Placement Record TiLPS
Lasha Abzianidze obtained his PhD at TiLPS in 2016, for which he was funded by an NWO grant. In his PhD thesis, he focused on developing the proof theory for natural logic, particularly, an analytic tableau system which takes as its input lambda logical forms. After obtaining his PhD he moved to the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), where he is currently active as a Postdoc Researcher in the Parallel Meaning Bank, a corpus of parallel texts annotated with formal meaning representations, where he contributes to wide-coverage compositional semantics suitable for a multilingual application. This is part of the NWO project 'Lost in Translation – Found in Meaning'.
Beira Aguilar is a PhD student at the Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History of Tilburg University. Her research, titled 'Which Democracy, Which Citizenship, Which Justice? The Challenges of Transitional Justice', supervised by Prof. G.C.G.J. van Roermund, Prof. H.K. Lindahl and Prof. W. Herrera, addresses the limits of the paradigmatic reparation approach in Transitional Justice to victims of land dispossession and forced displacement, in the context of a violent conflict. Beira is expected to finalize her dissertation in October 2018.
Colin Elliot is a PhD student at TiLPS, whose research focuses on the subjective interpretation of probability. He is expected to finish his PhD in 2019. His interests lie mainly in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Mathematics. At the moment, Colin is not pursuing a career in academics, having chosen to instead become an IT Trainee in the ING Top Engineer Program in Amsterdam.
Machteld Geuskens is a PhD student at TiLPS, whose interdisciplinary research project concerns the moral and epistemological basis for sharing knowledge. This research project is funded by an NWO grant in ethics & epistemology. Whilst finishing her dissertation, Machteld is also active as a lecturer in Philosophy and Methodology of Law at the Erasmus School of Law.
Sean Gould obtained a PhD at TiLPS in 2013 for a thesis on virtue ethics and mind/environment coupled systems. He currently lives in McCall, Idaho USA where he is a snowboard/ski instructor in the winter. In the summer he rock climbs and works odd jobs. He is on the board of trustees for the local library, is a member or his city's Environmental Advisory Committee, and is a member of a State supervised Water Quality Council. Sean is also a political advocate for wilderness areas, wolves, and other wildlife in his region.
Dominik Klein obtained his PhD at TiLPS in 2015 (cum laude). In his thesis 'Social interaction - a formal exploration', he explored the application of formal modelling tools such as logic, probability theory or computer simulations to various problems in epistemology and political philosophy. Since 2015, he is a postdoctoral researcher in the Philosophy and Economics Program at the University of Bayreuth and the Political Science Department in Bamberg, Germany.
Kristina Liefke obtained her PhD at TiLPS in 2014. Her dissertation discusses the type-theoretic foundations of formal natural language semantics -- in particular, the possibility of modeling a standard fragment of English through the use of a single type of semantic primitive. After her PhD, Kristina held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at LMU Munich. Since 2015, she is PI of the MCMP-based project "Unity and Unification in Intensional Semantics", which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project involves collaborations with Stanford University and Ochanomizu University (Tokyo).
Chiara Lisciandra received her PhD from Tilburg University in 2013. Her PhD thesis was a philosophical enquiry into the origin and the evolution of norms in society. After her stay at Tilburg, Chiara spent one year as a research fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Munich University. Afterwards, she obtained a postdoctoral research position at TINT, Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Now she is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business. Her primary research interests are in general philosophy of science and in philosophy of the social sciences, with side interests in social epistemology and philosophy of economics.
Alessandra Marra was a PhD student at TiLPS, working on the project 'Logical and Computational Models of Moral Reasoning' collaboration with the NOW funded program 'Towards Logics that Model Natural Reasoning' under guidance of Dr. Reinhard Muskens and Prof. Alan Thomas. This research project focused on modeling moral reasoning, and the addressing of some of the conceptual and formal issues critical for current works in deontic logic, linguistic semantics and meta-ethics. After her PhD, Alessandra moved to Bayreuth University in Germany, where she is a lecturer in Philosophy of Language and Philosophical Modal Logic.
Carlo Martini obtained his Ph.D. at TiLPS in 2011. His Ph.D. thesis was on disagreement and the formation of consensus in small groups like policy-making and scientific committees. After his Ph.D. he taught at the University of Bayreuth, before starting a research postdoc at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Carlo has recently coedited, with Marcel Boumans, and contributed for, the volume Experts and Consensus in Social Science (Springer, 2014). He has also recently been awarded a grant of 50.000 euros by the Finnish Cultural Foundation to organize a series of workshops on the theme: The trinity of policy-making: evidence, causation and argumentation. At the moment he works on the contribution of experts' subjective judgment to scientific consensus and policy-making decisions; he is interested in how to provide an account for the presence of subjectivity in a theory of evidence, and how to improve subjective judgments in the context of science and policy making.
Niki Pfeifer obtained a PhD (with distinction) from TiLPS in 2012, after having previously completed a PhD (with distinction) in psychology at the University of Salzburg in 2006. In his PhD Thesis, Niki focused on the topic of uncertain reasoning, offering a natural, formal, epistemological view on the topic. Today, Niki is a senior research fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where his research focuses on the intersections of formal epistemology, probability logic, and the psychology of reasoning, specifically the foundations of reasoning under uncertainty. He is also a lecturer at the Universität Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany
Soroush Rafiee Rad
Soroush Rafiee Rad obtained his PhD in Mathematical Logic at the University of Manchester in 2009 with a thesis on inductive logic and probabilistic reasoning and finished a PhD in Philosophy at TiLPS in 2014. His thesis consisted of essays on Mathematical Philosophy and were mainly focused on the dynamics of information change. After his PhD, he assumed a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam under the direction of Dr. Sonja Smets.
Chiara Raucea obtained her PhD from the Department of European and International Public Law from Tilburg University in 2017. In her PhD thesis she addressed the question of the conceptual relation between 'citizen status' and 'citizen rights' through the development of a novel conceptual framework from philosophical accounts of citizenship. After her PhD, Chiara continued working at the Department of European and International Public Law, where she does research in European Law (primarily free movement and migration law) and Legal and Political Philosophy (primarily political membership and citizenship rights).
Title of her thesis: "Impossible Intentionality. Lewis, Meinong and the Ontological Foundations of Intentional Semantic", 2017. Supervisor: Reinhard Muskens. Janine does not currently work in academia.
Umberto Sconfienza obtained his PhD from the Department of European and International Public Law from Tilburg University in 2017, in the field of Legal Philosophy. After his PhD, Umberto moved to Frankfurt am Main in Germany, where he became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence 'Normative Orders' of Goethe University. His current focus lies on questions about environmental narratives (stories people tell each other concerning what counts as an environmental problem) and how they shape environmental policies 'on the ground'
Stefan Wintein obtained his PhD at TiLPS in 2012 (cum laude). In his PhD thesis he developed and motivated various logics for a language with a (self-referential) truth predicate. After obtaining his PhD he taught mathematics and statistics at De Haagse Hogeschool. Since 2013 he is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), involved in F.A. Muller’s Vici winning project The Structure of Reality and the Reality of Structure.