Recent PhD Graduates
The department congratulates David Chai and Olga Federenko, who recently completed the doctoral program.
Sean Callaghan graduated in November 2012. His dissertation, “The Disagreement of Being, A Critique of Life and Vitality in the Meiji Era,” submerged him in texts on the history of Japanese life insurance, vitalism, evolutionism, naturalism, the political novel and romanticism. Aside from Meiji era literature and political economy, his interests also include contemporary French philosophy, anime, manga, video games, and poker.
David Chai graduated in June 2012. His dissertation was titled: “Nothingness, Being, and Dao: Ontology and Cosmology in the Zhuangzi.” His research focus is the metaphysical, phenomenological, and hermeneutic aspects of pre-Tang philosophy, with an emphasis on Daoism. He also engages in work of a comparative nature, particularly the writings of Hegel, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty.
Olga Fedorenko convocated in November 2012. Her dissertation, entitled “Tending to the ‘Flower of Capitalism:’ Consuming, Producing and Censoring Advertising in South Korea of the 00′s,” takes an anthropological approach to advertising-related practices in contemporary South Korea. Olga is currently Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University.