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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.


screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-15-11-pmAl Coppola is an Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York. Professor Coppola’s first book, The Theater of Experiment: Staging Natural Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Oxford 2016), is a critical study of science in—and as—performance. It analyzes the role of spectacle in both the production of natural knowledge and the accrual of cultural capital by experimental science. His current book project, Enlightenment Visibilities, explores strategies and technologies, first innovated in the long eighteenth century, that bring previously unimaginable or imperceptible phenomena into the domain of perception and knowledge.

Professor Coppola is a member of the Columbia Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture, having served as chair from 2010-2016. A co-founder of the Science Studies Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, he also sits on the advisory board of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theater Research.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-14-24-pmWilliam deJong-Lambert (https://bcc-cuny.digication.com/william.dejong-lambert/Welcome/) is a historian of science whose research focuses on early 20th century biology. In 2009 he organized the first International Workshop Lysenkoism, which was followed by the Second International Workshop on Lysenkoism, hosted by the University of Vienna, in 2012. His current project is a book, The Fly Room: The Invention of Genetics and the Science of Evolution, which focuses on the role of Theodosius Dobzhansky, L.C. Dunn, J.B.S. Haldane, Julian Huxley and H.J. Muller in the “modern synthesis” of genetics and natural selection.




Catherine Wilson works in value theory from an empirical standpoint including meta-ethics and aesthetics, especially studies of vision and visuality.  She is currently interested in the perceptual, cognitive, and emotional mechanisms underlying the experience of beauty and aesthetic significance, and she has published a number of papers on these topics.


Nancy Yousef is Professor of English at the City University of New York where she teaches where she teachesscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-16-59-pm eighteenth and nineteenth century literature and philosophy at The Graduate Center and Baruch College,  Her research interests include ethics, literary form and the imagination of the emotions. She is the author of Isolated Cases: The Anxieties of Autonomy in Enlightenment Philosophy and Romantic Literature (Cornell University Press, 2004) and, most recently, Romantic Intimacy (Stanford UP, 2013), which was awarded the Jean-Paul Barricelli prize for the year’s outstanding work in romanticism. Her other publications include essays on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, John Stuart Mill and Charles Dickens.  She has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2002-2003), the National Humanities Center (2006-2007), and the Mellon Foundation (2009-2010).  Her current project, tentatively entitled “The Aesthetics of the Commonplace,” explores theoretical and methodological efforts to define the “ordinary” as the distinctive terrain of artistic investigation.

Dissertation Fellows
Marilynn Johnson
 is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY working screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-24-23-pmprimarily in the philosophy of language and aesthetics. Her dissertation, Meaning Through Things, is on interpretation, construed broadly, and draws on work in the philosophy of language, aesthetics, linguistics, literary theory, and cognitive science. Her research is supported by the 2016-2017 American Society for Aesthetics Dissertation Fellowship and a 2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Committee for Science Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center Fellowship. She has presented her work at Rutgers University, University of Malta, University of Oxford, University of Sydney, and other schools. Her “Tree Trimming: Four Non-Branching Rules for Priest’s Introduction to Non-Classical Logic” was published Australasian Journal of Logic in 2015 and her “Cooperation with Multiple Audiences” is in press for the Croatian Journal of Philosophy. She was one of the founders of the SWIP-Analytic lecture series for women in analytic philosophy, which is now in its fourth year.

Kaitlin Mondello is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at The Graduate Center. She is working on her dissertation onscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-14-13-pm posthuman ecology in transatlantic Romanticism focused on the work of Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson. Her teaching and research interests include Ecocriticism and Animal Studies. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Hunter College in New York City and taught previously in Florida at Stetson University and Daytona State College. She is a Writing Fellow at The School of Professional Studies and worked as a Writing Fellow previously with the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Program at John Jay College. She leads the Ecocriticism Public Working Group through The Center for the Humanities and is the author of “‘Perpetual Analogies’ and ‘Occult Harmonies’: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Ecological Selves” in Romantic EcocriticismOrigins & Legacies (Lexington Books, 2016).


screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-07-36-pmJoy M. Partridge is a Ph.D. candidate in art history. Her research focuses on medieval encyclopedias and their diagrams, with a special interest in the pictorialization of natural philosophy in the late medieval period.