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 (

Cover of Neuroethics Journal- image of brain with light up areas
Several members of the UW neuroethics team (professors Sara Goering, Eran Klein, previous graduate student Michelle Pham, and previous postdoctoral Scholar Laura Specker Sullivan) who participated in the Morningside Group/Neuroethics Taskforce are now part of a large co-authored paper published this month in the journal Neuroethics. The paper “Recommendations for the... Read more
Erika Versalovic, Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Reaching New Publics in Community Colleges
Two philosophy doctoral students – Anna Bates and Erika Versalovic – have been awarded a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Reaching New Publics in Community Colleges. They will be part of three two-person teams, sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, who will shadow faculty members at one of Seattle District Colleges during the 2020-2021 academic year. The fellowship, which facilitates immersive cross-institutional experiences, is part of a program—... Read more
Fareed A. Awan, Doctorate in Philosophy
On Sunday, June 14* we held our first-ever virtual graduation celebration with our graduates, faculty, family and friends. While we missed celebrating all our graduates in person, it was lovely to see all their smiling faces on Zoom. Our celebration included many firsts: our first virtual hoodings of our PhD graduates, our first group undergraduate address, and our first student open mic allowing any student to reflect on their time in the department and address all those in attendance.... Read more
Anna Bates - UW Simpson Center Mellon Graduate Student Fellowship
Congratulations to Anna Bates and Paul Tubig on being awarded Mellon Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities, funded through the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, for their project, "Philosophy Behind/Beyond Bars: Exploring the Intersection Between Philosophy and Prison." Anna and Paul have been working in conjunction with the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS), an in-prison college program, to teach philosophy to incarcerated students at the Washington... Read more
Congratulations to Michael Ball-Blakely for being chosen as one of the Simpson Center’s Joff Hanauer Graduate Fellows for Excellence in Western Civilization.  Michael and the interdisciplinary group of 2020-2021 Hanauer Fellows will participate in a year-long seminar exploring the theme, “Environments in the 21st Century: Migration, Climate, Extinction, In/humanness, Non-Humans and Beyond." The award is intended to foster “creative and critical work in the Western cultural tradition and to help... Read more
Melissa Diamond - Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
The Department of Philosophy celebrated the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at our annual Awards Reception on May 29, 2020. In light of the on-going pandemic, the awards ceremony was held virtually this year but that did not decrease our pride or dampen our celebration of our award winners’ accomplishments. Our Philosophy community continued its annual tradition of honoring our award winners by having faculty share personal anecdotes from the... Read more
Paul Tubig - Graduate School Medal
We are extraordinarily proud to announce that philosophy doctoral candidate Paul Tubig has been awarded the 2020 Graduate School Medal! This medal is given to recognize a doctoral candidate whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the University and its larger community. From teaching at the Washington Corrections... Read more
Image of Plant covered scales
The annual Ben Rabinowitz Workshop on Environmental Ethics will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, University of Washington. The workshop will feature talks on climate justice and responsibility and is open to all faculty and students. It is organized by Stephen Gardiner, Professor of Philosophy and the Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment and sponsored by the College of the Environment... Read more
Alex Lenferna
Philosophy alum Alex Lenferna (Ph.D. 2019) writes about how the creation of social 'tipping points' could lead to social transformations that mitigate the effects of climate change. Featured on The Conversation 
Julio Covarrubias
Doctoral Candidate Julio Covarrubias is in residence at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Mitchem Fellowship is a competitive national fellowship intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in their final dissertation year with a stipend, benefits... Read more
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