophical interests are mostly in ethics, philosophy of mind, and Kant, especially in questions related to self-consciousness, agency, and normativity. I aspire to explore philosophy with historically informed questions and analytically rigorous methods. Outside philosophy I enjoy listening to classical music, watching soccer and basketball games, reading various newspapers, and learning history.
Robert Marshall Robert Marshall
I was born and raised in the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and, in 2018, graduated from Princeton University with a concentration in philosophy plus a trio of certificates in humanistic studies, values & public life, and creative writing, for which I composed a book of poetry. My philosophical interests mainly comprise metaethics, philosophy of language, logic, and Indian philosophy, an exciting tradition brimming with insight, richness of projects, and diversity of methods. Get in touch at rmarsh03@tufts.edu.
Nicholas Maurer Nicholas Maurer
I graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University in 2018, having majored in philosophy and minored in mathematics. My philosophical interests are broad and continue to grow, but as of late I've been primarily focused on the metaphysics of causation, the nature of consciousness and the self, analytic approaches to the Buddhist concept of emptiness, and moral issues concerning non-human animals and the environment. I also have a deep and long-standing interest in process philosophy, as well as a deep and long-standing belief that process-based views ought to be taken more seriously by the contemporary analytic community.
Anthony Meyers Anthony Meyers
My primary philosophical areas of interest are decision theory and practical rationality. I earned a B.A. in philosophy from UCLA and currently work as a part time data analyst.
Lauren Miano Lauren Miano
I graduated from Colgate University in 2018 with a B.A. with honors in philosophy. My main philosophical interests include ancient philosophy, metaethics, and philosophy of religion. Outside of philosophy, I enjoy reading, baking, and running.
Harry Rosenberg Harry Rosenberg
As an undergraduate at George Washington University, after coming dangerously close to completing a degree in Classical Studies, it occurred to me that the only discipline which promised even fewer material rewards than the classics was philosophy. Upon this realization, I promptly switched my major, and would eventually receive my degree in philosophy, magna cum laude. Nowadays I am interested principally in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, where I am particularly concerned with questions regarding phenomenal consciousness, mental content, and social cognition. When not doing philosophy, which is too often, I enjoy listening to classical music, cooking, backpacking, and target shooting.
Roberto Santos Roberto Santos
Roberto grew up in South Bend, Indiana where he lived until graduation from Indiana University, South Bend with a degree in Philosophy. Following graduation, he joined the Army as an Officer and has been serving up to this present day. As a result, he has lived in many different parts of the country and has also deployed to Afghanistan. He has a wife, Angela, who he met while attending college and together, they have a son, Ethan. Academic-wise, his interests lie in the ethics of emerging technology, information ethics, online identity and conduct, and military ethics. Hobbies include competitive gaming and sports of any sort and anything related to Warhammer 40,000 to include reading and painting miniatures.
Asa Zabarsky Asa Zabarsky
Philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy, decision and game theory, moral psychology
Yingsa Zhang Yingsa Zhang
I studied at Peking University and graduated with my B.A. in philosophy in 2019. My main areas of interest are philosophy of mind and metaphysics, also I'm having growing interests in philosophy of cognitive science and moral psychology. I enjoy swimming and photography of all kinds when I'm off my academics schedule.
Yumeng Zhang Yumeng Zhang
I graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2019 with B.A. in Philosophy. My research interests are metaethics, social philosophy, 19-Century German philosophy and existentialism. Outside of philosophy, I write songs and go to concerts.
Tianyi Zhao Tianyi Zhao
Tianyi graduated from Renmin University of China with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His primary interests include the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, ethics, and metaphysics. In his spare time, he enjoys music, food and Chinese calligraphy.