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
Office: WMC 4616

 

MA Program

Reza Abdolrahmani entered the MA program in fall 2017.

Supervisor: Dr. Nicolas Fillion

Email: rabdolra at sfu.ca

Zoe Ashton entered the MA program in fall 2016 after completing a BA in humanities and a BS in mathematics at Florida Tech. Her primary interests are in philosophy of mathematics, experimental philosophy, and logic.

Supervisor:  Dr. Nicolas Fillion
Email:  zashton at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4611

Haley Brennan entered the MA program in fall 2016 after completing her HBA in Humanities and Philosophy at Carleton University. Her philosophical interests lie primarily in the history of philosophy. She is interested in early modern and German Idealist metaphysics and epistemology, with a particular focus on female thinkers of those time periods.

Supervisor:  Dr. Dai Heide
Email:  hbrennan at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4609

Cody Britson entered the MA program in fall 2016 after completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho.  His primary interest is Philosophy of Action and its applications in other fields of philosophy.

Supervisor (interim): Dr. Sam Black
Email:  cbritson at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4615

Cody Brooks entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Black
Email: clbrooks at sfu.ca

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

Damien Chen entered the MA program in fall 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Law degree at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. He is currently interested in social and political philosophy and other fields with implications on it

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Endre Begby
Email:  jiataic at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4615

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. Philip P. Hanson
Email: zilid at sfu.ca
Office: 

Dogan Erisen entered the MA program in fall 2016 after receiving his BA in Philosophy from Bilkent University.  His senior thesis was a critique of Antti Revonsuo's proposal of taking the phenomenon of dreaming as a model system in studying consciousness.  His research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind and action, with a broad approach that tries to incorporate studies in cognitive and neural sciences.  In addition, he also follows issues in transhumanism, especially in mind alteration and cognitive liberty.

Supervisor:  Dr. Kathleen Akins
Email:  derisen at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4613

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. Nicolas Fillion
Email: cerkli at sfu dot ca
Office: WMC 4621

Dylan Flint entered the MA program in fall 2017. He received his BA in philosophy from the University of Washington in 2015. Since graduating he has spent time in Germany at the University of Tuebingen, and for this past year he has been teaching English in China's Jiangsu province. When he isn't reading and writing, Dylan enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, and generally being outdoors. After he completes this program at SFU, Dylan plans to pursue a PhD in philosophy, and dreams of one day being a philosophy professor. His philosophic interests lie mostly in the history of philosophy but recently meta-ethics and the history of political philosophy have caught his attention.

Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Shapiro
Email: dflint at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4621

Sally Huang entered the MA program in fall 2015 after completing her BS in electrical engineering and MA in philosophy at National Taiwan University. Her primary interest is in philosophy of mind.

Supervisor:  Dr. Kathleen Akins
Email:  shihhanh at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4607

Aaron Huebert entered the MA program in fall 2016 after completing a BA Honours in philosophy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. His primary interests are applied ethics, normative ethics and moral responsibility.

Supervisor (interim): Dr. Owen Ware
Email:  ahuebert at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4607

 

Mojgan Jafari entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Dai Heide
Email: mojganj at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4616

Matt Maxwell entered the MA program in the fall of 2015 after taking his sweet time with a BA in philosophy from Iowa State University.  His primary interests are in Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science, with an especial interest in Inference to the Best Explanation and Pragmatism.  When not diligently working, you can find him running or cycling on the Burnaby Mountain trails.

Supervisor:  Dr. Endre Begby
Email:  mjm23 at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4615

Anthony Nguyen entered the MA program in fall 2015 after completing his HBA in philosophy at UBC. His main philosophical interests lie in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and classical Indian philosophy.

Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen Akins
Email:  thn11 at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4613

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 (interim):  Dr. Rosemary Twomey
Email:  aoneill at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4611

Varsha Pai entered the MA program in fall 2017

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

Bahar Raiszadeh entered the MA program in fall 2016.

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Kathleen Akins

Email:  braiszad at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4607

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 (interim):  Dr. Lisa Shapiro
Email:  fsadough at sfu.ca
Office:  WMC 4609

Lutfi Shoufi entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Black
Email: mlbinmoh at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4617

Rebecca Stanczyk entered the MA program in fall 2016 after completing a BA in psychology at UBC. She is primarily interested in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and metametaphysics. In particular, she is interested in embodied cognition, the philosophy of consciousness, and the application of science to metaphysics.

Supervisor (interim):  Dr. Martin Hahn
Email:  rstanczy at sfu.ca
Office:  

Ali Taghavinasab entered the MA program in fall 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Rosemary Twomey
Email: staghavi at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4621

Navid Tarighati entered the MA program in fall 2014 after completing a BA in philosophy at the University of Tehran. His main goal through the MA program is to branch out and experience different fields of philosophy, but his main areas of interest are Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language. Philosophical works of Quine are of high significance to him as well.

Supervisor: Dr. Holly Andersen
Email:  ntarigha 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. Holly Andersen
Email: stohidi at sfu.ca
Office: WMC 4617

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

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 (interim): Dr. Jennifer Wang
Office: WMC 4616
Email: kvicars at sfu.ca

Caroline von Klemperer entered the MA program in fall 2017.  She graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Environmental Studies and a fondness of Philosophy. Broadly, she is drawn to epistemology, ethics, medical ethics, and social & political philosophy. She is particularly interested in implicit biases as they pertain to our rationality, moral responsibility, and political freedom.

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

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. Evan Tiffany
Email:   shiminz at sfu.ca
Office: