Careers and Placement


A postgraduate degree in Philosophy can be useful in many careers: employers value the independent thought and capacity for research such a degree provides.

Those hoping to make a career of philosophy should think about their CV from the start of their graduate work: choosing a range of courses, obtaining teaching experience, and publishing papers. The Department has a Postgraduate Careers Officer who handles placement. Recent graduates have obtained positions at these universities (among others): Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cork, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Essex, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Keele, Kent, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, LSE, Macquarie (Australia), Manchester, Manitoba (Canada), Minas Gerais (Brazil), Nottingham, Open, Oxford, Sheffield, Stirling, Trinity College Dublin, UNAM (Mexico), and York.

This information is complete to the best of our knowledge.

Year of completion

PhD & Supervisors

Initial Placement

Subsequent Placement


Gonzalo Nunez

Carving the World at its Boundaries. A Metaphysical Study


Siobhan Moriarty

Ontological Categories, Existence Statements, and Metaphysical Modality.


Neil Williams

Realism, Individualism, and Pluralism: The Metaphysics and Ethics of William James


 Teaching Fellow and Consultant in Applied Ethics, Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre (IDEA CETL), Leeds
Philippa Read (Leeds University)

'Female Heroism in First World War France: Representations and Lived Experiences.'

Hobbs (Sheffield)/Fell (Leeds)

Teaching Associate, Department of French, Aston University


Maria Kasmirli

'Conversational Implicature: Re-assessing the Gricean Framework'


Adriana Clavel Vazquez

'Engaging with Counter-Moral Fictions: A Contextual Approach'


Bernardo Pino

'A Defence of the Theoretical Relevance of the Term ‘Concept’'


Alex Baker-Graham

'Feeling Like Stories: Empathy and Narrative Engagement'


Postdoc at the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Philipp Rau

The Author, Not the Tale: Memory, Narrative, and the Self


Temporary lectureship at the University of Nottingham
Richard Healey

The Power of Consent


Postdoc at the Centre de Recherche en Ethique, Montreal
Stephen Ingram

Robustness in Moral Reality: Norms, Necessity and Robust Realism


Fixed-term Lectureship in Philosophy at the University of Manchester
Cristina Roadevin

Blame and Forgiveness


Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Leeds

Katharine Jenkins

Ontic Injustice


Research Fellowship, Cambridge Lecturer, University of Nottingham
Armin Khameh

The Morality of Toleration


Journalist, Persian-language Television Station


Joe Saunders

Reason, Freedom and Morality: An Interpretation and Defence of Kant's Groundwork III


Teaching fellow at the Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre, Leeds Teaching fellow at the Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre, Leeds
Charlotte Alderwick

Freedom and Powers in Schelling's Metaphysics


Fixed term lecturer at the University of Western England (UWE) Senior Lecturer at University of the West of England
Pete Caven

Moral Disagreement: A Psychological Account and the Political Implications


Interdisciplinary Research Development Officer, University of Sheffield
Simon Kittle

Free will and the ability to do otherwise


Postdoc on 'The Nature of God' at the Institute for Christian Philosophy, University of Innsbruck

Elianna Fetterolf

Remorse: A Prospective Genealogy


Post doc on 'Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health’, Keble College, Oxford

Postdoctoral Fellow, 'Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine'

Paniel Reyes Cardenas

The Place of Scholastic Realism in Peirce's Pragmatic Philosophy


Lecturer and Researcher at UPAEP (Autonomous University of Puebla State) in Puebla, Mexico


Stephen Wright

The nature of testimonial justification


Stipendiary lecturer, Jesus College, Oxford

Carl Fox

Party to the Hypothetical Contract: Obligation, Legitimacy, and Autonomy


Lecturer in Ethics, University of Leeds (3 year post)

Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Applied Ethics Centre, Leeds

Jonathan Parry

Authority and Harm in War


Postdoctoral researcher, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace

Birmingham Fellow in Global Ethics

Frank Arthurs

Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibility


Jack Wadham

Representation Rectified


Civil Service Fast Stream

Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko

On Collective Action: Underpinning the Plural Subject with a Model of Planning Agency


Temporary teaching post, University of Sheffield

Teaching Fellow, University of Nottingham

Natasha McKeever

Romantic Love and Monogamy: A Philosophical Exploration


Civil Service Fast Stream

Teaching Fellow at Leeds Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics Centre

Jan Kandiyali

Karl Marx's Individualistic Conception of the Good Life


Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy, Istanbul

Ivar Hannikainnen

Evaluative Focus: A Dual-Process View of Moral Judgment


Postdoctoral Fellow at Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro


Bernardo Aguilera

Mindedness: On the Minimal Conditions for Possessing a Mind


Practicing medicine

Half-time post, Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of Chile

Jessica Begon

Policy Without Paternalism: A Capability Approach to Legitimate State Action


Teaching Fellow, University of York

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford

Inga Vermeulen

Words Matter: A Pragmatist View on the Study of Words in First-order Philosophy


3-year postdoc on 'Ontology after Quine', University of Hamburg

Joshua Forstenzer

John Dewey's Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy


Vice Chancellor's Fellow, University of Sheffield

Paul Giladi

Hegel's Critique and Development of Kant


Project Investigator, ‘Idealism and the Philosophy of Mind’

Teaching and Research Fellow in Philosophy at University College Dublin

Josh Fedorko

Kant and Hegel on Things in Themselves


Jonathan Payne

Expansionist Abstraction


Jacobsen Fellow at UCL/Institute of Philosophy

Angela Pepper

Feminism and Global Justice

Saul/G. Brown (Politics)

Teaching Fellow, University of York

Postdoc at the Centre de Recherche en Éthique at the Université de Montréal

Naoki Usui

Innateness and the Mind


Part-time lecturer in philosophy, Kyoto University

Associate Professor, Mie University, Japan

Lindsey Porter

The Moral Status of Babies and our Obligations to Them


Part-time lecturer, King's College London

Law Student, Open University


Kathy Puddifoot

Psychology and the Goals of Epistemology


Teaching Fellow, Philosophy, University of Bristol

3-year postdoc at Project PERFECT in Birmingham

Peter Oxtoby

Dualist Intuitions and Phenomenal Consciousness



David Ekstrand

Reciprocity and the State: A Liberal Theory of Legitimacy


Columnist/Leaderwriter, Liberala Nyhetsbyran, Stockholm

Deputy Political Advisor, Schools and Education Division, Stockholm City Hall

Laura Beeby

Communicative Injustice


Temporary lecturer, California State University at Fullerton

Matt Jones

Semantic Scepticism: Normativity and Naturalism


Tatjana von Solodkoff

Grounding Fiction


Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy, University of Barcelona

Permanent lectureship, University College Dublin

Graeme Forbes

The Times They Are A-Changin': Rehabilitating the Growing Block Theory of Time


Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, Sheffield

Permanent lectureship, University of Kent

Victor Cantero Flores

The Source of Broadly Logical Necessity


Postdoctoral fellow, UNAM, Mexico

Robin Scaife

Agency and Freedom of the Will: the Challenge from Psychology


Fixed term lectureship, Sheffield

3-year postdoc researching implicit bias and blame, Nottingham and Sheffield

Heather Arnold

Taking the Abolition of the Family Seriously


Online Distance Learning Development Officer in Applied and Professional Ethics at the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA), Leeds

Jessica Leech

The Varieties of Modality: Kantian Prospects for a Relativist Account

Hale (Sheffield)/Correia (Geneva)

Research Fellow, King's College, Cambridge

Lecturer in Philosophy, Sheffield

Daniel Herbert

Kant, Pierce and the Transcendental Deduction


Post doctoral position, Cultural Engagement Assistant, University of Sheffield

Suilin Lavelle

Understanding Folk Psychology, Theory, Understanding and Explanation in Social Cognition


Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Lecturer in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, Edinburgh

Tom O'Shea

Autonomy ande the Foundations of Normativity


Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Essex

Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton

Katie Harrington

Responding to the Scandal of Scepticism: Kant's Fourth Paralogism and the Refutation of Idealism


Fixed-Term Lecturer in Philosophy, Sheffield

Administrative position, University of Sheffield


Julien Murzi

Intuitionism and logical revisionism

Hale / Gregory

Analysis studentship

Assistant Professor, University of Salzburg

Megan Kime

Theories of global justice: relational and non-relational approaches

Bennett / Stern

Online Distance Learning Development Officer in Applied and Professional Ethics at the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA), Leeds

Online Distance Learning Development Officer in Applied and Professional Ethics at the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA)

Sean Cordell

Virtue ethics in the contemporary social and political realm

Bennett / Stern

Research fellow in the Department of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham

Lecturer in Philosophy, Open University


Jonathan Smith

Atheism and moral scepticism

Lenman / Shemmer

Giles Banning-Lover

Davidson and scepticism

Hookway / Hopkins

Cristina Carestiato

A transcendental argument from externalism

Stern / Hopkins

Teacher at Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore "I. Newton", Camposampiero, Padova, Italy

Teacher at Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore "I. Newton", Camposampiero, Padova, Italy


Andrew Thomas

Truth-making and Deflationism

Keefe / Hale

Civil Service, London

Civil Service, London

Leonardo Ribeiro

Desires, Agency and Self-Determination

Botterill / Owens

Lecturer, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Lecturer, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Jose E Gonzalez Varela

Quinean scepticism about de re modalizing and non-cognitivism

Hale / Makin

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UNAM, Mexico

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UNAM, Mexico

Davide Rizza

Applicability, Idealization, and Mathematization

Hale / Keefe

Two year post as Tutor in Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Lecturer in Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Jules Holroyd


Saul / Lenman

Junior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, University of Sheffield

Paul Sludds

Hedonism, Wellbeing and Death

Lenman / Shemmer

Preceptorship, Expository Writing, Harvard

Preceptorship, Expository Writing, Harvard


Suzanne Lock

Content, Causation and Relational Properties

Laurence / Botterill

Lecturer (fixed term), Department of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Stellios Tavoularis

Hegel, Plotinus and Jacobi: Idealism and Two Varieties of Mysticism

Stern / Makin

Military Service, Greece

Military Service, Greece

Lina Papadaki

Sexual Objectification: from Kant to Contemporary Feminism

Saul / Wenar

Lecturer (fixed term), Dept. of Philosophy, Birbeck College London

Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Uni. of Crete, Rethymno, Crete.

Joe Morrison

The Evidence of Holism

Faulkner / Hookway

Teaching Fellow (fixed term), Dept. of Philosophy, Uni. of Aberdeen

Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Queen's University, Belfast.

Andre Abath

Challenging Conceptualism About Perceptual Experience

Laurence / Hopkins

Postdoctoral Researcher, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

Lecturer at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Andrew Howat

Pragmatism and Response Dependence

Hookway / Hopkins

Teaching Fellow (fixed term), Dept. of Philosophy, Uni. of Sheffield

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton

Anna Wilkinson

Issues in Ethical Naturalism: Motivation, Explanation and Semantics

Bennett / Lenman

Programme Officer, Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Esa Diaz-Leon

Consciousness, Conceivability and Concepts

Laurence / Keefe

Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Dept. of Philosophy, University of Manitoba

Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Richard Woodward

The Case of the Moral Fictionalist

Divers / Gregory

Analysis Trust Fellowship, University of Leeds

Fellow, Logos Research Group, Barcelona


Kathryn Wilkinson

Hegel, The Sacrifice of Personality and Marriage

Stern / Hookway

Teacher, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dame Allan's School, Newcastle

Teacher and Head of Department, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dame Allan's School, Newcastle

Naomi Rosenberg

Moore's Paradox and the Conditions of Honest Assertion

Keefe / Bell

Sheffield University, Dept of Estates

Self-employed computer programmer

Simon Fitzpatrick

Simplicity, Science and Mind

Laurence / Faulkner

AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Philosophy, Uni. of Sheffield

Assistant Professo, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

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