People

Graduate Students

Kevin Beiser Kevin Beiser
I received my B.A. in philosophy from Montana State University after graduating with highest honors in 2019. My philosophical interests are broad, but I’m particularly interested in the philosophy of language, philosophy of science, epistemology, and ancient philosophy. Outside of philosophy, my primary interest is drumming. I also love snowboarding and hiking. You’re more than welcome to reach me at kevin.beiser@tufts.edu
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.
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.
Daisy Hu Daisy Hu
As a combined degree student, I received my BA in Philosophy and German from Tufts in 2020, before being part of the MA program there. During undergraduate study, I have felt indecisive among a range of disciplines in humanities and social sciences. And philosophy became the eventual choice for the vision and intellectual rigor it has presented me. I have interests in normative ethics and the philosophy of language, and I often wonder about – in an unsystematic fashion – the relationship between philosophical ideas and the literary medium that contain them.

In my spare time, I read (primarily fiction, some non-fiction as well), ride my bicycle, and go on short hikes.
Lindsay Huth Lindsay Huth
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a B.A. in psychology and visual communication design. I completed a master's in journalism at the University of Maryland in 2019 and spent the last two years as a graphics reporter at The Wall Street Journal. I am primarily interested in normative ethics—particularly the revival of virtue ethics—and in the related areas of ancient philosophy, moral psychology and moral epistemology. Outside of philosophy, I enjoy cooking, thrifting and exploring coffee shops and bookstores.
Luke Jennings Luke Jennings
Luke Jennings graduated from Bard College in 2020 with honors in philosophy. During the following year, he continued on to post-baccalaureate studies in classics at Georgetown University. His primary interests include Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Outside of his work in philosophy, he is a jazz guitarist and composer. Feel free to reach out to him at ljenni01@tufts.edu.
Cindy Ling Cindy Ling
I graduated with a B.A. in physics and philosophy from UCLA in 2019, and worked for the next two years as a research assistant in a condensed matter physics lab before switching focus back to philosophy. I am mainly interested in topics in epistemology and ethics – particularly rational choice, explanation, and moral reasoning – as well as the implications of our best understanding of these matters on the political-legal sphere. Reach me at xling01@tufts.edu.
Jingshu Meng Jingshu Meng
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2020 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics. My current interests in philosophy are philosophy of mind, epistemology, and logic. In the future, I also look forward to learning about ethics and its application in artificial intelligence.
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.
Tracy O’Donnell Tracy O’Donnell
I graduated summa cum laude from the American University of Paris in 2020, with B.A. degrees in both PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and Global Communications. While I cherished every element of my interdisciplinary undergraduate studies, my studies in philosophy hold a special place in my heart. I have broad interests in political philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. However, I am most deeply concerned with the field of philosophy that lies at the nexus of my undergraduate studies: the philosophy of communication. In particular, I intend to explore, through my graduate studies, the question of how power pervades communication structures, as well as how agency is impacted, and possibly sabotaged, by contemporary media forms, through their interference in the formulation and enactment of a will. Outside of my academic pursuits, I enjoy playing piano, singing, cooking, and hiking. Please feel free to contact me at todonn02@tufts.edu.
Mengqun Sun Mengqun Sun
I graduated from Colgate University in 2021 with a B.A. with honors in philosophy. Within philosophy, I am mostly interested in ethics and philosophy of language. Outside of philosophy, I enjoy listening to music, playing video games, and watching random videos on YouTube. Feel free to reach out to me at mengqun.sun@tufts.edu.
Gerald Teng Gerald Teng
I graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. I am interested to learn more about how we (can be said to) have knowledge of ourselves and our experiences in the world. Correspondingly, my main areas of interest lie in the intersections between epistemology, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and post-Kantian continental philosophy. In my honors thesis, I attempted to read Adorno’s Negative Dialectics as a theory of contextual and object-oriented knowledge.
Outside of philosophy, I enjoy playing both international and Chinese chess, cooking, hiking, and good conversations over coffee (which may turn philosophical sometimes). You can reach me at gerald.teng@tufts.edu.
Skye Uldrich Skye Uldrich
I graduated magma cum laude from Pepperdine University with BA’s in Philosophy and Economics. My interests are broad, but they tend to fall under the umbrella of metaphysics and epistemology. My favorite pastimes include songwriting, hiking, mountain biking, reading great books, and more recently playing chess (in which my passion far exceeds my ability). I also work as a data analyst at a financial firm. Feel free to reach out at skye.uldrich@gmail.com.
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.
Nathan Witkin Nathan Witkin
I graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 2020 with a B.A. in philosophy. As an undergraduate, I was focused on the relationship between the Western Marxist and French theory traditions in Continental philosophy. My primary interests now are in contemporary political philosophy, the philosophy of the social sciences, and analytic metaphysics. In particular, I’m interested in debates surrounding fundamentality, grounding, and causation, and how they might inform social-scientific model-building. I’m also deeply interested in distributive justice, and other normative issues regarding the relationships among state and market actors. Outside of philosophy, I have coached competitive debate, and recently helped found a summer program for middle and high-school debaters which highlights issues of equity and inclusion in the community (check us out at magnoliadebate.com!). I also enjoy hiking, movies, and videogames. You can reach me at nathan.witkin@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.
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.