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, the information listed below is accurate as of Summer 2019.  Annual dates indicate year of degree conferral.


Dissertation Title



S. Clint Dowland Embodied Minds and the Sparse Ontology: The Intersection of Personal Ontology and Composition David Hershenov Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, University of Florida
Jake Monaghan A Theory of Consent Ryan Muldoon  Assistant professor of philosophy (research), University of New Orleans 
J. Neil Otte
Moral Psychology: An Ontological Approach Barry Smith Senior Ontologist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Minemura, Yuichi Metaphysical Analysis of Contemporary Brain Death Controversies 
David Hershenov Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
Moran, Michael Rethinking Aristotle’s Theory of Friendship in the Internet Age Jorge Gracia Teaching part-time in University at Buffalo
Houston, Jon Going over the Dark Places: A Philosophical Model of Fitness Maximizing. Highly Interconnected Systems in Highly Dynamic Environments Ryan Muldoon

Exporing opportunities in business consulting

Guzman-Orozc, Hector On the Nature of Indexical Beliefs David Braun Non-tenure-track faculty, California State, San Bernardino
Liu, Shih Yun  On Natural Kind Terms John Kearns Returned to Korea
Limbaugh, David The Flexibility of Reality: An Essay on Modality, Representation, and Powers Neil Williams Department of Energy, Postdoctoral Fellowship for Ontology Research





Newhouse, Deacon

Everyday Aesthetics: A Deweyan Ecological Perspective

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Adjunct Prof Philosophy, Canisius College, Buffalo NY

Larsen, Rasmus Rosenberg

Pathologizing Evil:  A Critique of Modern Psychopathy Research

Kah Kyung Cho

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Mississauga

Cline, Brendan

Valuing a Normatively Inert World

James Beebe

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, MI

Gifford, Michael

Exploring Realism and Truth

David Braun

Lecturer, Department of Social Science, Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

Gezella, Thomas

Education for Adults: Levinas and the Philosophy of Education

Richard Cohen

Medical School Applicant






Koch, Peter


A Theory of Patient Welfare

Barry Smith

Assistant Professor, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Choi, Dobin Sentimentalist Virtue Theories of Mengzi and Hume Jiyuan Yu Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy, University of Iowa

Sicienski, Shane William

The Syntax and Semantics of Names

David Braun

Adjunct Professor Philosophy, University at Buffalo,  Buffalo NY

Raehll, Meghan

Tool Use and Mind:  Extended Selfing as Implied by the Extended Mind

James Beebe

Director of Instructor Quality & Lead Faculty, Franklin University Columbus, OH

Krgovic, Jelena

Existential Psychoanalysis and the Nature of Mental Disorder:  Between the Medical Model and Antipsychiatry

James Lawler

Assistant Professor Western Connecticut State University Danbury


Otto, Jessica Marie

What is the Appropriate Role of White Philosophers Who Study Race:  Derrick Bell, Racial Capitalism and Why “I Live to Harass White Folks”

Richard Cohen

Assistant Instructor of Philosophy at University of Akron, OH

Lavine, Matthew

A Contemporary Introduction to the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction, Chapter 1 of “A Theory of Analyticity

David Braun

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, SUNY Potsdam






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 (2014); Lecturer of Philosophy, Iniana University, Kokomo (2019)

Duncan, William

The Ontology of Computational Artifacts

Barry Smith

Associate Director, Clinical Data Network; Assistant Professor of Oncology (2014); Assistant Professor of Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, (2017), Senior Scientific Programmer, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY (2019) 

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 (2014); Senior Professional Staff (ontologist), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab​ (2019)

Rivera Berruz, Stephanie

The Quest for Recognition: The Case of Latin American Philosophy

Jorge J.E. Gracia

Assistant Professor, William Paterson University, NJ

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

Assistant Professor, Philosophy  Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO

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






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

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






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

Hartnett, Ryan

The Essence of Causation

Neil Williams

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

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

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

Halady, Steven

The Reality of Race; Against Racial Eliminativism

Jorge J. E. Gracia

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. Gracia

Director, UB Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program, Buffalo, NY

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






Spear, Andrew

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

James Beebe

Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University, MI

Rosen-Velasquez, Ernesto

The Metaphysics of Latino Identity and its Social and Political Implications

Jorge J.E. Garcia

Assistant Professor, University of Dayton, OH

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

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

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

Arima, Hitoshi

Observation, Explanation, and Intuition – Two Arguments

Randall Dipert

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






Connolly, Timothy

This Moving Being: The Role of Change in Plato

Jiyuan Yu

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

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