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Placement Record

Please note: a more up-to-date placement overview, as well as full details of our placement record before 2004, will be made available shortly. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

One-hundred-and-eighteen people received the PhD in Philosophy from UMass between 1988 and 2014. Of these, we have reasonably good information concerning 111. Of these 111, 95 were placed in academic positions (including three in administration) for a placement rate of 86%. 74 of the 111 hold tenured or tenure track positions (or their equivalent), for a rate of 67%. If we exclude the dozen or so who did not actively search for a philosophy position, our percentages are higher:  96% of those who searched were placed in academic positions; 75% in tenured or tenure track positions.



Current position

First position (if different)

2019 Robison, John Indiana University (L)  
2017 Tucker, Miles Virginia Commonwealth University (TT)  
2017 Gruber, Robert Springfield College (TT)  
2017 Cassell, Lisa University of Maryland, Baltimore County (TT) University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Post-Doc)
2016 Binkoski, Jim Dartmouth College (L)  
DiPaolo, Josh California State University, Fullerton (TT) Kansas State University (L)
Peterson, Bridget University of Northern Colorado (TT)  
Oliveira, Luis University of Houston (TT) University of Massachusetts, Lowell (L)
2015 Olsen, Kristian University of New Hampshire (Post-Doc)  
2014 Buetow, Heidi Manhattan College (TT) University of Massachusetts, Lowell (PL)
van der Gaast, Brandt University of Twente (TT) Auburn University (L)
Hill, Scott Auburn University (L)  
2013 Knight, Casey DNS Alaskan Deep Sea Fisherman
Friesen, Lowell Booth University College (L) University of Winnipeg (L)
2011 Cowling, Sam Denison University (T) Denison University (TT); Western Michigan University (L)
Cushing, Jeremy University of Delaware (Adj)  
Krakauer, Barak University of California, Santa Cruz (Admin) University of California, Santa Cruz (Adj)
2010 Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer Birkbeck College, London (T) University of Kent (T); University of Copenhagen (Post-Doc)
Bhattacharjee, Indrani Azim Premji University, Bangalore TT
Dunn, Jeffrey DePauw University (TT)  
Kim, Namjoong Gyeongsang University, South Korea (TT)  
Platt, Andrew Stony Brook University (TT) Central Michigan University (VAP)
2009 Bohn, Einar University of Agder (T) University of Oslo (Post-Doc)
Doviak, Dan Muhlenberg College (T) Muhlenberg College (TT)
Klocksiem, Justin University of New Mexico (TT) University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa (L)
Kosciuk, Christopher Suffolk County Community College (TT)  
Masto, Meghan Lafayette College (T) Lafayette College (TT)
Michaelian, Kirk Université Grenoble-Alpes (T) University of Otago, New Zealand (T); Institut Jean-Nicod (Post-Doc); Bilkent University (TT)
Sarch, Alexander University of Surrey (T) Law school; University of Southern California (Post-Doc)
Trogdon, Kelly Virginia Tech (TT) Lingnan University (TT)
2008 Leibowitz, Uri Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (T) University of Nottingham (TT); Cornell College (L); University of Colorado at Boulder (L)
Rubin, Michael University of Western Australia (TT) TT
Torre, Stephan University of Aberdeen (TT) Oriel College, Oxford (Post-Doc); University of Barcelona (Post-Doc)
2006 Hine, Kristen Towson University (T) Towson University (TT)
Lascano, Marcy University of Kansas (T) California State University at Long Beach (T); Colby College (L)
Raibley, Jason University of Kansas (T) California State University at Long Beach (T); Colby College (L)
2005 Bell, Tom Practicing Attorney Law school (DNS)
Heathwood, Chris University of Colorado (T) University of Colorado (TT)
Lukas, Mark Longwood University (TT)  
2004 McDaniel, Kris University of Notre Dame (T) Syracuse University (T); Syracuse University (TT)
Rosental, Creighton Mercer University (T) Mercer University (TT)
Senn, Scott Longwood University (TT)
2003 Griffith, Meghan Davidson College (T) n/a
Leighton, Kim American University (TT) Cornell University (L)
Susse, Jennifer NIA Michigan State University (TT)
Vessel, Jean-Paul New Mexico State University (T) University of Masssachusetts, Amherst (L); New Mexico State University (TT)
2002 Berkich, Don Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (T) Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TT)
2001 Moon, Kevin George School (private HS), Head of Math Department n/a
2000 Kaufman, Dan University of Colorado (T) University of Florida (TT)
Wielenberg, Erik DePauw University (T) n/a
1999 Bardon, Adrian Wake Forest University (T) n/a
Bradley, William (Ben) Syracuse University (T) Virginia Polytechnic Institute (L); Western Washington University (L)
Sayson, Ciriaco University of Philippines (T) n/a
Sushinsky, Mary Pro Education Group (Educational Consulting) n/a
Theriault, Henry Charles Worcester State University (T) n/a
1998 Beall, JC University of Connecticut (T) University of Tasmania (TT)
LaPorte, Joseph Hope College (T) n/a
Moore, Eric Longwood University (T) n/a
Schaefer, Neil University of California at Santa Cruz (L) University of California at Santa Cruz (L)
Yeh, Joseph Lake Forest College (T)
1997 Denby, David Tufts University (SL) Suffolk University (L)
Eberle, Christopher US Naval Academy (T) n/a
Fryc, Thomas Utica College (TT) n/a
Kervick, Daniel n/a n/a
Macdonald, Amie John Jay College (T) Hamilton College (TT)
Melkonian, Markar Cal State Northridge (L) n/a
Rini, Adriane Massey University (T) n/a
1996 Adkins, Karen Regis College (T) n/a
Barnbaum, Deborah Kent State University (T) n/a
Feit, Neil SUNY Fredonia (T) Western Washington University (L)
Goddu, Geoffrey University of Richmond (T) n/a
Litch, Mary Director of Academic Technology and Digital Media at Chapman University n/a
Mazumdar, Rinita Central New Mexico Community College (T) n/a
Nagel, Mechthild SUNY Cortland (T) n/a
Rayher, Edward Proprietor, Swamp Press n/a
Reid, Heather Morningside College (T) n/a
Tessman, Lisa SUNY Binghamton (T) Mount Holyoke College (L); University of New Hampshire, Durham (TT)
  Costello, Daniel Canadian Ambassador to the European Union n/a
1995 McLeod, Owen Lafayette College (T) Yale University (L)
1994 Davidson, Jack Texas Lutheran University (T) n/a
1993 Raúl Armando Cruz Cortés University of Puerto Rico (T) n/a
Hughes, Cheryl Wabash College (T) Wabash College (TT)
Sider, Ted Rutgers University (T) University of Rochester (TT)
Sullivan, Thomas Lassell College (T) Babson College (Director of Spiritual Life)
1992 Black, Andrew University of Missouri at St. Louis (T) Southern Illinois University (TT)
Curran, Angela n/a T
Silva de Choudens, José n/a n/a
1991 Cowles, David Practicing Attorney Arizona State University (TT)
Dodson, Kevin Lamar College (T) Lamar College (TT)
Johnson, David Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (T) n/a
Kaufman, Cynthia De Anza College (T) n/a
Leaman, George Director, Philosophy Documentation Center n/a
Pienknagura Erdstein, Alex Broward College (L)  
Shea, Nancy University of Wyoming, Gender and Women's Studies (L) n/a
Skelly, Brian University of Hartford Adj
1990 Christopher, Paul U.S. Military Academy at West Point T Ret
Dixon, Beth SUNY Plattsburgh T
Frazier, Robert Christ Church College of Oxford University T
Gabriel, Carol University of Southern Maine Adj
Sengupta, Gautam University of Hyderabad T
Markosian, Ned Western Washington University T
McNamara, Paul University of New Hampshire T
1989 Brown, Alison Northern Arizona University T
Faber, David Tabor College T
Haji, Ishtiyaque University of Calgary T
Lorraine, Tamsin Swarthmore College T
Webelhuth, Gert IEAS at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main T
1988 Blackson, Thomas Arizona State University T
Bodanszky, Eva Rutgers University Adj
Cormier, Lucille Fitchburg State College Adj