Placement Record

Temple University’s Department of Philosophy provides extensive placement support to its graduate students and places most of them into research or teaching positions in philosophy. Graduate students work closely with their advisors, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Placement Director to prepare for the academic job market. The Placement Director runs job market workshops every year, which all graduate students are encouraged to attend, and supports candidates who are on the job market. Our recent Ph.D.s, going back to 2014, are listed below with their current position, initial job placement after Temple, and dissertation title and advisor. Names include links to academic websites whenever available. To make updates, please email our current Placement Director, Prof. Eugene Chislenko, at


Jackson Hoerth
Kant and the Dual Role of the Imagination: Content, Form, and Judgments of Beauty 
Advisor: Lara Ostaric


Moonyoung Hwang
Emotion is a Network with Multiple Components
Advisor: Gerald Vision

Ziqian Zhang
Sun Yat-sen University, Post-doctoral Fellow, 2022-2025
Malebranche’s Theodicy for Natural Evils
Advisor: Colin Chamberlain


Dan DalMonte
Rowan University, Adjunct Professor (initial placement)
Transcendental Idealism as a Framework for Agent-Causal Libertarianism
Advisor: Lara Ostaric

Jake Jackson
University of Pennsylvania, Lecturer (initial placement)
Epistemically Adrift: Mood Disorders and Navigating Responsibility
Advisor: Miriam Solomon


Katie Brennan
Salve Regina University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Initial placement: Morgan State University, Lecturer, 2019-2020
Nietzsche on Suffering, Affirmation, and Modern Tragedy
Advisor: Kristin Gjesdal

Brian Land
High School Math Teacher
Function and Goodness in the Work of Philippa Foot
Advisor: David Wolfsdorf

Julie Ragatz
Carson Group, Vice President
The Eclipse of Institutionalism? An Investigation into the Formation of Consensus Around Neoclassical Economies in the 1950s
Advisor: Miriam Solomon


José Luis Fernández
Fairfield University, Visiting Assistant Professor
Initial placement: Fairfield University and Metropolitan College, Adjunct Instructor
Kant’s Propletic Philosophy of History: The World Well-Hoped
Advisor: Espen Hammer

Carmen Fosner
Oakland University, Lecturer
Initial placement: Rowan University, Adjunct Instructor
Infinitism, Skepticism, and the Regress Problem
Advisor: Gerald Vision

Thomas Whaling
Non-academic career
Being Thought and Thinking Being in Hegel’s Science of Logic
Advisor: Espen Hammer


Justin Fugo
University of Dayton, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Initial placement: Bryn Mawr College, Visiting Assistant Professor
Being ‘The Veil of Race-Neutrality’: Sharing Responsibility for Racial Justice and Cultivating Democratic Equality of Difference
Advisor: Espen Hammer


Brad Elicker
Rowan University, Instructor
Initial placement: Saint Joseph’s University, Visiting Assistant Professor
The Mediated Nature of Literature: Exploring the Artistic Signifiance of the Visible Text
Advisor: Joseph Margolis

Rachel Falkenstern
St. Francis College, New York, Associate Professor (with tenure)
Initial placement: St. Francis College, New York, Assistant Professor
Hegel’s Theory of Tragic Heroes: The Historical Progress of Subjectivity
Advisor: Kristin Gjesdal

Jeremy Millington
University of Portland, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Initial placement: University of the Arts, Adjunct Instructor
An Ethics of Engaging with Art: From Criticism to Conversation
Advisor: Joseph Margolis

Ben White
Oakland University, Instructor
Initial placement: University College, Dublin, Assistant Professor
Mind-Body Dualism and Mental Causation
Advisor: Gerald Vision


Oscar Barragán
Penn State: Berks, Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy
Initial placement: University of Southern California, Lecturer
The Puzzling Nature of Material Objects: A Study of Co-Location
Advisor: Gerald Vision

Erum Naqvi
Freelance social and cultural researcher
Initial placement: The Pratt Institute NY, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Comparative Ontology and Iranian Classical Music
Advisor: Philip Alperson


Andrea Baldini
Alliance University, Professor of Philosophy
Initial placement: Nanjing University, International Postdoctoral Exchange Fellow
Public Art: A Critical Approach
Advisor: Joseph Margolis

Patrick Denehy
West Chester University, Instructor
Initial placement: Drexel University, Adjunct Instructor
The Space of Motivations
Advisor: Espen Hammer

Jina Fast
Hampshire College, Assistant Professor of Ethics and the Common Good
Initial Placement: West Chester University, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies 
Engendering Subjectivity: A Study in the Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir
Advisor: Lewis Gordon

Qrescent Mason
Haverford College, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Initial Placement: Berea College, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies 
An Ethical Disposition Toward the Erotic: The Early Autobiographical Writings of Simone de Beauvoir and Black Feminist Philosophy
Advisor: Lewis Gordon