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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 also a visiting graduate student researcher in philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

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. Most recently, these interests have manifested in work on whether we can be accountable for actions motivated by cognitive processes of which we’re not conscious. My developing research includes work on the relationship between blame and respect.

When I'm not doing moral responsibility research, I'm interested in aesthetics, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of language, by way of philosophical hobbies. I'm also interested in singing, playing board games, and cooking risotto, by way of non-philosophical hobbies. Outside of research, I'm 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 in 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)