Graduate Student News & Blog

Our graduate students are actively engaged both within the academy and beyond. Keep up with news of their activities and achievements, and get to know their perspectives on various philosophical issues in this News & Blog feed. To request a news announcement or submit a blog post proposal, current students and alumni should contact graduate adviser Britta Anson (brittama@uw.edu).

Blake Hereth
Blake Hereth (PhD 2019) has joined the University of Arkansas as a Visiting Assistant Professor, shortly after defending zir dissertation The Resurrection of Radical Pacifism: A Defense in August 2019. At the University of Arkansas, Blake is teaching Honors Introduction to Philosophy, a graduate seminar on the ethics of self-defense, and will be teaching Philosophy of Race & Gender later in the academic year. Meanwhile ze will be hard at work on a monograph, A Pacifism Worth... Read more
Neuroethics group sitting around table at Agua Verde restaurant
Every year the Center for Neurotechnology ethics group hosts undergraduate research assistants in the neuroethics “lab.” At the end of the 10 week summer program, students give short presentations and share posters of their research projects. The 2019 summer research assistants were Kowe Kadoma (Florida A&M University) and Tatianah Summers (Seattle University). Each were mentored by graduate students in the Department of Philosophy who are regular members of the Neuroethics group. On August... Read more
Blake Hereth
Congratulations to Blake Hereth, on being awarded the American Philosophical Association's 2019 Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize for zir paper "Animal Rights Pacifism." Read the APA's Press Release for more information about Blake's paper and the prize. Well done, Blake!
Melanie Tate
Congratulations to Melanie Tate on being awarded the prestigious Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-2020. The fellowship assists PhD Candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations by providing a full quarter of fellowship funding with tuition and benefits. Melanie's dissertation, ... Read more
Undergraduate Award Winners
The Department of Philosophy celebrated the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students and our faculty at our annual Awards Reception on March 31, 2019. Our Philosophy community continued its annual tradition of honoring our award winners by having faculty share personal anecdotes from the classroom and office hours about each of the recipients to the delight of family and friends. We are proud of the achievements of our students and faculty and look forward to seeing what they... Read more
Alex Lenferna speaking into a megaphone
Alex Lenferna (Ph.D. 2019) was already a dedicated climate justice activist in his native South Africa before moving to Seattle to complete his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Washington. He continued his advocacy here in the U.S. while completing his PhD. Now, back in his home country, Alex works as South African Climate Justice Campaigner for 350.org, an international non-profit organization that works on climate... Read more
Paul Tubig and faculty mentor Anthony Ferrucci in conversation
As a community college student in San Diego, Paul Tubig was drawn to philosophy. Now a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Washington, Tubig finds himself once again spending time at a community college. It feels different this time around. “Having attended a community college, it’s been interesting to re-enter that setting as an aspiring professor and PhD student who has been acculturated in the university context,” Tubig says. Tubig’s return to community college is through a... Read more
Blake Hereth
Doctoral Candidate Blake Hereth was chosen by the APA for their member spotlight interview. Blake works primarily in the ethics of self-defense and philosophy of religion and is co-editor of The Lost Sheep: New Perspectives on Race, Gender, Disability, and Animals in Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, forthcoming), which addresses underexplored issues in philosophy of religion.... Read more
Ethics Bowl participants at the WCCW
Doctoral candidate Paul Tubig organized the first ever Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) on April 14, 2019. The Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS) and University of Puget Sound teams discussed questions such as: Should we bring back species that have been driven to extinction? Are laws allowing terminally ill children to choose euthanasia morally defensible? Is China’s social credit system, which assigns a social credit score based... Read more
Julio Covarrubias
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 philosophy doctoral candidate Julio Covarrubias gave a talk on "Setting the Record Straight: The Latin American Mind in Global Context" at TEDxUofW 2018-2019. Julio's research focuses on Latinx identity and racial oppression. Currently, he is writing a dissertation on the ethics and politics of inter- and intra-personal relationships in the wake of colonial violence. The event took place... Read more
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