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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Melanie Altanian | Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Professor Maria Baghramian
Project: The Distinct Epistemic Injustice of Genocide Denialism

Melanie Altanian is recipient of a one-year IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and an M.A. in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Altanian graduated with a dissertation monograph entitled “The Distinct Epistemic Injustice of Genocide Denialism”, arguing that genocide denialism is a substantive practice of ignorance that gives rise to both testimonial and hermeneutical oppression of the (former) victim group. During her fellowship, she seeks further research at the intersection of ethics, epistemology and political philosophy and more specifically, in theorizing epistemic injustice and ignorance given non-ideal social and political conditions. She will work on her book manuscript as well as develop new research on conditions for testimonial failure and success specifically as they relate to moral testimony and expertise.


Dr Iulia Calma | Research Assistant in the European Research Council
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Dragos Calma
Project: NeoplAT: Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions.

Dr Iulia Calma is an Archivist-Paleographer of the École nationale des chartes, Paris (2013-2018). My thesis entitled "The Quodlibetal Questions in the Universities of Prague and Erfurt. A Case Study: the Eucharistic Controversies and the Importance of the Treatise 'Liber de causis'. My interest in the treatise 'Liber de causis' began in 2011, when I joined an international research project directed by Dr. Dragos Calma that focused on the unpublished Latin commentaries (13th - 14th centuries). From 2011 to 2015 I edited and published three new commentaries on the 'Liber de causis', each of them accompanied by a study of the historical context and the doctrine. Moreover, in my thesis for the École des chartes I edited twelve unknown 15th-century texts (questiones disputate) composed in Hussite Bohemia between 1400 and 1417.

Dr Graham Clay | Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Ruth Boeker
Project: Hume on the Power of Philosophy

Graham Clay is a recipient of a two-year Government of Ireland fellowship through the Irish Research Council. He received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). He specializes in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics, with a special focus on David Hume and other figures in the early modern period.

His fellowship project at UCD is dedicated to developing an interpretation of Hume's account of the stable beliefs, unstable representations, and affective motivational states (i) that we form in response to philosophical claims and arguments and (ii) that can cause us to act.

He aims to extract insights from this interpretative work for empirical evaluation, both theoretical (e.g., evaluating synergies with existing psychological frameworks) and experimental (e.g., evaluating viability as an explanation of experimental results).


Dr Sybren Heyndels | Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Professor James O'Shea
Project: Modal Normativism: Reviving an Old Tradition

Sybren Heyndels is an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2020, he obtained a PhD at KU Leuven with a dissertation on P.F. Strawson’s metaphilosophy and philosophical methodology. His main research interests include: the history of 20th century philosophy (especially Strawson, Sellars, Wittgenstein), philosophy of modality, philosophical methodology, moral responsibility.


Dr Evan King | European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Dragos Calma
Project: NeoplAT: Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions.

After receiving a BA in Classics (2010), Evan completed his MA in Classics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, in 2012, writing a thesis on the metaphysics of the transcendentals in Meister Eckhart. In 2017, he graduated with a PhD in Divinity at Clare College, Cambridge (UK), with a dissertation on the sources, motivations, and coherence of the Exposition on the Elements of Theology of Proclus by Berthold of Moosburg. From 2016-2017, he was an Affiliated Lecturer in Divinity at Cambridge and from 2017-2019 he has taught as Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at the University of King's College and in Classics and Religious Studies at Dalhousie. Within the ERC-funded NeoplAT project, he will focus on the sources and reception of Berthold of Moosburg's Exposition.

Dr Maria Evelina Malgieri | European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Dragos Calma
Project: NeoplAT: Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions. A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Lati

Dr Maria Evelina Malgieri studied classics and philosophy at the University of Bari (2004-2009), where she also received her PhD (June 2013). Her dissertation is entitled “Le Quaestiones super Metaphysicam nel ms. Escorial h. II. 1: verso un’edizione del testo”, and was directed by Prof. Pasquale Porro and Prof. Renata Roncali.

Maria was post-doctoral researcher at the Advanced School of Historical Studies (University of San Marino/ 2013-2016; supervisor: Prof. Pasquale Porro) and held a research fellowship at the University of Münster (2017). She is currently achieving the critical edition of the "Quaestiones super Metaphysicam" attributed to Henry of Ghent. Within the ERC project, she will study the reception of the "Book of Causes" on the theories of being in the 13th-century debates, both in published and unpublished texts, notably the various interpretation of the famous proposition IV: “the first of created things is being”.

Dr Brian Monroe | European Commission Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Professor Maria Baghramian
Project: Policy, Expertise and Trust (PEriTiA)

Brian Monroe focuses primarily on the methodology of experimental economics and how economic experiments can provide insight into decisions under risk, particularly when objective probabilities of events are unknown. He has focused on how differences in experimentally elicited beliefs about the health risks of smoking, and how beliefs about the behavior of second movers in trust games influences the behavior of first movers. Brian is a research fellow at the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, and a research fellow at the Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics at the University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in Economics and Policy from Georgia State University.

Dr Ashley Shaw | Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Professor Rowland Stout
Project: The Metaphysics of Need

Ashley Shaw works primarily in the philosophy of mind, action theory and epistemology. His research has focussed on the nature of desire and practical rationality, in particular, the role that desires play in providing agents with reasons for action. At UCD, Shaw will work on a new IRC-funded project, “The Metaphysics of Need". This project explores foundational issues concerning need, for instance, its relationship with the metaphysics and epistemology of modality and vital, or life-based, concepts. Before coming to Dublin, Shaw did his graduate work at UCL.


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