M.A. Students


Robert C. Baker
I received my bachelor's degree in business administration in 1986 from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. I earned my master's degree in divinity from Concordia Seminary in 1998 and my master's in ethics from Creighton University in 2011. My current interests include ethics, healthcare ethics, and natural law.

Logan Baseley

Sarah Beach 

Victoria White Berger
I attended Duke University where I earned my bachelor's degree in English and history.   I am a professional executive in the non-profit area. I have long been reading philosophy and theology and have wanted to study formally for years.

Dayana Bou Jaoude

Andy Bramman
Andrew BrammanI attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where I earned my bachelor's degree in philosophy. My primary interests are the history of philosophy, social and political philosophy, and normative ethics. I also have an affinity for Eastern philosophy, primarily the Taoist and Buddhist traditions. To my mind, philosophy presents itself as one of mankind's most promising avenues toward breaking the shackles of dogmatic thought and viewing the world from perspectives previously unimaginable. Forget solutions; pondering the deep questions of philosophical inquiry can be enlightening enough. As you may have guessed, academic research is not where I see myself taking my degree. I'd like to teach at the community college level, presenting the issues and problems of philosophy to people who have the inquisitive bent, but not the inclination to make a career (lifestyle?) out of it. The more people exposed to philosophical modes of thinking, the better. Maybe by developing the critical thinking skills of as much of the populace as possible, we can make some progress toward solving some of the major issues our society faces.

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Amy BroadwayI received a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in philosophy from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. After teaching English in China, I received a professional writing certificate from University of Missouri-St. Louis and worked in the communications department at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. I began the master's program at UMSL in January of 2012. I'm interested in philosophy of mind, moral psychology, well-being, and the good life.

Abe Brummett
Adam BrummettI have a B.S. with a double major in philosophy and sociology from Murray State University. I also hold an M.A. in history from Murray State University. My initial interest in philosophy came through doing the philosophy of religion in an undergraduate course at Murray. After grad school at Murray I traveled overseas and served in the Peace Corps where I lived on a tiny island in the Pacific (Kosrae) and taught philosophy at the College of Micronesia. I am just the kind of creature that likes doing philosophy, so practicing it makes life meaningful to me.

Jeremy Compton

Thomas Costigon

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John CamachoI earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from California State University in Sacramento. While most areas of philosophy interest me to some degree, I'm primarily interested in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. My introduction to philosophy came through the bits and pieces I could find in various religious traditions and literature. When I found out there was an entire discipline devoted to exploring the human condition, I was hooked. When I'm not thinking about philosophy, I enjoy good stories (film, television, or literature), good company, and good craft brews.

Garrett Dimond

Jeffry Halbert
Jeffry HalbertI graduated from Webster University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in philosophy. I also earned a Certificate in Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics from Webster University. While I enjoy a wide range of philosophical topics, I am currently interested in focusing on applied ethics. Of specific concern are questions pertaining to environmental, political, religious and business ethics, and the necessary interrelation of those fields. My interest in philosophy stems from my belief that we can all be “more” than what we currently are. Granted, the definition of “more” can differ drastically from one person to the next, but the important part is that no matter who we are or what we are doing, we have the potential to learn, to grow and to do “more,” both for ourselves and the world around us. I believe it is the study of philosophy that provides us with the tools necessary to reach that potential. When I’m not trying to be “more,” I enjoy singing, going to see live music, reading, ice hockey and relaxing with my family—Miro (cat) and Parker (dog).

Shane Hughes
I hold undergraduate degrees in history and theology with minors in peace studies and gender and diversity studies from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am primarily interested in the history of philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophical anthropology, and the intersection of eastern and western thought. What I really seek, however, is enlightenment, or perhaps just another excuse to think and read all day.

David Justice

David K. McGraw
I completed my bachelors' in biochemistry, biotechnology, and philosophy at UMSL. My current interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and social and political philosophy. I sincerely believe that every human thinks about philosophy, whether or not they know it as such. Having said that, I study philosophy in the hopes that I may come to some understanding about the role of philosophy in the daily life of a person living in the current age. For me, the pursuits of philosophy and the pursuits of a human being are one and the same; thus, I wish to bring this to the light of day by the light of my own reason.

Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer

Curtis Metcalf
I earned my bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Denver. My current interests include philosophy of religion, philosophy of law, social and political philosophy and ethics. I began my college career studying psychology and history, but soon discovered that what I really loved about those disciplines were the philosophy of mind and the history of philosophy, respectively. My current interests have drifted some from my original interests, but there is no doubt that what initially drove me to philosophy was my realization of how much philosophy was being done (or not done) in those history and psychology courses.

Justin Ormsby

Jordan Potter
Jordan PotterI earned my bachelor's degree in philosophy from Greenville College in Illinois. My interests in philosophy are broad, but I am especially interested in ethics, the philosophy of religion, free will, and how all of these things are related. I am also very interested in political philosophy, the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, and Modern Philosophy in general. To me, philosophy is about questioning the givens and taking nothing for granted. The type of deep, fundamental questions that philosophy asks has always intrigued me, and I think this is why I am so fond of the discipline. After completing my Master's Degree in philosophy, I am hoping to begin a PhD program or another Master's program, but I am not quite sure what I will be pursuing yet.

Philip Powe

Scott Prather

Kevin Rice | Synesthesia Research
Kevin RiceI earned by bachelor's in philosophy (with honors) and psychology at Simpson College. My interests include phenomenology, cognitive science, and aesthetics. "Oh let the sun beat down upon my face/ Stars to fill my dreams/ I am a traveler of both time and space. To be where I have been."


Caleb Sanders

Mike Sigler
Mike SiglerI have a bachelor's degree in philosophy. My interests include personal identity, free will, and social issues. If Monty Python cannot answer the question of what the meaning of life is, I don't see how I can do any better.

Mike Tolliver