Meet the Graduate Students
Meet the Graduate Students
Current Students:


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: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Gilson and Christian Philosophy  (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Hittinger, and Dr. Sommers).

Caruthers, Jessie Jacobs

Education: Benedictine College—BA, Theology/Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Cherny, Joseph

Education:  The Catholic University of America—BA, Philosophy

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Ethics, metaphysics

Choate, Richard Austin

Education: The University of Texas—BA, Philosophy, Religious Studies with a Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: History and Philosophy of Science, Aristotle, Evolutionary Biology, Analytical Thomism

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

De Haan, Daniel

Education: Belmont University—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies and KuLeuven; Dissertation in Progress: Necessary Existence and the Doctrine of Being in Avicenna’s Metaphysis of the Healing (al-Ilahiyyat as-shifa’) (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Osborne, and Dr. Druart, Catholic University of America).

Other information: For a complete list of my activities and publications, see the Center Report for 2012-2014.

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

Grimes, Andrew J.

Education: Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Jones, Brian H.

Education: Franciscan University of Steubenville—BA, Theology; Franciscan University of Steubenville—MA, Theology; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Political Philosophy, Aristotelian and Thomistic Ethics, Jacques Maritain, Social and Political Thought of James V. Schall, Thomistic Metaphysics, Science and Philosophy

Publications:  The following is an abbreviated list of academic and magazine publications:

“The Professor Who Knows Our Names: A Tribute to the Man Who is Schall,” is forthcoming in a collection of essays in honor of James V. Schall, S.J. called Schall at Georgetown (January, 2015).

“Securing the Rational Foundations of Human Living: The Pedagogical Nature of Human Law in St. Thomas Aquinas.” Forthcoming in New Blackfriars, 2015.

“Aristotelian Political Philosophy, the Wise Many, and Catholic Social Teaching,” Forthcoming in Catholic Social Science Review, September, 2014.

“That There Were True Things to Say: The Scandal of Philosophy and Demonstrating God’s Existence in Thomistic Natural Theology.” New Blackfriars 95 (2014): 412-429.

“The Professor Who Knows our Names: A Tribute to the Man who is Schall,” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 35, no. 3 (Fall/Winter 2012): 7-9.

“Jacques Maritain and Dignitatis Humanae: Natural Law as the Common Language of Religious Freedom.” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 33, no. 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 28-30.

“Breaking Free of Our Metaphysical Winter: On Why Christians Must Study Philosophy,” Forthcoming in Homiletic and Pastoral Review.

“Faith Needs Philosophy: A Primer on the Relationship between Reason and Revelation,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (April 23, 2014).

“On Giving Too Much to the Human,” Forthcoming in the Social Justice Review, 2014.

“Truth Seekers: Why We Need An Authentic Metaphysics of the Human Person,” Forthcoming in the Social Justice Review, 2014.

“On Being ‘Lovable’ and ‘Worthwhile,’” Catholic World Report (April, 2014)

“Purity and the Clearness of the Intellect,” Truth and Charity Forum (March 5, 2014).

“It Belongs to the Wise Man to Order: James Schall on Politics and Revelation,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (December 11, 2013).

“Catholicism and Libertarianism,” Catholic World Report (November 18, 2013).

“Parish Mission Statements and Authentic Ecclesiology,” Catholic World Report (September 12, 2013).

“On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth,” Truth and Charity Forum (July 10, 2013).

“Read Your Thomas: Advice We Should Heed,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (July 4, 2013).

“Democracy, the Death of Truth, and the Growth of Tyranny,” Catholic World Report (July 4, 2013).

“On the Willingness to See the Truth,” Truth and Charity Forum (May 29, 2013).

“What Commencement Addresses Reveal,” Crisis (May 13, 2013).

“Piers, Penn, and the Essence of Catholicism,” Catholic World Report (March 18, 2013).

“The Professor Who Knows our Names: A Tribute to the Man who is Schall,” Catholic World Report (January 10, 2013).

“On the Role of Philosophy in the New Evangelization,” Crisis (December 17, 2012).

“Go Read Your Thomas,” Crisis (December 6, 2012).

“Jacques Maritain and Dignitatis Humanae: Natural Law as the Common Language of Religious Freedom,” St. Austin Review, Vol.12, No.6 (November/December, 2012): 24-26.

“On Cultivating the Catholic Mind,” Crisis (Novermber 26, 2012).“Biblical Foundations and the Thread of History.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (November 17, 2012).

“On Cultivating the Mind That is Catholic,” Catholic World Report (September 24, 2012).

“Transcendence and the Meaning of Politics.” Social Justice Review, no. 103, no. 3-4 (April, 2012): 37-39.

“Transcendence and the Meaning of Politics.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (March 15, 2012).

Kemple, Brian

Education: Southern Catholic College—BA, Literature/Philosophy ; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Human Person, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Maritain, Thomas Aquinas, Phenomenology.

Presentations:

“Thomas and Wojtyla on the Teleology of Nature and Person”
Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity – The First Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in North America (Houston, TX, 18 October 2013)

“Wojtyla: Nature, Person, and Teleology”
Thomistic Personalism satellite session at the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Indianpolis, IN, 3 November 2013)

“Techne, Physis, and Technology: Aristotle and Heidegger”
4th Annual Houston Baptist Philosophy Conference (Houston, TX, 5 April 2014)

"Does the First Principle of Avicenna have a Quiddity?"
Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ Annual Fall Workshop (Houston, TX, 6 September 2014)

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).

Lomanno, Matthew

Education: St. Anselm College—BA, Liberal Studies; 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; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: MacIntyre's Political Philosophy (Dr. Steve Jensen, Director, Dr. Thomas Osborne and Mirela Oliva)

Philosophical Interests: Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Science

Publications:

“John Finnis and the Political Community,” in News from the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Boston, 2014).

“Why Do We Honor Self-Sacrifice?”Crisis Magazine, 27 May 2013 (http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/why-do-we-honor-self-sacrifice)

“What’s a Goat-Stag?: Aristotle on Definitions and Non-Existent Kinds” Purlieu: A Philosophical Journal 1 (2012): 97-112.

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

Peņa, 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 Seminar—BA Philosophy summa cum laude; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy, Logic, Greek & Arabic Sources of Thomism

Presentations:

Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group (on-line graduate student workshop)

The Catholic University of America Graduate Conference on “Causation and Explanation”

Houston Area Graduate Philosophy Discussion Group

Publications:

Book reviews in Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Homiletic and Pastoral Review (Online) and Auslegung.

Conferences:

Aquinas and the Arabs International Conference. «Thomas d’Aquin et ses sources arabes » “Aquinas and ‘the Arabs.’” Université Paris–Sorbonne.  June, 2013

Chaired an ACPA Sponsored Satellite Session at the 2013 Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. “Aristotle Then and Now.” Indianapolis, IN. November, 2013.

Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions 7th Annual Conference: al-Farabi. June, 2014

Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition: “Definition and Essence in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition.” June, 2014.

Other information: 

Student Assistant and Local Host for the Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group 2014 Fall Workshop, held at the Center for Thomistic Studies. September, 2014.

Language Programs: French Immersion in La Rochelle (France) in 2013 and Intensive Summer Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster in Milwaukee in 2014. 

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).

Prazak, Melissa

Education:

Current Status:  BA/MA Student Department of Philosophy and Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests:  Metaphysics, Human Nature, Medieval Philosophy

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).

Philosophical Interests: Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, and Thomas Aquinas (of course!)

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

Skalko, John M.

Education: University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)—BA, Philosophy and Catholic Studies; St. Meinrad School of Theology—Graduate Studies in Theology; University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX)—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Thomas Aquinas, Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Intrinsically Evil Actions, Philosophy of God, and Philosophy of Religion

Presentations: 

"Comparing Chance, Probability, and Randomness to Divine Providence." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 2014 International Symposium: "Does God Play Dice? Randomness and Divine Providence." Other presenters (astrophysicists, physicists, mathematicians, philosophyers, theologians, etc) in attendance from Switzerland, Germany, Australia, and across the U.S.  Pasadena, CA: August 1, 2014.

"In What Sense are Thomas' Sins Against Nature 'Against Nature?'" The First U.S. Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas. Houston, TX: October 18, 2013

"Avicenna's Argument against Infinite Regress as a Step in Proving the Existence of God: Is it Successful?" Sam Houston State's International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Hunstville, TX: April 5, 2013

Conferences: 

Attended "Aquinas on God," 4th Annual Philosophy Workshop. Sponsored by The Catholic and Dominican Institute, The Thomistic Institute, and The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. Held at Mount Saint Mary College. Newburgh, NW: June 5-8, 2014.

Publications:

"If Food and Water are Proportionate Means, Why not Oxygen?" The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 13, no. 3 (Autumn 2013): 453-68.

"Differentiating ANH and the Vent," in The National Catholic Bioethics Center's Ethics & Medics, December 2011.

Other Information:

Languages:  Latin, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, and German.

Listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges (2014)

Smalley, Annie

Education: Denison University—BA, Philosophy and Political Science; SUNY Center Stony Brook—MA Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate—Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Aquinas, Aristotle, Heidegger

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).

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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