Recent Student News

WSU Philosophy Student Support Fund

Through the generosity of anonymous donors the department has a new fund for our majors. The goal is to provide help to students who might be dealing with external difficulties, particularly financial ones. If you're a philosophy major who needs help, or you know of a student who might, or if you would like to contribute to the fund, please click this story to read more!

Professor Boyle

Professor Deborah Boyle (College of Charleston) will be the Philosophy Department's 2023 Distinguished Lecturer in the History of Philosophy. Boyle's first lecture (title TBA) will take place Thursday, March 23, at 1:00pm in Lindquist Hall Room 100. The second lecture (title TBA) will take place Friday, March 24, at 1:00pm in Lindquist Hall Room 100. Both talks are free and open to the public

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Come as you are for an afternoon of resilience and food! Attendees will have the chance to listen to Dr. Kabagarama speak on the topic of resilience, incorporating her early life experience in Uganda, migration to the United States in 1982, and career as a professor, minister, storyteller, poet, author, and motivational speaker. Friday, February 10, 1pm-3:30pm at the CAC Theater. The talk is free and open to the public.

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The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is hosting a meet and greet with employers on February 15, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, for students in the liberal arts and sciences interested in chatting with employers about positions and internships. Free pizza!

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Recent Faculty News

Cover art for Reclaiming Space edited by James Schwartz, Linda Billings, and Erika Nesvold

Professor James Schwartz is the lead editor of a new Oxford University Press volume, "Reclaiming Space: Progressive and Multicultural Visions of Space Exploration," which platforms marginalized and underrepresented perspectives on space exploration. The volume will appear in late March and is available for pre-order.

Cover image of The Moral Psychology of Hate, edited by Noell Birondo

Former Chair and Professor Noell Birondo's edited collection "The Moral Psychology of Hate" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022) was recently awarded Choice magazine's award for 2022 Outstanding Academic Title. Congratulations, Prof. Birondo!

Professor Patrick Bondy

Professor Patrick Bondy was recently awarded a University Research/Creative Projects Award (URCA) in support of his project "Wittgenstein on Knowledge, Disagreement, Skepticism, and Relativism." Congratulations, Professor Bondy!

Professor Susan Castro

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy Susan Castro was featured in a recent article of The Sunflower.

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Alumni News

Zohreh Dalirian has been admitted to the Doctoral program in Education at Southeastern University (2021). 

LCDR Joseph M. Hatfield returned to his roots in the WSU Philosophy department to give talks on the philosophical significance and implications of the blockchain technology used in cryptocurrencies for Internet 3.0, and a philosophical analysis of state intelligence in democratic and authoritarian systems (2021). 

Lucy Petroucheva is a civic engagement manager at the Kansas Leadership Center (2021).

Courtney Minor is now enrolled in the PhD program in Philosophy at UCLA with 7 years of funding.  She's studying Philosophy of Law, Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Logic (2021).

Daniel Saunders finished his masters at York University and is now getting his PhD in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He's studying Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Science and Philosophy of Medicine (2020).

Tyler Hiebert is finishing his dissertation for a PhD in Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications, USC (2020). 

Curt Gridley and Tracy Hoover founded Groover Labs, a creative concept to market maker space in Wichita's Old Town Opportunity Zone (2019).

Alumni Spotlight


Photo of Hector CoreaHector Corea

Class of 2014


Wichita State University, Political Science and Philosophy double major (2014) 

UC Berkley Law School (2016)

Previous Employment: U.S. Army Reserve


Current Job Title: Associate Attorney, DLA Piper LLP.

Responsibilities include:

Congratulations everyone!

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