Meet the Graduate Students
Meet the Graduate Students
Current Students

Araujo, Eduardo
Education: University of North Texas—BM, Music; Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Ethics, Metaphysics

Bielinski, Maureen
Education: Ava Maria University—BA, Philosophy
Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Block, Isaac
Education: University of New Mexico—BS, Pure Math; International Theological Institute, Austria—STB, Sacred Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Boyer, John
Education:
Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Capehart, James D.
Education:
University of Dallas—BA, Theology; Regina Apostolorum—BA, Philosophy; Holy Apostles College and Seminary—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Caruthers, Jessie Jacobs
Education:
Benedictine College—BA, Theology/Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Cuen, Humberto
Education:
Universidad Iberoamericana—BA, Philosophy; San Diego State University—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Thomas Aquinas, and George Berkeley

Davis, Lowell
Education: Seminary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate—BA, Thomistic Philosophy; Seminary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate—MDiv, Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

DeHaan, Daniel
Education: Belmont University—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Other information: For a complete list of my activities and publications, see the Center Report for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Edler, Casey
Education:
St. Joseph Seminary College—BA, Philosophy; Louisiana State University—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Thomas Aquinas and the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Dr. Knasas, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Martin).

Gardosik, Carol
Education:
Houston Baptist University—BA, Philosophy; University of Houston—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Hattrup, Joseph
Education:
Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Dissertation in progress: Substance and Predication in Aristotle’s Categories and Metaphysics (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Martin and Dr. Osborne).

Jones, Brian H.
Education:
Franciscan University of Steubenville—BA, Theology; Franciscan University of Steubenville—MA, Theology
Current Status: MA Student , Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Philosophy of the Human Person, Thomistic Psychology, Natural Law, Political Philosophy, Social/Political Philosophy of Jacques Maritain, Moral Philosophy, Moral Psychology
Other information: I wanted to come to the University of St. Thomas because I wanted to learn St. Thomas Aquinas. For a complete list of my publications, see the Center Report for 2011-2012.

Kemple, Brian
Education:
Southern Catholic College—BA, Literature/Philosophy ; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Human Person, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Maritain, Thomas Aquinas, Phenomenology.

Konkel, Todd
Education: Hillsdale College—BS, Biology; St. John's Seminary College—B.A., Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Aquinas and De Ente et Essentia ch. 4 and the Real Distinction (Dr. Osborne, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Martin).

Le, Sr. Anne Frances
Education: University of St. Thomas—BA, Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Nudus Sequens?: St. Thomas Aquinas on Poverty and Christian Perfection (Dr. Sommers, Director, Dr. Martin and Dr. Jensen).
Philosophical Interests: Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Human Person, Thomistic Ethics, and Aesthetics.
Recent presentations: 1) The American Maritain Association-36th Annual International Meeting—Art and Faith: “Art and Faith Conspiring towards Heaven” (October 2012); 2) The Second Annual Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference—Divine and Human Action: A Conference on Agency and Action in Philosophy and Theology: “Author of Being, Author of Sin?: A Thomistic Analysis of God’s Causality and Sin” (March 2012); For a complete list of my publications, see the Center Report for 2011-2012.
Other information: I am a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province, located in Houston, Texas.

Lomanno, Matthew
Education:
St. Anselm College—BA, Liberal Studies; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Luu, Phuc
Education:
Houston Baptist University—BS, Christianity/Philosophy & Psychology; George W. Truett Seminary—Mdiv, Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Lynch, Alexander
Education:
St. Mary's College of California—BA, Philosophy; Boston College—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Reason’s Relationship to the Passions (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Jensen and Dr. Martin).

Macias, John
Education: Benedictine College—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Alasdair MacIntyre, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

McCloskey, Patrick
Education: Pontifical University of the Holy Cross—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Meadows, Geoff
Education:
St. Mary's College of California—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: Ph.D. student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Philosophy of Religion, Essentialism, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Elizabeth Anscombe, Peter Geach, and Peter Hacker
Other information: When I am not philosophizing, I am the coach of the UST fencing club, the tutor/coordinator at the Tutorial Service Center at UST, and the father of two.

Moore, Matthew
Education: University of Dallas—BA, Philosophy; University of Dallas—MA, Theology; University of Dallas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Olver, Jordan
Education: University of Saskatchewan—BA, History; University of Saskatchewan—MA, History
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Bonum Nostrum: The Necessary Will for Happiness and Love of Others (Dr. Jensen, Director, Dr. Hittinger and Dr. Houser).

Peña, Steven
Education: Goddard College—BA, Philosophy; University of Houston—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Onus Probandi: Ascertaining the Burden of Proof in Theistic Debate (Dr. Knasas, Director, Dr. Sommers, Dr. Martin).

Peters, Catherine
Education:
Sacred Heart Major Seminary—BA, Philosophy (Awarded Summa cum laude)
Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Natural Law, Logic, Ethic
Other information: Ms. Peters is listed in Who's Who of American Catholic University Students. She has published book reviews in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Homiletic and Pastoral Review (online), and Auslegung.

Plaza, Francisco
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic College—AA, Pre-Engineering Studies; Palm Beach Atlantic College—BS, Mathematics/Philosophy
Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Modern political philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, personalism, philosophy of religion, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain, Korol Wojtyla, and Etienne Gilson

Poage, Nathan
Education: San Diego State University—BA, Philosophy/Classics; San Diego State University—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Aristotle, Avicenna and Aquinas on the Subject and Principles of Metaphysics (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Sommers and Dr. McGinnis—Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri).

Ramirez, Nelson
Education:
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Contemporary Thomistic Problems on Aquinas’ Understanding of Truth (Dr. Knasas, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Jensen).

Robertson, Charles
Education:
University of Saskatchewan—BA, Philosophy; University of Saskatchewan—MA, History; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Schaff, John Michael
Education:
Seattle University—BA, Philosophy/German; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Simmons, Daniel
Education: Southern Catholic College—BA, Philosophy
Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Skalko, John M.
Education:
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)—BA, Philosophy and Catholic Studies; St. Meinrad–Graduate Studies in Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, and Philosophy of God
Languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian and Greek
Other information: Article published: “Differentiating ANH and the Vent” in the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s Ethics & Medics, December 2011. Presentations: (1) “The Development of the Real Distinction as Described in Terms of Potency and Act: Aquinas, Sutton, and Cajetan,” Texas Medieval Association Conference, October 12, 2012. For a complete list of my publications, see the Center Report for 2011-2012.

Somerville, Aaron
Education:
University of Texas—BA, Liberal Arts; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Arguments for the Final End of Man in Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas (Dr. Osborne, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Jensen).

Sparks, Stephen
Education:
American River College—AA, Liberal Arts; California State University, Sacramento—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: The Indispensability of the Sign and the Scope of Semiosis: Exploring the Doctrinal Foundations of Semiotics, A Comparative Study of the Sign-Theory of John Poinsot and Charles S. Peirce (Dr. Deely, Director, Dr. Hittinger and Dr. Osborne).

Sullivan, Scott
Education: University of Southern Indiana—BA, History; Holy Apostles College and Seminary—MA, Philsophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests:
Other information:
Dissertation in Progress: Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit: A Defense of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (Dr. Knasas, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Martin).

Wagner, Daniel C.
Education: Flathead Valley Community College—AA; University of Montana—BA, Philosophy; Gonzago University—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

White, Brandon K.
Education: Louisiana State University—BA, Philosophy
Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies
Philosophical Interests: Platonism

Zents, Jeffrey
Education: University of Texas, Dallas—BA, Philosophy; Washington University—MA, Philosophy
Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Abstractive Thomism and the Pyrrhonian Skeptical Tradition (Dr. Martin, Director, Dr. Knasas, Dr. Osborne).

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