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 (

Melanie Tate
Congratulations to doctoral candidate Melanie Tate on being awarded an Arlene Hunter Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to highly deserving students in the Humanities. Melanie is developing a project on Rene Descartes' theory of emotions, particularly his view of love. We look forward to this project developing further in the coming year.  
Sam Sumpter
Congratulations to doctoral candidate Sam Sumpter on being selected as the Alvord Fellow in the Humanities for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Alvord Fellowship is the College of Arts and Sciences' most prestigious graduate student award in the Humanities. Additionally, the College has awarded Sam a scholarship from the Frank L. and Catherine D. Doleshy Endowed Fund. Together, these two awards provide a full year of funding to support intensive dissertation work. Sam's... Read more
No Narrow Thing podcast logo
Last fall, graduate student Dustyn Addington launched the podcast No Narrow Thing with co-host Whitney Johnson (MPH, Yale University). No Narrow Thing bridges the theoretical and practical, applying a philosophical lens to compelling questions, big and small. Each episodes focuses on a single line of inquiry, such as: -Is there a duty to vote? -Should I believe in ghosts? -Is it ethical to gossip? No Narrow... Read more
Tim Brown
A recent Economist Technology Quarterly feature "Thought Experiments: Brains and Machines" delves into brain-computer interfaces. Philosophy graduate student Tim Brown, part of the Neuroethics group at the UW's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) features in the article: "Where the... Read more
Graduate Conference 2018 "Eye of the Storm"
CALL FOR PAPERS Eye of the Storm: Climate Ethics in the Age of Inaction 2018 Graduate & Early Careers Philosophy Conference May 18-19, 2018University of WashingtonSeattle, WA Keynote speaker: Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University) We are pleased to announce the 2018 Graduate & Early Careers Philosophy Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle. The topic of the conference will be climate change. Anthropogenic climate change is a pressing... Read more
No Narrow Thing podcast logo
Announcing No Narrow Thing, the podcast that gets philosophical about everything. Hosts Dustyn Addington (PhD candidate in philosophy) and Whitney Johnson (MPH, Yale University) have a lot of questions, and want to get to the bottom of them. No Narrow Thing bridges the theoretical and practical, applying a philosophical lens to compelling questions, big and small. Each episodes focuses on a single line of inquiry, like: -Is there a... Read more
Tim Brown on a panel at Future Con
What do Geordie LaForge’s visor, Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand, identification and memory implants in The Expanse, and cybernetically enhanced humans in Robocop and Ghost in the Shell have in common? They are all examples put forth by philosophy graduate student Tim Brown and his co-panelists at Future Con 2017 as popular culture examples of “humans using technology to overcome, adapt, and enhance the body – for ends... Read more
Award Winners: Phoenix Youngman, Paul Tubig, Alex Lenferna, Ben Feintzeig, Julio Covarrubias Cabeza, Michelle Pham, and Jonathan Pry
The Department of Philosophy started a new tradition this year by celebrating our award recipients with an Awards Reception held in our department home Savery Hall. Awards were given to recipients by faculty members who shared personal experiences they have had with the award recipients in the classroom and during office hours to the delight of family and friends. Thank you to our many alumni and friends who make it possible for us to support our undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty... Read more
Tim Brown and Sara Goering
Written by Aleenah Ansari and originally published on the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering website.  The BioRobotics Lab at the University of Washington (UW) strives to improve people’s lives through neural engineering research and the development of technology for minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery... Read more
Philosophy Graduation 2017
On June 9, we celebrated the graduates of the class of 2017, who together earned seventy-four bachelor’s, four master’s and three doctoral degrees in philosophy, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Professor Michael Rosenthal toasted the graduates and wished them well in their new ventures, and graduate Wilson Charles gave an encouraging speech to his fellow graduates. Among his remarks Charles reminded his fellow graduates: “As philosophers we have a unique opportunity to make the State... Read more
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