About Me

I am a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to my doctoral studies, I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities from Villanova University (2014) and completed the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2015). I was also a visiting student in Classical Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford (2013).

My primary area of research is ancient philosophy, and I have a particular interest in the ancient ethical tradition (esp. Stoicism). I also actively pursue topics in contemporary moral philosophy (esp. metaethics, moral psychology, and applied ethics), history of modern philosophy, and logic.

As an integral part of my academic research, I strive to create spaces for philosophical thinking for folks of all ages in the Philadelphia community by facilitating activities ranging from after-school philosophy club to ethics bowl. More information about Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young (P4Y) can be found here.


I can be reached at vazm@sas.upenn.edu.