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Graduate Placement

Graduate Placement

The Department of Philosophy has an excellent record of placing its students in major colleges and universities. According to the 2017 Academic Placement and Data Analysis report (, we rank 18th out of 135 Ph.D. programs surveyed in our overall placement rate into tenure track or other permanent positions, and 24th in our placement rate into departments that grant the Ph.D. As of 2019, our placement rate into tenure track or permanent positions is 49%; our placement rate into departments that grant the Ph.D. is 17% (

The entire faculty is committed to the successful placement of every student in the program. This is facilitated by the Graduate Placement Officer, who organizes placement workshops, arranges for mock interviews and works closely with students to put together a compelling CV and dossier.

It is important that students recognize that successful placement is a matter of professional development throughout the course of graduate education, and not just at its end.  The department’s interest in its alumni does not cease when they have found their first position; it endeavors to stay in touch with them and is prepared to offer further assistance in the advancement of their careers.

Notable past graduates of the Penn State Philosophy Ph.D. Program:

Robert Pippin at the University of Chicago
Iris Marion Young at the University of Chicago (deceased)
Cindy Willet at Emory University
Todd May at Clemson University.
Shannon Winnubst at Ohio State University
David Roochnik, Chair of Philosophy at Boston University
Drew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
Jacob Howland, McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at The University of Tulsa
Charles Griswold, Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
William Desmond, Professor of Philosophy, Katholieck Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy

For more detailed placement record, please contact Uygar Abaci, Placement Officer, 2020-2021.

Recent Placements

The following is a summary of the placement record for the Penn State Philosophy Doctoral Program, from 2024 to 2005 (reverse chronological order).


Initial Placement

Graduation Date

Current Position

Wayne WapeemukwaUniversity of British Columbia (Post-Doctoral Fellow)SU24 
Corinne LajoieWestern Ontario University 2024 (Post-Doctoral Fellow)SU24 
Zinhle ka’NobuhlaluseSouthwestern University (Assistant Professor)SU24 
Ashley LamarreVillanova University (Assistant Professor)SU24 
Iziah TopeteBoston College (Assistant Professor)SU24 
Sarah CareyMercyhurst University (Instructor)SU24 
Cynthia Marrero-RamosCarleton College (Post-Doctoral Fellow)FA23Carleton College (Assistant Professor)
Erica GrimmSaint Mary’s University (Assistant Professor)FA23 
Kevin Cedeño PacheroSaint Mary’s University (Visiting Assistant Professor)FA23 
Benjamin RandolphArcadia University (Adjunct Professor)FA23Arcadia University (Adjunct Professor)
Jerome ClarkeAmerican University (Assistant Professor)FA23 
Mérédith Laferté-CoutoConcordia University (Canada) (Postdoc)SU22University of Massachusetts-Boston
Mercer GaryHastings Center (postdoc)SU22Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Bailey ThomasUniversity of LouisvilleSU21Postdoc, Dartmouth 
Nicole YokumUniversity of Toronto (postdoc)SU21Postdoc, University of Toronto 
Theodore BergsmaPenn State University (instructor)SU20Instructor, Penn State UP 
Tano PosteraroSocial Science and Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow at Concordia University (Montreal)SU19Postdoc, Concordia University (Canada)
Romy OppermanNew School for Social Research (postdoc)SU20Assistant Professor, The New School 
Emma VelezAssistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignSU20Assistant Professor, Illinois-Urbana-Champagne 
Kaitlyn NewmanGeorgia College and State University (lecturer)SU20Lecturer, Georgia College and State University 
Joseph BarkerUniversity of Liverpool (Clinical Research Governance Officer)FA18 
Nathalie NyaJohn Carrol University (postdoc) Penn State University (Lecturer)
Tiffany TsantsoulasAssistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, BakersfieldSU20Assistant Professor, Cal State Bakersfield 
Ursula RoessigerSiena College (Teaching Assistant Professor)FA17 
Kristopher Klotz Lynn University (tenure track) SU19Assistant Professor, Lynn University, Bosa Raton, FL 
Edward O’ByrnCarlton College (postdoc)SU19Illinois-Urbana-Champagne (tenure track)
Eyo EwaraUniversity of Texas, San Antonio (tenure track)SU19Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
Daniel SmithUniversity of Memphis (Visiting Assistant Professor)SU18Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
Elif Yavnik SU18Assistant Professor, Sabanci University Turkey 
Shaeeda MensahTemple University (postdoc)FA18Assistant Professor, McDaniel College
Lauren NuckolsCentral Washington University (Lecturer)FA17 
Peter GiannopoulosUniversity of Central Florida (tenure track)SU17 
William ParisNorthwestern University (postdoc)SU18Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Kimberly HarrisMarquette University (tenure-track)SU18Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Desiree ValentineMarquette University (tenure-track)SU18Assistant Professor, Marquette University 
Aminah HasanFurman University (tenure-track)SU16Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Emory University
Axelle KareraWesleyan University (Visiting Assistant Professor)FA15Emory University (tenure-track)
Lindsey StewartWellesley College (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow)SU21

University of Memphis (tenure-track)

Sara BrillFairfield University  
Ryan PollockGrand Valley State (3 year Visiting Assistant Professor)  
André Rosenbaum de AvillezDel Mar College (Assistant Professor) (tenure-track)  
Ronke OkeWest Chester University (tenure-track)  
Shaheen MoosaNorth Central College (tenure-track)  
Deniz DurmuzJohn Carroll University (tenure-track)  
Jameliah Shorter-BourhanouGeorgia College and State University (tenure-track) Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
David JohnsonBoston College (tenure-track)  
Camisha RussellColorado College (Postdoctoral Fellow) University of Oregon (tenure-track)
Stephanie JenkinsOregon State University (tenure-track)  
Toby SvobodaFairfield University (tenure-track)  
Jesse BaileySacred Heart University (tenure-track)  
Michael ShleeterPacific Lutheran University (tenure-track)  
Mariana AlessandriUniversity of Texas Pan American (tenure-track)  
Alex StehnUniversity of Texas Pan American (tenure-track)  
Michael BrownsteinNew Jersey Institute of Technology (tenure-track)  
Masato IshidaUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa (tenure-track) University of Hawaii at Manoa (Associate Professor)
Julia LevinSaint Francis (tenure-track)  
Kyle GradyRhodes College (tenure-track) Freedom Preparatory Academy
Omer AygunGalatasaray University – Istanbul, Turkey (tenure-track)  
Michael DeereSalem State University (tenure-track)  
Christopher LauerUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo (tenure-track)  
Bryan LueckSouthern Illinois University at Edwardsville (tenure-track) Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Associate Professor)
Brian ArmstrongGeorgia Regents University (tenure-track)  
Leigh JohnsonRhodes College (tenure-track)  
Melanie ShepherdMisericordia University (tenure-track)  
Amy WendlingCreighton University (tenure-track)  
Cory WimberlyUniversity of Texas Pan American (tenure-track)  
Kirsten JacobsonUniversity of Maine at Orono (tenure-track) University of Maine at Orono (Associate Professor)
Hua Henry WangGeorgia College and State University (tenure-track)  
Ryan DrakeFairfield University (tenure-track)  
William RobertsMcGill University (tenure-track, Political Science)  
David O’HaraAugustana College (tenure-track) Augustana College (Associate Professor)
Hasana SharpMcGill University (tenure-track) McGill University (Associate Professor)
Lara TroutUniversity of Portland (tenure-track)