Graduate Students


Meisam Mirzaee Ataabadi
Meisam has an M.A. in the Philosophy of Logic from Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran, Iran. He joins us with the goal of writing a thesis on the possibility of founding metaphysics on linguistic principles.

Stephen Bagwell 
Stephen holds a philosophy BA from the University of Saskatchewan and is writing his thesis on Hannah Arendt and the distinction between bios and zoe. Supervisor: Daniel Regnier.

Viktor Fedorko
Viktor received his undergraduate education from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice, Slovakia. He plans to write an MA thesis on the search for the principles of humanity according to which freedom is acquired through education and where democracy allows an individual to become more human.

Ferdinand Gemoh
Ferdinand studied philosophy at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy (CIP), an affiliate of Nigeria’s University of Port Harcourt and Urban University Rome. His plan is to study Peter Singer’s ethics vis-à-vis John Paul II’s Thomistic Personalism, and re-instate love at the centre of Peter Singer’s ethics. Supervisor: John Liptay.

Ahmad Ghadyani
Ahmad holds a BSc and MSc in civil engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. Due to his self-study of philosophy Ahmad became interested in existentialism and later Wittgenstein. As a graduate student at the U of S he is working on the implications of existentialism and Wittgenstein's later philosophy for ethics. Supervisor: Daniel Regnier.

Lyndsay Helfrich 
Lyndsay recently completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy (with a minor in History) from Thompson Rivers University, and hopes to investigate how music can offer aboriginal youth a way to remain connected with indigenous culture, while still being engaged with modern society. Supervisor: Susan Dieleman.

Maryann Nwaokoro
Maryann received her undergraduate degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and plans to study ethics. She believes that ethics will give her the opportunity to widen her scope of knowledge.

Kathryn Rutherford
Kati is interested in researching the relationship between faith and reason in Kierkegaard. In particular, she hopes to address the question of what exactly it is that Kierkegaard is rejecting through his Fideist assertions. Supervisor: Leslie Howe.

Zahra Shojaei
Zahra has an MA in Philosophy of Science from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. She has worked as a facilitator for Philosophy for Children classes and plans to write her MA thesis in this area.

Derek Sutherland
Derek’s interest as an MA student is to examine and deconstruct how technology, contemporary capitalism, and environmentalism may impede or facilitate an understanding of humanity’s place in nature.

Craig Trarup
Craig graduated from Thompson Rivers University in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Philosophy. His interest is mass media and other forms of pop culture from a philosophical perspective, focusing on feminist perspectives with respect to video gaming.