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2014 Ph.D.
Case, Stephen
  • Education: B.Sc., Physical Science, Olivet Nazarene University, 2005; M.A., Physics, University of Mississippi, 2007
  • Dissertation title: "John Herschel and Changing Perceptions of the Stars during the Victorian Period"
  • Advisor: Chris Hamlin
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geosciences and Director, Strickler Planetarium at Olivet Nazarene University
  • scase@olivet.edu
2014 Ph.D.
Fernández Pinto, Manuela
  • B.A., Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, 2006; M.A., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2011
  • Dissertation: "Learning from Ignorance: Agnotology's Contributions to Philosophy of Science"
  • Advisor: Janet Kourany
  • Current Status: Postdoctoral fellow at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excelence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT)
  • manuela.fernandezpinto@helsinki.fi
2014 Ph.D.
Pence, Charles
  • B.A., Philosophy, Princeton University, 2007
  • Dissertation: "Chance in Evolutionary Theory: Fitness, Selection, and Genetic Drift in Philosophical and Historical Perspective"
  • Advisor: Grant Ramsey
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Louisiana State University 
  • charlespence.net/
2013 Ph.D.
Baron, Jessica
  • B.A., Medical Anthropology, University at Buffalo, 2002; M.A., Humanities Interdisciplinary (Classics, Anthropology, History), University at Buffalo, 2004
  • Dissertation: "Reforming the Raj: Florence Nightingale's biomedical liberalism in British India"
  • Advisor: Christopher Hamlin
  • Current status: Outreach and Communications Coordinator for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; Managing Editor of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
  • baron.17@nd.edu
2013 Ph.D.
Oosterhoff, Richard
  • B.S., Biology and Religion and Theology, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, 2005
  • Dissertation: "The Circle of Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples,Mathematics and Philosophy for University Reform"
  • Advisor: Robert Goulding
  • Current status: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge 
2012 Ph.D.
Gaspar, Yvonne
  • B.A., Art History and Dance, University of California-San Diego, 2005
  • Dissertation: "Varieties of Analogy in Early Eighteenth-Century Plant Sciences: Richard Bradley’s Comparative Method"
  • Advisor: Robert Goulding
  • ygaspar32@hotmail.com
2011 Ph.D.
Barham, James
  • B.A., Classics, University of Texas, 1972; M.A., History of Science, Harvard University, 1976
  • Dissertation: "The Function Debate and the Place of Teleology in Biology"
  • Advisor: Phillip Sloan
  • Current Status: General Editor of thebestschools.org
  • thebestschools.org@gmail.com
2011 Ph.D.
Crull, Elise
  • B.Sc., Physics, Calvin College, 2005
  • Dissertation: "Quantum Decoherence and Interlevel Relations"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Philosophy, City College of New York
  • elise.crull@gmail.com
2011 Ph.D.
Mayo, Lee
  • B.A., Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy, David Lipscomb University, 1999; M.A., Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2002
  • Dissertation: "Simulation without Replication: How Digital Computer Simulations Serve as Scientific Experiments"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at David Lipscomb College
  • Lee.Mayo.5@nd.edu
2010 Ph.D.
Peterson, Erik
  • B.A., Archaeology, College of Wooster, 1997; M.A., Anthropology, Ohio State University, 1999
  • Dissertation: "Holism and Evolution in Biology and Anthropology: the Challenge of Gregory Bateson and C. H. Waddington to Biological Orthodoxy, 1924-1980"
  • Advisor: Phillip Sloan
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor of History, University of Alabama
  • eriklp@gmail.com
2010 Ph.D.
Vandewall, Holly
  • B.A., Chemistry and Religious Studies, Macalester College, 1997; M.A., Science Journalism, Boston University, 2000; M.A., Ethics and Science, Pacific School of Religion, 2002
  • Dissertation: "Philosophical Assumptions in U.S. Environmental and Public Health Policy: A Case Study of the Clean Water Act"
  • Advisor: Vaughan McKim
  • Current Status: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston College
  • holly.vandewall@bc.edu
2010 Ph.D.
Webster, Elizabeth
  • B.A., History and Religious Studies, University of California Riverside, 1998
  • Dissertation: "'Men of Real Science': Politics and the Authorities of Natural Knowledge in the Early American Republic, 1780-1837"
  • Advisor: Christopher Hamlin
2009 M.A.
Muir-Harmony, Teasel
  • B.A., St. John's College, Annapolis, MD, 2004
  • Thesis: "Tracking Diplomacy: The IGY and American Scientific and Technical Exchange with East Asia, 1955-1973"
  • Advisor: Thomas Stapleford
  • Current Status: Ph.D. student, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
  • teasel@mit.edu
2009 Ph.D.
Zepeda, Joseph
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College, 2004
  • Dissertation:  "The Problem of the Vacuum in the Rationalist Tradition"
  • Advisors: Karl Ameriks and Anja Jauernig
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts, St. Mary's College of California
  • jrz2@stmarys-ca.edu
2008 Ph.D.
Fogel, Brandon
  • B.A., English Literature; B.Sc., Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Dissertation:  "Epistemology of a Theory of Everything: Weyl, Einstein, and the Unification of Physics"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Free-lance Programminig, Chicago, IL
  • bfogel@uchicago.edu
2008 Ph.D.
Pitts, James Brian
  • B.Sc., Physics, Georgia Tech, 1995; Ph.D., Physics, Univesity of Texas at Austin, 2001
  • Dissertation: "General Covariance, Artificial Gauge Freedom, and Empirical Equivalence"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Post Doctoral Fellow funded by Issac Newton Trust, Philosophy of Physics, University of Cambridge
  • jbp25@cam.ac.uk
2007 Ph.D.
Fancy, Nahyan
  • B.A., Knox College, 1997; M.A., University of Toronto, 1999
  • Dissertation: "Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection: The Interaction of Medicine,Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288)" 
  • Advisor: Ahmad Dallal and Phillip R. Sloan
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, Department of History, DePauw University
  • nahyanfancy@depauw.edu
2007 Ph.D.
McKaughan, Daniel
  • B.A., Chemistry and Biology, University of Oregon, 1996; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1999
  • Dissertation: "Toward a Richer Vocabulary for Epistemic Attitudes: Mapping the Cognitive Landscape" 
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston College
  • daniel.mckaughan@bc.edu
2006 Ph.D.
Biddle, Justin
  • B.A., Philosophy; B.Sc., Physics, University of Dayton, 1999
  • Dissertation:  "Socializing Science: On the Epistemic Significance of the Institutional Context of Science"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech
  • justin.biddle@pubpolicy.gatech.edu
2005 Ph.D.
Merie, Mioara
  • B.Sc., Physics, University of Babes-Boyal, 1983
  • Dissertation:  "Mirror of the World or Submerged Unconscious? Hallucinations and the Victorians (1853-1901)"
  • Advisor: Christopher Hamlin
  • Current Status: Science Writer, Reston, VA
2005 M.A.
Slaney, Patrick
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of British Columbia, 2001
  • Thesis:  "Problems of Scientific Culture: The Task of Science Education in the Atomic Age"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Ph.D. student, Department of History, University of British Columbia
  • pdslaney@gmail.com
2004 Ph.D.
Berry, Roberta
  • B.A., History, Swarthmore, 1976; JD, Wisconsin, 1982
  • Dissertation:  "Genetic Enhancement and the Utopian Temptation"
  • Advisor: Phillip R. Sloan
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech.
  • roberta.berry@pubpolicy.gatech.edu


2004 Ph.D.
Elliott, Kevin
  • B.Sc., Philosophy and Chemistry, Wheaton College, 1997
  • Dissertation:  "Scientific Anomaly and Biological Effects of Low-Dose Chemicals: Elucidating Normative Ethics and Scientific Discovery"
  • Advisor: Kristin Shrader-Frechette
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, Lyman Briggs College, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, & Dept. of Philosophy, Michigan State University
  • kce@msu.edu
2004 Ph.D.
Hayton, Darin
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, California State University at Long Beach, 1989; M.A. History, California State University at Long Beach, 1996
  • Dissertation:  "Astrology in Early Sixteenth-Century Vienna"
  • Advisor: Howard Louthan
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Haverford College
  • dhayton@haverford.edu
2004 Ph.D.
Mirus, Christopher V.
  • B.A., Philosophy, Christendom College, 1997
  • Dissertation:  "Aristotle on the Unity of Living Substance"
  • Advisors: Phillip R. Sloan and Michael Loux
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Dallas
  • mirus@udallas.edu
2004 M.A.
Mullen, John
  • B.Sc., US Naval Academy, 1983; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1994; M.A., Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 1998
  • Current Status: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bethany College
  • mullenj@bethanylb.edu
2003 Ph.D.
Bokulich, Peter
  • Dissertation:  “Horizons of Description: Black Holes and Complementarity”
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston University
  • pbokulic@bu.edu
2003 Ph.D.
Dowd, Matthew
  • B.Sc., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, A.B., Religious Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992; M.T.S., The Divinity School, Duke University, 1994
  • Dissertation: "Astronomy and Compotus at Oxford University in the Early Thirteenth Century: The Works of Robert Grosseteste"
  • Advisor: Michael Crowe
  • Current Status: Manuscript Editor, University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Matthew.F.Dowd.11@nd.edu
2003 Ph.D.
MacPherson, Ryan
  • B.A., Integrative Studies, Arizona State University, 1997
  • Dissertation:  "America's Vestiges of Creation: Nature's Development and Divine Presence amid Pre-Darwinian Struggles for Civilization"
  • Advisor: Phillip R. Sloan
  • Current Status: Associate Professor and Chariperson of History, Bethany Lutheran College
  • http://www.ryancmacpherson.com/contact
2002 Ph.D.
Lachapelle, Sofie
  • B.Sc., Mathematics and Physics, Univerité de Montréal, 1996
  • Dissertation: "A World Outside of Science: French Attitudes Toward Mediumistic Phenomena, 1853-1931"
  • Advisor: Michael Crowe and Thomas Kselman
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, Department of Hisotry, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • slachap@uoguelph.ca
2001 Ph.D.
Bokulich, Alisa
  • B.A., Philosophy, Washington State University, 1993
  • Dissertation:  "Philosophical Perspectives on Quantum Chaos: Models and Interpretations."
  • Advisor: James T. Cushing
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston University and Director of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science
  • abokulic@bu.edu
2001 M.A.
Lafortune, Keith
  • B.Sc., Stonehill College, 1999
  • Thesis: "Women at the Harvard College Observatory, 1877 - 1919: 'Women's Work,' the 'New' Sociality of Astronomy, and Scientific Labor"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
  • Current Affiliation: Software Engineer at Avinode, Portland, Oregon
  • krlafortune@gmail.com
2001 Ph.D.
McDonald, Patrick
  • B.A., Philosophy, Seattle University, 1994
  • Dissertation:  "Hermann von Helmholtz's Epistemology of Experiment: The Case of Physiological Acoustics"
  • Advisor: Don Howard
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Seattle Pacific University
  • mcdonp@spu.edu
2001 Ph.D.
Ruskin, Steven
  • B.A., History, Colorado State University, 1995
  • Dissertation: "'A Private Adventure': John Herschel's Cape Voyage and the Production of the Cape Results"
  • Advisor: Michael Crowe
  • Current Status: Independent Scholar, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • sruskin@mac.com
1999 M.A.
Brower-Toland, Brent D.
  • Thesis:  "Animal Souls in a Mechanical Age: Thomas Willis v. Rene Descartes on the Nature of Beasts"
  • Advisor: Phillip R. Sloan
1999 Ph.D.
Letteney, Michael
  • B.A., Thomas Aquinas College, 1988
  • Dissertation:  "Georges Cuvier, Transcendental Naturalist: A Study of Teleological Explanation in Biology"
  • Advisor: Phillip R. Sloan
  • Current Status: Assistant Professor, Thomas Aquinas College
  • MLetteney@thomasaquinas.edu
1999 Ph.D.
McClellan, Christopher
  • B.A., Philosophy and French, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1985; M.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado, 1989
  • Dissertation:  "Science, Intellect, and Social Evolution: A Study of Auguste Comte's Philosophy of Science"
  • Advisor: Ernan McMullin and Philip Mirowski
  • Current Status: Propietor and owner, Blue Line Coffee, Omaha, Nebraska
  • chrismcc@cox.net
1998 Ph.D.
Balashov, Yuri
  • M.Sc., Astrophysics, Moscow Institute of Science and Technology, 1983; Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1986
  • Dissertation: "Laws of Nature and the Universe: Philosophical Implications of Modern Cosmology"
  • Advisors: James T. Cushing and Ernan McMullin
  • Current Status: Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Georgia
  • yuri@uga.edu
1998 Ph.D.
Belousek, Darrin
  • B.Sc., Physics, Bradley University, 1992
  • Dissertation: "Ontological Commitments and Theory Appraisal in the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"
  • Advisor: James T. Cushing
  • Current Status: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Lima, OH
  • darrin.w.snyderbelousek@gmail.com
1998 Ph.D.
Bolt, Marvin
  • B.A., Physics, Calvin College, 1984
  • Dissertation: "John Herschel's Natural Philosophy: On the Knowing of Nature and the Nature of Knowing in Early-nineteenth-century Britain"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
  • Current Status: Director, History of Astronomy, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago
  • mbolt@adlernet.org
1998 M.A.
Holden, Colin
  • B.A., Cornell College, 1995
  • Thesis: "Letting the Native Speak: Professional Authority and Writing in Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth-Century American Anthropology"
  • Advisors: Christopher S. Hamlin, James Turner, and Phillip R. Sloan
1998 Ph.D.
Jankovic, Vladimir
  • B.Sc., Atmospheric Physics, University of Belgrade, 1985
  • Dissertation: "Meteors under Scrutiny: Private, Public, and Professional Weather in Britain, 1660-1800"
  • Advisor: Christopher S. Hamlin
  • Current Status: Wellcome Research Lecturer, Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester
  • vladimir.jankovic@man.ac.uk
1996 Ph.D.
Blum, Christopher
  • B.A., University of Virginia
  • Dissertation: "St. George Mivart: Catholic Natural Philosopher"
  • Advisor: Phillip R. Sloan
  • Current Status: Fellow and Dean, Thomas Moore College of Liberal Arts
  • cblum@thomasmorecollege.edu
1995 Ph.D.
Hamilton, Kelly Ann
  • B.A., St. Mary's College; M.A., HPS, University of Notre Dame
  • Dissertation:  "The Philosophical Significance of Wittgenstein's Engineering Training for the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"
  • Advisors: Ernan McMullin and J. Robert Wegs
  • Current Status: Associate Professor, Department of History, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
  • hamilton@saintmarys.edu
1994 M.A.
Davis, Margaret Anne
  • Thesis:  "A Rare Union of Poetry with Science: Charles Darwin's Scientific Discourse"
  • Advisor: Phillip R. Sloan
1991 M.A.
Ross, Joseph T.
  • Joseph T. Ross
  • Thesis: "Kant's and Hegel's Assessment of Analogical Arguments for Extraterrestrial Life"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
  • Current Status: Assistant Librarian, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame
  • Joseph.T.Ross.40@nd.edu
1985 M.A.
Kevin, James J.
  • Thesis: "Man's Place in the Universe: Alfred Russel Wallace, Teleological Evolution, and the Question of Extraterrestrial Life"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
1981 M.A.
Butler, Orville Roderick
  • 1979; Ph.D. History of Technology/Science, Iowa State University, 1993; M.Juris. International Trade Law, Bond University, 2001
  • Thesis:  "Edward Singleton Holden and American Astronomy, 1870-1900"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
  • Current Status: Project Historian, History of Physicists in Industry Project, American Institute of Physics.
  • obutler@aip.org
1978 M.A.
Hawthorne, Robert M.
  • Thesis:  "Friedrich Wöhler and the Professionalization of Chemistry in Nineteenth-century Germany"
1977 M.A.
Collins, William K.
  • Thesis: "The Early History of Nuclear Physics at Notre Dame"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
  • Current Status: Director, Marriage and Family Training Center, Presbyterian Counseling Service, Seattle, WA
  • mftcenter@aol.com
1976 M.A.
Gariepy, CSC, Thomas
  • Thesis:  "The Acceptance of Antiseptic Surgery in the United States"
  • Current Status: Professor, Department of History, Stonehill College
  • tgariepy@stonehill.edu
1975 M.A.
Shank, Michael H.
  • Thesis:  "Lamarck's Early Theory of Fire: A Study of the First Volume of his Recherches sur les Causes des Principaux Faits Physiques"
  • Advisor: Michael J. Crowe
  • Current Status: Professor, Department of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • mhshank@wisc.edu