Meet our current cadre of students and get some inspiration from the amazing work they are doing!

  Claude Bullock

Claude Bullock
(Thompson)

 

 

 

Claude was born in Long Island, New York. He moved to Richland, Washington when he was a sophomore in high school. Once he experienced the Great North West, he is never going back east (except to visit). He received his B.A. of Philosophy in 2013 from Washington State University.

His interests are in race as a social construct and how the social hierarchy is created. He wants to look at who has access to power and why. He also is interested in environmental philosophy.

 

Thomas McElhinny

Thomas McElhinny
(Orosco)

Thomas is a native Oregonian, having grown up in the Portland metro area.  Since graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in Philosophy he has followed his interests to an internship with Amnesty International in San Francisco and back to attend to some unfinished business with philosophy.  Thomas is an avid white water rafter in the summers, music fanatic, and wanderer, as well as working as a graduate teaching assistant.

Thomas’ academic interests, particularly in applied ethics, focus on the confluence of activism, the web, and privilege.  Considering the vast wealth and opportunity stratification worldwide, the uncertain future of anthropogenic climate change, and failures to meet these challenges (amongst others) with the action required, seems to require individuals to reassess our moral duties to act, and how we act, so as to alleviate harms.

Amber Moody
(TBD)

 

Julio Orozco
(Clough)

 Stephanie Painter
(TBD)

Chih-Wei Peng
(Thompson)

Chih-Wei Peng

Chih-Wei Peng comes from Taiwan. He graduated from National Tsing Hua University with a master’s degree in physics, and was a semiconductor engineer for five years. After quitting his job, he “wandered” at Fu Jen Catholic University and Harvard University in order to study philosophy for four years. His interests in philosophy are broad, including environmental philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, existentialism, Buddhism and Taoism.

 

Daniel Piquette
(TBD)

Daniel is a native of Gunnison, Colorado (Officially the 3rd coldest town in the Nation). For almost 20 years he worked as a registered nurse in the operating room. In 2008 he was ready for a change. Daniel is passionate about the outdoors and return to school attending Western State Colorado University. In 2014 he graduated with a coordinated major in Environmental Studies and Environmental Biology emphasizing in Ecology. During his undergraduate years he researched a now threatened bird species, the Gunnison Sage-grouse. In his last year he felt a pull from the philosophical side of his scholarship. 

Daniels' primary focus is on environmental ethics with interests in environmental value theories, food and agricultural justice, social justice, and religious influences on the environment. In his free time Daniel volunteers at the Chintinimi Wildlife Center, hikes and camps, rides bicycles, skis, enjoys touring wildlife refuges, and now that he is close to the coast, has developed an affinity for the ocean.


 
David Stoval
(Uzgalis)

LLaura Rhoades-Stovall aura Rhoades-Stovall
(Leibowitz)

I am a graduate student in the Applied Ethics (Philosophy) dpt. working on my second Master of Arts degree. My first M.A. is in History from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with my thesis being on Queen Elizabeth I as a monster. I am also a mother of three with a son studying at OSU in Geology.  I am also married to a fellow Applied Ethics graduate student, David Stovall.

My area of interests are aesthetic philosophy and art. My thesis work centers around the ethics of display in regards to human remains, especially where medical museums are concerned. The questions I am interested in answering are: Whether these displays are ethical, especially in this day and age? What part does the treating of human remains as objects have in regards to such things as organ donation and treatment of the dead? Do human remains displays really give us a true understanding of human biology or is it a modern type of "freak show"? I intend to pursue a Ph.D. after earning my M.A. in Philosophy.