The Team

Paul Blaschko

Paul Blaschko

Paul Blaschko is an assistant teaching professor in the philosophy department.  

He is a philosopher and his primary areas of interest are epistemology and action theory. His research focuses on the nature and normative dimensions of deliberative belief formation, but he's also interested in theories of practical reason and value, and the philosophy of religion. 

Paul is committed to making philosophy publicly accessible and relevant, and--in his teaching--he emphasizes innovative course design, practical relevance, intellectual formation, and classroom transparency. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Email: blaschko.1@nd.edu

Office Hours

In-person: Monday 3-4:45pm at Malloy 402

Live on TikTok: Wednesday 3-3:45pm

Justin  Christy

Justin Christy

Dr. Christy is Program Coordinator of the Philosophy as a Way of Life Project at Notre Dame and oversees the GGL Fellows program. He grew up in the town of Greenwich in upstate New York, did his undergrad at SUNY Geneseo, and received his PhD from Notre Dame in 2017. His philosophical work focuses on the philosophy of mind, especially the nature of perception and other types of conscious experience. His non-academic interests include bicycling and hiking, playing piano and guitar, and enjoying the company of cats.

Email: jchristy@nd.edu

Website

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 2-3pm, 404 Malloy

Mike Zhao

Mike Zhao

Dr. Zhao an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Notre Dame.

He works mainly in ethics, though he also has interests in social and political philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and ancient Chinese philosophy as well.

He received my PhD from NYU in 2018. Before NYU, he was an undergraduate in philosophy at Princeton.

Email: mike.zhao@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesday 2-3pm, 316 Malloy

Teaching Assistants

TAs are GGL alumni and graduate students in the Notre Dame Philosophy Department. They grade larger assignments, lead workshops and tutorials for major assignments, and are here to coach you on how to succeed on GGL assignments.  They are your first stop for questions on grades, deadlines, and assignment directions.

Joseph Capdevielle

Joseph Capdevielle

Dialogue Group(s) House of HEREcules

Joseph is a junior living off campus and majoring in computer science and the Program of Liberal Studies through the Reilly Dual Degree Program. He is from South Bend and lived in Stanford Hall before moving off campus. He enjoys singing in the Liturgical Choir, playing board games, riding his bike, and discussing philosophically about pretty much anything. This is his second semester as a GGL Fellow after a two-semester break and he is excited to get back into the world of GGL and participate in some meaningful dialogue. 

Favorite Philosopher:  Socrates

Runner-ups: Epictetus, Kant

 

Email: jcapdevi@nd.edu

Office Hours

Thursday 2-3PM (or by Appointment) on Zoom: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/92966557076?pwd=MWRxNzFVYm5saEE0eVJvRVhtRERQQT09

Julia French

Julia French

Julia is a junior philosophy and peace studies major from Raleigh, North Carolina. When she is not working on philosophy-related things, you can usually find her running around campus, shooting film at a sports game, or just goofing around with friends.

Favorite Philosopher at the Moment: Camus

Email: jfrench5@nd.edu

Office Hours

Thursdays 11:30a-12:30p
https://notredame.zoom.us/j/91804583480

Katherine  Machado

Katherine Machado

Kat Machado is a junior majoring in psychology and American Studies. She originally hails from La Mirada, CA but now lives in the glamorous Pasquerilla East Hall. On campus, you can find Kat singing in Chorale, picnicking on north quad, or baking cookies in the PE kitchen. She is especially interested in moral philosophy and the nature of religious belief. She can’t wait to bring people into the wonderful world of GGL and help people find answers to some of life’s biggest questions! 

All time favorite philosopher: C.S. Lewis 

Email: kmachado@nd.edu

Office Hours

In person on Tuesdays from 10-11am in Hagerty Family Cafe, or by appointment. 

I’m also available via zoom at the same time at https://notredame.zoom.us/j/5747307063

Blake Ziegler

Blake Ziegler

Email: bziegler@nd.edu

Dialogue Leaders

Dialogue leaders are alumni of God and the Good Life who have returned to facilitate weekly dialogue meetings. They also give points for dialogue engagement and help make sure the class is wonderful.  They are exemplars of great GGL students, and can help you get the most out of this experience.  They will also lead some of your tutorial sessions for assignments.

Sterling Bhollah

Sterling Bhollah

Sterling is a sophomore business analytics major from Atlanta, GA. Sterling particularly enjoys using philosophical applications in the modern world. He is excited for a through provoking semester as a GGL fellow, and hopes to inspire others to learn more about philosophy (even if they aren’t philosophy majors).

All time favorite philosopher: Descartes

Email: sbhollah@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesdays from 3-4 at Duncan Student Center Innovation Lounge

Jenna Breslin

Jenna Breslin

Dialogue Group(s) Society of du Lac

Jenna is a senior majoring in finance and minoring in philosophy. She lived in McGlinn Hall her first three years (Roll Rocks!), and now she lives off campus. She is from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. In her free time, she loves to play on the Club Softball team and work as a campus tour guide. She has been on the GGL team since her freshman year and she is looking forward to another great semester of corrupting the youth!

Favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: gbreslin@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesday 2-3pm via Zoom

Gina Brusco

Email: gbrusco@nd.edu

Dave DeBacker

Dave DeBacker

Dialogue Group(s) House of Hulk Hogan-Hoffman-Harding (HHHHH)

Dave is a sophomore studying architecture with a minor in sustainability. He was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and will gladly show you exactly where that is by pointing at his right hand. Currently, he is a proud member of Dillon Hall. (Let's Go Big Reddddd) Additionally, Dave is a student-athlete on the Notre Dame Swimming & Diving team. He enjoys curating specific playlists, playing beach volleyball, and promising vegan food isn't that bad. 

Favorite philosopher: Peter Singer

Email: ddebacke@nd.edu

Office Hours

By appointment

Devin Diggs

Devin Diggs

Dialogue Group(s) The T-Hive

Devin is a junior studying neuroscience & behavior with a minor in education, schooling, and society. He is from the suburbs of Kansas City (on the Kansas side) but now lives off campus after two years in Dunne Hall. Devin's interested in how philosophy relates to everyday life and decision making. He's excited to get to know and discuss with the GGL students this year!

Email: ddiggs@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm via Zoom

Bennett Dye

Bennett Dye

Bennett is a freshman from London, England studying Political Science. He currently resides in Keough Hall, the former home of NFL star Chase Claypool and former quarterback Ian Book (as well as his RA Jake who is almost as cool). When not working, Bennett can be found at the gym or convincing his roommate to come with him to the gym. Bennett cannot wait to meet his first dialogue group and be a part of helping others enjoy GGL as much as he did.

 

Email: bdye2@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesday 6-7pm on Zoom or via appointment 

Janna El-Hajj

Janna El-Hajj

Dialogue Group(s) Plato’s Phantoms

I’m a freshman in Architecture with a passion for all things art. I am Lebanese and have been made fully aware that it doesn’t count as a personality trait. I speak Arabic as a first language and philosophy as a second. My hope is to insure GGL dialogue is an inclusive space that invites all people to the conversation.

Favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: jelhajj@nd.edu

Office Hours

Email jelhajj@nd.edu for an appointment

Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton

Emma is a sophomore studying economics and sustainability. She is from Westfield, NJ, and at Notre Dame, she lives in Pangborn Hall. Emma loves all things-coffee, second hand thrifting, and having humorous, unexpected conversations. Her favorite thing to do at Notre Dame is spend quality time at the Grotto and walk around the lakes. She is thrilled to be a part of the GGL dialogue team and she is determined to corrupt the youth! 

Favorite philosopher: Jesus

Email: ehamilt5@nd.edu

Office Hours

by appointment

Ryan  Hoffman

Ryan Hoffman

Dialogue Group(s) House of Here

My name is Ryan Hoffman and I am from Allentown, Pennsylvania. I am a sophomore living in Dillon Hall majoring in finance and philosophy. In my free time I like to work out and hang out with my friends. 

 

Favorite Philosopher: Nietzsche

Email: rhoffma6@nd.edu

Office Hours

Friday 4-5pm

Ainsley  Hurford

Ainsley Hurford

Ainsley Hurford is a first-year Philosophy & Theology student and proud Purple Weasel of Pasquerilla West Hall. She's from the suburbs of St. Louis (on the Illinois side!) and will always defend St. Louis-style pizza to any who doubt its greatness. In her free time, Ainsley likes to hike and camp, watch rom-coms that consist solely of predictable cliches, and jam out to late 2000's hits with her friends.

Email: ahurford@nd.edu

Office Hours

By appointment

Frank Jang

Frank Jang

Frank is a first-year student from Illinois, and he is currently living in O'Neill Hall. Aside from being a business major and a GGL dialogue leader, Frank is part of the Student Union Board and the Notre Dame Glee Club, where he expresses his passion for service and music. At Notre Dame, Frank aspires to grow and learn from the different on-campus communities that he is a part of, including his weekly meetings with his dialogue group.

Office Hours: 2:00-3:00PM on Mondays or by appointment

Email: fjang@nd.edu

Office Hours

2:00-3:00PM on Mondays or by appointment

Gabby Keller

Gabby Keller

Dialogue Group(s) The T-Hive

Gabby Keller is a sophomore residing in Lewis Hall (known for its outstanding assorted breakfast foods).  She has lived her whole life in Jacksonville, Florida with her younger sister and parents where she grew up believing that any temperature below 75° was cold (one winter in South Bend quickly changed that).  Gabby is studying science-business and poverty studies and plans to attend medical school after graduating from Notre Dame.  When she is not learning and discoursing about philosophical theories, Gabby enjoys reading, baking, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Email: gkeller2@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesday from 3:00-3:45 pm

Maria Matuska

Maria Matuska

Dialogue Group(s) House of Here

Maria is a freshman from northern Illinois living in Farley Hall majoring in neuroscience and behavior and minoring in history. She participates in student radio and has a segment for WSND FM, and is the co-president of the Notre Dame chapter of the Brain Exercise Initiative, a program that works with Alzheimer's patients to restore their cognitive function. Additionally, Maria enjoys spending time with friends and watching movies. 

Favorite Philosopher: Descartes 

Email: mmatusk2@nd.edu

Nick Moawad

Nick Moawad

Dialogue Group(s) "The Office" (not bc of the show but bc of office supplies)

I am from Hinsdale, Illinois right outside of Chicago. I am a Finance major from Morrissey Manor. I am a devout bears and cubs fan and still will proudly rep my Trubisky jersey even though it pains me to think about. I also love hot Cheetos and ramen noodles. 

Email: nmoawad@nd.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Dialogue Group(s) Happy Accidents

Kevin is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences from Western Springs, IL. A resident of Knott Hall, he serves as their social commissioner and misses Friday afternoon games of section football. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike, taking long naps, and getting first in Mario Kart. Over the summer, he started listening to the Philosophize This! podcast and recommends it to anyone looking for a good sampling of philosophy. 

Favorite philosopher: Kierkegaard

Email: kmurph48@nd.edu

Office Hours

Every Wednesday 3-4 on Zoom, or by appointment

Katia  Nanni

Katia Nanni

Dialogue Group(s) House of Play-Toh

Katia is a sophomore pursuing a major in marketing.  She lives in Welsh Family Hall and is from South Bend, IN (townie life).  She loves snowboarding, her dog, and gushers. She can't wait to talk about all of life's mysteries with her dialogue group. 

Favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: knanni@nd.edu

Office Hours

via Zoom, Tuesdays, 2-3pm

Olivia Niziolek

Olivia Niziolek

Dialogue Group(s) The Sullivans

Olivia is a junior majoring in business analytics and psychology. She is from Park Ridge, Illinois, and is a proud resident of Walsh Hall. When Olivia is not tackling life’s most complicated questions with her sustained dialogue group, you may find her running around the tri-campus area with the cross country team, going on long walks around the lakes with friends, or burning up Flex Points on bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips at the Huddle. She is so excited for another semester of dialogue with her fellow GGLers!

Email: oniziole@nd.edu

Office Hours

11:00 AM - 12 PM on Mondays, or by appointment 

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien

Dialogue Group(s) House of Augustine

I’m a sophomore living in McGlinn Hall. I’m from Vienna, VA, which is just outside of DC. I’m a political science major but am also super interested in languages and learning about different cultures and schools of thought. I also love reading and running. I’m so excited to get to meet new people and learn more about how different people see the world!

All-time favorite Philosopher: Rene Descartes 

Email: mobrie39@nd.edu

Office Hours

 Monday’s at Duncan Student Center from 3-4

Connor Patrick

Connor Patrick

Dialogue Group(s) House Dubious

Connor Patrick is a rising sophomore from Albany, New York living in Dillon Hall. He is majoring in philosophy and global affairs with minors in liturgical music ministry, Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, and digital marketing. In addition to serving as a GGL Fellow, he is involved in other initiatives on campus such as the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, College Mentors for Kids, Student Government, Moreau Student Advisory Council, and more. He firmly believes that the peanut butter pie in South Dining Hall is God’s ultimate gift to humanity. 

Connor is extremely honored to be a GGL Fellow and is excited to explore how philosophy relates to everyday life with his Dialogue Group!

Favorite Philosopher: The Dalai Lama

Email: cpatric3@nd.edu

Office Hours

8-9pm Thursdays via Zoom, or by appointment

Lulu Phifer

Lulu Phifer

Lulu is a junior from Granger, Indiana living in Pasquerilla West Hall. She is majoring in FTT and philosophy, with a minor in musical theatre. In her free time she participates in theatre, drinks lots of La Croix, and listens to good music. She can’t wait to dive deeper into questions of morality (should I go vegetarian??) with new GGL freshmen this semester.

Favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: lphifer@nd.edu

Office Hours

11-12 on Mondays on Zoom. 

Renee Pierson

Renee Pierson

Dialogue Group(s) Happy Accidents

Renee is a sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona living in Welsh Family Hall. She is studying political science and psychology with a minor in journalism, ethics, and democracy. Renee is currently serving as the Sophomore Class President, and in her free time she enjoys writing for The Observer, starting pointless debates with her friends, and listening to indie music (sorry). 

Favorite Philosopher: Socrates

Email: rpierso1@nd.edu

Office Hours

Mondays 7pm-8pm via Zoom 

Max Thompson

Max Thompson

Dialogue Group(s) House JenKidz-Bop

Max is a current freshman and a proud member of O'Neill Hall's Section 1A. Max grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but currently resides in South Bend. He is majoring in economics and political science, with aspirations of going to law school. He is a member of Notre Dame's Mock Trial team, and is bilingual in French and English.

Favorite Philosopher: Nietzsche

Email: mthomp36@nd.edu

Elizabeth  VanKammen

Elizabeth VanKammen

Dialogue Group(s) House Dubious

Elizabeth is a sophomore living in Lyons Hall from Kenosha, WI.  She is studying philosophy with minors in theology, STV, and dance.  She enjoys going on walks around campus after dark taking a variety of routes depending on the night. 

Email: evankamm@nd.edu

Office Hours

Friday 1-2 pm (Zoom ID: 598 384 4602)

Chadwick Wang

Chadwick Wang

Dialogue Group(s) Aristotelian Anti-Body House

Chadwick is a sophomore majoring in finance and psychology. He grew up in Singapore and Los Angeles and currently lives in Dunne Hall. He is a former international competitive figure skater who represented Singapore at the Junior World Championships. Chadwick also has a huge passion for third-wave coffee, deep philosophical conversations, and finger-style guitar. He is always down to make you a cup of coffee with some latte art and sit and chat about life. 

Favorite Philosopher: Socrates

Email: cwang25@nd.edu

Office Hours

Email for appointment