Graduate Students

PhD Program

Simon Pollon has received a BA in English and a BA (hons) in Philosophy from The University of Regina, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. His MA Thesis was concerned with mental representation and misrepresentation. He is presently ABD, and is working on his dissertation, which is concerned with finding the fundamental elements of Agency. His areas of interest are the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of biology.

Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen Akins 

Email: scp4 at sfu.ca
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MA Program

Reza Abdolrahmani entered the MA program in fall 2017.

Supervisor: Dr. Tom Donaldson
Email: rabdolra at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4611

Cody Brooks entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Black
Email: clbrooks at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4609

Zili Dong entered the MA program in fall 2017.  He received his BA and MA in Philosophy at Zhejiang University in China.  His primary interests in philosophy are causation and other related topics in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.

Supervisor: Dr. Holly Andersen
Email: zilid at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4607

Cem Erkli entered the MA program in fall 2017, after completing his BA in Philosophy at Bilkent University, Turkey. He worked on probabilistic laws during his undergraduate, and is interested mainly in philosophy of science (and its sister fields: metaphysics and epistemology). He also dabbles in the occasional metaethics.

Supervisor:  Dr. Holly Andersen
Email: cerkli at sfu dot ca
Office: WMC 4621

Mojgan Jafari entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Shapiro
Email: mojganj at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4616

Ian Kahn entered the MA program in fall 2018. His primary current research interests are in philosophy of mind and ethics. When not doing philosophy he enjoys sewing apparel and working in his garden of native plants. 

Supervisor: Dr. Evan Tiffany
Email:  ikahn at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4607

Seyed Hesamodin Mohamedi entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor:  Dr. Nic Fillion
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Mateo Ochoa Coloma entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Chelsea Rosenthal
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Varsha Pai entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Endre Begby
Email: varshap at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4613

Sarah Paquette entered the MA program in fall 2018. She has a BSc from Portland State University (2018), double majoring in psychology and philosophy. Her primary research interests are early modern philosophy, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.

Supervisor:  Dr. Tom Donaldson
Email:  spaquett at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4613

Daniel Polillo entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Sam Black
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Bahar Raiszadeh entered the MA program in fall 2016.

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Kathleen Akins
Email:  braiszad at sfu.ca
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Farshad Sadoughian-Zadeh entered the MA program in fall 2015.  He has received a Doctorate degree in Dentistry and an MA in philosophy, both from The University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran. His main area of interest is the History of Philosophy, particularly, Islamic Medieval philosophy and early modern philosophy. He is also interested in the philosophy of mind and social and political philosophy.

Supervisor:  Dr. Nicolas Fillion
Email:  fsadough at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4609

Ali Taghavinasab entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Evan Tiffany
Email: staghavi at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4621

Kesavan Thangopal entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Jennifer Wang
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Dzintra Ullis entered the MA program in fall 2016.  She received her BS in Philosophy at Portland State University.  Her primary interest in Philosophy lies at the cross-sections of Mind and Science. She was first inspired to pursue Philosophy based on a project regarding Philosophy of Time.

Supervisor:  Dr. Kathleen Akins
Email:  dullis at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4616

Caroline von Klemperer entered the MA program in fall 2017.  She graduated from Carleton College (in the USA) with a BA in Environmental Science and a fondness of Philosophy. Broadly, she is drawn to the intersection of epistemology & ethics as well as medical ethics. She is interested in implicit biases as they pertain to our rationality, moral responsibility, and social & political freedom. She is also keen on moral & pragmatic encroachment and considerations around authority in medical decision making.

Supervisor: Dr. Endre Begby
Email:  cvonklem at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4617

Xinyu Xu entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Endre Begby
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Shimin Zhao entered the MA program in fall 2017 after completing a BA in philosophy at Zhejiang University. Her primary interest is metaphysics (especially free will), philosophy of mind and epistemology. In her spare time, she also read novels (especially Dostoevsky's) and some continental philosophers' works (like Kierkegaard) in order to get a deeper understanding of self and freedom.

Supervisor: Dr. Holly Andersen
Email:   shiminz at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4613

Weixin Cai entered the MA program in fall 2016.  Before that, he obtained an undergraduate degree at Renmin University of China. His primary interest is Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, and their intersections with Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Supervisor:  Dr. Holly Andersen
Email:  weixinc at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4609

Yan Chen entered the MA program in fall 2019.

Supervisor (interim): Dr. Jennifer Wang
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Jing Hwang Khoo entered the MA program in fall 2019.

Supervisor (interim): Dr. Evan Tiffany
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Aaron Mascarenhas entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Chelsea Rosenthal
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Milos Mihajlovic entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Kathleen Akins
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Alexander Mohney entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Dai Heide
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Quok-Hung Nguyen-Le entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Martin Hahn
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Adam O'Neill entered the MA program in fall 2016.  He is interested in sympathetic readings of texts which are difficult to believe, counterintuitive marriages of different systems of thought, systematic and nonsystematic systems of thought which are counterintuitive, and lacks of systems discussed in a way that is somewhat systematic.  

Supervisor:  Dr. Martin Hahn
Email:  aoneill at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4611

Lauren Perry entered the MA program in 2018, after receiving her BA (Honours) degree in philosophy from Saint Mary’s University. Her primary research interest is in early modern philosophy, and she is especially interested in women philosophers’ contributions to early modern metaphysics. Her other philosophical interests include feminist philosophy and aesthetics.

Supervisor: Dr. Chelsea Rosenthal
Email:  lcperry at sfu.ca
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Schuyler Pringle entered the MA program in fall 2018. He has a BA in philosophy from SFU (2017). His primary research interests are in metaphysics, political philosophy, and ethics.

Supervisor:  Dr. Dai Heide
Email:  pringle at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4615

David Rattray entered the MA program in fall 2018. He has a BA Honors degree in philosophy (minor in mathematics) from McGill University (2018). His primary research interests are at the intersections of philosophy of language, logic, and epistemology.

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Black
Email:  drattray at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4611

Lutfi Shoufi entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Chelsea Rosenthal
Email: mlbinmoh at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4617

Somayeh Tohidi entered the MA program in fall 2017 with a Masters degree in philosophy of science from London School of Economics (LSE). She is particularly interested in using formal (mathematical) methods to solve problems in philosophy. The following are her areas of interest: general philosophy of science, formal epistemology and philosophy of action.

Supervisor: Dr. Nic Fillion
Email: stohidi at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4617

Kelsey Vicars entered the MA program in fall 2017 after completing two Bachelor's Degrees at SFU, including a BA (Hons) in Philosophy. Her primary interests are philosophy of science (particularly scientific explanation, philosophy of physics, and neurophilosophy), ethics (particularly the ethical implications of implicit bias), and political philosophy. 

Supervisor: Dr. Endre Begby
Office: WMC 4616
Email: kvicars at sfu.ca

Paul Xu entered the MA program in fall 2018. He holds a BA in philosophy from Acadia University (2018). His primary research interests are in logic, metaphysics, and epistemology.

Supervisor (interim): Dr. Dai Heide
Email:  paulx@sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4607

Jenna Yuzwa entered the MA program in fall 2019. 

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Holly Andersen
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