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I'm Kathleen Connelly, a PhD candidate in philosophy and science studies at the University of California San Diego. I am currently teaching the course “Technology and Human Values” for the UC San Diego Philosophy Department.

My research interests are in ethics and moral responsibility. In particular, I'm interested in questions about moral responsibility motivated by engagement with empirical psychology, history of medicine and disability theory. My developing research incorporates these interests into an exploration of the relationship between blame and respect. These interests have also manifested in work on whether we can be accountable for actions motivated by cognitive processes of which we’re not conscious.

In addition to working at UC San Diego, I have also spent two terms as a visiting graduate student researcher in philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. When I'm not doing moral responsibility research, I'm interested in aesthetics, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of language, by way of philosophical hobbies. Outside of teaching and research, I am proud to have served a term as the co-director of the Summer Program for Women in Philosophy at UC San Diego and to remain involved with the program on a volunteer basis.


top photo credit: Kathleen Connelly (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee); Sarah Toll (World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, Tennessee)