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 (

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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
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, 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
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