Philosophy Graduate Students
BROOKS, Patrick PHIL 263 (2-3277)
I'm from NE Ohio, right in the heart of the rust belt. I completed my undergraduate degree in philosophy at Arizona State University in 2017. My primary areas of interest are the philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. I don't have a favorite philosopher, but I do have a preference for analytic philosophy from the 20th century to present. Apart from philosophy, I'm a singer-songwriter and guitarist.
EVANS, Emily PHIL 263 (2-3277)
Prior to attending Texas Tech, I completed my BA at Cal State Bakersfield. I had lived in Bakersfield my entire life. I have no firm commitments regarding which areas in philosophy I plan to be most dedicated to, but my interests include metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, and Modern philosophy. When I need a break from philosophy, I like to go outdoors, see new places, and play with my dogs.
FOSTERVOLD, Kjell PHIL 262 (2-3276)
I grew up in Minnesota, and received my B.A. in philosophy from St. Cloud State University. My philosophical interests include ethics, metaethics, Wittgenstein (especially his later period), metaphysics, and the history of philosophy. Walter Kaufmann is my favorite philosopher. I'm also very interested in intellectual history and literature and social science, especially where these converge with my philosophical interests.
HAMILTON, Lawson PHIL 263 (2-3277)
Lawson is a first year graduate student from Crockett, Texas. He received a B.S. in political science from Texas A&M University. His main interests are in political philosophy, especially how ancient philosophy can provide a framework to understand contemporary political issues. He is also generally interested in intellectual history and ethics. Outside of class he enjoys reading great literature and singing with the Lubbock Chorale.
HUDSON, Katie PHIL 262 (2-3276)
MORTON, Logan PHIL 263 (2-3277)
Logan received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. His primary research interests include ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
NURHAN, Handrio PHIL 263 (2-3277)
I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. My B.A. was in Liberal Arts with an undergraduate thesis in philosophy of mind and metaphysics from Soka University of America in California. Prior to my bachelor's degree, I had also studied at Soka University in Japan as well as at L'Institut Catholique de Paris in France. My current philosophical interests are the hard problem of consciousness, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of science, comparative philosophy, and aesthetics. In addition, as an avid lover of opera and a light lyric tenor myself, I attempt to combine opera singing (as an aesthetic activity) with philosophical analysis in what I call a philosophy of voice: an ongoing philosophical investigation into the nature, ontology, and meaning of the cultivated human voice, as well as a phenomenological account of its production. For more information: handrionurhan.com
PAYNE, Daniel PHIL 262 (2-3277)
Daniel Payne is a first-year philosophy graduate student interested in the hard problem of consciousness, Kierkegaardian and Nietzschean existentialism, and ancient philosophy. He also travels often and has a background in music and literature. At Texas Tech, Daniel looks forward to making a positive contribution to an outstanding department.
RABINIA, Amin PHIL 262 (2-3276)
I received an M.A. in philosophy of science from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran. My main interests include history and philosophy of science, epistemology, and meta-philosophy. I also enjoy reading Schopenhauer, playing Chopin, and biking in Lubbock!
SIMONCIC, Mark PHIL 262 (2-3276)
SOLES, Donald PHIL 263 (2-3277)
Before coming to Texas Tech, Donald resided in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He holds both a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Regent University, and a Juris Doctor from Regent School of Law. Philosophically, Donald is interested in the intersection of epistemology and propositions of law. Outside of philosophy, Donald enjoys studying the Mosaic polity. Donald was homeschooled, and enjoys playing guitar outside of academia. His favorite bands include Rush, Death, Rosetta, and Animals as Leaders.
STEINBERG, Joshua PHIL 262 (2-3276)
Joshua received his B.A. in Philosophy from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He taught English in Berlin, Germany with the Fulbright Program for a year before begining as philosophy graduate student. His areas of interest include philosophy of language, philosophy of science, ethics, and political philosophy. In his free time he enjoys tabletop gaming, reading science fiction, and meeting new dogs.
THOMAS, David PHIL 262 (2-3276)
VIRAY, Colin PHIL 262 (2-3276)
I went to school at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts where I earned a B.A. in Philosophy. Philosophically I am interested in ethics and epistemology. Outside of philosophy I am interested in business, economics, and politics.
WESTFALL, Douglas PHIL 254 (2-3275)
YU, Bo PHIL 262 (2-3276)
I grew up in China and received my Bachelor degree from Wuhan University in Economics and Philosophy. Then, I got my Master degree from University of Wisconsin in Economics. My interests are on ethics and political philosophy. In my spare time, I like skiing, backpacking, and photography.