University of Sydney Philosophy Postgraduate Placement Record

Over the last 25 years or so, about 64% of our PhD students have ended up in academic positions, (tenured positions, postdocs or extended contract positions), with 46% landing in tenured positions, and 85% in good jobs related to their research work in philosophy.

Gender Balance: 37% of our PhD graduates are female, with 72% of these placed in academic positions (41% tenured) and 84% in good jobs related to their research work in philosophy.

Listed below are the University of Sydney philosophy PhD graduates from the last 25 years or so. (We do not give names, for privacy reasons.) The year of the award of the PhD is given along with the thesis topic and the current employment of the graduate. We have made every effort to ensure that this is a complete list of PhD graduates since 1996.

*1996: feminist ethics; Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Greenwich

*1996: history of philosophy; Associate Professor, Catholic Institute of Sydney

*1997: Hegel; Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, UNSW

*1997: ethics; Associate Professor in Philosophy, UNSW

*1997: Kant's aesthetics; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Monash University

1997: Nietzsche on Morality; Architect

*1997: history of philosophy; Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

1998: aesthetics; Continuing Education Teacher, University of Sydney

*1998: continental philosophy and ethics; Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Queensland

1999: Levinas; whereabouts unknown

1999: Lyotard on deliberation and the will; Lecturer in Legal Studies, The Sydney Institute of Technology

*2001: philosophy of logic; Lecturer in Philosophy, Macquarie University

*2001: German philosophy; Associate Professor in Philosophy, Macquarie University

2001: Greek philosophy; Administrative Officer, School of Philosophy, UNSW

*2002: epistemology and ethics; Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Sydney

*2003: continental and early modern philosophy; ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney, now Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Philosophy, at Yale-NUS College, Singapore

*2004: Deleuze; Docent and Associate Professor in Architecture, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm

2004: Kant and Deleuze; Fixed-Term Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, North Western University

2004: Greek philosophy; Lecturer, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

2005: Nietzsche on responsibility; 5-year contract Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sydney, now casual lecturing University of Melbourne

*2005: theories of truth; Assistant Professor in Philosophy, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

2005: personal identity; Lecturer in Philosophy, Macquarie University

*2005: ethics; Associate Professor in Law at Queens University, Canada

2005: philosophy of art; Management Consultant, Harris Partners, Sydney

2006: political philosophy; Attorney General's Department in Canberra

*2006: social and political philosophy; Senior Lecturer, Flinders University

2006: philosophy of language; Lecturer, University of Texas at Arlington and Instructor in Philosophy at Houston Community College

2006: idealist theories of punishment; Teaching Fellow, Macquarie University

2006: Hegel and social theory; honorary appointment in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales

2006: social philosophy; Librarian, University of Sydney Fisher Library and Tutor in philosophy at the University of Sydney

*2006: philosophy of statistics; Lecturer in Philosophy and Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, ANU, now casual lecturing at the University of Sydney

*2006: environmental ethics; Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University

*2006: philosophy of science; Associate Professor in Philosophy, NYU, Shanghai

*2007: Foucault; Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

2007: history of philosophy; Associate Editor, Case Magazine

2007: Greek philosophy; deceased

*2007: philosophy of music; Associate Professor, Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

*2007: decision theory; Associate Professor, Australian National University (formerly, Associate Professor, London School of Economics)

2008: environmental ethics; whereabouts unknown

2008: history of philosophy; whereabouts unknown

2008: history of philosophy; published poet and writer

2009: empiricism; adjunct, Charles Sturt University

*2009: ancient philosophy; Program supervisor external studies, Moore Theological College

*2009: philosophy of statistics; Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland

2010: well-being; Postdoc, University of Sydney

2011: philosophy of physics; Postdoc, University of Queensland

*2012: Agamben; Senior Lecturer, Federation University, Ballarat

*2012: philosophy of mind; Lecturer, University of Auckland

2012: political philosophy; Research Facilitator, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

2012: philosophy of physics; on the job market

*2012: philosophy of physics; Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol

*2012: philosophy of time; Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University

*2012: environmental philosophy; Senior Lecturer, University of Otago

*2012: philosophy of religion; Lecturer, University of Notre Dame Australia

2013: decision theory; Public Servant, Australian Law Reform Commission

2013: aesthetics; Senior Research Officer, Macquarie University

2013: history of philosophy; whereabouts unknown

*2013: philosophy of psychology; Lecturer, University of Wollongong

*2014: value theory; Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

*2014: Kant; Assistant Professor, University of Warwick

*2014: political philosophy; Lecturer, University of Tasmania

*2014: philosophy of biology; Lecturer, Macquarie University

2014: political philosophy; Postdoc, Wuhan University, China

2014: moral philosophy; Regulatory Specialist and Paralegal in private industry

2014: Kant; now studying law

2014: philosophy of physics; Postdoc, University of Geneva

2014: political philosophy; Deputy Director Engagement, Sea Power Centre, Australia

*2015: philosophy of biology; Senior Lecturer, Macqaurie University

*2015: history of philosophy; Lecturer, University of Notre Dame Australia

2015: history of philosophy; whereabouts unknown

*2015: metaphysics; Lecturer, National Taiwan University

2015: Greek philosophy; Postdoc, Durham University

*2016: feminist philosophy; Lecturer, University of Exeter

2016: political philosophy; Postdoc, Freie Universitat-Berlin

*2017: philosophy of biology; Assistant Professor, Tongji University

2017: philosophy of language; on the job market

2018: philosophy of biology; Medical Doctor

2018: history of philosophy; on the job market

2018: philosophy of information; on the job market

2019: experimental philosophy; Postdoc, University of Sydney

*2019: philosophy of mind; Lecturer, University of Wollongong

2019: epistemology; Lawyer with Sydney law firm

2020: ethics; Postdoc, University of Sydney

2020: political philosophy; on the job market

2021: history of philosophy; on the job market

2021: social epistemology; Postdoc, National University of Singapore

2021: philosophy of mathematics; working in private industry in cyber security



* Holds (or held) a continuing academic appointment

Some of our notable PhD graduates include (names used with permission): Peter Anstey (Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney), Sam Baron (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dianoia Institute, Australian Catholic University), Phil Dowe (Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University), Alison Ross (Professor of Philosophy, Monash University), Katie Steele (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University), Kim Sterelny (Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University), and John Sutton (Professor of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University).

As well as the above PhD students, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney has had many successful MA students who have gone on to pursue graduate work in some of the best universities in the world, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Oxford, the University of Chicago, the University of Cambridge, the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Columbia University.

Many of our honours students have pursued academic careers. University of Sydney philosophy honours students can be found in various academic positions at universities such as Caltech, Harvard and Sydney. Our honours students have also been accepted into graduate programs at UCSD, Oxford, Princeton, Pittsburgh, Harvard, Columbia, and Chicago (and include Rhodes scholarship winners).



 

Last updated: 19 March 2021

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