Who We Are

aaronyarmel1.jpgAaron Yarmel, co-founder and Executive Director, is a PhD student at UW-Madison where he works on applied ethics and philosophy of science. His current research interests concern the ethics of revolution and resistance, utilitarian social welfare functions, and musical understanding. He also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BM from the Eastman School of Music. When he is not philosophizing, he can be found playing the violin and longboarding with his good friend Pansy (who happens to be a pit bull).



Katie Petrik, co-founder, is a PhD student interested in questions at the intersection of philosophy of education and philosophy of science. She holds an MEd in Early Childhood Education, an MA in Philosophy, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.



Tanner Bowen is a fourth-year student studying philosophy and neuroscience. When he’s not thinking about those things he’s usually either writing or listening to music…and even then he’s usually thinking about philosophy and neuroscience. He enjoys discussing philosophy with his younger brothers and sister and hopes to extend that same enthusiasm and energy for thought and creativity to the community.




Johanna Dolle has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and an undergraduate degree in economics. She enjoys thinking about the welfare consequences of social programs and figuring out how to measure them. Her primary interests are in education and healthcare policy.



Emily Hamer is a junior studying journalism and philosophy. Her journalism experience includes serving as the State News Associate Editor and Print News Editor at The Badger Herald. She most likely sees herself having a career in journalism, and she is excited for the opportunity to share her passion for philosophy with the community.




Dorothy Wu is a junior studying philosophy, psychology, and sociology. She plans to enroll in a sociology doctoral program after graduating from UW-Madison. Dorothy’s research interests are inter-ethnic relationships, cultural sociology, and ethics. She will be the president of the philosophy club at UW-Madison for the 2017-2018 academic year.



Kiyoko Reidy is a junior at UW-Madison studying philosophy and creative writing. She enjoys anything to do with poetry, dogs, and the outdoors. After she completes her undergraduate degree, she hopes to use her skills to help bring a love of the arts and humanities to the community.

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