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. I have a particular interest in the ancient ethical tradition, especially Greek & Roman Stoicism. My research on the latter has fostered a burgeoning interest in Cicero’s reception and transmission of Hellenistic philosophy. I also actively pursue topics contemporary moral philosophy, intellectual history, and logic.

Part and parcel of my academic research is the idea that philosophy has been, from its inception, a public practice. To that end, 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.

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