People

Lab Consultants

Our consultants are philosophy and/or PPL majors with special training in critical thinking pedagogy. They are experienced, curious and excited to work with you.

Browse the list below to figure out which one of our consultants will be a good fit for you.


Coleen Watson - Lab Director 

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Coleen Watson

Coleen Watson is a PhD candidate in Binghamton’s Social, Political, Ethical and Legal (SPEL) Philosophy program. Her research interests are in applied ethics, democratic theory, citizenship and political philosophy broadly. She also dabbles a bit in the philosophy of sport. Her dissertation research explores how liberal democratic theory's epistemic requirements for citizenship may be in tension with actual human abilities to learn and be persuaded. Especially given the psychological and cognitive limitations empirical research has revealed over the past five decades. She has taught and TAed classes in ethical theory, critical thinking, political philosophy, introduction to philosophy, ancient philosophy, medical ethics, law and justice, and environmental ethics.

Coleen also hosts a podcast about democratic philosophy entitled “The Wisdom of the People,” where she hopes to engage general audiences in the ideas and conversation surrounding democratic theory. 

When not critically thinking and philosophizing, Watson loves hanging out with her dachshund, Rusty; participating in and watching sports, especially Olympic-style weightlifting; and camping.


Cullin Brown

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Cullin Brown
Cullin Brown

Cullin Brown is a PhD candidate in Binghamton's philosophy program. His dissertation is on fitting emotions and the roles they play in our personal lives and interpersonal practices (Consider: You're amused by a video you think is funny, so you show your friend. They don't laugh, and you feel somewhat surprised, somewhat embarrassed. You express this using words and/or body language. How should we understand the values at stake in these types of situations?). Cullin is also a researcher on the MORE project, funded by the European Research Council and hosted by the University of Oslo's Institute of Health and Society. The project explores the epistemological, ethical, and educational aspects of moral residue in an interdisciplinary manner (Consider: A doctor feels terrible after being unable to help a patient through no fault of their own. How should they feel in such a situation? How can we validate their feelings of being responsible for something terrible without tacitly blaming them, which would be unfair?) Cullin has taught and TAed classes in ethics, social and political philosophy, and logic. He would be happy to think critically with you!


CHLOE CAIRNCROSS

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Chloe A Cairncross

A senior studying philosophy and anthropology. Her interests in philosophy lie in the ethics of war and practical applications of philosophy as well as forming a philosophical theory that takes into account the kind of world we live in. She is an academic writer as well as a creative writer and is especially interested in exploring philosophical ideas through literature and storytelling. Classes in which she has excelled include:

  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 107: Existence and Freedom
  • PHIL 121: Methods of Reasoning
  • PHIL 201: Plato and Aristotle
  • PHIL 202: Descartes, Hume, and Kant
  • PHIL 380H: AI Confronts Philosophy
  • PHIL 457F: Moral Dilemmas

Maya Wolf

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Maya R Wolf

A senior studying philosophy, politics and law; environmental policy; and Spanish. She is interested in what philosophy has to say about contemporary political issues and how it informs governance. Outside of class, Wolf is an RA, co-captain of Binghamton's club water polo team, and a volunteer at the Food Co-Op. Classes in which she has excelled include:

  • PHIL 146: Law and Justice
  • PHIL 149: Environmental Ethics and Policy
  • PHIL 345: Philosophy of Law

Sonnie Picallo

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Sonnie Picallo
Sonnie Picallo

Sonnie is a philosophy major with a minor in Spanish. For them, philosophy is both an academic interest and a way of life that guides them to challenge institutions of power and helps them ask "how should we live and relate to others?". Their philosophical interests include existentialism, critical race and gender theory, continental philosophy, Marxism, and the philosophy of music. 

These interests manifests in their love for teaching. From working as an undergraduate TA for Existence and Freedom to teaching debate workshops for students of all ages, they seek to make philosophy more accessible, embodied, and tangible. Philosophy is hard! But when learning is done socially, it becomes worth it. 

Some classes they have excelled in are

  • Phil 107: Existence and Freedom
  •  Phil 202: Descartes Kant and Hume
  •  Phil 201: Plato and Aristotle
  •  Phil 122: Elementary Logic
  •  Phil 147: Markets Ethics and Law

Christopher Golub

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Chris Golub
Chris Golub

Chris is senior studying philosophy and cinema. His current primary interests in philosophy are in normative, political, and aesthetic theory with influence from metaphysics, especially where they converge.  His current work addresses how societal norms function and govern decision-making, how oppressed people can respond to this, and the faults of idolizing the concepts of authenticity and authorship in art and expression. He is also an experimental filmmaker and vice president of the BU Film Salon. He is also comfortable with lower-level art history, sociology, and media studies.  Classes in which he has excelled include:

          • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
          • PHIL 121: Methods of Reasoning
          • PHIL 147: Markets, Ethics and Law
          • PHIL 201: Plato and Aristotle
          • PHIL 202: Descartes, Hume & Kant
          • PHIL 340: Ethical Theory
          • PHIL 445: Buddhist Metaphysics
          • CINE 321: Film Theory

Zoe Brusso

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Zoe Brusso
Zoe Brusso

Zoe is a  junior majoring in  PPL as well as classical civilizations. Her interest lies in philosophizing; that is, she enjoys the act of inquiring and theorizing about rudimentary or advanced issues, whether that be dissecting the morality behind political systems or investigating the logical process behind a proof of existence. She is a writer, both academically and artistically. Academically, she particularly enjoys argumentative essays; artistically, she is a published poet. Classes in which she has excelled include: 

              • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
              • PHIL 107 Existence and Freedom
              • PHIL 146: Law and Justice
              • PHIL 149 Environmental Ethics
              • PHIL 202: Descartes, Hume, and Kant
              • PHIL 340 Ethical Theory

Amanda Cetina

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Amanda Cetina
Amanda Cetina

Amanda is a senior majoring in PPL, and Hebrew and Israel Studies. Her philosophical interests lie in the legitimacy and justness of political and social arrangements. Her paper on political obligation won the PPL Student Excellence Award in PHIL 345. In complement to her academic writings, she has a strong passion for journalism. She would be thrilled to assist with all facets of argumentative and philosophical writing. 

            • PHIL 146: Law and Justice
            • PHIL 147: Market Ethics and Law
            • PHIL 345: Philosophy of Law
            • PHIL 311: Faith and Reason

Briana Lopez-Patino

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Briana Lopez-Patino
Briana Lopez-Patino

Briana is a senior majoring in philosophy. Her interests in philosophy are bioethics/clinical ethics and research ethics. Outside of the Critical Thinking Lab, Briana is the Managing Editor of Happy Medium Magazine, Vice-President of the Interdisciplinary Research Club, a Program Assistant for the Emerging Leaders Program, a Varsity Member of the Parliamentary Debate Society, and a Research Assistant in the Human Sexualities Lab. She is also a part of the Pell Honors Program and a McNair Scholar. Classes in which she has excelled include:

            • PHIL 121: Methods of Reasoning
            • PHIL 148: Introduction to Medical Ethics
            • PHIL 201: Plato & Aristotle
            • PHIL 445: Buddhist Metaphysics
            • PHIL 457F: Moral Dilemmas
            • PHI 102: General Philosophy (Broome Community College)
            • PHIL 103: Moral Problems (University of Rochester)
            • 700.600.11: Basics of Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University)
            • 700.665.11: Introduction to Ethics of U.S. and International Human Subject Research (Johns Hopkins University)