People

Graduate Students

Brittany Bryant Brittany Bryant
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in philosophy, I came to Tufts with the goal of learning more about what good is and how to do it. As such, my current research interests are mainly metaethics and normativity as well as justice: how to define it, how to achieve it, and what that looks like in the real world. I also enjoy anything that reminds me of the importance of nature, including hiking, surfing, rock climbing, longboarding, and reading anything by Wendell Berry. Please feel free to reach out, especially if you’re a prospective student for Tufts, at: bbryan03@tufts.edu.
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.
Jiachen Feng Jiachen Feng
I graduated from Columbia University in 2019 with a B.A. in philosophy. I was very close to completing a major in economics before I decided to drop it and focus on philosophy. The philosophical foundation of social sciences, such as economics, is one of the things that I am most curious about. Outside of philosophy, I enjoy biking and cooking despite my mediocrity at either activity.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Moyer Mike Moyer
I graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Boston in 2019 with a BA in philosophy and a minor in history. Prior to my philosophy degree, I spent nearly 30 years in drug discovery research in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry working to discover new drugs to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and psychiatric diseases. My main interests in philosophy are in social and political philosophy, epistemology, and ethics.
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.
Quinn Williamson Quinn Williamson
Quinn Williamson graduated with honors from Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. There Quinn majored in Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Their philosophical interests include the philosophy of emotion by way of mind, ethics, and social and political philosophy. Quinn hopes to develop a normative ethic which would make paramount emotion and interpersonal dynamics. In addition, Quinn works as Editor-in-Chief of Watch That Negro, an experience-based and storytelling platform for people of color with the goal of making more voices heard that are often left out of the dialogue for a lack of "credentials." You can visit the site here: www.watchthatnegro.com.

If you wish to contact Quinn, please email them at quinn.williamson@tufts.edu.
Jun Kyung You Jun Kyung You
I graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 with a BA in philosophy. As of now, my interests are broadly in Ethics (more focus on Applied Ethics) and History of Philosophy. So far, I’ve engaged with Ethics of AI, Kant, 19th ~ 20th century German Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion. You can reach me at: Jun_Kyung.You@tufts.edu
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.