Student Accomplishments

(09/16/21) APA Presentation
Tanner Whitlow‘s paper with Dr. Laskowski, entitled ‘Explaining sexual orientation’, was accepted for presentation at next February’s annual meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association.

(07/14/21) Graduate Research Fellow 2021–2022
Ryan Lam has been selected as the recipient of the AY21–22 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. The University awards one GRF per college per year, making this quite an honor for both Ryan and the Department. He will be working with Dr. Laskowski on a project concerning normative realism in metaethics.

(06/20/21) Predoctoral Fellowships 2021–2022
MA students Keilee Bessho and Tom Ho will be AY21–22 recipients of the Sally Casanova Predoctoral Fellowship, which provides support for disadvantaged students with doctoral ambitions. Keilee and Tom will each be awarded
$3,000, mentorship from Prof. Wright in preparation for applying doctoral programs, and access to a summer research experience at a University of California campus. Congratulations, both!

(06/15/21) Conference Presentations
Daniel Sierra will be presenting his paper ‘Mr. Frege, the Platonist’ at two conferences: the 48th annual conference of the Society for Exact Philosophy
, which is a members-only reading through the end of August, and the Formal Philosophy 2021 online conference sponsored by HSE University Moscow at 6:00pm UTC+3 on June 22nd. Caitlin Mace will be presenting her poster ‘Beyond metascience in the search for engrams’ (with Prof. Wright) poster at the 47th annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology at 5:00pm EDT on June 28th.

(05/06/21) Summer Research Assistantship
Philosophy major Gabriella Labrador has been awarded a 2021 Research Assistantship. Gabby will be working on a project this summer with Prof. Wieland on topics in aesthetics.

(04/15/21) Doctoral Admission, University of Pittsburgh
After weighing multiple options, MA student Caitlin Mace has decided to accept Pitt’s fully funded offer to begin her PhD in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. The
HPS department at Pitt has a long and venerable history, and is arguably the world’s best. What a superb accomplishment!

(04/15/21) Doctoral Admission, University of California Irvine
Michael Lara has accepted a fully funded offer to begin the doctoral program in Philosophy at UC Irvine—a top-20 ranked PhD program in the U. S. Terrific news, Michael, congratulations!

(04/15/21) Doctoral Admission, University of Memphis
Graduate student Miguel Hernandez will be pursuing his doctoral studies in continental philosophy at the University of Memphis, which is certainly one
of the top places in the U. S. to study social philosophy in the continental and postmodernist traditions. Best wishes for the next chapter of your academic career, Miguel.

(04/15/21) Masters Admission, Marquette University
Starting this fall, undergraduate honors student Damon Paffenroth will begin the MA program at Marquette, where he will continue exercising his interests in late 19th and early 20th century continental philosophy.

(04/11/21) Conference Presentations
On Saturday April 17th Ryan Lam will be presenting his paper ‘Moral realism and the two faces of moral truth’ at the annual Southeastern Graduate Philosophy Conference at 9:00am EDT, and Keilee Bessho will be presenting her paper at the 6th annual Graduate Humanities & Arts Conference at Cal State San Marcos at 10:15am PDT. Tanner Whitlow will be co-presenting a paper with Dr. Laskowski entitled ‘Explaining sexual orientations’ on May 28th at the Barcelona Seminar in Social Metaphysics (with talks on the ‘read-ahead’ model).

(03/31/21) Publication
Congratulations to graduate student Shawn Hernandez, whose co-authored paper with Dr. Laskowski, ‘What makes normative concepts normative‘ was accepted for publication in volume 37 of the journal Southwest Philosophical Review. What’s more, the paper will also feature a response from Prof. Matti Eklund (Uppsala University).

(03/19/21) 33rd Annual CSULB Student Research Competition
Four philosophy graduate students are presenting at this year’s SRC, which takes place on Friday March 19th in zoom room #8: Caitlin Mace (‘Engrams and optogenetics’ at 9:30am);
Ryan Lam (‘Moral realism and the two facets of moral truth’ at 9:45am); Keilee Bessho (‘The importance of knowing weighty reasons in deliberation’ at 10:00am); and Michael Lara (‘Intellectualists get a failing grade at gradability’ at 12:00pm). All presentations are in the Humanities and Letters category of the competition.

(02/03/21) APPE Conference Presentation
With Dr. Sanem Saner, the Director of the Philosophy for Children Program at CSU Bakersfield, Jessica Manzo will be co-presenting a short video essay entitled ‘Respect, resourcefulness, empathy: what children’s books can teach us about environmental ethics’ at the 30th annual Association for Practical and Professional Ethics conference.

(01/29/21) PSA Conference Poster
Caitlin Mace will be presenting her poster ‘Leveling with ruthless reductionists about optogenetics’ (with Prof. Wright) at the 27th biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association.

(01/14/21) APA Conference Presentation
Shawn Hernandez and Dr. Laskowski will be co-presenting their paper ‘What makes normative concepts normative’, at the 117th annual meeting of the Eastern American Philosophical Association. Shawn was not only awarded an APA Eastern Division Graduate Stipend to do so, but also had his poster, ‘Single-person twin Earth cases are no threat to naturalists’, accepted as well.

(12/23/20) Triple Major
In a unique feat of accomplishment, Sandra Avitia completed a triple major in Philosophy, French, and International Studies this past fall. Wow!
Here’s her story.

(12/15/20) SI Award
Of the 30 Supplemental Instruction Leaders last fall, MA Philosophy student Amy Umaña was recognized as ‘SIL of the Semester’ for her outstanding performance teaching the Organizational Behavior course in Human Resources Management. Way to go, Amy!

(12/15/20) Phillips Memorial Fellowship
MA student Daniel Luna is the inaugural recipient of the $5,000 Phillips Fellowship from the Institute of Transactional Philosophy, which is open to graduate students whose areas of interest include pragmatic (esp. John Dewey), transactional, or process approaches.

(12/03/20) TIES Internship
Congrats to MA student Jessica Manzo, who was invited to participate in CCCD’s Teaching Internship with Experienced Support (TIES) program, which is a stipendiary training program for future community college instructors. Jessica will be mentored the Chair of Philosophy at Golden West College, Prof. Noah Levin, and will gain access to an array of ‘hands-on’ experiences in and around the classroom.

(11/25/20) Conference Presentation
James Reuter presented his paper ‘A phenomenology of history’ at the 7th annual conference of The Liberal Herald of Bratislava in partnership with the Central European University. This year’s conference is on the theme ‘Stories, Histories, Memories‘.

(07/01/20) Graduate Research Fellowship 2020–2021
The University awards one Graduate Research Fellowship per college per year, and Philosophy MA student Michael Lara was selected as the recipient of the AY20–21 GRF for the College of Liberal Arts. He will be working with Dr. Wallis on a project on ‘know how’ in epistemology.

(05/26/20) Summer Research Assistantship
Congrats to graduate student Caitlin Mace, who was one of 35 students university-wide to receive a SU20 Research Assistantship. She will be working with Prof. Wright on the topic of reducative versus mechanistic explanation in molecular neuroscience and psychobiology this summer.

(05/15/20) SLD Leadership awards
SPA President Michael Lara has been recognized by SLD/ASI as Outstanding Officer-of-the-Year for his demonstrated leadership and commitment to advance the mission of the organization.

(04/18/20) Law School Admission, University of California Irvine
Luciano Alvarado, a Physics major and Philosophy minor, has accepted an offer to attend UC Irvine, which has one of the top law schools in the United States. Such a well-deserved success!

(04/15/20) Doctoral Admission, University of Wisconsin
After weighing multiple options, MA student Burgandy Basulto has decided to accept a fully funded offer to begin the doctoral program in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin—a top-20 ranked PhD program in the US. We wish her the best as she continues on her academic journey in Madison.

(04/06/20) Best Thesis Award
MA student Dean Bruce has won the College of Liberal Art’s award for Best Master’s Thesis in AY19–20. Dean’s thesis was a close study of Abû Hâmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ġhazâlî’s (fl. 1056–1111 CE) views on occasionalism, natural science, and divine omnipotence. Excellent research, Dean, and a hearty congratulations on being lauded for your work!

(03/16/20) Exceptional Student Award
Unfortunately, the exceptional student awards banquet has been canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the CSULB award for outstanding achievement, for seniors graduating magna cum laude with a 3.75 GPA, was given to Philosophy majors Tanner Whitlow and Kyle Bollin. Congratulations, both!

(02/21/20) 32nd Annual CSULB Student Research Competition
Five philosophy graduate students are presenting at this year’s SRC: Caitlin Mace (‘What we owe other creatures when they pose a threat to our health and safety’ at 10:20am in COB–112); Michael Lara (‘Perceptual attitude mindreading: behavior prediction in non-linguistic animals’ at 1:40pm in COB–110); Shawn Hernandez (‘Alien nurse, the causal theory, and moral truth’ at 1:20pm in COB–110); Amy Harms (‘Descartes’ theory of judgment and faith-based beliefs’ at 1:00pm in COB–110); and Avery Amerson (‘Extended cognition and the evolution of language’ at 12:40pm in COB–110). All five presentations are in the Humanities and Letters category of the competition this Friday.

UPDATE: Philosophy minor Nicholas Roy earned first place in the Public Policy, Economics, and Business category, and will now go on—barring COVID-19 cancellation—to compete at the statewide CSU competition at the end of April.

(11/19/19) CSULB Graduate Research Conference
Caitlin Mace and Avery Amerson are participating in the 4th annual CSULB Graduate Research Conference. In Session A, Caitlin is presenting her research (‘Teaching how without knowing how: Considerations for knowledge-how ascriptions’) at one of the roundtable discussions, which begins at 4:00pm in USU–253. In Session B, Avery is presenting his paper (‘Extended cognition and the evolution of human language’) from 6:30-6:45 in USU–305.

(11/15/19) HGSA Presentation
Leading the way in the cross-fertilization between disciplines is Michael Lara, who presented a talk (‘MLK to Kendrick Lamar: Conspiring Against African American Presidencies’) at the 3rd annual History Graduate Student Association conference.

(08/18/19) HOGAR Scholarship
For AY19–20, CLA secured five of six possible HOGAR recruitment scholarships. One of those five recipients is Leandro Mendez, who finished his BA in Philosophy from Florida International University and is beginning the MA program at CSULB this FA19.

(08/01/19) Graduate Research Fellowship 2019–2020
MA student Avery Amerson has been selected as an AY19–20 Graduate Research Fellow for the College of Liberal Arts. Avery will be conducting research in biolinguistics and cognitive science, and is being supervised by Prof. Wieland.

(07/15/19) Pittsburgh Summer Program in Philosophy of Science
Congratulations to Richard Link, who was admitted to the third annual
Pittsburgh Summer Program in Philosophy of Science (PSP3) this coming July. PSP3 involves a week of seminars and other events that are designed to provide undergraduates from underrepresented groups with specialized training in Philosophy of Science.

(05/20/19) Mellon Mays Fellow
A big congratulations to Philosophy and Film double major D’Naja Gates, who has been awarded one of the university’s
Mellon Mays Fellows for AY19–21. D’Naja will be working on a project in social philosophy and film theory, with mentor Prof. Wright. Cal State Long Beach is one of just 48 schools to particulate in the Mellon Mays program worldwide, and offers only four such fellowships each year. The program provides fellows with various forms of research support, including special programming, faculty mentoring, stipends for research activities, repayment of undergraduate loans up to $10k, and support for summer research.

(05/01/19) Summer Research Assistantship
Congrats to graduate student Avery Amerson, who was one of a few dozen students university-wide to receive a SU19 Research Assistantship. Avery will be working with Prof. Wieland on the topic of linguistic ontology.

(04/15/19) Masters Admission, Georgia State University
Undergraduate Honors student and SPA President Richard Link has decided to accept a fully-funded two-year offer from Georgia State University, and will begin their MA program in Philosophy (Neurophilosophy track) starting FA19. Congrats, Richard, we’re look forward to hearing about all of your future successes in the future!

(04/14/19) Exceptional Student Award
Congratulations to Philosophy major Amanda Dilger and minor Christopher Laplante, who recently received awards for outstanding achievement over the course of their academic careers at CSULB. To receive the award, students must have earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and have graduated magna cum laude. Outstanding!

(03/27/19) 1st Place, CSU Statewide Student Research Competition
The 33rd annual statewide SRC was held this weekend, bringing together students from all 23 campuses of the CSU system. Avery Amerson was
awarded 1st place in the Humanities and Letters category for his presentation ‘Wittgenstein, Extended Cognition, and the Problem of Other Minds’, along with a $600 cash prize.

(03/15/19) Doctoral Admission, University of Cincinnati
Philosophy MA student
Vincent del Prado has accepted a fully funded five-year offer, including a Yates Fellowship, to begin his doctoral degree in FA19. The PhD Program at the University of Cincinnati is definitely the place to be for things like Philosophy of Biology, Mind, and Cognitive Science, among several others! Congrats, Vincent. We wish you the best of luck.

(02/16/19) 31st Annual CSULB Student Research Competition
Several philosophy students are presenting at this year’s SRC, which takes place on Friday February 22nd 2019. Graduate Student Avery Amerson will present his paper ‘Wittgenstein, extended cognition, and the problem of other minds’ (12:00pm–12:20pm), and, incidentally, will also be presenting it at the 13th annual philosophy Grad Student Conference at Texas Tech University. Philosophy minors Blake Dimas and Christopher Laplante will present their papers, ‘Adorno and the potentials of pop’ (11:40am–12:00pm) and ‘Do idealizations have epistemic value?’ (12:20pm–12:40pm), respectively. All three presentations are in the Humanities and Letters category of the competition, which occurs in CBA–140.

(02/13/19) Outstanding Baccalaureate Finalist
Congratulations to History & Philosophy double major and Honors student Richard Link, who was selected as a finalist for the AY18–19 commencement award of Outstanding Baccalaureate.

(11/14/18) 3rd annual CSULB Graduate Research Conference
Ryan Shaver will presenting his work-in-progress, ‘A comparative analysis of the predictive processing/Bayesian brain thesis’, as a roundtable discussant in USU–253. Christopher George is presenting his paper, ‘Judicial activism?’, in USU–303. Both are in Session A, which begins at 4:00pm.

(10/22/18) Debate Tournament
Congrats to Philosophy major Danielle Hyslop, who placed as a policy debate semi-finalist at the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Danielle is a member of Beach Forensics, the CSULB debate team.

(08/01/18) HOGAR Scholarship
For AY18–19, the College of Liberal Arts secured five of six possible nominations for its HOGAR recruitment scholarships. Miguel Hernandez, who recently finished his BA in English Literature from Cal State Northridge, was one of the five incoming CLA matriculants awarded this scholarship.

(04/19/18) Doctoral Admission, University of Minnesota
Kylie Shahar, an undergraduate Honors student double-majoring in Philosophy & Political Science, has just accepted a fully funded five-year offer, along with a first-year Graduate Scholar Fellowship, to begin her doctoral studies in Fall 2018 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. We are very proud of Kylie’s achievement, and really excited for her as she begins this next chapter of her career. Congratulations, Kylie!

(04/12/18) Doctoral Admission, University of Connecticut
Graduate student Ahmed Alenaizan has accepted an offer to attend the PhD program at the University of Connecticut. Good luck on this next adventure, Ahmed!

(04/09/18) Summer Research Assistantship
The results of the ORSP competition for Summer Research Assistantships were announced: there were 39 awardees University-wide, four of whom are in the Humanities. Congratulations to Philosophy minor Christopher Laplante, who made the cut! He’ll be providing assistance on a book project for Prof. Wright as well as on a project about the epistemic value of idealizations in scientific modeling.

(04/01/18) Graduate Research Fellowship 2018–2019
Christopher George will be an AY18–19 CLA Graduate Research Fellow. George will use the fellowship to commence with his research on the normative structure of legal reasoning, and is being supervised by Prof. Wieland.

(03/25/18) Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Philosophy minor Nick Roy, who won the Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship in Economics ($2,500), and to Philosophy & English double major Jake Teran, who was awarded the Elizabeth Nielsen and the Minerva Davis Endowment Scholarships through the English Department.

(03/24/18) Conference Presentation at the MidSouth
Congrats to Erik Rodriguez Cerda, who was awarded a Student Life & Development travel award to present his paper, ‘Moral ignorance and the impossibility of akrasia’, at the 42nd annual MidSouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis.

(03/15/18) PIKSI Admission
Undergraduate Honors student Monica Casares was admitted to the prestigious Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute at MIT (PIKSI 2018). PIKSI is a two-week-long, all-expenses-paid seminar designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study in Philosophy.

(03/14/18) Exceptional Student Achievement
Congratulations to two of our graduating Philosophy majors, Crystal Jones and Jake Teran, each of whom has been lauded for ‘Exceptional Student Achievement’. The award is given for outstanding achievement over the course of the academic career at CSULB; students must have earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and have graduated magna cum laude. Excellent performance!

(03/06/18) Outstanding Baccalaureate Finalist
Congratulations to Philosophy & Political Science double major and Honors student Kylie Shahar, who was selected as a finalist for the AY17–18 commencement award of Outstanding Baccalaureate. Great job, Kylie!

(02/16/18) 30th Annual CSULB Student Research Competition
Yet another History & Philosophy double major, Richard Link, was selected to compete in the 30th annual SRC. Richard will present his paper, ‘Luminosity and its limits’ from 12:40pm–1:00pm. His talk is in the ‘Humanities and Letters’ section, which takes place in CBA–227 on Friday, February 16, 2018. An awards reception immediately follows the symposium in AS–119 (Anatol Center). Good luck, Richard!

(08/01/17) HOGAR Scholarship
For AY17–18, the College of Liberal Arts secured five of six possible nominations for its HOGAR recruitment scholarships. Vincent del Prado, who recently his BA in Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of California Santa Cruz, was one of the five incoming CLA matriculants awarded this scholarship.

(06/28/17) Publications
Congratulations to graduate student, Alex Beard, whose co-authored paper ‘HIT and brain reward function: A case of mistaken identity (theory)‘ was recently published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The paper—Alex’s first major publication—developed in part from his 2015 summer RAship on the history of electrophysiological research in the 1950s.

UPDATE: Alex’s review of Explanatory Pluralism has finally appeared in volume 78 of the journal Analysis. Congratulations, Alex!

(06/15/17) Masters Admission, Cal State Los Angeles
Starting this fall, undergraduate honors student Jacee Cantler will begin the MA program in Philosophy at CSULA, where she will hopefully be able to continue her study of Astell, Cavendish, Conway, du Châtelet, and other philosophers from the early modern period.

(05/12/17) UC Irvine Research Symposium
Congratulations to another of our undergraduate Honors students, Jacee Cantler, whose paper was accepted for presentation at the 2nd annual UC Irvine Social Justice Research Symposium. The symposium takes place on Friday May 19th from 9:00am–4:00pm in Room #112 of Social Ecology I on the UC Irvine campus.

(04/27/17) Exceptional Student Achievement
Congratulations to two of our graduating Philosophy majors, Jose Vera Cruz and Nickolas Sackett, who were both lauded at CLA’s Exceptional Students Reception (5:00pm-6:00pm in the USU Ballroom) for having earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and graduating magna cum laude. Stellar!

(04/15/17) Doctoral Admission, University of California San Diego
Congratulations to Andrew Bollhagen, who has accepted a five-year SEED Fellowship to begin his doctoral studies in Fall 2017 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California San Diego. Being a top-20 ranked PhD program in the US, with many internationally renown faculty, Andrew will be in very good hands. We wish him the best as he continues on to much bigger and better things!

UPDATE: Andrew was the inaugural winner of the Isaac Levi Prize! In a triple-blind review process, the Levi prize committee selected Andrew’s essay, ‘Hempel’s Raven Revisited’ to be published in the Journal of Philosophy and receive a $10,000 award. Outstanding, Andrew, we are so proud of you!

(04/15/17) Doctoral Admission, University of Colorado Boulder
Alex Beard has accepted a fully funded, five-year offer to begin his doctoral studies in Fall 2017 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Congratulations (again!), Alex. Being one of the top-ranked PhD programs in the US with a large and varied faculty, not to mention a host of academic events and the gorgeous outdoor scenery, Boulder will be a great fit for Alex. We wish him the best!

(04/15/17) Doctoral Admission, University of Minnesota
Congratulations to graduate student Nathan Lackey, who has accepted a fully funded, five-year offer to begin his doctoral studies in Fall 2017 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota was one of Nathan’s top choices, given their department strengths in Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics in particular, and Philosophy of Science more generally. Good luck, Nathan!

(03/15/17) CSU Masters Admissions
Two Philosophy students will be starting Masters degrees this coming fall. Philosophy major and former president of the Student Philosophy Association Jessica Stroke will begin a 60-unit Masters of Science degree in School Counseling, which has a research and data-oriented emphasis on social justice. Philosophy minor Brian Huang is beginning the MA in Political Science here at CSULB. Good luck, both! We wish you the best in continuing your education.

(02/28/17) Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students
The College of Liberal Arts has announced that Philosophy MA student Alex Beard is one of eight students to receive the Dean’s List award for AY16–17. (nb: The number of awardees from each college is limited to 1% of the overall number of students pursuing a Masters degree.) Congratulations, Alex, this is a well-deserved honor.

(02/28/17) Iris Marion Young Fellowship, PIKSI Rock
Congratulations to undergraduate Honors student Kylie Shahar, who was awarded an Iris Marion Young Fellowship to attend the prestigious Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI 2017) at Penn State. PIKSI is a two-week-long, all-expenses-paid seminar designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study in Philosophy. The seminar will take place at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. See the PIKSI 2017 flyer for more information.

(02/18/17) Doctoral Admission in Clinical Psychology
Philosophy minor Nathan Sollenberger has been admitted to the PhD program in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Florida International University. Nathan will be moving to Miami this summer to begin his research on susceptibility to substance use disorders in adolescents.

(02/17/17) 29th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Another graduate student in Philosophy was selected to compete in the 29th Annual Student Research Symposium. Vannessa Malabanan will present her paper, ‘Rule‐Following Paradox Remains Unsolved, But We Get On Anyway’ from 11:10am to 11:30am. Vanessa’s talk is in the Humanities and Letters category, which takes place in CBA–122 on Friday, February 17, 2017.

UPDATE: Vanessa took first place in the Humanities and Letters category, and will now go on to compete at the 31st annual statewide CSU competition, which is being held on April 28th–29th at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Way to go, Vanessa!

(01/27/17) Masters Admission, San Francisco State University
Congratulations to undergraduate student Robbie Brown, who was admitted to the MA program in Philosophy at San Francisco State University for 2017. Congratulations, Robbie, on this accomplishment! We wish you the best in continuing your education in Philosophy.

(11/07/16) Inaugural CSULB Graduate Research Conference
Two graduate students in Philosophy were selected to present at CSULB’s 1st Annual Graduate Research Conference. Ryan Shaver presented his paper, ‘Reductionist vs. connectionist methods for ‘knowing how,” followed by Alex Beard, who presented his paper, ‘Event segmentation and the epistemic conception of mechanistic explanation’.

(10/14/16) 2016 MSB Essay Competition
Graduate student Vanessa Malabanan has been notified that her paper, ‘Mixed inferences: not a problem for pluralism about truth’, was one of the top ten best submissions to the annual Missing Shade of Blue (MSOB) essay competition, sponsored by the University of Edinburgh. You can read more about this year’s ten best papers, and the competition more generally, on the MSOB fb page. Congratulations Vanessa!

(08/01/16) Book Review in Philosophy in Review
Congratulations to graduate student Nathan Lackey, whose co-authored review of María de Paz & Robert DiSalle (eds.) Poincaré, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives was published in volume 36 of the journal Philosophy in Review.

(07/01/16) Pre-Doctoral Research Position in Philosophy of Neuroscience
Graduate student Andrew Bollhagen was selected to become a Pre-doctoral Research Associate in Philosophy of Neuroscience for this coming AY16–17. Andrew will work directly with Prof. John Bickle at Mississippi State University and at the Jackson Medical Center on various projects, including the SEP entry on Philosophy of Neuroscience. Congratulations Andrew!

(06/01/16) External Scholarship
Congratulations to graduate student Nathan Lackey, who recently awarded with a $500 academic scholarship from the Ventura chapter of the Optimist Club, ‘in recognition for outstanding scholarship and community service with an attitude exemplifying the spirit of optimism’.

(04/12/16) Doctoral Admission, University of Rochester
Congratulations to undergraduate student Rafael Perez, who recently accepted a fully-funded offer to begin his doctoral studies this Fall 2016 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rochester. Congratulations, Rafael! Rochester’s PhD program is a well-regarded, top-50 ranked program with many excellent faculty. We wish Rafael the best as he continues on to bigger and better things!

(03/17/16) Conference Presentation, University of Washington
Congratulations to graduate student Alex Beard, whose paper ‘Brain reward function and HIT: a case of mistaken identity (theory)’ was accepted for presentation at the Values in Science Conference at the University of Washington this past weekend. Alex was also supported by a Project HOGAR Graduate Student Travel Award.

(03/02/16) 28th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Two graduate students in Philosophy were selected to compete in the 28th Annual Student Research Symposium (Friday February 19 2016 in CBA–122). Nathan Lackey will present his paper, ‘Congruence, geometry, and space’ from 12:10pm to 12:30pm, and Alex Beard will present his paper, ‘Brain reward function and HIT: a case of mistaken identity (theory)’ from 1:10pm to 1:30pm. (Update: Alex Beard and Nathan Lackey placed among the top three winners in the Humanities and Letters category.)

(08/25/15) Visiting Studentship
Graduate student Mitch Kaufman begins the academic year studying abroad at the Nosara Yoga Institute and the Qixing Taiji Tao Temple in San Marcos, Guatemala.

(06/01/15) Masters Admission, Cal State Los Angeles
Starting this fall, undergraduate honors student Zackary Ford will begin the MA program in Philosophy at CSULA. We wish him well with his graduate course of study.

(05/15/15) Graduate Research Fellowship 2015–2016
Nathan Lackey has been selected as the recipient of the AY15–16 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. The University awards one GRF per college per year, making this quite an honor for both Nathan and the Department of Philosophy. Nathan will be working with Prof. Wright on a project in the epistemology of geometry—specifically, on the philosophical implications of the theory of general relativity for Poincaré’s conventionalism.

(05/07/15) Doctoral Admission, University of Kansas
Congratulations to graduate student Kevin Watson, who recently accepted a fully-funded offer to begin his doctoral studies this FA15 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. We wish Kevin the best as he continues on to bigger and better things!

(04/18/15) Summer Research Assistantship
Graduate student Alex Beard has won a highly competitive 2015 CSULB Student Summer Research Award. Out of university-wide 116 applicants, Alex’s application was one of 37 selected. He’ll be working on a project with Prof. Wright regarding the history of scientific research on electrophysiology and psychopharmacology.

(02/14/15) 27th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Philosophy MA students Christian Weede and Nathan Lackey were selected to present their papers, ‘Some problems with knowing how: a response to Stanley & Williamson’ and ‘Prohibited content: explaining a slur’s linguistic behavior’, respectively, at CSULB’s annual SRC.

UPDATE: Christian took first place in the Humanities and Letters category, and will now go on to compete at the statewide CSU competition in May. Excellent job, Christian!

(10/15/14) Book Review in Philosophical Quarterly
Congratulations to graduate student Emily Barrett, whose co-authored review of Lisa Bortolotti’s Delusions and Other Irrational Beliefs will be published in volume 65 of the journal Philosophical Quarterly.

(05/03/14) AAPP Conference Presentation
As part of her GRF, Emily Barrett is traveling to New York to present her paper, ‘Clinical implications of conversational implicature’, at the 19th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry.

(05/01/14) Exceptional Student Award
Congratulations to Philosophy and Biochemistry double major Joshua Feng, who was lauded with the College of Liberal Arts’s ‘Exceptional Student Achievement’ Award. The award is given for outstanding achievement over the course of the academic career at CSULB; students must have earned a 3.75 GPA over four years and have graduated magna cum laude. Way to go, Josh!

(04/24/14) Conference Presentation in The Netherlands
Kevin Watson is presenting his paper, ‘Tracing and offloading: a neo-Lockean reply to Johnston’ at the 8th annual Dutch Philosophers’ Rally: Selves and Persons at Radbound Universiteit Nijmegen in The Netherlands. Kevin also received a Rally Travel Grant to boot—excellent!

(04/16/14) APA Commentary
Emily Barrett will be in San Diego this week, commenting on Prof. Michael Goerger’s paper, ‘Friendship and the ethics of social technology’, at the 88th annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.

(04/15/14) Summer Research Assistantship
Graduate student Christian Weede has won a 2014 CSULB Student Summer Research Award. He’ll be working on a project with Dr. Wallis in epistemology on the topic of know-how. Congratulations, Christian!

(04/08/14) Doctoral Admission, University of Wisconsin
Congratulations to graduate student Emily Barrett, who recently accepted a fully-funded offer to begin her doctoral studies this Fall 2014 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. Congratulations, Emily! Wisconsin’s PhD program is one of the top-30 ranked programs in the country, with many excellent faculty. We wish Emily the best as she continues on to much bigger and better things!

(04/01/14) Law School Admission, Northwestern University
Philosophy BA student Robert Garsson has been admitted to Northwestern School of Law, beginning FA14. Congratulations, Rob, we wish you the best in this endeavor!

UPDATE: Rob has just graduated from Northwestern in SP17 with the Juris Doctorate, where he served as a managing editor on the Northwestern University Law Review, and now works at Sidley Austin LLP in New York.

(03/08/14) Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students
The College of Liberal Arts has announced that Philosophy MA student Emily Barrett is one of eight students to receive the Dean’s List award for AY13–14. (nb: The number of awardees from each college is limited to 1% of the overall number of students pursuing a Masters degree.) Congratulations, Emily!

(02/21/14) 26th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Kevin Watson was selected to present his paper, ‘When is an organism an altruist?’, at the 26th Annual Student Research Symposium. Kevin took home second place for outstanding research in the Humanities and Letters category.

(01/24/14) Conference Presentation at the MidSouth
James Cool‘s paper, ‘Doxastic control and the practical/theoretical distinction’, was accepted for presentation at the 38th annual MidSouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis on February 21–22.

(12/17/13) Law School Admission, University of Southern California
After being admitted to the Law School at USC, Philosophy graduate student Kristopher Gay has finished his MA thesis and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Kristopher is now beginning his career as a Los Angeles District Attorney.

(05/20/13) Graduate Research Fellowship 2013–2014
Philosophy MA student Emily Barrett has been selected as the recipient of the AY13–14 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. Emily will be working with Prof. Wright on a project scrutinizing the doxastic conception of delusions in philosophy of psychiatry.

(05/01/13) Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to Joshua Feng, a double Honors double major in Philosophy & Biochemistry, who was lauded as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course.

(04/15/13) Doctoral Admission, University of Connecticut
Congratulations to undergraduate Emma Björngard, who accepted an offer to start her doctoral studies this FA13 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. UConn happens to be one of the strongest doctoral programs in the world for philosophical logic and is among the top-35 doctoral programs in the US, with a growing faculty and graduate program. Good luck, Emma, and congrats!

UPDATE: Emma successfully defended her PhD in 2018 with a dissertation on theories of affect, and now teaches Philosophy at UConn’s Stamford campus and is an academic advisor in the School of Business. Great job, Emma!

(04/01/13) Law School Admission, Loyola
Philosophy MA student Neil Richmond has been admitted to Loyola School of Law, beginning FA13. Congratulations, Neil, we wish you the best in this endeavor.

UPDATE: Neil has now graduated from Loyola, receiving both a J.D. and LL.M in taxation. He graduated in the top 10% of his J.D. class, cum laude and Order of the Coif, and received Honors and High Distinction in the LL.M. Outstanding job, Neil!

(02/22/13) 25th annual Student Research Competition
Congratulations to Antonio Mendoza, a double major in Philosophy & History, who recently won second place in the ‘Humanities and Letters’ category at the 25th annual SRC. Antonio was one of 8 students from the College of Liberal Arts to win an award (out of the 34 students who participated in the competition). Great job!

(04/15/12) Doctoral Admission, Purdue University
Congratulations to graduate student Josh Folk, who recently accepted a prestigious Ross Fellowship to begin his doctoral studies this FA12 in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. Congratulations, Josh!

(05/17/11) Graduate Research Fellowship 2011–2012
Philosophy MA student Neil Richmond has been selected as the recipient of the AY11–12 Graduate Research Fellowship for the College of Liberal Arts. Neil will be working with Dr. Wallis on a project in Philosophy of Cognitive Science.

(05/01/11) Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to Antonio J. Mendoza, a double major in Philosophy & History, who was lauded as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course.

(04/15/11) Masters Admission, University of California Los Angeles
Congratulations to undergraduate Honors student Rebekah Bonner, who was admitted to the Masters program in Library & Information Science at UCLA starting in FA11. Congratulations, Rebekah, on this accomplishment! We wish you the best in continuing your education.

UPDATE: Rebekah has since graduated from UCLA, and—after working on an NSF grant and receiving the 2013 UCLA Chancellor’s Marshall Award—is now a faculty member at the University of Utah working as a Research Data Management Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

(04/01/11) McNair Scholarship
Congratulations to Philosophy BA honors student and McNair Scholar Michael Moval, whose paper ‘A critique of external world skepticism’ appeared the in volume 15 of the McNair Scholars Research Journal.

(03/02/11) Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students
Each academic year, 1% of the overall number of students pursuing a Masters degree are awarded the Dean’s List award of Graduating Masters Students. For AY10–11, the College of Liberal Arts has announced that Philosophy MA student John Clevenger is one of the awardees. Congratulations, John!

(03/01/11) Law School Admission, Loyola
Philosophy & Criminal Justice double major Edgar Vera has been admitted to Loyola School of Law, beginning FA11.

UPDATE: Edgar graduated from Loyola and passed the California Bar Exam in SU15, and is now an attorney at Karns & Karns.

(05/01/10) Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to another of our Honors students in Philosophy, Clinton Packman, who was lauded as an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course.

(03/15/10) Doctoral Admission, University of Wisconsin
Philosophy BA student Clinton Packman accepted an offer to begin his doctoral studies this Fall 2010 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, which happens to be one of the top-ranked programs in the world. Clinton was a McNair Scholar while here at Cal State Long Beach, and we wish him the best as he continues on to much bigger and better things!

UPDATE: Clinton defended his dissertation this past SP18, and will be moving to Miami to start as a TT Assistant Professor at Florida International University in FA18. Excellent, Clinton, we’re very proud of you!

(04/15/10) Law School Admission, University of California Davis
Philosophy & Political Science double major Samuel Bullock is finishing up his honors thesis, and will Law School this FA10 at UC Davis Law School. Good luck, Sam!

(03/15/10) Doctoral Admission, Rice University
Congrats to Roma Claudia Hernández, who accepted an offer to begin her doctoral studies in Philosophy in FA10 at Rice University. After earning her BA in Philosophy, Roma took some additional classes in Philosophy while studying in the German program for her MA. She was also a recipient of the Sally Casanova Predoctoral Fellowship, and also went on to obtain a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study at the Husserl Archive in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cologne.

(07/29/09) Gilman Scholarship
Philosophy & German double major Justin Barner was awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad at the University of Tübingen in Germany for AY09–10. Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships are sponsored by the U. S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with the goal of supporting Pell Grant recipients who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.

(04/06/09) 26th Annual CSULB Student Research Symposium
Clinton Packman was selected to present his paper, ‘Clearing the confusion on consciousness: a study of the knowledge argument and its implication’, at the 21st Annual Student Research Symposium. Clinton took home second place in the Humanities and Letters category.

(05/15/08) Phi Beta Kappa
Jonathan Dixon is an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Member in Course, and is graduating summa cum laude.

(04/15/08) Masters Admission, Virginia Tech
Congrats to undergraduate honors student Jonathan Dixon, who has accepted an offer to begin graduate study in Philosophy at Virginia Tech—a top-tier Masters program. Good luck, Jonathan.

(03/15/08) Law School Admission, Chapman University
Philosophy major Stephane Quinn is graduating cum laude and headed to Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law to pursue his JD next fall. (Stephane is now a founding partner at Quinn & Dworakowski LLP.)

(04/15/07) Law School Admission, University of California Davis
After finishing his Honors thesis and graduating cum laude, Philosophy major Errol Dauis will be headed to UC Davis School of Law to pursue his J. D. next fall.

UPDATE: Errol graduated from the UC Davis School of Law in 2011, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Law Review, and was admitted to the State Bar of California. He has served as an Adjunct Lecturer at UC Davis School of Law, and is currently an associate at Boutin Jones law firm.)

(04/06/07) Best Thesis Award
MA student Amanda Trefethen has won the College of Liberal Art’s award for Best Master’s Thesis in AY06–07. Amanda’s thesis, entitled ‘Back to the Future: A Modern Day Natural Law Understanding of the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789‘, is a study of the interpretation of human rights law. Congratulations on being lauded for your work, Amanda.

(04/01/04) Summer Internship with NEH
Out of more than 200 applicants nationwide, Chhunny Chhean was
one of 18 students selected for a 10-week summer internship with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Internship Program introduces promising students to the programs, policies and operations of the federal agency charged with promoting scholarship, education and public programming in the Humanities in the United States. Interns were selected based on their interest in and commitment to the Humanities, and the conception, clarity, and execution of writing samples, two of which were submitted for the application process. Each intern receives a $4,000 stipend.

 

AY20–21 Philosophy Scholarships

AY20–21 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Shawn Hernandez

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Nicholas Perez

Graduate Research Fellowship:
Michael Lara

Congratulations to each of the winners on their well-written essays and accomplishments!

 

AY19–20 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Miguel Hernandez

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Amy Harms
Caitlin Mace

Graduate Research Fellowship:
Avery Amerson

HOGAR Graduate Recruitment Scholarship:
Leandro Mendez

AY18–19 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Kyle Bollin

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Avery Amerson
Chris Mynatt

Graduate Research Fellowship:
Christopher George

HOGAR Graduate Recruitment Scholarship:
Miguel Hernandez

AY17–18 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Richard Link

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Gerardo Arroyo

HOGAR Graduate Recruitment Scholarship:
Vincent del Prado

AY16–17 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Alexander Beard
Kyle Waterbury

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Kylie Shahar

AY15–16 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Aurora Clark
Jose Vera Cruz

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Alexander Beard
Corey Jenson

Graduate Research Fellowship:
Nathan Lackey

AY14–15 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Christian Weede

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Nathan Lackey

AY13–14 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Emily Barrett

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Joshua Feng

Graduate Research Fellowship:
Emily Barrett

AY12–13 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Caleb Campbell

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Karen Schindler

AY11–12 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Josh Folk

49er Bookstore Textbook Stipend:
David Smith

Graduate Research Fellowship:
Neil Richmond

AY10–11 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Rebekah Bonner Cummings

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
John Clevenger

AY09–10 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Nathan Glover

Wegner-Fells Scholarship:
Clinton Packman

AY08–09 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Clinton Packman

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
tbd

AY07–08 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Rick Fox
Jonathan Dixon

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Kara Sutton-Jones
Saad Anis

AY05–06 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
tbd

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Nicholas Allen

Pei-Sung Tang Scholarship:
Joe Moss
Alex Wilson

AY04–05 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
tbd

Pei-Sung Tang Scholarship:
tbd

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Chhunny Chhean
Michael Rings

AY03–04 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships press release

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Franklin Sims

Pei-Sung Tang Scholarship:
Jason Sheley

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Eric Balmer
Rebecca Canales
Daniel Deen
Joe Z. Moss

AY02–03 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Eric Balmer

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Russell Daley
Daniel Deen
Daniel Gould
Jennifer Hagaman
James Haley
David Labinger

AY01–02 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Russell Daley

Peccorini Scholarship:
Alan Casselman
Michael Zar

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Carlos Castillo
Kimberly Gainey
Keith F. Gibbs
Wendy McGlothlin

AY00–01 Philosophy Scholarships and Awards

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Carlos Castillo

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Kimberly Gainey
David Brazgel

Phi Beta Kappa: news release
Carlos Castillo

Phi Kappa Phi: news release
Diane Anderson
Nancy Choy
Carlos Castillo
Janet Horrigan
Laura Clark
Kimberly Gainey
John Whipple

AY99–00 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Ted Preston

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
Jack Bowen
John Whipple

AY98–99 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Matthew Brophy

Paul C. L. Tang Scholarship:
Daniel Considine

William McGowan Scholarship:
Erik Baldwin 

AY97–98 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Paul C. L. Tang Scholarship:
Victoria Rogers

AY95–96 Philosophy Scholarships and Fellowships

Marie Whittington Scholarship:
Michael Ashooh

AY20–21 Commencement Awards

Congratulations to each of these students on their accomplishments!

AY20–21 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Caitlin Mace

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate:
Sandra Avitia

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Michael Lara
Lissa Dechakul

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Zuezenia Villegas
Madison Larsen

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Sandra Avitia
Faris Babineaux
Martin Corona
Damaris Gomez-Lopez
Grant Gutierrez
Miguel Hernandez
Austin Jenkins
Joo Kim
Michelle Levia Mejia
Devon McCollumn
Damon Paffenroth
Maya Portier
David Ramirez-Ruz
Timothy Ruiz
Alex Salvador
Alexandra Stepanov
Amy Umaña
Adrian Urias
Keali’I Justin Witczak

AY19–20 Commencement Awards  |  program

Best Masters Thesis, College of Liberal Arts:
Dean Bruce  |  announcement

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Dean Bruce
Christopher Mynatt

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Kyle Bollin
Tanner Whitlow

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Avery Amerson
Damien Fernando
Owen Hammer
Michael Hurley
Austin Jenkins
Samantha Morales
Henry Pickett
Katrina Sinson
Jasmine Vargas

AY18–19 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate:
Richard Link

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Burgandy Basulto
Vincent del Prado

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Amanda Dilger
Richard Link

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Margaret Gibbons
James Krausen
Michael Lara
Reese Perez
Michael Redding
Erik Rodriguez-Cerda

AY17–18 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate:
Kylie Shahar

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Andrew Shin
Cameron Stein

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Yousef Ahmed
Jeffrey Allen
Jacee Cantler
Monica Casares
Crystal Jones
Tim Shaker
Jake Teran
Spencer Wianecki

AY16–17 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Alexander Beard

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Corey Jenson
Mitch Kaufman

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Nickolas Sackett
Jose Vera Cruz

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Aurora Clark
Claire Filson
Brandon Howell
Jin Ri Kim
Kory Kordich
Michael Kosak
Nathan Lackey
Giovanni Navarro

AY15–16 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Andrew Bollhagen

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Robbie Brown
Jose Gonzalez Jr.

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Livia Espiritu
Robert Marlow Jr.
Chloe Bell
Vincent Garrido

AY14–15 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Andrew Bollhagen
Christian Weede

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Christopher Nielsen

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
David Amargo
Gilbert Benavidez
Santiago Calogero
Alex Campise
Cameron Conway
Zachary Finn
Zackary Ford
Anhthu Hoang
Rene Rodriguez
Dhariane Sou
Kevin Watson

AY13–14 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Emily Barrett

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Emily Barrett
Holly Mikhael

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Josh Feng

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Josh Feng
Rob Garsson

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Asmita Deswal
Stephanie Fleming
Celia Guzman
Raisa Lobo
Gustavo Miranda
Austin Mitchell
Ann Nettleton
Jarrod Phipps
Jessica Zheng

AY12–13 Commencement Awards

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Emma Björngard
Caleb Campbell
Andrew Casas
Jordan Ezell
Zien Halwani
Joseph Komenda
Antonio Mendoza
Tyler Morand
Daniel Shultz
Thomas Thomassian

AY11–12 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Kristopher Gay

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Jessica Howell
Joseph Diminutto
Michael Hurley
Daniel Wilson

AY10–11 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
John Clevenger

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Rebekah Bonner

Distinguished Graduate Students:
John Clevenger
Amy Conti

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Rebekah Bonner
Michael Moval

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Stephanie Williams
Nicole Chen
Edgar Vera
Mark Shively
Andrew Velin
Robert Schwin

AY09–10 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Clinton Packman

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Clinton Packman

Distinguished Graduate Students:
David Glover
Kara Sutton-Jones
Andrew Velin

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Samuel Bullock
Timothy Feliciano
Nathan Glover
Daniel Magno
Clinton Packman

AY08–09 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Richard Fox
Saad Anis

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Glenn Marchand Jr.
Gabriella Taj Ka

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Matthew Franko
Debraun Ellis Morrison
Rex Styzens
Jeffrey Dollarhide
Tyler Hahn
Ernest Hinojos
Jamie Panter
Philip Simpkin

AY07–08 Commencement Awards

Best Masters Thesis, College of Liberal Arts:
Amanda Trefethen

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Amanda Trefethen

Phi Beta Kappa Nominees for Members-in-Course:
Jonathan Dixon
Taylor Jerri

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Matthew Franko
Matthew Glover
Pat Parks
Cindy Rand
Justin Wells
Douglas Carter
Jonathan Dixon
Kevin Jamison
Taylor Jerri
Stephanie Quinn
Jake Read
James Walker

AY06–07 Commencement Awards

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Errol Dauis

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Thomas Miller

AY05–06 Commencement Awards

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Amanda Trefethen

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Joao Pereira

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
Zachary Margolies

Phi Kappa Phi
Andrea Reynolds

Distinguished Undergraduate Students:
Joao Pereira
Veeken Tashjian

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Alex Wilson
Sara Auguilar
Frank Arenas
Theresa Demonte
Talia Drake
Greg Keener
Sara Leimbach
Natasha Marek
Zachary Margolies
John Parducho

AY04–05 Commencement Awards

Outstanding Baccalaureate Award Winner:
Chhunny Chhean

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Eric Balmer
Daniel Deen
Cyd Fass
Michael Rings

Phi Beta Kappa Nominees for Members-in-Course:
Kelly Laumbach
Laura Pomella

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Chhunny Chhean

AY03–04 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Cathleen Clay

Distinguished Graduate Students:
Aaron Bradford
Cathleen Clay

Finalist for Outstanding Baccalaureate Award:
Nathan Brodnax

Phi Beta Kappa Nominee for Members-in-Course:
John Cho

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Matthew Glover

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
Joy Brehaut
Christopher Buechler
Rebecca Caneles
Rene Fonseca
Charles Larson
Franklin Sims
Venessa Volz

AY01–02 Commencement Awards

Outstanding Baccalaureate Award Winner:
Kimberly Ann Gainey

Distinguished Graduate Student:
Carlos Castillo

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Kimberly Ann Gainey

Academic Excellence in Philosophy Awards:
James Bonar
Laura Clark
Albert Lara
Wendy McGlothlin
Ryan Murphy
Brian Quinlan
Scott Sward
Michael Zar
Alan Casselman
Barbara Hogan
Amy Murphy
Timothy Parker
Melvin Sanchez
Mark Vukadinovich

AY00–01 Commencement Awards

Phi Kappa Phi  |  announcement
Diane Anderson
Carlos Fernando Castillo
Nancy Choy
Laura Clark
Kimberly Ann Gainey
Janet Horrigan
John Whipple

AY96–97 Commencement Awards

Dean’s List of Graduating Masters Students:
Michael Ashooh

Distinguished Undergraduate Student:
Timothy Parker

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Alumni Spotlight: Brian Treanor

Dr. Brian Treanor, MA in Philosophy ’97

Brian is Professor of Philosophy and the Charles S. Casassa Chair at Loyola Marymount University. He earned his MA in philosophy at CSULB in 1997, where he wrote a thesis on the phenomenology of obligation under Prof. Guerrière. After leaving CSULB, he completed a PhD at Boston College. His writing takes up a wide variety of issues, but environmental philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion have been consistent foci. His books include Interpreting NatureEmplotting VirtueCarnal Hermeneutics, and, most recently, Melancholic Joy: On Life Worth Living. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Gitty (a professor of political science at the University of La Verne) and daughters.

Sandra Avitia completes triple major

Congratulations to Sandra Avitia, who graduated with a triple major in Philosophy, French, and International Studies this past FA20. (Yes, you read that right—a triple major!)

Sandra’s interest in Philosophy began in high school when she joined a program that incorporated Philosophically-based English classes into the curriculum. She started off reading classics by Plato, studying his ideas on metaphysics and ethics. She also studied philosophical theology with Dante’s Inferno. This program later included readings on more controversial topics such as female circumcision and its role in medical ethics. Sandra planned to become an international lawyer with a concentration in human rights, as she realized philosophy was the perfect major to prepare her for this career. Not only did philosophy challenge her to form well-written arguments for topics such as existentialism, altruism, and ethics, but it also challenged her to analyze cultural norms around the globe and different ways of thinking.

As she embarked on her academic journey at Cal State Long Beach, she studied philosophies such as Taoism and Confucianism, exploring the Eastern views on time and consciousness. She continued her studies in medical ethics with Professor Dieveney, learning about different perspectives on topics such as embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia. She took a Foucault class with Professor Rosenkrantz, and enjoyed the distinct perspectives Foucault takes on sexuality and his ideas of power and its relation to knowledge.

Sandra originally started off as a Philosophy major but later realized the subject complemented her other academic interests. She thus went on to add majors in International Studies and French. Philosophy came up in her International Studies classes as well. This included Karl Marx’s theory of alienation of labor as well as renowned French philosophers Simone de Beauvoir’s work The Second Sex and Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of The Earth. In addition to her philosophy coursework, Sandra took classes on international migration and its relation to Benedict Anderson’s Theory of Imagined Borders. Her coursework followed a class on international development that focused on understanding the benefits and limitations of UN agencies in poorer countries.

Sandra left North America for the first time in the FA19 to start a year abroad at the Universities of Paris in France, where she took the majority of her French classes and immersed herself in the rich culture of the country. These classes included some focused on French culture and history, a class on the most popular comic books in France, two others analyzing the differences between American and French culture and classic French film and novels. Sandra also had the opportunity to study the plethora of highly esteemed French philosophers. She studied the revolutionary works of Voltaire and Montesquieu, and her coursework also included those of Rousseau and Diderot. In addition to the famous philosophers of the Enlightenment, she had the opportunity to study sociolinguistic philosophy in a course on the role of French in post-colonial French territories.

Unfortunately, back in March, the looming COVID-19 pandemic brought Sandra’s study abroad experience to an abrupt halt. Countries started to close their borders and she was left with a very difficult decision to either stay in France or return home. Ultimately, Sandra decided to remain in France until July 2020, where she experienced one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe. However, it was an opportunity to compare the different cultural responses to the pandemic.

Sandra is extremely grateful for her study abroad experience as well as for her newfound community at Cal State Long Beach. She started off her first semester at Cal State Long Beach in a new city full of ambition, and is happy to have found a multitude of teachers and faculty to help guide her academic decisions toward triple majoring and studying abroad. It was her community at Long Beach that has helped shape the determined critical thinker she is today. She has excelled in her academic fields, and ended her semester with a 3.62 GPA.

Sandra plans to attend grad school in the upcoming years. She wants to earn a Master’s in public policy and pursue a career in human rights activism. Sandra currently speaks three languages: French and Spanish, in addition to her native English. She hopes to one day work with a United Nations specialized agency to continue her passion for human rights.

 

Faculty Accomplishments

2020 Peer-reviewed Articles

Kyle Banick has two new articles forthcoming: ‘A modal analysis of phenomenal intentionality: horizonality and object-directed phenomenal presence‘ in Synthese, and ‘Husserl, model theory, and formal essences’ in Husserl Studies. Christa Johnson‘s paper, ‘Leaving agent-relative value behind’, is forthcoming in Utilitas. Cory Wright‘s article ‘Mechanistic idealization in systems biology‘ with Dingmar van Eck is also forthcoming in Synthese; and his ‘Rational cognition and approximate truth in the Lvov-Warsaw School’ with Joe Ulatowski is forthcoming in Poznań Studies. And Patrick Dieveney‘s paper ‘The honest weasel‘ was published in volume 12 of Disputatio.

2019 Peer-reviewed Articles

Congrats to Kyle Banick, who has three new articles out! Two of these papers are on phenomenal intentionality: ‘How to be an adverbialist about phenomenal intentionality‘ and ‘What is it like to think about oneself? De se thought and phenomenal intentionality‘ in the journals Synthese and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, respectively. The third paper, ‘Epistemic logic, monotonicity, and the Halbach-Welch Rapprochement Strategy‘, was published in volume 107 of Studia Logica.

The beginning of the academic year has brought forth a bounty of new and exciting work in moral psychology and ethical theory, too. Christa Johnson has two new articles that are forthcoming: ‘Resolutions, salient reasons, and weakness of will‘ in Synthese, and ‘How deontologists can be moderate (and why they should be)‘ in the Journal of Value Inquiry. Also out this fall is Nick Laskowski‘s ‘Moral constraints on gender concepts‘ in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

Additionally, Cory Wright‘s article ‘Ontic explanation is either ontic or explanatory, but not both‘, co-authored with Dingmar van Eck, was published in volume 5 of the journal Ergo. Alex Klein‘s article ‘Between anarchism and suicide: on William James’s religious therapy’ is forthcoming in the journal Philosophers’ Imprint.

Descartes Scholarship

There’s quite a bit of new work on Descartes to check out. Congrats to Marie Jayasekera, who has two peer-reviewed articles forthcoming. One is ‘All in their nature good’: Descartes on the passions of the soul, published in volume 58 of the Journal of the History of Philosophy, and the other is Imitation and ‘infinite’ will: Descartes on the Imago Dei, which is forthcoming in volume 8 of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. Larry Nolan‘s chapter ‘Descartes’ appeared in Graham Oppy’s (ed.) volume Ontological Arguments in November 2018, and his chapters ‘Metaphysics’ and ‘Descartes and the philosophy of mind’ are forthcoming in Steven Nadler, Tad Schmaltz, & Delphine Antoine-Mahut’s (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism and Cecilia Lim & Jorge Secada’s (ed.) The Cartesian Mind, respectively.

International Conferences and Workshops 20182019

Cory Wright was invited to give a keynote address for the 10th anniversary of the Cognition, Language, and Perception Research Group at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The Workshop on Philosophy and Neuroscience brings together 14 scholars from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, psychiatry, and cognitive science, and will take place from 26–27 November 2018 at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia.

Alex Klein presented ‘A cosmopolitan James’ at the European Pragmatism Conference, held at the University of Vienna (19 April 2018). He was also at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle, presenting his paper ‘William James’s objection to epiphenomenalism’ on 03 November 2018.

2018 Peer-reviewed Articles

There’s more new research in scientific philosophy coming down the pike. Wayne Wright‘s article, ‘The unique hues and the argument from phenomenal structure‘ was accepted by the journal Philosophical Studies. Additionally, two faculty have articles forthcoming in the journal Synthese: Cory Wright‘s co-authored article with Matteo Colombo, ‘First principles in the life sciences: the free-energy principle, organicism, and mechanism‘, and Patrick Dieveney‘s article, ‘Scientific explanation, unifying mathematics, and indispensability Arguments‘.

Also, check out the new scholarship on early 20th century philosophers William James and Bertrand Russell. Max Rosenkrantz‘s paper, ‘Dealing with meanings: a neglected step in the Gray’s Elegy argument‘, was published in volume 38 of the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, and Alex Klein‘s paper, ‘The death of consciousness? William James’s case against psychological unobservables‘ will be published in the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

New Books

Cory Wright‘s book with Matteo Colombo & Angela Potochnik, entitled Recipes for Science: An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning, was published by Routledge in FA18. Alex Klein‘s (ed.) Oxford Handbook of William James is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and Marcy Lascano‘s (co-ed., with Lisa Shapiro) Early Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources is forthcoming from Broadview Press.

President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement

Congratulations to Larry Nolan, who was lauded in SP18 as one of the 50 recipients of the inaugural President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement. These prestigious awards recognize the sustained effort of senior professors from across the university and reward their meritorious achievements over the past five years.

2017 Peer-reviewed Articles

Max Rosenkrantz‘s paper, ‘A reconstruction of Russell’s Gray’s Elegy argument‘, was published this past year in volume 6.2 of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. Congrats, also, to Nellie Wieland, whose paper ‘Agent and object‘ was just published in volume 43 of Social Theory and Practice.

There’s also some new research in scientific philosophy. Alex Klein‘s paper, ‘The curious case of the decapitated frog: on experiment and philosophy‘ is now out in volume 26 of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. Cory Wright co-authored two articles: ‘Explanatory pluralism: an unrewarding prediction error for free energy‘, in volume 112 of the journal Brain and Cognition, and ‘HIT and brain reward function: a case of mistaken identity (theory)‘ in volume 64 of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

International Workshops and Colloquia 20162017

Several faculty have recently been invited to give talks at a variety of international venues and universities. As part of his Fulbright Fellowship, Alex Klein presented his paper ‘The curious case of the decapitated frog’ at the University of Sheffield (25 November 2016) as well as Gresham College in London (01 December 2016). More recently, he was invited to the University of Vienna to present ‘James and Herbart’ at the conference Völkerpsychologie und beschreibende Psychologie (27 April 2017). More recently still, Alex has been invited to give a four-part lecture series on William James’s theory of consciousness École Normale Supérieure in Paris (June 2017). Bravo!

Cory Wright and Nellie Wieland were in New Zealand presenting papers at the University of Waikato Philosophy Seminar: ‘HIT and brain reward function’ (24 April 2017) and ‘Quotation in the wild’ (26 April 2017), respectively.

Larry Nolan participated in the Séminaire Descartes 8e Année, and gave a talk entitled ‘The ontological status of Descartes’s mind-body union‘ (21 February 2017), in which he examined metaphysical and conceptual claims about Descartes’s account of the unity of the mind and body.

Marcy Lascano was in Sweden last fall presenting her paper, ‘Cavendish on the world and our place in it’, in the History of Philosophy Seminar at Uppsala University (23 November 2016). Jason Raibley presented his paper ‘Disability, well-being, and the interpretation of social indicators’ at Umeå University (23 November 2016) and at the Uppsala University Seminar on Practical Philosophy (25 November 2016).

Guest-Edited Special Issue, Synthese

Joseph Ulatowski & Cory Wright have completed their Guest Editorship of a special issue, Minimalism about Truth, in the journal Synthese. The issue celebrates the 25th anniversary of Paul Horwich’s book Truth and the 20th anniversary of the revised edition with nine new peer-reviewed articles—including one by Wright entitled ‘Truth, explanation, minimalism‘ and a new paper by Horwich.

Doctoral Degree Earned FA16

Amanda Trefethen recently defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled The Space Between: On the Emergence of an International Legal Practice of Human Rights, on November 30th 2016 at the University of California Irvine. Congratulations, Amanda!

2016 Peer-reviewed Articles

Congrats to both Alex Klein and Max Rosenkrantz, who each have new papers out. Alex’s paper ‘Was James psychologistic?‘ appears in volume 4 of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. Max’s paper ‘From The Begriffsschrift to Über Sinn Und Bedeutung: Frege as epistemologist and ontologist’ appears in volume 39 of the Manuscrito, and his paper ‘The problem of false belief and the failure of the theory of descriptions‘ appears in volume 82 of the journal Theoria.

Fulbright Fellowship 20162017

Alex Klein has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for the 2016–2017 academic year. The Fulbright will send him to the University of Sheffield (UK), where he will be working on a book entitled The Rise of Empiricism: William James and the Science of Mind. Congratulations, Alex!

Collection: The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon

Congratulations to Larry Nolan on the publication of his compendium, The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, by Cambridge University Press in January 2016. The volume contains over 250+ entries from almost 100 internationally-recognized contributors—a major feat of scholarship. (For additional information, see the coverage in Inside CSULB.)

2015 Peer-reviewed Articles

There’s some new research to check out in the history and philosophy of science. Alex Klein‘s paper, entitled ‘Science, religion, and ‘the will to believe”, has been published in volume 5 of HOPOS—the new journal for the History of the Philosophy of Science—along with a response by Cheryl Misak. Also, Cory Wright‘s paper, ‘The ontic conception of explanation‘ is published in volume 54 of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

CEPA Faculty Fellowship 20152016

Jason Raibley has been awarded a Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellowship for the 2015–2016 academic year by the Murphy Institute of Tulane University, where he is working on a book that defends a naturalistic and holistic theory of welfare. Congratulations, Jason!

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships & Grants 20152016

Congratulations to Marcy Lascano, who was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the 2015-2016 year to work on a book entitled, Early Modern Women Philosophers: Cosmology to Human Nature. See the story in Inside CSULB for more information.

Marcy also received recognition from the NEH for two more projects this year: an NEH Collaborative Research Grant, co-directed with Andrew Janiak for New Narratives in Philosophy: Rediscovering Neglected Works by Early Modern Women, and was accepted as a participant in an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers for Between Medieval and Modern: Philosophy from 1300–1700 at UC Boulder. The competition for these fellowships is intense—these are all major achievements. Congratulations, Marcy!

Dean Bruce Wins AY19–20 Best Thesis Award

Congratulations to graduate student Dean Bruce, who won the award for Best Master’s Thesis in AY19–20 in the College of Liberal Arts. Dean produced an exemplary piece of historical scholarship, and one of the most erudite theses to come out of the MA program in decades.

In SP11, Dean earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach in Cell and Molecular Biology. A couple of years later, he enrolled in philosophy of science with Prof. Cory Wright, and—after taking a few other courses over the years to catch up—Dean matriculated into the graduate program in Philosophy. Initially, Dean was focused on constructivist epistemology and scientific anti-realism; he also has an abiding interest in the David Hume’s moral and scientific philosophies, and was influenced by Prof. Jason Raibley’s moral psychology class. However, after seminars in philosophy of religion with Prof. Marcy Lascano, supplemented with courses in Plato and Aristotle with Dr. Max Rosenkrantz and continental rationalism with Dr. Larry Nolan, Dean became intrigued by medieval philosophy and read extensively throughout the primary, secondary, and tertiary literature on this period.

While he certainly has an affinity for early modern philosophy, and Hume in particular, Dean judged that this field had been extensively covered. And so he chose a thesis on Islamic philosophy owing to his desire to work on a novel and historically exotic philosophy topic. The result was a close study of the medieval Islamic thinker Abû Hâmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ġhazâlî (fl. 1056–1111 CE) on the topic of occasionalism. al-Ġhazâlî was a highly influential philosopher, theologian, jurist, and mystic, and influenced numerous Muslim and Christian philosophers, like Avicenna and Thomas Aquinas. Traditionally, he is taken to have endorsed occasionalism, which is the metaphysical doctrine that God is the only genuine cause, and that any secondary causes merely provide the ‘occasion’ upon which God exercises causal power in the world. Contrary to the standard interpretation, however, Dean argues in his thesis that al-Ghazâlî’s commitment to occasionalism is complicated and often indeterminate, and raises questions about natural science and divine omnipotence. Here is the abstract to Dean’s thesis:

This thesis is a study of al-Ġhazâlî’s views on occasionalism. Although al-Ġhazâlî’s views on occasionalism are indeterminate, it is evident that his theological work aimed to affirm the omnipotence and liberty of God in exerting influence upon created order. One polemical challenge against divine omnipotence and the integrity of religious revelation from the Islamic tradition comes from the Aristotelian-inspired philosophers who argue that the order operates through natures that are intrinsic to certain objects. This view on natural philosophy undermines the orthodox commitment to miracles as depicted in the Qur’an and hadith literature. al-Ġhazâlî used a variety of arguments to affirm miracles and God’s agency in the created order, not only assailing the natural philosophy that the world operates according to the natures intrinsic to created objects, but also arguing that God can operate through mysterious and previously unknown phenomena in the natural order. Thus, according to al-Ġhazâlî, since God can manifest his power through mysterious, unknown phenomenon, there is no epistemological means to distinguish between natural and supernatural events. That is unproblematic for al-Ġhazâlî if God’s power is so pervasive that it encompasses everything. However, it undermines miracles as being a theological proof of the validity of revelation and prophecy.

Dean successfully defended his thesis on March 4th to great fanfare, just before the University began closing down due to the covid-19 pandemic of 2020, and is graduating in SP20 from Cal State Long Beach, again—this time with a Master’s degree in Philosophy. His accomplishment represents the best of the Liberal Arts: original research that seamlessly integrates scientific understanding of the cosmos with historical exegesis and the analysis of important ideas during the Islamic Golden Age. Again, congratulations, Dean, on your accomplishment. You’ve made us all very proud!

In the near future, Dean plans to attend a doctoral program to work on early modern moral sentimentalist metaethics, particularly as it concerns the work of Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, and Adam Smith. He also plans to return to campus to engage in discussions with his professors and fellow philosophy students He may continue to work in this area, and pursue publication of his research and to work further in the philosophy of religion.

 

Diversity among Graduating Philosophy Students

The Department of Philosophy has quietly been way out in front of the inclusive excellence initiative at Cal State Long Beach, long before there was such a thing.

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education show that CSULB’s Department of Philosophy is not only in the top-100 departments in the United States in terms of overall number of philosophy degrees granted, but 6th best in the country for graduating students of color and 15th in the country in terms of the percentage of graduated female students of color (h/t to our colleague in the Department of Physics, Dr. Galen Pickett). In a discipline that’s moving toward greater diversification, we are proud to be the pipeline for students of color entering the profession.

SU19 Graduate Advising

Some open office hours for graduate advising will be held in the coming two weeks during the following times:
  • Thursday August 8th 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Friday August 9th 11:00am–1:00pm
  • Monday August 12th 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Tuesday August 13th 2:00pm–4:00pm
During these times, Prof. Wright will be in his office for graduate advising. Any new or continuing graduate students, as well as any prospective students interested in the MA program, are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity. So if you’d like an in-person meeting, or a phone or videochat appointment, please contact Prof. Wright at least one day in advance to make arrangements.

Phone: 562–985–2736
Office: MHB–909
E-mail: cory.wright@csulb.edu