Department of Philosophy

2021 Master's Cohort

The following students entered the master's in philosophy program in fall 2021:

sebastian brumfield mejIa, ma in philosophy student
Sebastian Brumfield Mejía
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

Sebastian Brumfield Mejía recently graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. His research interests are in Critical Theory and political philosophy, particularly Nietzsche and the Marxist and Black radical traditions. He shares Marx’s view that “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it” and plans to spend his free time getting involved in local organizations addressing social and economic inequalities. Post-pandemic, he’s also looking forward to attending concerts and basketball games in Boston.

will dempsey, ma in philosophy student
Will Dempsey
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

Originally from Virginia, Will graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. His current philosophical interests are primarily in metaphysics, including ontology, modality, mereology, and issues of space and time. When not doing philosophy, he enjoys reading and writing fiction, playing guitar, and exploring nature.

elisabeth holmes, ma in philosophy student
Elisabeth Holmes
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

Elisabeth Holmes holds a BA in philosophy and government from The College of William and Mary. Her primary interests are in meta-ethics, moral responsibility, and epistemology. She is particularly interested in the intersection of ethics and identity. Outside of philosophy, she enjoys hiking, cooking, watching movies, volunteering for political campaigns, and spending time with her family.

cole kirchner, ma in philosophy student
Cole Kirchner
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

Cole holds a BA in Philosophy from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. His areas of interest include epistemology, skepticism, social constructions, ordinary language philosophy, and the works of Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin. Since 2014, he has worked as a carpenter in and around New Orleans and Boston.

anna marie mancevice, ma in philosophy student
Anna Marie Mancevice
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

Anna Mancevice recently graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and English from Clark University. Her current interests revolve around epistemology, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, and incorporating literary analysis in her philosophical work. Outside of philosophy, Anna enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, being in nature, and watching scary movies.

beth wigton, ma in philosophy student
Beth Wigton
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

Beth is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in philosophy and a minor in sociology. Beth enjoys asking questions within feminist theory, epistemology, personal identity, and more. She also works at a law firm where she gets the opportunity to interpret case law for the firm's primarily pro bono client base. Aside from philosophy and legal justice, Beth's interests include running, analog waterfowl photography, her 2 cats, and playing bass in the department's band, "Qualia?"

jingyuan wu, ma in philosophy student
Jingyuan Wu
Master's Student, 2021 Cohort

I earned my BA in philosophy with honors at NYU. My academic interests lie in social and political philosophy (I wrote my senior thesis on Confucian Perfectionism), normative ethics, and aesthetics. Beyond philosophy, I am a potter.