CURRENT PHD STUDENTS
Matthew David Segall
Matt graduated from the PCC program (2010), and is now working on a PhD. His doctoral research is focused primarily on the role of imagination in the philosophical integration of scientific theory and religious myth. His undergraduate work was in cognitive science at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of On the Matter of Life: Towards an Integral Biology of Economics (2011), "Logos of a Living Earth: Towards a New Marriage of Science and Myth for Our Planetary Future" in World Futures, Vol. 68 (2012), and blogs regularly at footnotes2plato.com.
Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate in the PCC program, writing her dissertation on integral water consciousness. She works as the newsletter editor and website manager for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Elizabeth has taught classes on philosophy, religion, and ecology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the University of North Texas, Diablo Valley College, and the University of San Francisco. She practices yoga and Chinese internal arts (taiji, qigong, bagua, xingyi, and yiquan), and offers free Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at CIIS (https://integraltaiji.wordpress.com/). She is also an avid musician and enjoys singing and playing the flute, piano, and bass guitar.
Lilly Falconer is very interested in deep listening and active receptivity as they mature through the relationships of receptivity, trust and voice. She is specifically interested in the practice of listening as it applies to integral ecologies of place and power and within the movements of ecological and social justice. In her experience, those who have been classically marginalized and oppressed within the Western worldview (non-Westerners, people of color, women, flora, fauna, beings of the Devic and subtle realms - and many more) have a lot to say and teach if we can learn to listen.
Lilly Falconer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently back at CIIS working on her Masters degree in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program with a concentration in Integral Ecology.
Abeer Desai studies at PCC to better understand the trends shaping society. He finds inspiration in big history, transpersonal psychology, and religious studies. One of the themes Abeer is able to explore at PCC is the relationship between consciousness and currency. Previous experience includes internet marketing, rural development and military training. Abeer studied business at NYU Stern and works for a software company.
Stephanie Esses is a PCC Master student as well as a leader of educational projects in Mexico City. Her project brings urban gardens to schools throughout Mexico City. These gardens are used not only to grow and cultivate plants, but also to talk and teach about ways to enchantment life through a process of engagement with nature, agriculture and herbal medicine. Additionally, she teaches Tai Chi lessons and is in the process of translating Brian Swimme's books into spanish. Her life purpose is to teach methods and spiritual practices that reconnect humans with the enchantment of the cosmos and the earth community.
Many prospective students ask us what kinds of dissertations we supervise in PCC. While there is no single answer, the following list of recent dissertations written in the PCC program can give a broad idea of the range of acceptable dissertation topics:
Henry Liêm - "Re-Visioning the End of History"
Toni Marie Nash, CSJ - "Cosmological Commitment in a Time of Planetary Crisis: Values for a Vibrant Earth"
Matthew Evan Davis - "Love and Ecology (Moving Beyond Language and Pedagogy)"
Lisa da Silva - "Earth Matters: The Ecological Activism of Body Love"
John Provost - "Jacob Needleman: The Philosopher as Contemplative Educator"
Geneen Marie Haugen - "Awakening Planetary Imagination: A Theory and Practice"
Marc Slavin - "The Role of Metaphor in Imaginal Psychology"
Timothy Desmond - "Psyche=Singularity : a comparison of Carl Jung's transpersonal psychology and Leonard Susskind's holographic string theory"
Blair Robert Carter - "Alchemical permaculture : polishing the mirror between land and steward"
Hiroko Shiota - "Cosmogenesis, Shinto, Tantra: Embodying the New Universe Story"
Adrian Villasenor Galarza - "The Yoga of the Earth-Human Cosmos: Planetary Healing via an Elemental Typology of Ecopsychic Ailments"
Drew Dellinger - "The Mountaintop Vision: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Cosmology of Connection"
Jeff Jenkins - "EcoZoic NeoNative Wisdom: Indigenous Cosmological Ritual and the Story of the Universe"
Karen Chen - "Rethinking Community Preparedness: A Relational Approach to Self-Reliance"
Frank Poletti - "The Neptunian Awakening: An Archetypal Interpretation of the Cultural Trends in the Nineteenth Century"
Josefina Burgos - "Story as Embodied Philosophy: A Tool for Cultural Transformation"
Kerri Welch - "A Fractal Topology of Time: Implications for Consciousness and Cosmology"
Keiron Le Grice - "Foundations of an Archetypal Cosmology: A Theoretical Synthesis of Jungian Depth Psychology and the New Paradigm Sciences"
Scott Hill - "A Jungian Framework for Understanding Psychedelic-Induced Psychotic States"
John Taylor - "The Hidden Spark of Hasidism in Martin Buber's Philosophy of Dialogue"
Regula Wegmann - "Eco-Sophie: Thinking and Knowing in Dynamic Harmony With the Ways of Nature"
Rodney O’Neal - "Seasons of Agony and Grace: An Archetypal History of New England Puritanism"
Luan Makes Marks - "Natures of the Sacred: On Native North American Lands and Places"
Linda Jaye Gibler - "Cosmocentric Sacramentality: Water, Oil, and Fire in the Roman Catholic Celebration of Baptism"
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens - "Integral Ecology: A Post-Metaphysical Approach to Environmental Phenomena
PCC alumni are active locally and internationally, bringing a new perspective to many different areas. Several alumni are now teaching in higher education, many have published books since graduating, and some are continuing in their original careers, practically applying the insights gained from their scholarly research.
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens (PhD, 2005) is codirector and a founding member of the Integral Ecology Center of Integral University and has been doing research in environmental philosophy and sustainable development for more than a decade.
Sean is also an assistant professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, where he teaches courses in consciousness, culture, and ecology. Sean's articles have appeared in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of Bhutan Studies, World Futures, and AQAL: Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. He is also one of the editors (along with his wife, Vipassana Esbjörn-Hargens), of Ken Wilber's recent book Simple Feeling of Being. He is currently collaborating with Michael Zimmerman on the book Integral Ecology: Consciousness, Culture, Nature. Visit Sean's website MetaIntegral.org.
Karen Chen (PhD, 2012) began her life before PCC as an aspiring astronomer-turned-sociologist when she discovered a knack for asking larger existential questions that could not be answered by a mainstream science education. After volunteering and working in a variety of organizational roles, she decided to forego a sense of logic and follow her inspirations—which led her to PCC. She embarked upon a voyage informed by a yearning to cultivate her highest potential as a full human being. She gleaned insights from new sciences, ancient wisdom traditions, ecofeminism, inner personal work, and new friends. PCC provided some of her greatest moments in her personal and career growth, and she now integrates what she has learned into various other projects including community work, organizing major international music festivals, and working at the forefront of ecological movements to transform our planet and our world.