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Alumni Spotlight

Kele Perkins, MA in Philosophy Class of ’13Kele Perkins

Kele works at Whittier High School, where he teaches AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, and Speech & Debate (including Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, and Model UN). He is also the advisor of the school’s Philosophy Club and Chess Club. Under Kele’s supervision, the Whittier Chess Club won the 2014 National Junior Chess Congress Championship in the ‘Age 16 and Under’ division. They have also won 5 consecutive league titles, and in 2016 they won the state championship for the ‘Under 1400’ division. As the founder of the club, Perkins has directed more than 100 free rated tournaments. In 2013, Kele earned the MA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, where he pursued interests in logic and epistemology, with particular interest in the issue of epistemic closure. Following his graduation, Kele is also now in his third year as a part-time faculty member at Long Beach City College, where he teaches Critical Thinking. He is married and has two children.



Here’s a sample of what our alumni are up to:

Clinton Packman, BA in Philosophy Class of ’10
PhD student, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here is his bio from the University of Wisconsin Department of Philosophy: Clinton is primarily interested the (meta)ethics of belief, epistemic permissivism, and mushy credences. He also enjoys thinking about issues in applied ethics having to do with the moral limits of markets (particularly with respect to data markets) and corporate social responsibility. When he isn’t worrying about what he should believe, what should be for sale, etc., he can likely be found biking around Madison, playing with his dogs, or working on Philosophy TV.

Michael Zar, BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies Class of ’02
Associate Attorney at Kushner Carlson. Before pursuing his law degree at University of San Diego, Michael was a Peccorini Scholarship Award winner and Honors student. Michael specializes in business and real estate law.

Rebekah (Bonner) Cummings, BA in Philosophy Class of ’11
Research Data Management Librarian, University of Utah. Before pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science in the Informatics and Library Science Department at UCLA, Rebekah was an Honors student in the CSULB Philosophy Department and worked on a project entitled, “The Ethics of Belief: What are we epistemically justified in believing?”

Geneva Englebrecht, BA in Philosophy Class of ’05
Associate Attorney at Thompson & Horton, LLP. She specializes in disability law, education law, and children’s rights. Before pursuing her J.D. at Whittier Law School (2008), Geneva received numerous awards from CSU Long Beach, including President’s List, Distinguished Student Award, and Dean’s List. She was also a Senior Attorney with the California law firm of Atkinson, Anderson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

William Senior, BA in Philosophy Class of ’02
Senior Associate Attorney at Benjamin L. England & Associates. He specializes in food, drug, device, and cosmetics law. After leaving CSULB, William earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Franica Tawn, BA in Philosophy & Political Science Class of ’01
Earned her J.D. at U.C. Hastings Law School in 2007, and is a general practice attorney in Lancaster, CA.

Emily Barrett, MA in Philosophy Class of ’14
PhD student University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here is her bio from the University of Wisconsin Department of Philosophy: Emily received a B.A. in philosophy from Colby College and an M.A. in philosophy from Cal State Long Beach. In her master’s thesis she defended the view that delusions are beliefs, and her research sparked an interest in philosophy of psychiatry. She also has interests in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of cognitive science.