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Graduate Students


Omar Bachour

Photo of Omar Bachour Moral and Political Philosophy, Kantian Ethics, Marxist thought, Critical Theory

  Omar has a B.B.A. from the American University of Beirut and a B.A., M.A. from the University of Ottawa . In his Master's thesis he defended Kantia et hics from charges of "empty formalism" and moral "rigorism." He is primarily interested in moral and political philosophy, specifically the nexus between Kantian ethics (in the form of the kingdom of ends) and radical egalitarianism. He hopes to argue that the latter can greatly profit from making Kantian ethics its moral foundation. His other interests include the philosophy of sex and love and contemporary continental philosophy (Žižek and Badiou).


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Elaine Cheng 

Bioethics, Research Ethics, Epistemology, Symbolic Logic, Philosophy of Literature, Descartes

Elaine loves animals, especially dogs. Meet Plato and Didi, as shown in her profile picture. Further description coming soon.



Frédéric Coté-Boudreau

Animal Ethics, Political & Moral Philosophy

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Frédéric comes from the province of Québec where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at Université de Montréal. His interests in moral and political philosophy have lead him to embrace antispeciesism, vegan advocacy, and egalitarianism. His research project focus on the concept of autonomy, or why we ought to respect personal choices of others (and when we should not). In his M.A. thesis he inquired why animals were not considered autonomous inside the liberal paradigm and argued that the reasons provided are inconsistent with liberal commitments to neutrality and nonperfectionism. For his PhD thesis, he would like to argue for a new understanding of autonomy which would apply to animals and to people with intellectual disabilities.




Kyle CurranPhoto of Kyle Curran

Kyle completed his Honours B.A. in History with a minor in Philosophy at Trent University. His primary interests lay in the history of philosophy, social & political philosophy, philosophy & literature, as well as ethics. Lately, he has a budding interest in environmental philosophy.



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Marilena Danelon

Social and Political Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language




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Lana De Gasperis

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology

Prior to entering the graduate programme at Queen's, Lana studied at University of Toronto. Her research interests are, principally, philosophy of the mind, especially philosophy of psychology, and theories of deception and self-deception. In her spare time, Lana does pilates, reads Russian literature, and enjoys hanging out with her loved ones, especially her cat, Justice.



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Dante Diotallevi

Dante completed his B.Sc. in Biology at Queen’s.  He was always wary of mathematics until taking a 3 rd year course on evolutionary game theory.  With his philosophical intuition enabled, he earned a PHIL minor before entering the M.A. programme.  He works on the philosophy of science and how it relates to rationality.  He is also interested in continental philosophy, German Idealism and platonism from the Renaissance onward.





Torin Doppelt

Early Modern (Spinoza), Philosophy and Scientific Method(s)

  Torin works primarily on issues arising from Spinoza's use of the geometrical method of demonstration. This work has generated a number of broader interests, from psychology to ethics and political theory (e.g., the implications of the systematization of the human mind and body). He also has interests in, but far too little time to devote to, Hobbes, Kant (and German idealism), ancient and medieval philosophy, contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of mind/science, and moral philosophy. 

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Sarah-Ann Goodes

Transhumanism , Ethics , Pop Culture and Philosophy

Sarah completed her undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Literature at Nipissing University.  In   addition, she holds a Certificate in Digital Humanities from Nipissing U. which involved the creation of a freely   accessible online hypertext version of Plato’s   Republic .  Sarah’s research interests in philosophy include   transhumanism and bioethics, including arguments for and against life extension and longevity, as well as   the intersections of pop culture and philosophy.     Outside of philosophy, her interests include trivia, classic   movies, and the NFL.  



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Tracey Hamilton

Animal Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Moral Theory

Tracey earned her Honors BA in Philosophy from the University of Guelph, with half her credits being in Zoology. Her research interests are primarily in animal ethics (animal rights) and environmental ethics stemming from the deep ecology view. Her other interests include Jainism, Ethology, Intersectionality, Feminist Care Ethics, and Virtue Ethics. 




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Political Philosophy and Logic

Omid completed his undergraduate degree at University of Tehran. He has started his graduate study at Queen's University since 2006. His main philosophical interests lie in contemporary political philosophy. In particular his PhD research focuses on contemporary liberal theories of multiculturalism and national minority rights. He is also developing interest in issues such as neutrality/perfectionism and egalitarian justice. Other areas of interest include philosophy of logic, modality and possible worlds. 



Kyle JohannsenPhoto of Kyle Johannsen

Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Kyle has both a BA and an MA from York University. He's primarily interested in applied ethics (especially bioethics and animal ethics) and political philosophy (especially distributive justice).  His thesis will address methodological questions pertaining to the study of distributive justice, as well as the implications answering these questions has for various substantive issues.


Jared HoustonPhoto of Jared Houston

After receiving his BSc., Jared practised as an engineer for 4 years before returning to the University of Calgary to complete a BA and MA in Philosophy.  His primary research interests are in political philosophy, including global justice, and liberalism.  More info



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Joshua Landry

Bioethics, Clinical Ethics

Josh completed his Honours BHSc. at the University of Western Ontario, and MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). While abroad he focussed his dissertation on decision making in health care, particularly supporting the use of the Best Interests Standard when caring for neonatal and paediatric patients. Josh continued his professional education by earning a Certificate in Clinical Ethics and Health Policy from the Center for Practical Bioethics, former home of the American Journal of Bioethics. He now is focusing his doctoral research on answering the question 'what ought to be the goals of end-of-life medicine?'. As well, Josh is assisting end-of-life, consent and capacity, and resource allocation research at the Ottawa Hospital with the Department of Clinical and Organizational Ethics. 



Sheri Lucas


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Anna Majetic

Anna completed her Honours B.A. in Philosophy at Queen’s, and recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Business at the Queen’s School of Business. Her research interests include applied ethics and business ethics.



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Tatiana McIntosh

Phenomenology, Feminist Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Ethics

Tatiana completed her BAH in Philosophy and Psychology at Trent University. Her philosophical interests include Phenomenology, Feminist Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Ethics, with a specific interest in philosophical questions of death. Her research will further the discussion of a gendered perspective of the badness of death.




Ryan McSheffrey

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Moral philosophy, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law

Ryan is interested in contemporary theories of punishment from the moral perspective, particularly regarding how concepts such as freedom, desert, and responsibility relate to putative moral justifications for the infliction of punishment. His other philosophical interests include (but are not limited to) contemporary liberal theories of justice and equality, the history of (Western) political and legal philosophy, and the philosophy of science.


Jason Millar

Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Science and Technology Studies

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Jason Miller's interests lie at the intersection of ethics, technology and society.  His current research focuses on applied ethics and science and technology studies, with particular interests in the democratization of science and technology and the (bio)ethical issues surrounding transhumanism and the human-machine merger.  Jason earned a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University and worked as an engineer for several years prior to earning a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Ottawa.  While at the University of Ottawa he worked for several years on On the Identity Trail, a multidisciplinary SSHRC funded project, researching the legal and philosophical issues surrounding privacy in the digital age.  While completing his M.A. Jason also worked as a technology policy analyst at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and published a book chapter on privacy (in the first ever Oxford University Press publication licensed under the Creative Commonts).  He maintains the Ethics, Technology and Society blog at


Nikoo Najand

Bioethics, Feminist Philosophy, Reproductive Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy  

Nikoo received an honours degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters degree from the   University of Victoria before entering the PhD program at Queen's.   Her doctoral research focuses   on providing the proper grounding for parental obligations in order to understand and address the   ethical implications of adoption.  S he  hopes her work will promote a more comprehensive and   cogent understanding of reproductive autonomy. 

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Josephine NielsenPhoto of Josephine Nielsen

Children’s Rights, Multiculturalism, Social & Political Philosophy, Reproductive Ethics, Feminist Philosophy

Josephine completed her BAH in Philosophy at Acadia University with a thesis looking at Aristotle’s virtue friendship and her MA in Philosophy at Carleton University with a thesis focusing on the role group mobilization plays in multicultural societies. Her main interests are children’s rights and multiculturalism. She is also interested in reproductive ethics. Her PhD thesis looks at the rights parents and minority cultural communities have with respect to children. Her aim is to highlight why children should be a central concern for both liberal theories in general, and liberal multicultural theories more specifically.



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David Pitcher

Moral Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Metaethics

David completed his honours BA in Philosophy and MA in Philosophy at the University of Alberta with a thesis focusing on problems of citizenship in Rawls's liberal philosophy.  His core interests are in moral and political philosophy, and his PhD dissertation will address meta-ethical problems in environmental ethics and the role of wonder in moral and environmental philosophy.  Other areas of interest include applied ethics, continental philosophy and feminist philosophy.



Elyse PlattPhoto of Elyse Platt

Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Elyse recently completed her BAH in Philosophy here at Queen's and has happily returned for her Master's research on the nature of happiness and conceptions of the good life.


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Nolan Ritcey

Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Visiting Research Student at University of California, Berkeley





Mark Rosner 

Moral Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy



Andrew D.F. Ross

Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science



Mastoureh Sadeghnia

Philosophy of Mind



Ayesha ShahPhoto of Ayesha Shah

Social and Political Philosophy, and Ethics

Ayesha obtained her B.A. in Public Policy Management and B.A. Hons. in Philosophy at York University in Toronto. She is mainly interested in contemporary political philosophy, especially in cosmopolitan and global distributive justice. She is planning on writing her MA thesis on this topic. She is also interested in biomedical ethics and global health ethics.  


Jan SwiderskiPhoto of Jan Swiderski

Jan completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy and theatre at the University of Ottawa. His primary interest is the philosophy of language, especially causal-historical theories of proper names and reference. He is also interested in logic, metaphysics, and Wittgenstein.



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Matthew Taylor

Political Philosophy, Metaethics, Normative Ethics Applied Ethics

Matthew has an honours BA in Philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His master’s thesis examined whether or not the United Nations’ “Responsibility to Protect” policy could be endorsed as a duty of justice. He is primarily interested in Hobbesian social contract theory, though he is also generally interested in all things moral and political. His thesis articulates and defends a Hobbesian (comparatively minimal) account of rights for animals and other “marginal” groups (human infants, humans with severe disabilities, etc.).


Radhika Tikku

Feminist Epistemology, Bioethics, Social and Political Philosophy



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Scott Turnbull

Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Scott completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science at McGill University. His primary interest lies in political philosophy, particularly issues relating to global justice, citizenship, and dirty hands. He also has a strong interest in moral philosophy including issues in meta-ethics, normativity, and the construction of moral theories. 



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Krista Videchak

Multiculturalism, Justice, Applied Ethics, Race Theory, Feminism

Krista completed her B.A. at Western University and her M.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her Master’s thesis focused on the idea of enduring injustice and how this changes our approach to reparations for slave descendants. In her doctoral research, she hopes to forward the notion of enduring injustice and discuss its relation to the imperative of integration. Krista’s research in this area has led to other areas of interest, including cultural theory and feminism.





Michael Vossen

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Metaphysics, Metaethics, Virtue Ethics
B.A. Reed College, M.A. University of Missouri, Saint Louis. 

Michael is interested in a family of questions relating to ethical accounts advanced by Aristotelian Naturalists and Particularists. Towards the former, Michael focuses on metaethical accounts of evaluation and goodness advanced by Geach and Judith Thomson. This involves work on the semantics of sentences expressing kind-relative evaluate properties, such as “this knife is a dull knife.” This in turn is bound up with examining metaphysical accounts of concepts involved in said metaethics, and so looks at analyses of defect, dispositions, kinds, action and grounding. Towards the latter, Michael researches the role these evaluative properties might play in ethics, particularly concerning the nature of moral perception, concept acquisition and ethical education, and the role this may play in giving and following advice on what kind of person to be and what life to live.


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