Alumni News


John Garner

Dr. John V. Garner graduated from Villanova in 2014 and is currently an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of West Georgia, near Atlanta. In 2017 he published a book on Plato's conception of the good life, The Emerging Good in Plato's Philebus (Northwestern University Press). The book argues, most centrally, that the "pleasures of learning" exemplify for Socrates the possibility of intrinsically good becoming or change. Other recent publications have focused on the reception of Plato's arithmetic in figures as distinct as Proclus and Gadamer. In 2017 he also co-founded the Georgia Ancient Philosophy Seminar and gave talks for "The Other Night School," both of which are regional forums promoting public inquiry. In 2018 he will be translating French philosophy, improving in German for future projects, and teaching a capstone course on political violence. A recent APA spotlight summarizes some of his broader interests.


Alexi Kukuljevic

Alexi Kukuljevic

Dr. Alexi Kukuljevic graduated from Villanova University with his Ph.D. in 2009 and he now resides in Vienna.  He is an artist and Lecturer in Art Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.  His book titled, Liquidation World: On the Art of Living Absently is scheduled to be released in September of 2017.  The information regarding his book is here

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

Dr. Michael Andrews was a Villanova University Ph.D. graduate in 2002, on July 1st, 2017 Andrews has accepted a position as the Director of the John Felice Rome Center, a campus of Loyola University Chicago located in Rome, Italy.  As Director of Loyola's Rome Center, Dr. Andrews will be responsible for overseeing the academic curricular, residential, financial and student life aspects of the program.  He will lead one of the oldest and most successful study abroad academic programs in Western Europe.  Previously, he was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Portland. You can read more here
Kudos to Dr. Andrews on his accomplishment!  

Ryan Feigenbaum

Ryan Feigenbaum

Ryan Feigenbaum is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at The New York Botanical Garden’s Humanities Institute, Ryan Feigenbaum created and developed the digital exhibition, “Poetic-Botany: Art and Science of the Eighteenth-Century Vegetable World.” Poetic Botany identifies an eighteenth-century movement in which botany became the subject of poetry. Erasmus Darwin (grandfather to Charles) inaugurated this movement with the publication of The Botanic Garden (1791), a scientific poem that personifies Linnaean botany. The digital exhibition brings together this historical text as well as a wide range of other resources in the form of illustrations, photographs, videos, texts, and more to provide an experience not possible in a traditional museum setting. Visitors can view not only a variety of materials that no single collection could ever hope to contain, but can also peruse these materials at their leisure, at any time or place. Organized around nine different plant species, the exhibition shows that plants, like humans, are agents of historical change.

Visit the exhibition here:

Read an interview about the exhibition’s creation.

Morey Williams

Dr. Morey Williams

Morey Williams has a blog entitled, “Immigration Detention and the Threat of ‘The American dream,’” Williams highlights the key role that immigration detention plays within the prison military industrial complex as it surfaces in the United States of America. Williams then gestures toward a phenomenological response to the practice of immigration detention, employing the voices of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Lisa Guenther, Orlando Patterson, and the first-hand accounts of detained persons themselves.

You can read the full article here blog

Ian Maley

Dr. Ian Maley

Ian Maley graduated Villanova University with his PhD in March of 2017.  In addition, he also produced a poetry reading for legendary Farimont Native poet Marty Watt on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art in Center City Philadelphia,
The Philly Inquirer kindly featured a story regarding the poety reading by Marty Watt that Dr. Ian Maley organized with friends at PhilaMOCA.  Here is the full article!
Ian teaches one of Watt's recent poems, entitled “I Came In Spacewise to the Moment,” in the course titled, "Knowledge, Reality, Self" PHI-1000 class during the Descartes unit.  Part of Descartes’ project is to give a rational account himself and Ian uses Watt’s poems to help think about what a rational account of oneself is and what historically philosophers have considered irrational accounts or thoughts of oneself.  Watt’s poem describes his birth as an event in the universe.  Ian uses the poem to help students understand how to think about texts in philosophical ways, understand the limits of Western philosophy and expose them to ideas and works of art that they would not otherwise encounter.  

John Patrick-Schultz

Dr. John-Patrick Schultz

Dr. John-Patrick Schultz graduated Villanova University in 2014 and was an adjunct in the Ethics department at Viillanova University as well.  Dr. Schultz began a full time position at Pierce College in February 2017.  His dissertation focused on revolutionary temporality with reference to Marx, Bloch, and Benjamin. He specializes in social and political philosophy, critical theory, and 19th and 20th century German philosophy. He has published several articles and received several awards, including the Harvey Teaching Award and the Assistantship for Interdisciplinary Study in Philosophy and Theology.  He is noted in the American Philosophical Association blog here.


Dr. John Whitmire

Dr. John Whitmire graduated Villanova University in 2005 and is now Associate Professor and Department Head in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University. In April 2016, he won WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award. In keeping with WCU’s tradition, he was given the award as a surprise during one of his classes. Congratulations, John! 


Dr. Adriel Trott

Dr. Adriel M. Trott is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She graduated from Villanova University in 2008.  She works on ancient Greek and contemporary European philosophy inflected by social and political concerns. She is particularly interested in the concept of nature and how historically nature has been thought in relation to reason, convention and artifice.  Dr. Trott thinks the way nature has been understood in relation to its apparent opposite has led to conceptions of community that require a founding exclusion. She is interested in rethinking that relation to develop new ways of conceiving community. You could say that she cares about the ontology of politics.  Therefore, she recently published a book titled, Aristotle, on the Nature of Community.  

Trott blogs at and you can follow her on
twitter @adrieltrott

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