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Abdullah Al-Othman received his B.A. in Philosophy from Kuwait University and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Miami. His main interests are in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.

cantalamessa Elizabeth Cantalamessa received her B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Wyoming. Her primary interests are in social ontology, aesthetics, and philosophy of language. She is also interested in the philosophy of law, disability studies, and 19th-20th century existentialism. Her current research focuses on topics related to conceptual ethics and conceptual engineering. 

cisneros Nicholas A. Cisneros earned his Bachelor’s degree in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of West Florida (2014), and later earned his Master’s degree in Philosophy from Florida State University (2019). His main interests lie in ontology (especially concerning ordinary objects), mental causation, and metaphysics more generally. He has a special interest in “gappy” or “intermittent” existence, if it occurs, and when it occurs if it does (spoiler: it doesn’t).



Kari Hanson-Park earned a B.A. in Philosophy, with dual minors in English and Communications Media and Rhetoric, from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She then earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Western Michigan University. She has research interests in aesthetics, philosophy of disability, and philosophy of perception. She is currently working toward developing a comprehensive theoretical account of how good literary interpretations are constructed as her dissertation project.


Jared Hanson-Park received his M.A. in Philosophy from Western Michigan University and his B.A. in Humanities from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His philosophical interests lie in the philosophy of science, epistemology, and early analytic philosophy, including the intersection of these three areas. He is particularly interested in structural realism, the nature of evidence, and Bertrand Russell.


Yeun Kim

Yeun Kim received an MA in Philosophy from Yonsei University. His interests are in philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. 



Casey Landers received a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University. She is primarily interested in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, especially work on perception, representation, and experience.

Website:  Casey's Website

liu Shih-Hao Liu received his BS in Biochemistry with a Philosophy minor from National Taiwan University. And he attended the MA program of Philosophy in National Yang-Ming University. His primary interest lies in Metaphysics, Metaphilosophy and Philosophy of Science.
  Kenji Lota holds degrees in nursing, anthropology, and philosophy. He recently received his MA in philosophy from Concordia University in Montreal. His main interests lie in epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of action. He is particularly interested in inquiry. 
  Curtis Miller received his M.A. from Queen’s University and his B.A. from Wilfred Laurier. His primary interests are in philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy, formal logic and metaphysics (primarily modal metaphysics). He intends to breach into metaethics eventually.


  Shea Musgrave was born and raised in San Diego. He received his BA from Washington and Lee University in 2011, where he dual-majored in philosophy and religion. At W&L his primary philosophical background was in the history of philosophy. After completing his undergraduate degree he attended the MA program at Arizona State University where his interests shifted to metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

Nicolas Nicola received his HBA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Toronto and his MA in Philosophy from Queen’s University. He is the recipient of the Joseph—Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, the CGS Doctoral Scholarship, and the CGS Master’s Scholarship. His primary philosophical interests are at the intersections of epistemology and social/political philosophy, while having secondary interests in philosophy of education and environmental ethics. Outside of Nicolas’ research commitments, he is fervently involved in community engagement and service. In addition to servicing extensively in student-led initiatives and organizations, department committees, and university level initiatives, he also volunteers for interdisciplinary educational organizations bringing together K-12 teachers, policy analysts, university administrators, philosophers, educators, and philosophers of education. 

His dissertation research is on the nature and epistemology of testimony. The purpose of this research project is to account for the various social dimensions of our testimonial practices by understanding it as a joint epistemic activity. To this end, Nicolas examines how our practices shape the production and acquisition of knowledge by elucidating the epistemic and social norms governing the activity, identifying barriers that downplay or exclude the roles of marginalized groups from participating (with a primary focus on political and educational discourses), and to present solutions to dismantle these barriers by improving the recognition and representation of these groups as participants in the activity. His research is committed to reflect the ordinary experiences of individuals involved in the dissemination of information via the word of others and is optimistic that his work progresses towards just and fairer practices. ‌‌

Jon Odito is a 3rd-year Phd student. He is interested in Ethics, Ontology and the Philosophy of Mind. In particular, he is interested in the ethical dimensions of maturity: he is interested in studying maturity, not just as a developmental phenomenon, as they do in humanistic psychology, but also as a moral phenomenon, in particular, as a distinct virtue, just like the cardinal, canonical virtues of Justice and Temperance and Courage.


Arturo Leyva Arturo Leyva Pizano obtained his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Miami. He is an Assistant Professor at FIU. His interests are the philosophy of mind (in particular theories of embodied, extended and enacted cognition) and in the philosophy of movement and sport.

Hwan Ryu received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Seoul National University. His interests are in metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mathematics.


Sabharwal de Bessenyey

Izabella Sabharwal de Bessenyey received her B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard College. Her main interests lie in the realm of Tech Ethics and Ethical AI.


Jisoo Seo (pronounced G-sue Suh) received her MA at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea in 2016. Her MA thesis was on states of affairs as truthmakers for predicative truths. Her interests range from general philosophy of science and scientific ontology to meta-ontology and metaphysics in general.



Kate Villa graduated from St. Olaf College in 2016 with a B.A. in philosophy and earned an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2018. Her main philosophical interests are in value theory and normative ethics. Her doctoral research focuses on how we judge past cultures and peoples. She also does research in Cuban Studies and is a Miami Institute of the Americas and Latin American Studies Program Distinguished Graduate Research Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year. In the past, she was a UGrow Fellow in the University of Miami Libraries' Archives and Manuscript Management. She works in the Cuban Heritage Collection and as a Peer Research Consultant in the Richter Library's Learning Commons.

vivanco Melisa Vivanco (Ph.D., UNAM) is a Lecturer at UNAM and an Instructor at the University of Miami. She received a B. S. in mathematics, focusing on algebra and topology. Her main research areas are the philosophy of mathematics, language, logic, philosophy of sciences, and metaphysics, which branch out to the philosophy of technology, epistemology, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of logic. She has published books on mathematics education and papers on the metaphysics and epistemology of numbers, platonism about logic, referential uses of numerals, and terms used to shut down discourse in the current social-political environment.
  Matthew Watts received a bachelors of science in philosophy from Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. His interests are wide ranging, but he has primarily worked within perception, philosophy of mind and cognitive science. 
  Ziren (Fred) Yang received his M.Res. in Philosophy from University of Leeds, and his B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from Queen’s University. His M.Res. thesis addresses issues regarding mathematical representation and explanation. He has general interests in epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, social studies of science, and social ontology. He is thinking about interventions in non-causal contexts.