Our Graduates in Philosophy

John Peters is one of many students who have parlayed their Philosophy degree from New College into a successful and distinguished career. Peters is an attorney and business consultant and the former chief of staff for Francis Ford Coppola Productions in Calabasas, California. He was a New College charter class member who for many years ran the business side of Francis Ford Coppola’s several different enterprises, from filmmaking to winemaking.

In addition to traditional career paths in law and education, recent New College graduates in philosophy have also gone on to graduate study in professional fields such as planning and policy, labor relations and library science. 

New College is proud of the many Philosophy graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Anita Allen is vice provost for faculty, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and a professor of philosophy at University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She has worked at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon, and has been a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Villanova, Princeton, Arizona, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins. She traces much of the good life she enjoys today as a law professor, wife and mother to “a healthy preoccupation with excellence fostered by New College.” She went on to obtain a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Harvard.

Justin Clarke-Doane studied Philosophy and Mathematics at New College and currently teaches at the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University in Australia. His work concerns metaphysical and epistemological problems surrounding traditionally a priori domains such as logic, mathematics, modality and morality. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University.

Mark Mudge is president of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), a nonprofit organization he co-founded with his wife, CHI Director Carla Schroer, herself a New College alumna (AOC: Machine Logic). CHI is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in digital capture and documentation of the world’s cultural, historic and artistic treasures.

 • Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick directed "Caine's Arcade," a short film about a boy, his imagination and a social movement to bring him customers. After going viral, "Caine's Arcade" was featured on numerous national media outlets and continues to inspire scholarships in Caine's name and the imaginations of children worldwide. Mullick also studied Fine Arts while at New College.

• As institute associate at the Georgetown Climate Center, Gabe Pacyniak conducts legal and policy analysis in support of state-federal partnerships that advance effective climate, energy and transportation policies in the United States. Prior to this position, he interned at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change and with the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Kate Hubin Piliero is vice president of corporate communications at Lionsgate Films.

• Before pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, Christian Pillsbury was senior software developer & architect at Digital Primates.

David Lionel Smith graduated from New College in Philosophy and English. He is the John W. Chandler professor of English at Williams College. His interests are race and culture, the black arts movement, Mark Twain and Wendell Berry. He is also a published poet writing under the pen name D.L. Crockett-Smith, an astute essayist and lecturer. He is especially proud of his work for public humanities institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian. He wrote his New College thesis on "The Painted Veil and Beyond: Shelley as Thinker and Poet."

 Alissa Branham received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of Michigan. She currently is an associate with Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Philosophy:

• Boston University School of Law
• Emory University Medical School
• Georgetown University Law Center
• Harvard Law School
• New York University
• Ohio University
• University of California, Los Angeles
• University of California, Riverside
• University of California, San Diego
• University of Chicago
• University of Michigan
• University of Notre Dame
• University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Washington & Lee University
• Yale University

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Philosophy, eh?
When we surveyed our 1996–2007 philosophy graduates, 94% were employed or pursuing further education and 41% were working in the field of education.
(Take that, naysayers.)

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