Current News Analysts

A.G. HoldierA.G. Holdier

A.G. Holdier is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas researching cognitive architectures, the semantics/pragmatics divide, and other issues in the philosophy of mind and language (including implicit cognition, the nature of alief, and moderate contextualism). Additionally, he is a graduate candidate in the Office of Sustainability’s certificate program exploring the relationship between green business practices and animal ethics, as well as an ethics instructor for Colorado Technical University. Learn more 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.

Evan ButtsEvan Butts

Evan Butts is an adjunct professor at Lincoln University and Farleigh-Dickinson University. He was written articles concerning issues at the borders of epistemology and philosophy of cognitive science. Evan's current research aims to articulate the similarities between the metaphysical theories of William James' pragmatism and Nagarjuna's Buddhist metaphysics. Follow him on Twitter @evanbutts.

Kenneth BoydKenneth Boyd

Ken Boyd is currently lecturer in philosophy at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. 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

Marko Mavrovic

Marko graduated summa cum laude from DePauw University. He will be pursuing a MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics. His main interests are in issues of nationalism, sovereignty, and epistemology.

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:

Rachel Robison-Greene

Rachel earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2017. She works in metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Rachel is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Utah State University.

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.

Byron Mason II

Byron Mason II is a junior at DePauw University as a English Writing major. As both a Media Fellow and an editor at DePauw's Midwestern Review, Byron contributes to the DePauw community by producing and monitoring the compelling content that DePauw has to offer.

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.

Sandra Laserna Cowal

Sandra is a junior Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies major. Through her studies and writing, Sandra seeks to illuminate the voices of her communities.

Smriti Karki

Smriti is a senior pursuing a Global Health major at DePauw University. Her writing interests lie in environmental and healthcare ethics.