Current News Analysts

A.G. Holdier

A.G. Holdier is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Arkansas interested in social and political epistemology, public policy, and the intersection of ethics with philosophy of language. Learn more at

Benjamin Rossi

Benjamin Rossi received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His primary research interests are in ethics, moral responsibility, and political philosophy, and he is currently working on a book about hypocrisy tentatively titled The Nature and Ethics of Hypocrisy. Benjamin resides in Cincinnati, OH with his wife Kelly and two dogs, Oliver and Teddy. His CV, published work, and sample teaching materials can be found at

Desmonda Lawrence

Dr Desmonda Lawrence received her PhD in philosophy from The University of
Melbourne in 2017, with a dissertation on the ancient quarrel between
philosophy and poetry. She currently works as a freelance researcher and writer,
as well as a sessional tutor in philosophy and ethics. She is a member of the
Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy where she teaches short courses.
Her research and teaching specialties include moral philosophy, aesthetics,
philosophy of literature, criticism and poetics.

avatar for Evan ButtsEvan Butts

Evan Butts is a law student at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He is interested in developing legal tools to curtail corporate behavior that is harmful to the environment. Prior to beginning law school, Evan was a lecturer in philosophy. He published articles about issues on the border of epistemology and philosophy of cognitive science.

Jimmy Alfonso Licon

Jimmy Alfonso Licon received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. His research interests are at the intersection of ethics and epistemology, and in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). He also dabbles in philosophy of religion and time. He resides in Baton Rouge, and teaches ethics and critical thinking. He is the host of ‘The Good Life Podcast (with Dr. Jimmy)’. His website:

avatar for Kenneth BoydKenneth Boyd

Ken Boyd is currently a postdoc in the Department for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. His philosophical work concerns the ways that we can best make sure that we learn from one another, and what goes wrong when we don’t. You can read more about his work at

Marshall Thompson

Marshall is currently completing his PhD in Philosophy at Florida State University. His primarily studies the intersection of ethics and the nature of persons. Outside of Academia, Marshall also directs curricular design for high school debate camps with the Victory Briefs Institute.

Martina Orlandi

Martina Orlandi is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at McGill University. She mainly works in philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, and moral psychology. For more on her research please see her website:

Matthew S.W. Silk

Matt has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Waterloo. His research specializes in philosophy of science and the nature of values. He has also published on the history of pragmatism and the work of John Dewey.

Meredith McFadden

Meredith is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. She earned her PhD at the University of California, Riverside, with a research focus in Philosophy of Action and Practical Reasoning and continues to explore the relationship between reason and value. Her current research consists of investigating modes of agential endorsement: how an agent's understanding of what is good, what is reasonable, what she desires, and who she is, informs what she does. Meredith is also committed to public philosophy and applied ethics; in particular, she is invested in illuminating debates in biomedical ethics, ethics of technology, and philosophy of law. Her website can be found at:

avatar for Rachel Robison-GreeneRachel Robison-Greene

Rachel is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. Her research interests include the nature of personhood and the self, animal minds and animal ethics, environmental ethics, and ethics and technology. She is the co-host of the pop culture and philosophy podcast I Think Therefore I Fan.

Student Staff Writers

Beatrice Harvey

Bea Harvey is a junior at DePauw University as an English Literature major. Her interests include gender politics and social justice.

Hira Ahmad

Hira Ahmad is a sophomore staff writer at Depauw University. She is a Biology major, and interested in exploring ethics in terms of the environment and modern scientific research. She is from Carmel, Indiana.

Katherine Hennessey

Kate Hennessey is a junior at DePauw University studying English Literature and French. She runs for the cross country and track team and works as a Writing Associate.