Rutgers GSE CMSI

Hermes Rocha

Hermes Rocha is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of California, Davis. His interests are political and social philosophy and just war theory. Hermes’ current research explores a phenomenological analysis of first-hand accounts of combat and how these experiences affect just war theory’s epistemological foundations. Hermes earned a B.A. in Honors Philosophy and Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Prior to graduating, he was awarded the Sidney A. Luckenbach Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Hermes was a board member of the Student Philosophy Club at CSUN as well as the student representative for the Philosophy Department. As a student representative, he encouraged his peers, especially those belonging to underrepresented populations, to pursue a foundational philosophical education or take on philosophy as a major or minor. Hermes’ research focuses on the development of Latin American philosophy and the influence of the political/cultural effects of mestizaje in this philosophy.