Ph.D. Placements

Placement Data for the UC Davis Doctoral Program in Philosophy

Since the year 2000, our Ph.D. program has taken in about four new students per year, and it has averaged about 25 Ph.D. students in total at any one time. Approximately 25 percent of our entering Ph.D. students have completed the program and received a tenure-track academic job offer within 10 years of entering the program. Of the remaining 75 percent, some transferred to other Ph.D. programs in philosophy, some left the field without completing the Ph.D., some completed the Ph.D. program at UC Davis and did not seek academic employment, and some found academic employment in non-tenure-track positions.

This is a comprehensive roster showing placement information for each of the graduates of the Department of Philosophy doctoral program, dating back to 1971, when we awarded our first Ph.D. The list is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge, but we may be unaware of some recent developments. We welcome updates and corrections.

Key to abbreviations:

  • VAP: Visiting assistant professor or non-tenure-track assistant professor
  • P: Postdoc or other fellowship
  • TT: Tenure-track or equivalent
  • T: Tenure or equivalent

Any entry not marked with one of the above abbreviations is either a non-tenure track academic position (e.g., adjunct instructor) or a non-academic position.

NameInitial position(s)Current position(s), if different from initial

2018

Timothy Houk

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, P (two years)

2017

Christopher Healow

Southern New Hampshire University, TT

Edward Shear

University of Queensland, P (two years)

2016

W. Brandon Biggerstaff

UC Davis

Danilo Fraga Dantas

Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil)

2015

T. Scott Dixon

Ashoka University, India, TT

Kit Fine Fellow, University of Hamburg, P (two years, concurrent with TT position at Ashoka University)

2014

Brian Coffey

Grand Valley State University, VAP

Eastern Michigan University, Lecturer (continuing)

Emily Barranco Earlenbaugh

Business owner

 

Joshua Earlenbaugh

Business owner

 

Johnnie R.R. Pedersen

Roskilde University, Denmark; University of Warwick, P

 

Jared Poon

Senior Strategist, Singapore Civil Service

Assistant Director, Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth (Singapore)

Sarah Roe

Southern Connecticut State University, TT

 

2013

Bert Baumgaertner

University of Idaho, TT

 

Christopher Buckels

Plato Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, P; University of the Pacific, VAP

Theology Teacher, Junipero Serra High School

2012

Vadim Keyser

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Fresno, TT

Huaping Lu-Adler

Georgetown University, TT

Georgetown University, T

2011

Greg Damico

UC Davis

Bellevue Community College

Jonathan Dorsey

Texas Tech University, VAP

UC Davis

Lucas Halpin

California State University, Sacramento

Unknown

Nate Smith

Quality Assurance Engineer, Applied Security, Inc.

 

2010

Gina Calderone

Houston Community College

 

Nick Diehl

Sacramento City College

 

Mike Trestman

University of Utah, P (one year)

Indiana University, P (two years)

2009

Dana Goswick

University of Melbourne, TT

University of Melbourne, T

Ian Spencer

Student, Graduate Theological Union

 

2008

Brooke Roberts

University of Idaho, VAP (one year)

Attorney (declined TT offer, Idaho State University)

2007

Jim Blackmon

San Francisco State University

 

2006

Christian Coons

Bowling Green State University, TT

Bowling Green State University, T

David Freelove

California State University, Sacramento

Unknown

Alexa Lee

Unknown

 

2005

Matt Haber

University of Utah, TT

University of Utah, T

2004

Lynne Fox

California State University, Sacramento

 

2003

David Byrd

UC Davis

Ernst & Young, San Francisco

Martin Roth

Drake University, TT

Drake University, T

2002

Todd Harris

UC Davis, Biochemistry PhD program

UC Davis, Biotechnology, P

Russ Payne

Bellevue Community College, TT

Bellevue Community College, T

2001

Patrick Findler

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, TT

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, T

Robert Scofield

Attorney

 

Christina Waters

UC Santa Cruz (Lecturer in Art)

 

2000

Sherry Deveaux

Stanford University, Continuing Studies

 

1999

Judith Cross

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

 

Richard Schubert

California State University, Sacramento

Cosumnes River College, T

1998

Elizabeth Forrester

Sacramento City College, TT

Sacramento City College, T

1997

Scott Merlino

California State University, Sacramento

 

Robert Mutti

San Francisco State University

 

Dave Nachmanoff

Professional Singer/Songwriter

 

H. Mark Pressman

El Camino College

California State University, Northridge

Leslie Stapp

Cerritos College, TT

Cerritos College, T

1996

Nancy E. Schaffer

University of Nebraska-Omaha, TT

Novelist

1995

Jordi Cat

Indiana University, TT

Indiana University, T

1994

Leonard Olson

California State University, Fresno

 

1993

Melinda Campbell

National University

 

Bill Hirstein

Elmhurst College, TT

Elmhurst College, T

Marina Oshana

California State University, San Bernardino, TT; California State University, Sacramento, TT; Bowling Green State University, TT, then T; University of Florida, T

UC Davis, T

1992

David Lopez

American River College, TT

American River College, T

1991

Tony Roy

California State University, San Bernardino, TT

California State University, San Bernardino, T

1988

Jay Gallagher

California State University, Chico

Unknown

1987

Dirk Leben

Unknown

Deceased

1985

Katharina Dulckeit

Butler University, TT

Butler University, T

1984

Ted Gracyk

Minnesota State University, Moorhead, TT

Minnesota State University, Moorhead, T

Alistair Moles

Various colleges and universities

Sierra College

Tim Roche

University of Memphis, TT

University of Memphis, T

1982

Linda Bomstad

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, TT, then T

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Professor Emerita

1981

Burke Hilden

Unknown

Paula Hunter Manchester

Unknown

Business owner

1979

Jerry Mosley

Unknown

Attorney

1978

Stephen Hibbard

Unknown

University of Windsor, Psychology, T

1977

Bruce Russell

Wayne State University, TT

Wayne State University, T

1974

John King

Unknown

 

Judy Williams

Unknown

 

1972

Fred O'Toole

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, TT, then T

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Professor Emeritus

1971

George Gale

University of Missouri, Kansas City, TT

University of Missouri, Kansas City, T