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Jesse Prinz
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center
http://subcortex.com/Jesse Prinz is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.  His research focuses on the perceptual, emotional, and cultural foundations of human psychology.  He is author of Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their Perception Basis (MIT, 2002), Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion (Oxford, 2004), The Emotional Construction of Morals (Oxford, 2007), The Conscious Brain (Oxford, 2012), and Beyond Human Nature (Penguin/Norton, 2012).  Another title, Works of Wonder: The Psychology and Ontology of Art is forthcoming.  Each of these books bring research in the cognitive sciences to bear on traditional philosophical questions.  Prinz’s work is a contemporary extension of the classical empiricist tradition in philosophy, which emphasizes experience and socialization, rather than innate knowledge and disembodied, amodal representations in thought.


Joseph W. Dauben
Herbert H. Lehman Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate CenterJoseph W. Dauben is a Herbert H. Lehman Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His Fields of Scholarship are History of Science, History of Mathematics, the Scientific Revolution, Sociology of Science, Intellectual History, 17-18th Centuries, History of Chinese Science, and the History of botany.
A debate between Dauben and Michael Crowe concerning the nature of revolutions in mathematics has led to a fruitful line of historical scholarship, as represented in the influential monograph Revolutions in mathematics.
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate CenterPeter Godfrey-Smith will join the faculty in fall 2011. A professor of philosophy at Harvard University since 2006, his main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. His work also extends to pragmatism (especially concerning John Dewey), the general philosophy of science, and areas of metaphysics and epistemology. Godfrey-Smith is the author of three books, Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1996); Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago University Press, 2003); and Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford University Press, 2009). Before coming to Harvard, he taught at Stanford University and at the Research School for Social Sciences of the Australian National University. A native of Sydney, Australia, Godfrey-Smith received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He has been an associate editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy and currently sits on the editorial board of Philosophy of Science.
Victoria Pitts-Taylor
Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, Queens CollegeVictoria Pitts-Taylor is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, where she is also Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Doctoral Certificate Program. She is author of two books, In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture. She is Editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body, and co-Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is currently the Chair of the Section on the Body and Embodiment of the American Sociological Association. She is a past recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Advancement of the Discipline Award.
Joan Richardson
Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at the CUNY Graduate CenterJoan Richardson is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at The Graduate Center. Author of a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens, she coedited, with Frank Kermode, Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997). Her essays on Stevens, on Ralph Waldo Emerson, on Jonathan Edwards have been published in the Wallace Stevens Journal, in Raritan, and elsewhere, and essays on Alfred North Whitehead, William James, and pragmatism have appeared and will appear in the journals Configurations and the Hopkins Review. Review essays have appeared in Bookforum and other journals.



Cynthia Chris is Associate Professor in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island. Her research interests include media history, gender and sexuality, media authorship, and critical animal studies. She is the author of Watching Wildlife (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), and chapters on human-animal interactions in “Boys Gone Wild: The Animal and the Abject,” in Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies (Columbia University Press, 2012), and “Subjunctive Desires: Becoming Animal in Green porno and Seduce Me,” in Animals and the Moving Image (BFI, 2015, forthcoming). She is beginning a new project on digital animals. Dr. Chris is also co-editor of Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (New York University Press, 2007), Media Authorship (Routledge, 2013), and, for the term 2014-16, the journal WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Stefano Ghirlanda is Professor of psychology, biology and anthropology at Brooklyn College, a member of the doctoral programs in biology and psychology at the Graduate Center, and a founding fellow of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution at Stockholm University.  After completing a degree in mathematical physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” he pursued a Ph.D. in zoology at Stockholm University, developing neural network models of animal information processing and using them to investigate the evolution of communication. His current research focuses on developing a general theory of learning and behavior, with the goal of describing the core information processing operations that underlie animal intelligence, and identifying those that are unique to humans. Because intelligence in many species is interdependent on social factors my research also includes how information is transferred between individuals, how it is processed collectively in populations, and how that affects (often potentiates) human and non-human cognition.

Robert Lurz is a Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College interested in theoretical and empirical issues concerning animal minds. Over the past five years, my research has focused on methodological issues pertaining to testing theory-of-mind and metacognition in nonhuman animals (in particular, apes). On these issues, I have written a book (Mindreadng Animals, MIT Press), edited a book (Philosophy of Animal Minds, CUP), and published a handful of articles.  I am currently collaborating with two well-known ape researchers, Carla Krachun and Bill Hopkins, to test theory-of-mind and metacognition in apes. I also have an interest in theories of consciousness, and many years ago advanced a novel non-higher-order representational theory of consciousness, called the same-order account, which I have published some articles. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and went to graduate school at Temple University in Philadelphia where I studied under Michael Tye.



Julia Hyland Bruno is a 5th year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College, where her research focuses on birdsong development.

Melissa Nelson Slater is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society and is a professional member of both the Animal Behavior Management Alliance and the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association. In addition to earning her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in Animal Behavior and Conservation, she is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College. Melissa joined the Bronx Zoo in January 2008, and is now their first Assistant Curator of Behavioral Husbandry. Her role is to facilitate development of the enrichment and training programs throughout the zoos. This includes heading the zoo’s scientifically-based Animal Enrichment Program, which provides daily goal-based enrichment to every animal for which the zoo cares. Her duties include educating and supervising the staff in behavior modification techniques, targeting specific behavioral issues, and directly participating in daily enrichment and training sessions. Melissa began her training career with bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions as well as with private dog training but her current role encompasses the entire collection in the WCS parks including; Komodo dragons, white rhinos, giraffes, vultures, Nile crocodiles, California sea lions, lemurs and many more species.

Henry Shevlin is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy. He has a B.A. from St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. Shevlin’s interests span from work on cognitive science and the intersection of philosophy of mind and psychology. In particular he is interested in the distinction between “phenomenal consciousness” (states of consciousness that have a qualitative feeling to them, such as a tickle or the smell of the ocean) versus “access consciousness” (the ability to access information, such as one’s birthdate).