The Team

Paul Blaschko

Paul Blaschko

Paul Blaschko is Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Philosophy Department and long-time GGL instructor.  

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, the philosophy of religion, and medieval philosophy. 

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 in January of 2019. 

His favorite philosopher is Elizabeth Anscombe.

Email: blaschko.1@nd.edu

Office Hours

TBD

Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan

Prof. Sullivan serves as Director of the GGL Program.  She is teaching GGL at 9:10-10:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays in Fall 2020.  Her research focuses on time, modality, practical rationality and the nature of religious belief. She is currently writing a book on God and the Good Life with Prof. Blaschko.  She also serves as Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

All-Time Favorite Philosopher: Tie between Plato and Aristotle.

Email: sullivan.329@nd.edu

Website

Office Hours

 Prof Sullivan has office hours right after class on Mondays or by appointment.  For an appointment with Prof Sullivan, contact Carolyn Sherman (csherman@nd.edu)

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

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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.

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

Huimin Liu

Huimin Liu

Huimin is a second-year graduate student. Her main area of interest is early modern philosophy, especially Spinoza and Hume, although they are quite the opposite. Apart from that, she is also interested in moral philosophy. Her non-philosophical interests are photography and watching Anime with friends. 

Email: hliu23@nd.edu

Office Hours

Friday 12:45-2:00 pm via Zoom, or by appointment.

Zoom Link: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/8143129911

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

Ciara O'Rourke

Ciara O'Rourke

Ciara is a second-year graduate student. She is very interested in moral philosophy and epistemology, as well as in philosophy of religion. She is also interested in the principle of sufficient reason and always enjoys learning about the history of philosophy (especially medieval and early modern philosophy). She cares a lot about introducing philosophy to wider audiences. Her non-philosophical interests include novels (her favorites include Middlemarch and Robin Hobb’s Farseer books) and hiking.

Email: corourk3@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesday from 12-1 pm, or by appointment, in the lounge (Malloy 117)

Zoom link: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/285514645

Conrad  Palor

Conrad Palor

Conrad is a Junior at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently pursuing a double major in Accounting and Philosophy. His hometown is Las Vegas, NV and his favorite hobbies include listening to music, rock climbing, traveling to new places, and doing something adventurous with friends. On campus, Conrad works for Fighting Irish Media, and is the captain of the Notre Dame Debate team. He is very excited to discuss philosophical topics and contemplate life's big questions with fellow students, and I cannot wait for this upcoming semester.

All-time favorite Philosopher: Kant

Email: cpalor@nd.edu

Office Hours

Friday 11:00 - 12:30 in the Waddick's areas at O'Shag. Or email me to schedule a time to meet.

Jess Reeg

Jess Reeg

I am currently a senior Neuroscience and Behavior and Philosophy double major from The Woodlands, Texas. I used to live in McGlinn Hall (roll rocks baby!!) but now I live off-campus. I spend most of my free time playing volleyball with friends, watching movies, cheating on the crosswords in The Observer, listening to TED Talks, and eating The Tonight Dough. I look forward to meeting everyone this semester!

Email: jreeg@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4:00pm via Zoom. The link will be the same each week: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/92714545679  

Blake Ziegler

Blake Ziegler

Blake Ziegler is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is majoring in political science and philosophy with a minor in constitutional studies. He loves philosophy and is dedicated to making it accessible to any student! Outside of GGL, Blake is a member of the band, columnist for The Observer, and secretary of the Jewish Club. He also coaches high school debate and can often be found rooting for the New Orleans Saints. 

 

Email: bziegler@nd.edu

Website

Office Hours

Friday 11:00am-12:30pm, or by appointment

Zoom Link: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/92933131340 

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.

Elizabeth Anderson

Email: eander14@nd.edu

Gorata Baitloti

Email: obaitlot@nd.edu

Mark Bassali

Mark Bassali

Dialogue Group(s) House of Will Descartes Hunting

Email: mbassali@nd.edu

Office Hours

This house belongs to only the greatest of doubters. Our fierce founder Will Descartes Hunting created this house when he gathered a group of doubters in Boston, Massachusetts to the dismay of many city officials. He kept asking questions and doubting the principles that we're in place. Because of Hunting, we all live in a more truthful world. NOW, we must carry on his legacy and do the same!

Aidan Becklund

Email: abecklun@nd.edu

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

Juan Sergio Buenviaje

Email: jbuenvia@nd.edu

Joseph Capdevielle

Email: jcapdevi@nd.edu

Nathaniel Cieplik

Email: ncieplik@nd.edu

Patrick Connor

Email: cpatric3@nd.edu

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook

Ryan is a junior Business Analytics major living in Fisher Hall. He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School. He is a huge fan of Cleveland Browns football, Indie and Alternative Rock music, and existential philosophy. In addition to two thought-provoking semesters of philosophy in his freshman year, Ryan has taken Catholic school Theology courses for the past sixteen years and has entertained many “deep conversations” past midnight in his dorm room. If you want to talk about how Baker Mayfield will bounce back from his sophomore slump, The Strokes' rejuvenation of rock music, or possible existential dilemmas caused by the app TikTok feel free to stop him on the quad to say hi!

All-time favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: rcook4@nd.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment/Feel free to email for available time!

Dave DeBacker

Dave DeBacker

Dave is a first year Architecture student minoring in sustainability. He was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is part of Dillon Community in Baumer Hall. Additionally, Dave competes for Notre Dame’s Swimming & Diving team, and enjoys painting, euchre, vegan food, and making hyper-specific playlists. 

Favorite philosopher: Peter Singer

Email: ddebacke@nd.edu

Elle Dietz

Elle Dietz

Elle is a 4th-year student studying Architecture with a minor in Poverty Studies.  She is originally from Arizona, where she loves the heat and hiking, and spent the last year in Rome enjoying coffee and the unique aesthetic of a dilapidated Italian villas.  In her free time on campus she likes to play basketball, occupy the 10th floor of the Lib, and chat in La Fun's basement booths.  Always happy to meet new people and excited for another year of CTY, as Ryan says.

All-time favorite philosopher: Plato

Email: edietz@nd.edu

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

Emma Downing

Email: edownin1@nd.edu

Ryan Farrow

Email: rfarrow@nd.edu

Grace Franco

Grace Franco

Grace is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with minors in Business Economics and the Hesburgh Program for Public Service. She is from New York City but now is a proud resident of Walsh Hall on campus. She is so excited to be a GGL fellow and is looking forward to a great semester with her dialogue group!

Email: gfranco2@nd.edu

Office Hours

By appointment 

Ariana Gomez

Email: agomez13@nd.edu

Elijah Grammer

Email: egrammer@nd.edu

Yanis Guechtouli

Email: yguechto@nd.edu

Andrew Hamaty

Email: ahamaty@nd.edu

Peter Hennessey

Peter Hennessey

My name is Peter Hennessey, and I hail from the beautiful paradise of St. Louis, Missouri. I study accounting and psychology here at ND, but God and the Good Life continues to be one of the best classes I have taken! Outside of school, I reside in the Center of the Universe, Alumni Hall, and I love to play basketball, talk sports, and think deeply.

All-time favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: phennes2@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesday 7-8 pm; O'Shag coffee shop

John Hoeksema

Email: jhoeksem@nd.edu

Ryan Hoffman

Email: rhoffma6@nd.edu

Haley Holden

Email: hholden@nd.edu

Mireille Ibrahim

Email: mibrahim@nd.edu

Aaron Jalca

Email: ajalca@nd.edu

Breslin Jenna

Email: gbreslin@nd.edu

Cassie Joynes

Email: cjoynes@nd.edu

Gabby Keller

Email: gkeller2@nd.edu

Mia Lecinski

Mia Lecinski

Mia Lecinski is a sophomore from Wilmette, Illinois and currently lives in Lyons Hall. She is majoring in Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Collaborative Innovation. This semester, she is most excited to train for the Holy Half with her friends. She talks a lot, but she is most excited to talk about philosophy with her students.

All-time favorite philosopher: Søren Kierkegaard

Email: mlecins2@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesday 10-11pm, first floor of Hesburgh Library

Rahul Ashok Lobo

Rahul Ashok Lobo

Rahul is a Sophomore in Keenan Hall who hails from the distant lands of Goa, India. He studies Economics and Political Science with a minor in PPE. Having lived in the Middle East all of his life, he will passionately argue that a well-cooked kebab is the key to achieving the Good Life. Outside of classes, he enjoys doing improv with the Humor Artists and having deep conversations in the Keenan Hall stairway.

All-Time Favorite Philosopher: Jean-Paul Sartre

Email: rlobo@nd.edu

Office Hours

Monday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the LaFortune building

Jacob Matsumoto

Jacob Matsumoto

Jacob is a junior majoring in Marketing and History. He lives in Alumni Hall, and firmly believes it is the best dorm on campus. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is excited to continue working with students in the God and the Good Life class.


All-time favorite Philosopher: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Email: jmatsumo@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesdays 7-8 in DeBartolo 214

Maria Matuska

Maria Matuska

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

Margaret  McGreevy

Margaret McGreevy

Margaret is a sophomore studying English and Philosophy. She lives in Breen-Phillips Hall and the library. As a South Bend native, she is always willing to give out restaurant suggestions or simply discuss what makes the city so great. She is looking forward to great discussion and personal growth this semester. 

All-time favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: mmcgreev@nd.edu

Office Hours

Friday 1-2; Geddes Hall coffeehouse

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire is a proud senior RA in Siegfried Hall (go Ramblers!) studying Economics and Sociology. As a military kid, Siegfried is his true hometown, but he has moved 14 times and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is passionate about local government and student government, working with the City of South Bend on inclusive development and previously serving as Student Body Vice President! He's an exclamation! point! enthusiast! and is so excited to be back for his fourth semester as a GGL fellow!

Favorite Philosopher: Søren Kierkegaard 

Email: pmcguir2@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesday from 7-8 via Zoom

Chase Miller

Chase Miller

Chase is a Junior Neuroscience & Philosophy double major living in St. Edward’s Hall. Originally from Avon Lake, Ohio (a suburb on the westside of Cleveland, Go Browns), he has found a second home in South Bend playing inter-hall beach volleyball and basketball, working with the Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Nieuwland Hall and the God and the Good Life team. If you have any questions about philosophy, life at Notre Dame or playlists for beach volleyball, feel free to reach out.

All-time favorite philosopher: George Berkeley

Email: cmille39@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 in DeBartolo 201 or by appointment 

Jasmine  Moawad

Jasmine Moawad

Jasmine is a Science-Business major and Science, Technology, and Values minor.  She's from Hinsdale, Illinois and currently lives in McGlinn Hall.  In her free time she loves to participate in intramural sports, hike, and host Monday night Bachelor watches.

Favorite philosopher: Aristotle

Email: jmoawad@nd.edu

Office Hours

Mondays from 12-1 pm in Duncan Student Center

Mark Moran

Email: mmoran12@nd.edu

Thomas  Murphy

Thomas Murphy

Dialogue Group(s) The Aristotalitarians

Murph is an off-campus senior majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with minors in PPE and Business/Economics. Formerly a resident of Sorin College, he is originally from Glencoe, Illinois, and enjoys political philosophy, music, and college football. This is Murph's fourth semester as a GGL fellow, and he looks forward to finally coming to a finite conclusion about the meaning of life this time around.

Email: tmurphy7@nd.edu

Office Hours

Tuesdays 1-2pm via Zoom and by appointment

Kevin Murphy

Email: kmurph48@nd.edu

Katia  Nanni

Katia Nanni

Katia is a Freshman 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

Duncan commons, 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

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

Erin O'Callaghan

Erin O'Callaghan

Erin is a sophomore from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is studying biology with medical school aspirations and she currently lives in Lewis Hall. In her free time she enjoys cooking, running, and rewatching the her favorite shows on Netflix. This is Erin’s first semester as a member of the GGL team and she looks forward to engaging in meaningful, philosophical conversations with her dialogue group!

Email: eocallag@nd.edu

Office Hours

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 on Zoom or by appointment

Christopher  Parker

Christopher Parker

Christopher is a sophomore at Sorin College from Harrison, New York, studying History and Classics with a minor in the JED program. When he's not entranced by the innumerable possibilities of the universe, he sings for the Glee Club and writes for the Observer. His biggest accomplishment is knowing every single lyric to Biggie Smalls' Juicy. Roll Quint. 

All-time favorite Philosopher: Immanuel Kant 

Email: cparke22@nd.edu

Office Hours

Office hours: Tuesday 12-1 in the Library Basement

Noble Patidar

Email: npatidar@nd.edu

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

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 

Omar Ramirez

Email: oramire1@nd.edu

Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds

Hannah is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Global Affairs. She is from New Jersey and lives in Farley Hall on campus. In her free time she loves reading, running, and listening to country music. She is excited for her first semester as a GGL fellow and to share great philosophical discussions this year!

Email: hreynol4@nd.edu

Office Hours

Feel free to email me to schedule a time to meet 

Nathalie Sampson

Email: nsampso2@nd.edu

Max Thompson

Max Thompson

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

I am a freshman living in Lyons Hall.  I’m from Kenosha, WI located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee right on Lake Michigan.  I’m a philosophy major, and I am considering a supplementary major in Spanish.  If I’m not studying, I’m likely walking around campus or out practicing with waterski club.  I look forward to participating in many more GGL dialogues!

Favorite Philosopher: Aristotle

Email: evankamm@nd.edu

Chadwick Wang

Email: cwang25@nd.edu