Graduate fellows

  • 2020-21
  • 2019-20
  • 2018-19
  • 2014-15
  • 2013-14
  • 2012-13
  • 2010-11
  • 2009-10

2020-2021

Jason Stocker, (Philosophy, Concordia)

Jason has a wide range of philosophical interests, including theories of justice, metaethics, political philosophy, Marxism, critical theory, environmental ethics, phenomenology, constructivism, and logic. He is currently exploring issues of ecological justice via the relation between social justice, Marxism, constructivism, and philosophy of nature.

Rebecca van der Post, (Philosophy, Concordia)

Rebecca draws from her life in music to consider the possibility of non-alienated experience.  Her research investigates the structures of immersive creative experience and the political, social and environmental significance of the subtle alterations in subject/object relations that characterize the creative working process.

Holly Elizabeth Ching, (Political Science, Concordia)

Her research is currently focused on understanding gnostic alienation and modern rejections of human finitude through an exploration of contemporary scientific research initiatives to extend human life indefinitely. More broadly, her research interests include classical and continental political philosophy, hermeneutics, science and technology, Plato, Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hans Jonas, and Eric Voegelin.

Gilles Beauchamp (Philosophy, McGill)

His research focuses on religion in the public sphere and in common schools in democratic pluralist societies. He has recently been interested in epistemic injustices in relation to religious identities and religious education and in how the framework of epistemic (in)justice can shed new light on the old issues about religion and the liberal state.

Thomas Colbourne (Philosophy, McGill)

His dissertation deals with the intersection between Spinoza’s metaphysics, epistemology, and political theory. The political dimension of his work is concerned with how Spinoza conceives of beliefs as constituting and constituted by our sociopolitical context.

Hugo Cossette-Lefebvre (Philosophy, McGill)

His research interests cover political theory, ethic and philosophy of law.

He is particularly interested in the application of theories of relational autonomy and relational equality at the international level.

Mylene Kassandra Hangdaan (Philosophy, McGill)

She studies the ethics and legality of artificial intelligence, big data, and digital privacy. Mylene holds an M.A. from Queen’s University at Kingston, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Dallas Jokic (Philosophy, McGill)

He has interests in political philosophy, continental philosophy, philosophy of race, and Spinoza. He is currently working on developing an account of contemporary fascist motivation that speaks to the relationship between fascism and settler colonialism.

Thomas Minguy (Philosophy, McGill)

He focuses on Baruch Spinoza’s political philosophy –more precisely the political investment of desire, and the mimetic aspect of social affections.

He is also interested in Frantz Fanon’s thought, and with anticolonial struggle per se.

Jean-François Rioux (Philosophy, McGill)

His thesis aims to examine the value of anonymity for political freedom. Through a discussion of the political writings of Hegel, Ricoeur and Havel, he argues that there is at least one form of anonymity that is intrinsically good in the achievement of political freedom.

Jordan Walters (Philosophy, McGill)

He specializes in political philosophy, metaethics, and normative ethics. Recently, he has been most interested in the philosophy of human rights, neo-republicanism, and global justice.

Philip-Emmanuel Aubry (Political Science, McGill)

His research is focused on the “politics of theory” of intellectuals, especially those who have taken economics in its broadest sense as an object of study. He examines the rhetorical use of methodology by economists and sociologists (e. g. Max Weber and Joseph Schumpeter), as well as the explicit and implicit links between their epistemology and their political thought. More generally, he is interested in the intellectual history of the German-speaking world during the 19th and 20th centuries and the links between philosophy and the social sciences.

Makonen E.G. Bondoc (Political Science, McGill)

His research interests focus primarily on critical international legal theory as it relates to the international human rights regime, with a particular focus on implementation (or lack thereof). Related interests include but are not limited to: theories of reconciliation, self-determination, justice / injustice, equality / inequality, and post-colonial / decolonizing thought as it relates to Indigenous peoples within Canada, and beyond. 

Alec Crisman (Political Science, McGill)

His research interests include classical liberal thought, conceptions of social justice, and identifying areas of potential conflict and conversation between the two. He is also interested in boundary-crossing work between political theory and other political science subfields.

Michael Denigris (Political Science, McGill)

His interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and political theory, with an emphasis on issues in Marxism, the hermeneutics of suspicion, and the meta-foundations of the social and political sciences (especially Habermas, Haslanger, Hayek, Levi-Bryant). His current research explores F.A. Hayek’s anti-rationalist worldmaking project, its affinities with methodological materialism, and what it stands to gain from Habermas’ praxeological analysis of communicative action.

Lucas Jerusalimiec (Political Science, McGill)

His research is informed by the question of whether absolute sovereignty is a necessary part of nation-state legitimacy. If this turns out to be the case, then the Westphalian state must be illiberal in its approach to national pluralism and devolved authority. This may indicate a need to reassess how liberal states can claim legitimacy apart from their status as sovereign nations.

Kyu Ree Kim (Political Science, McGill)

Her research interests lie in delineating agency and responsibility for global structural injustice, namely climate change.

Vertika (Political Science, McGill)

Her dissertation engages with the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes on the sub-themes of anxiety, liberty, religion and absolutism along with some ancient thought on anxiety such as the Epicureans and the Stoics. More broadly she is interested in emotion and politics and the connection between individual psychology and collective emotions in both historical and contemporary political thought. Other areas of interest are feminist theory, gender, race and disability, normatively grounded political theory, and some contemporary themes like populism, immigration and the politics of fear and anxiety.

Woodfinden, Benjamin (Political Science, McGill)

His research focuses on 18th and 19th century English and French political thought, constitutional theory, Canadian political thought, and thinkers including Burke, Constant, and Tocqueville.

Yi Yang (Political Science, McGill)

He is interested in the history of political thought with a specific focus on ancient Greek and early modern period. Currently, he is working on the theory of sovereignty and the theory of (commercial) sociability in the 17th and 18th century.

Jun-Han Yon (Political Science, McGill)

He is interested in radical democracy and post-Marxism. His research focuses on how we can think of the people as a democratic agent of our time.

Xavier Boileau (Philosophy, UdM)

His research focuses on the links between the development of multiculturalism, colonialism and imperialism during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century in political philosophy.

Antoine Dionne Charest (Philosophy, UdM)

He is interested in moral and political philosophy and, more specifically, in secularization, secularism, the state, collective rights and the question of the good life. His thesis, The Sense of the State in Secular Age: Outline of a Meaningful State, tries to answer the question of whether the liberal democratic state can be, in a secular society, a source of meaning, in the sense of good life.

Morgane Delorme (Philosophy, UdM)

Her research interests lie at the junction between normative political philosophy, economic ethics, political economy and European Studies. Her thesis focuses on the European Central Bank and the study of the justifications for unconventional monetary policy (post-2008) from a contractualist reading of the institution, inspired by Rawlsian philosophy.

François Letourneux (Philosophy, UdM)

His research focuses on well-being, preference formation and autonomy. I explore social phenomena such as advertising to see if they can sometimes exert an undue influence on preferences, which could negatively impact the well-being of those exposed to them.

Saaz Taher (Political Science, UdM)

Her research interests cover the theories of epistemic injustices and feminist and critical race theories. Her thesis seeks to understand how epistemic injustices materialize within public deliberations on the prohibition of religious symbols in Quebec against minority groups, particularly Muslim women.

Kimberly Lanthier (Philosophy, UQAM)

Her research interests are in political philosophy and feminist social epistemology, with a focus on issues of epistemic injustice and, more recently, disinformation. Her master’s thesis focuses on the epistemic injustices experienced by individuals within certain interpersonal relationships, and the resulting social, political and institutional injustices.

    2019-2020

    Morgan Gagnon (Philosophy, Concordia)

    Rebecca van der Post, (Philosophy, Concordia)

    Gilles Beauchamps (Philosophy, McGill)

    Thomas Colbourne (Philosophy, McGill)

    Hugo Cossette-Lefebvre (Philosophy, McGill)

    Nicholas Dunn (Philosophy, McGill)

    Éliot Litalien (Philosophy, McGill)

    Thomas Minguy (Philosophy, McGill)

    Philip-Emmanuel Aubry (Political Science, McGill)

    Aberdeen Berry (Political Science, McGill)

    Alec Crisman (Political Science, McGill)

    Michael Denigris (Political Science, McGill)

    Lucas Jerusalimiec (Political Science, McGill)

    Kieran Jimenez (Political Science, McGill)

    Kyu Ree Kim (Political Science, McGill)

    Jimmy Lim (Political Science, McGill)

    Tereza Monkova (Political Science, McGill)

    Vertika (Political Science, McGill)

    Benjamin Woodfinden (Political Science, McGill)

    Yi Yang (Political Science, McGill)

    Jun-Han Yon (Political Science, McGill)

    Xavier Boileau (Philosophy, UdM)

    Antoine Dionne Charest (Philosophy, UdM)

    Alexandre Gorchkov (Philosophy, UdM)

    Paul Jackanich (Philosophy, UdM)

    François Letourneux (Philosophy, UdM)

    Gabriel Monette (Philosophy, UdM)

    Saaz Taher (Philosophy, UdM)

    Tristan Boursier (Political Science, UdM)

    Dimitri M’Bama (Political Science, UdM)

    Guillaume Soucy (Philosophy, UQAM)

      2018-2019

      Morgan Gagnon (Philosophy, Concordia)

      Her research interests are focused on the mitigation of sexual violence within institutions. Specifically, she aims to determine the role of the institution in holding its members accountable when they have committed acts of sexual violence. More broadly, she is concerned with the practical application of theories of justice and the balance of competing rights.

      Alec Crisman (Political Science, McGill)

      He is a second-year student in Political Theory at McGill. His research interests include classical liberal thought, conceptions of social justice, and identifying areas of potential conflict and conversation between the two. He is also interested in boundary-crossing work between political theory and other political science subfields.

      Aberdeen Berry (Political Science, McGill)

      She is a fifth-year student in Political Theory at McGill. Her areas of interest include feminist and liberal theory. Her dissertation focuses on oppression grounded in social identity, and developing tools to critique this sort of oppression when people disagree about what constitutes oppression and what the state can legitimately do about it.

      Thomas Colbourne (Philosophy, McGill)

      He studies the history of philosophy, with a focus on early modern philosophy. In particular, he is interested in how Benedict de Spinoza’s metaphysics underpins and informs his political philosophy. He is also interested, more generally, in questions surrounding the notion of ideology and how the concept of truth operates in political discourse.

      Hugo Cossette-Lefebvre (Philosophy, McGill)

      His research interests cover political theory, ethic and philosophy of law.

      He is particularly interested in the application of theories of relational autonomy and relational equality at the international level.

      Nicholas Dunn (Philosophy, McGill)

      He has a wide-ranging interests in Kant, but in his current work he deals primarily with the intersection of his metaphysics/philosophy of mind and aesthetics. His dissertation project focuses on issues arising from his theory of judgment. He is also working on project involving the reception of Kant in 20th century Continental political theory, with thinkers such as Arendt, Habermas, and Gadamer. 

      Lucas Jerusalimiec (Political Science, McGill)

      His research is informed by the question of whether absolute sovereignty is a necessary part of nation-state legitimacy. If this turns out to be the case, then the Westphalian state must be illiberal in its approach to national pluralism and devolved authority. This may indicate a need to reassess how liberal states can claim legitimacy apart from their status as sovereign nations.

      Kieran Jimenez  (Political Science, McGill)

      His interests are in the history of western political thought, focusing on ideas of human freedom, with concentration on early Modern formulations of popular sovereignty. His dissertation examines the political problem of pride in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, revealing the shared principles behind their (surprisingly) similar diagnosis and prescriptions.

      Jimmy Lim (Political Science, McGill)

      His research investigates the relation between moral motivation and political stability. His account of moral motivation focuses on religious motivation. Specifically, he examines religious reasons (or opinions) as a class of motivating reasons for political action. He conducts his research through the study of three philosophers: Rawls, Hobbes and Averroes.

      Éliot Litalien (Philosophy, McGill)

      His primary research interests are situated at the intersection of political philosophy and social ontology. The central argument developed in his dissertation is that certain groups can qualify as (collective) agents and that their qualifying as agents means that their agency can be thwarted through interference, domination or oppression.

      Tereza Monkova (Political Science, McGill)

      Her research focuses on conceptions of human subjectivity and “animality” (and especially on the distinction between the two). She is particularly interested in contemporary attempts to recast non-human animals as proper objects of moral and political concern, and to re-articulate questions of inter-species relations in terms of questions of inter-species justice

      Vertika (Political Science, McGill)

      Her research interests are History of Political Theory, Feminist Political Theory and Gender, Race and Political Theory, Emotion and Politics and Normative Political Theory with those who struggle.

      Benjamin L. Woodfinden (Political Science, McGill)

      He is a PhD student in Political Science at McGill. His research focuses on the history of political thought and liberal thought, especially French liberalism, as well as normative interests in pluralism, federalism, and the relationship between religion and politics.

      Yi Yang (Political Science, McGill)

      He is interested in the history of political thought with a specific focus on ancient Greek and early modern period. Currently, he is working on the theory of sovereignty and the theory of (commercial) sociability in the 17th and 18th century.

      Jun-han Yon (Political Science, McGill)

      He is interested in radical democracy, and post-Marxism.

      His research attempts to envisage the notion of collectivity in a way that it is conducive to promoting equality as well as freedom of individuals in the liberal democracy.

      Xavier Boileau (Philosophy,  UdM)

      His research focuses on the links between the development of multiculturalism, colonialism and imperialism during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century in political philosophy.

      He has also worked on different projects in cultural history.

      Antoine Dionne Charest (Philosophy,  UdM)

      He is interested in moral and political philosophy and, more specifically, in secularization, secularism, the state, collective rights and the question of the good life. His thesis, The Sense of the State in Secular Age: Outline of a Meaningful State, tries to answer the question of whether the liberal democratic state can be, in a secular society, a source of meaning, in the sense of good life.

      Alexandre Gorchkov (Philosophy,  UdM)

      The main interest of his research is neoliberalism as the political rationality and normative order of reason and its effects on society. How neoliberal system of values creates favorable conditions for extreme authoritarian regimes.

       François Letourneux (Philosophy,  UdM)

      He is interested in the philosophy of economics, particularly with regard to the links that can be drawn between concepts used in economics and public policies.

      His current research focuses on the intersection of the concept of efficiency and responsible investment.

      Gabriel Monette (Philosophy,  UdM)

      His research focuses on business.

      He explores the links between different conceptions of freedom, the form of business and justice.

      Taher Saaz (Political Science,  UdM)

      Through an analysis of public discourse around the ban on burqas in Switzerland and Quebec, her thesis aims to show how public integration philosophies within these countries have evolved to exclude more Muslim minorities.

      2014-2015

      Alex Anderson (Philosophy, McGill)

      Frederick Armstrong (Philosophy, McGill)

      Aberdeen Berry (Political Science, McGill)

      Andrée-Anne Cormier (Philosophie, Montréal)

      Cameron Cotton-O’Brien (Political Science, McGill)

      Yasmeen Daher (Philosophie, Montréal)

      Cameron Fleming (Political Science, McGill)

      Eli Friedland (Political Science, Concordia)

      Fabian Garcia (Philosophie, Montréal)

      Kieran Jimenez (Political Science, McGill)

      Christian Jobin (Philosophie, Montréal)

      Jimmy Lim (Political Science, McGill)

      Eliot Litalien (Philosophy, McGill)

      Benoît Morisette (Sciences Politique, Montréal)

      Martin McCallum (Political Science, McGill)

      Margaux Ruellan (Philosophie, Montréal)

      Derval Ryan (Political Science, McGill)

      Mariangela Tobbia (Philosophie, Montréal)

      Muhammed Velji (Philosophy, McGill)

      2013-2014

      Alex Anderson

      Frederick Armstrong

      Chris Brzovic

      Cameron Cotton-O’Brien

      Cameron Fleming

      Christian Jobin

      Martin McCallum

      Tara Myketiak

      Blandine Parchemal

      Margaux Ruellan

      Eric Sevigny

      Muhammad Velji

      2012-2013

      Alex Anderson

      Frederick Armstrong

      Chris Brzovic

      Cameron Cotton-O’Brien

      Cameron Fleming

      Douglas Hanes

      Christian Jobin

      Martin McCallum

      Tara Myketiak

      Jean-Philippe Royer

      Margaux Ruellan

      Eric Sevigny

      Muhammad Velji

      2010-2011

      Alex Anderson

      Laury Bacro

      Agnès Berthelot Raffard

      Chris Bourne

      Marek Brzezinski

      Christopher Brzovic

      Andréanne Cormier

      Cyriaque Dongmeza

      Thomas Ferretti

      Maud Gauthier-Chung

      Julie Girard-Lemay

      Ryan Griffiths

      Naïma Hamrouni

      Doug Hanes

      Christian Jobin

      Dominic Martin

      Martin McCallum

      Tara Myketiak

      Michal Rozworski

      Jeffrey Sachs

      Louis Sagnières

      Éric Sévigny

      Nina Valiquette

      2009-2010

      Alex Anderson

      Laury Bacro

      Alexandre Baril

      Dongmeza Cyriaque

      Charle Desbiens-Lamarre

      Ryan Griffiths

      Douglas Hanes

      Duncan Hart Cameron

      Martin McCallum Erica Rayment

      Michal Rozworski

      Jeffrey Sachs

      Nina Valiquette