Ali Aeenehzodaee

Instructor: Ali Kaveh Aeenehzodaee

Ali Kaveh Aenehzodaee is a PhD student in the Ohio State University philosophy department. His research concerns philosophical questions about language, including the nature of self-expression, subjectivity, and disagreement. He loves sharing the creative aspects of philosophy and interacting with its diverse perspectives.







James FritzGuest Lecturer: James Fritz

James Fritz is a PhD candidate in the Ohio State University philosophy department. He does philosophical research in the areas of metaethics and epistemology.

James has a long history of working with summer camps; most recently, he served as the director of Wyandot Day Camp in Highbanks Metro Park. He also has a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and five years of experience teaching middle school English.





Julia JoratiInstructor: Professor Julia Jorati

Julia Jorati is an associate professor in the OSU philosophy department; she received her PhD from Yale University. Her research focuses on early modern European philosophy, but she teaches a wide variety of philosophy courses including a class on philosophy of religion and a class on death and the meaning of life. Julia is one of the people who came up with the idea for this summer camp and she is looking forward to discussing philosophy with camp participants. 




Eric MacGilvrayGuest Lecturer: Professor Eric MacGilvray

Eric MacGilvray (Ph.D., Chicago, 1999), Associate Professor, has research and teaching interests which center in modern and contemporary political thought, with an emphasis on liberal, republican and democratic theory and the pragmatic philosophical tradition.  He is the author of The Invention of Market Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Reconstructing Public Reason (Harvard University Press, 2004).  His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, and a number of other journals.  He is currently working on a book entitled Liberal Freedom.  He is one of the core faculty leaders of the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values.



Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer

Instructor: Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer

Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer is a Philosophy PhD candidate at Ohio State University. Her research is broadly focused on political philosophy, more narrowly concerning theories of global justice and exploitation. Lavender has been interested in sharing philosophy with high school students for quite a while, helping begin high school outreach programs in St. Louis, MO, while she was completing her Master's degree. She is excited about having the opportunity to discuss philosophical issues with the camp's participants this summer. 





Evan Thomas

Instructor: Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is a PhD student in the department of philosophy at The Ohio State University. Evan’s current research focuses on what René Descartes thought about the difference between humans and animals. He’s also interested in the meaning of life, what we can do to make the world a better place, and how philosophy can best be used to enrich people’s lives. Evan has experience teaching people of all ages and is excited to do philosophy with the campers!  



Xiang Yu

Instructor: Xiang Yu

Xiang is a PhD candidate in the philosophy program at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on moral philosophy, particularly well-being. She was born and raised in Beijing, China. She enjoys getting students to see the relevance of philosophy in real life and having good discussions with them.