Placement Record

Composite placement statistics for students who entered the PhD program beginning with Fall 2003

Note: this table only counts those who entered the academic job market. See the discussion of this below.

Over the past ten years, 63% (20 out of 32) of our graduates have landed in a tenure-track academic teaching position or postdoctoral fellowship. It sometimes takes a few years for a graduate to secure desirable employment that is not temporary. Looking at the back end of the past ten years, 53% (8 out of 15, incl. one person who left a tenure-track position for a more desirable public interest leadership role) of our graduates ended up with tenure-track teaching positions, and 50% of those in years 7 through 10 (i.e., out long enough to have applied for tenure) are now tenured.

Counting from Fall 2003, 39 students have completed the PhD program. 

Result Count Percentage
Tenured Associate or Full Professors 4 10%
Tenure-Track Assistant Professors 13 33%
Postdoctoral Fellowships 3 8% 
Non-Tenure Track Teaching Positions 9 23%
“Alt-Ac”: Non-Academic Employment for Which Their Phd Is Relevant 9 23%
Unplaced 1 3%



Detailed Record

Beginning with the 2014–15 job hunting season, we will list all job events from the year, incl. PhD's from earlier years who changed jobs or found first-time employment during this year.

* = did not enter the academic job market in philosophy


Megan Dean
PhD, 2019
Chauncey Truax Postdoctoral Fellow
Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy 
​Hamilton College

Jake Earl
PhD, 2017
Clinical Ethicist 
Inova Health System

Kyle Fruh
PhD, 2013
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Duke Kunshan University
Kunshan, China

Anne Jeffrey
PhD, 2015
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Baylor University

Trip Glazer
PhD, 2016
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of Dayton

Matthew Shields
PhD. 2019
U.  of Colorado, Boulder

Dan Threet
PhD, 2019
Research Analyst
National Low Income Housing Coalition, funded by a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship


Paul Cudney
PhD, 2018
Assistant Teaching Professor
Georgetown University

Benjamin Elzinga
PhD, 2018
Assistant Teaching Professor
Georgetown University

Francisco Gallegos
PhD, 2017
Assistant Professor (tenture-track)
Wake Forest University

Cassie Herbert
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Illinois State University, Normal

Colin Hickey
PhD, 2017
University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Nabina Liebow
PhD, 2017
Program Director of the College of the Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program (CAS LEAD) and
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religion
American University

Joseph Rees
PhD, 2017
Core Instructor
Stanford University Online High School


Jake Earl
PhD, 2017
Bioethics Post-Doc
National Institutes of Health

Trip Glazer
PhD, 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas

Laura Guidry-Grimes
PhD, 2017
Assistant Professor
Division of Medical Humanities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Clinical Ethicist at Arkansas Children's Hospital

Cassie Herbert
PhD, 2017
Vistiting Assistant Professor
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Anthony Manela
PhD, 2015
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Siena College in Loudonville, New York


Chong Un Choe-Smith
PhD, 2016
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
California State U, Sacramento

Anne Jeffrey
PhD, 2015
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of South Alabama

Oren Magid
PhD, 2015
Adjunct Lecturer
Georgetown University

Torsten Menge
PhD, 2015
Post-doctoral Lab Director
Connected Academics / Reinvent the PhD/H
and Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy
Georgetown University


Emily Evans*
PhD, 2014
Program Officer in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research (CER) Methods and Infrastructure Program
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Christian Golden
PhD, 2012
Visiting Lecturer
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Laura Guidry-Grimes*
Clinicial Ethicist
Washington Hospital Center

Anne Jeffrey
PhD, 2015
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Hope, Optimism, and God project
University of Notre Dame

Patricia McShane
PhD, 2015
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of Portland

James Olsen
PhD, 2013
Program Manager for Faculty Initiatives
Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University

Nate Olson
PhD, 2012
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure track)
California State University, Bakersfield

Travis Rieder
PhD, 2014
Assistant Director of Education Initiatives & Research Scholar
Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University

Gordon Shannon
Pre/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
"Reinventing How Business Schools Teach Morality of Capitalism, Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship,"

Detailed Record, ordered by the year the PhD was granted:


Ann Lloyd Breeden*
Secretary to the Board of Trustees, University of Richmond

Kyle Fruh
Visting Assistant Professor (3-year term), Beloit College

Richard Fry
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Travis Rieder*
Postdoctoral Fellow, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University

Diana Puglisi*
Ontologist, Cycorp, Austin TX.


Marcus Hedahl
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), United States Naval Academy
Previously: Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics

Kelly Heuer
Head of Communications & Project Development, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown
previously, Postdoctoral Fellow, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown

James Olsen
Postdoctoral Fellow in Pedagogy and Teaching Design, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown

Yashar Saghai
director of the Global Food Project and Post-Doctoral Fellow, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Ethics


Christian Golden

Luke Maring
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Northern Arizona University

Lee Okster*
Professorial Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, the George Washington University

Nate Olson
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Thinking Matters Interdisciplinary Program, Stanford University

Col. Tony Pfaff*
member of the Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State

Karim Sadek
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut


Jeff Engelhardt
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Dickinson Coll.
previously, Visiting Assistant Professor (renewable), Siena Heights Univ.

Daniel Quattrone
Ontologist, Cycorp, Inc.

Amy Sepinwall
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


David Bachyrycz
Teaching Fellow, St. Norbert Coll.
Previously: Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow,  Fordham University

Justyna Japola
Instructor, Strayer University


Lauren Fleming (1980-2011)
former Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech.
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound

William Lauinger
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Chestnut Hill College
Previously: Fordham University (one-year position)

Robert Leider*
Entered Yale Law School to pursue a career with a JD-PhD
Offer pending.

Tea Logar*
Research Assistant, Global Health Ethics Curriculum Development, Univ. of California, San Francisco


Kari L. Esbensen, MD*
Practicing Internist, northern Virginia

Ashley K. Fernandes, MD*
Associate Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Associate Professor of Community Health and Pediatrics, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University

Michael Ferry
Associate Professor (with tenure) as of Fall 2014, Spring Hill College

Matthew McAdam*
Humanities Editor, John Hopkins University Press.
Previously: Rowman & Littlefield Press.

Chauncey Maher
Associate Professor (with tenure), Dickinson College


Matthew Rellihan
Associate Professor (with tenure), Seattle University

Jeremy Snyder
Associate Professor (with tenure), Simon Fraser University

Sr. Patricia Flynn
Associate Professor (with tenure), St. Joseph's College of Maine


Elisa Hurley
Education Director, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, PRIM&R
previously, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Western Ontario

Coleen Macnamara
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of California, Riverside

Katherine Taylor*
Adjunct Lecturer in Health Care Ethics, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University


Jennifer Walter, MD, MS*
Dept. of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Attending Pediatric Physician in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Daniel Levine*
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Policy
Levine earned an MA in the Master's of Public Policy program at the University of Maryland.

Misha Strauss Moore*
Director, Ambulatory Network Operations at St Mary Mercy Hospital, Detroit; Administrator, Moore Pediatrics & Associates


Matthew Burstein
Senior Writer/Editor at JBS International, Inc.
previously, Visiting Assistant Professor, Washingont & Lee University Academic Program Officer for Instruction & New Media, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown (2010–2012); 
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (2006–10; left for personal reasons); Lecturer (renewable), Southern Methodist University

Todd Janke
Associate Professor (with tenure), Clayton College & State University

Justin Weinberg 
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of South Carolina


Nathaniel Goldberg
Associate Professor (with tenure), Washington and Lee University

Thane Naberhaus
Associate Professor (with tenure), Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland

Sven Peterson*
earned a JD at Columbia Law School
Attorney in private practice


Harrison Keller*
Vice Provost for Higher Education Policy and Research and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Visiting Professor, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy, the University of Texas at Austin
Previously: director of research for the Texas House of Representatives and senior education policy analyst for the speaker of the Texas House

Eran Klein, MD*
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health and Sciences University and a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center 

Thaddeus Pope, JD
Director, Health Law Institute and Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University
Previously: University of Memphis Law School (tenure-track)


Lauren Deichman*

Stephen Hanson, MD
Associate Professor (with tenure) of Philosophy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine, the University of Louisville.

Jeffrey Jennings, MD*
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Heath White
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Cynthia Chance
Directory of Faculty Affairs and Assistant Provost, Georgetown

Frank Chessa
Director of Clinical Ethics, Maine Medical Center
Previously: University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Jeremy Koons
Associate Professor (with tenure) and Member of the Core Faculty, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Previously: The American University of Beirut (renewable)

Susan Stark
Associate Professor (with tenure), Bates College
Previously: UC Davis (one-year renewable)

Michael P. Wolf
Associate Professor (with tenure), Washington and Jefferson College


Andrew J. Cohen
Associate Professor, Georgia State University

Elizabeth Emmett-Maddox*
Dream Garden Coaching

Robin Fiore
Director, Special Ethics Initiatives and Co-Director, Research Ethics Consultation Service, the Ethics Programs of the University of Miami
Previously: Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics and Associate Professor (with tenure) of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University

John Gunkel*
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services, Rutgers University, Newark

Sharon Livingston
Faculty, Huntsville Bible College

Whitley Kaufman
Professor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Judith Kissell
Director of the Creighton University Health Administration and Policy Program and Resident Associate Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University

Wilhelmine Miller*
Senior Fellow in the Health Care Research department, NORC at the University of Chicago, and Associate Research Professor, Department of Health Policy, the George Washington University

Julia Pedroni*
Lecturer, Williams College
Previously: Lecturer, Miami University