News From Our Graduates
Justin Biddle completed his Ph. D. at the University of Notre Dame with the
defense of his dissertation on July 7, 2006. His degree is in the history
and philosophy of science. He recently presented "The Epistemic
Significance of the Institutional Context of Science: The Case of Vioxx"
at a conference in Madrid, Spain. In the summer of 2005, he was one of 3
North Americans selected to participate in the Collegium Helveticum of the Swiss
Institute of Technology. The topic of the workshop was "Shaping the
Future--Science as Intervention." Justin has been awarded a postdoctoral
fellowship in Biefeld, Germany. He is working with a group exploring
ethical issues in pharmaceutical research. He will examine the research,
development, and distribution of HIV/AIDS drugs, particularly in third world
countries. He will build on the work of his dissertation, continuing to
look at the institutional context of current pharmaceutical research, and at the
epistemic significance of these institutional arrangements.
Ben Carpenter (2000) worked as an abstinence educator in New Carlisle from
2001-2004. He is married and has a daughter, Katie. He has completed
his first semester at UD's School of Law.
Patrick Craig has been accepted at the New School for Social Research and
Duquesne University for each of their PhD programs in philosophy.
Chris Dodsworth completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
Kevin Fitzgerald reports that he plans to attend law school beginning in the
Fall 2007. He has been accepted by both Duke and Harvard and is
researching possibilities of a PhD in Philosophy at those schools.
Shannon Driscoll (2002) presented her honors
thesis, written under Dr. Danielle Poe's direction, at a conference in
Liverpool, UK on Women and the Divine. She is in her second year of study at the University of New Mexico Law School. She
hopes to implement an alternative sentencing program in Albuquerque and is
considering a career in the foreign service.
Elizabeth Goins (Brockermann) (2005) married in the summer of 2005 and is currently
studying law at Loyola University.
Robert Gressis (1998) received a Fulbright Fellowship when he graduated
from UD. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and then
a post-doc at Notre Dame. His
dissertation, under the direction of Steven Darwall, is on Kant's theory of
radical evil. He has taken a tenure-track position at California State,
Northridge and plans to marry in the summer of 2008.
Dan Hutmacher reports that he has almost completed his studies at Leuven.
His interests have become psychoanalysis, existentialism, and contemporary
philosophy. He is working on a thesis on Sartre's critique of Freud.
He plans to stay in Leuven and do a second MA in Family and Sexuality studies.
He also reports he is starting a publishing company!
Paul Jusseaume is a production builder with MDC Homes in Charlotte, NC.
He is in charge of building neighborhoods with 10 to 30 homes. He has also
purchased a subdivision to build homes on his own.
David Koller (99) graduated from New York University School of Law in
2003 and now serves as a Special Assistant to the President of the International
Criminal Court, located in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2004, he received
the Human Rights award from the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for
an article on the immunity of foreign ministers from criminal prosecution under
Christopher Krafcik is studying for an MA at Leuven. He is focusing on
Malebranche, Merleau-Ponty, and the union between soul and body. He plans
to go on for a Ph. D.
John Lynch has completed a Ph. D. in Rhetoric at the University of
Georgia. He will be on a one-year contract in 2005-2006 in the
Communication Department at Vanderbilt University.
Dominic Marcellino (2002) visited UD in February 2005 to conduct a
session in an interdisciplinary mini-course on global warming. He also
conducted a session of Dr. Daniel Fouke's course on environmental ethics.
Dominic did post-graduate studies in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship from 2002
- 2004. He worked for Environmental Defense as an environmental research
specialist. His work there involved a successful effort to convince Russia to
sign the Kyoto Protocol. Dominic's interest in environmental policy matters was
sparked by the Honors Thesis that he wrote under the direction of Dr. Daniel
Fouke of the Philosophy Department. His thesis conducted a philosophical
analysis of emissions trading, which is a provision of the Kyoto Protocol. He
completed further graduate work at the Johns
Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and has most recently (2008)
been awarded a Bosch Fellowship for work in Germany. As Dr. Fouke notes,
"This will provide him with the tools he needs to facilitate cooperation and
common understanding between Germany and the United states and place them in a
position to lead the way to an effective treaty in the next phase of
international negotiations on climate change."
Kristen Oganowski is doing doctoral work at Syracuse University.
Carrie Pappas reports that she is now a member of the New York City Teaching
Fellows. Through the Program, she will teach middle/high school math in
the NYC public schools while she earns a Masters in Education. She hopes
to one day go on for a Ph.D. in philosophy or cognitive science.
Jonathan Rhodes is executive director of Three Walls, a gallery and community
organization in Chicago. He is applying to law school.
Beth Rohlman completed her Ph. D., working on Indian religions, at the
University of Virginia. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the
Department of Religion at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
Hall Smeltzer is working with Goodwill Industries. He is considering further
Sophie Vick (2005) is working in an after-school program in Boston. She
is also working at a Finnish bakery. She has been accepted for the Ph.D program
in philosophy at Michigan State.
Cyndi White graduated from the University of Dayton, School of Law, on May 14,
2005. She will take the bar and then look for a job, preferably doing
something with family law.