Ph.D.  Philosophy, Syracuse University (May, 2015)

            B.A.    Philosophy, George Mason University, (May, 2006 Magna Cum Laude)

Area of Specialization


Areas of Competence

               Social & Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics (Bioethics, Environmental Ethics)


               A Defense of Formal Contractualism

               Committee: Ken Baynes (adviser), Ben Bradley, Hille Paakkunainen, Kate Manne,                                       David Sobel


               Syracuse Summer Research Grant (2014 & 2011)

               GMU ‘Graduates of the Last Decade’ Award (2010)

               Fulbright Fellowship, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (2007-2008)


               2017 — Present               Assistant Professor, Gulf Coast State College

               2016 – 2017                     Visiting Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University

               2015 – 2016                     Part-Time Instructor, Syracuse University

                                                         Adjunct Instructor, Le Moyne College

               2011 – 2014                     Teaching Associate, Syracuse University

                                                         Adjunct Instructor, Le Moyne College

                                                         Adjunct Instructor, Bryant and Stratton College

               2008 – 2010                     Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University

Courses Taught

               Gulf Coast State College

               PHI 2600: Ethics

PHI 2010: Introduction to Philosophy

Florida State University

PHI 2630: Ethical Issues and Life Choices

               New Mexico State University

               PHI 320: Social and Political Philosophy

               PHI 100: Philosophy Law and Ethics

               PHI 101: The Art of Wondering

               PHI 321: Biomedical Ethics

               Syracuse University

               PHI 192: Introduction to Moral Theory

               PHI 175: Introduction to Political and Social Theory

               PHI 191: Ethics and Contemporary Issues (TA for Laurence Thomas)

               PHI 293: Ethics and the Media Professions (TA for Paul Prescott)

               Le Moyne College

               PHIL 210: Moral Theory

               Bryant & Stratton College

               PHI 250: Practices in Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking


  • “Toward a Functionalist Account of Blame” SouthwestPhilosophical Studies (Forthcoming)


  • “Defending Formal Contractualism”
    • Florida Philosophical Association (2017)
  • Toward a Functionalist Account of Blame”
    • New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society (2017)
  • “Blame, Obligation and Dignity: How to Establish Second-Personal Authority”
    • Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (2015)
    • Northwest Philosophy Conference (2014)
    • Indiana Philosophical Association (2014)
    • U. ABD Workshop (2014)
  • “Explaining Moral Normativity: Moral Criticism and the Wrong Kind of Reasons”
    • UGA Phil. Graduate Conference (2013)
    • Gonzaga Phil. Graduate Conference (2013)
  • “Anticipating Overlapping Consensus: Why Rawls’s Method of Justification Requires Discourse.”
    • U. Working Papers Workshop (2011)
    • WMU Phil. Graduate Conference (2011)
  • Comments on Irwin Chan’s “‘And You, Brutus?’: Blame in Personal Relationships”
    • New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society (2017)
  • Comments on George Tsai’s “Expressives as Oppressive Speech”
    • Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (2015)
  • Comments on Amy Massoud’s “Supererogation and Constitutivism”
    • U. ABD Workshop (2012)


  • Faculty Adviser: GCSC Center for Inquiry (2017 –)
  • Division Representative for:
    • Civic Engagement Committee (2017-2018, GCSC)
    • Tech Standards Committee (2017-2018, GCSC)
  • ABD Workshop co-organizer  (2011-2012)

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association


Timothy Cleveland
Professor of philosophy
New Mexico State University
For letters from the following references at Syracuse University please contact Lisa Farnsworth: LFARNSWO@SYR.EDU
Ken Baynes
Professor of Philosophy
Syracuse University
Hille Paakkunainen
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Syracuse University
Ben Bradley
Allan and Anita Sutton Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair
Syracuse University
(315) 443-5813