Placement Record

Openings for academic positions teaching philosophy at the college level are highly competitive. In recent years the ratio of potential candidates to available openings was as extreme as 8 to 1. This could equate to more than 2,000 candidates for fewer than 250 openings.

The University at Buffalo boasts a good record of placing our PhD graduates in academic positions. Of our 43 PhD graduates since 2000, 38 are employed, with 34 teaching at the college or university level, and 25 as Assistant Professor or higher. Four of these graduates are pursuing additional degrees in other fields. These data rival the placement records of schools renowned for their philosophy programs.

Institutions that have employed our recent PhD graduates:

To the best of our knowledge, this information listed below is accurate as of December, 2016. Dates indicate year of degree conferral.  (S=Staff position; TT=Tenure-Track position;  T=Tenured position.)


Dissertation Title



Lavine, Matthew A Contemporary Introduction to the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction, Chapter 1 of “A Theory of Analyticity David Braun Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy, SUNY Pottsdam





Sweeney Nolan, Catherine

The Metaphysics and Ethics of Vital Organ Donation

David Hershenov

Affiliate Professor, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Donhauser, Justin

A Philosophy of Theoretical Ecology for Environmental Policy

Neil Williams and Kenneth Shockley

Post Doctoral Fellow, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University

Babcock, Shane

Towards an Essentialist Account of Modality

Neil Williams

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Niagara University

Earle, Robert

Deep Intentional Environmental Value: Toward a Relational Theory

Kenneth Shockley

Adjunct Instructor, SUNY Cortland and Tomkins Community College





Buckman, Christopher

Negative Beauty: Ugliness in Kant’s Theory of Taste

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Visiting Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Duncan, William

The Ontology of Computational Artifacts

Barry Smith

Associate Director, Clinical Data Network; Assistant Professor of Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY (S)

Hicks, Amanda

Ampliative Inference and the Principle of Sufficient Reason

Neil Williams

Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Policy, College of Medicine, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida (TT)

Rivera Berruz, Stephanie

The Quest for Recognition: The Case of Latin American Philosophy

Jorge J.E. Gracia

Assistant Professor, William Patterson University, NJ (TT)

Robinson, Juneko

The Body Politic: An Existential Ontology of Clothing, Conformity and the Politics of Self-Expression   

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Immigration and Asylum Attorney, San Francisco, CA

Sackris, David

Using Modal Terms Epistemically

David Braun

Lecturer, Princeton Writing Program, Princeton, NJ (S)

Taylor, Adam

Four-Dimensionalism and Well-Being

David Hershenov

Lecturer (Full-Time), North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Tremblay, Frédéric

Resemblance Realism: A Theory of Universals

Barry Smith

Postdoc at the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France





Decker, Brock

A Place at the Table: Giving Gustatory Aesthetics its Due

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Executive Chef, Townline Pub, Grill, and Banquet, Green Bay, WI

Lafrenz, Mark

What is a Work of Art?  Intentions, Definitions and the Ontology of Art

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Lecturer in Philosophy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Potter, Joel

Recollective Pathe: Affectivity and Inquiry in Plato

Jiyuan Yu

Assistant Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AL (TT)





Compton, Elizabeth

A Dispositional Account of Aesthetic Properties

Neil Williams & Carolyn Korsmeyer

Adjunct Professor, U St Thomas, St Paul, Minn

Flier, Leonard

Care and Flourishing: A Liberal Neo-Aristotelian Ethic of Care

Kenneth Shockley

Managing Director, Unchurch LLC

Pryba, Russell

Art, Food and Other Cultural Entities: A Pragmatic Metaphysics

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Lecturer, University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ

Spencer, Mark

Thomistic Hylomorphism and the Phenomenology of Self-Sensing

Jorge J.E. Gracia

Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, MN (TT)

Ullman, Catherine

Cultivating Practical Wisdom in the Restoration  of Cultural Artifacts

Randall Dipert

UB Information Security Analyst, Buffalo, NY





Niswonger, Mark

Life at its Edges: A New Ontological Look at the Persistence Conditions for Organisms

Barry Smith

Adjunct, Brown Mackie College

Palencik, Joseph

Noncognitive Affect: A Study of Mind and Emotion

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Assistant Professor, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL (TT)





Seo, Min-Gyu

From Critical Realism to Meta-Reality: Roy Bhaskar’s Philosophical Evolution from West to East

James Lawler

Teaching Professor of General Education, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea (TT)

Hartnett, Ryan

The Essence of Causation

Neil Williams

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY (T)

Escobar Plagmann, Andrea

The Metaphysics of Dementia:  The Intersection of Personal Identity and clinical Ethics

David B. Hershenov

Instructor in Philosophy, Erie Community College, City Campus, Buffalo, NY (TT)

Ott, Paul

The Politics of the Present: A Relational Theory of the Self as a Basis for Political Theory

Kah-Kyung Cho

Adjunct, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Chelstrom, Eric

Phenomenology and Subjectivity’s Relation to Others, a Phenomenological Contribution to Collective Intentionality

Kah-Kyung Cho

​Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX (TT)

Halady, Steven

The Reality of Race; Against Racial Eliminativism

Jorge J. E. Garcia

Visiting Assistant Professor, Canisius College; and, Social Worker, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Smith, Susan

The Hidden Assumption: The Conflation of Nature and Nurture in the Race  Debate

Jorge J.E. Garcia

Director, UB Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program, Buffalo, NY (TT)

Ruhl Rapaport, Elisa

Emotion by Proxy: Some Ethical Considerations in the Designation of a Health Care Power of Attorney

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Associate Professor and Chair, Molloy College, Long Island, NY (T)





Spear, Andrew

Not by Experience Alone: Toward a Theory of a Priori Justification

James Beebe

Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University, MI (T)

Rosen-Velasquez, Ernesto

The Metaphysics of Latino Identity and its Social and Political Implications

Jorge J.E. Garcia

Assistant Professor, University of Dayton, OH (TT)

Zeccardi, Joseph

Arate and Taste: Towards a Virtue-Theoretic Aesthetics

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Associate Director, Center for Writing Across the Curriculum, St. Mary’s College, Oakland, CA (S)

Duffy, Leigh

Modal Illusions: Making Sense of the Necessary A Posteriori

James Beebe

Adjunct, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY

Silber-Sweeny, Laurel

Interfacing Ethics: The Ethical Relation from Kant to Derrida 

Kah-Kyung Cho


Novotný, Daniel

Beings of Reason: A Study in Scholasticism of the Baroque Era

Jorge J.E. Garcia

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic (TT)

Jang, Misung

Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Mean

Jiyuan Yu

Adjunct faculty, Towson University, MD

Chen, Shi

Practical Necessity in Bernard Williams’s Virtue Ethics

James Lawler

Instructor, Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (TT)

Arima, Hitoshi

Observation, Explanation, and Intuition – Two Arguments

Randall Dipert

​Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, Yokohama City University Graduate School, Japan (T)





Connolly, Timothy

This Moving Being: The Role of Change in Plato

Jiyuan Yu

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, East Stroudsburg University, PA (T)

Petruzella, Gerol

External Goods from Socrates to the Stoics

Jiyuan Yu

Adjunct, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA

D’Onofrio, Sandro

Aquinas as Representationalist: The Ontology of the Species Intelligibilis

Jorge J.E. Garcia

Lecturer, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Pueblo Libre, Peru (TT)