Staff

Staff by research supervision area: find a research supervisor in Philosophy

Head of Department:

Dr Michael Rush

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

I am a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, working mainly on the nature of gratitude and the metaphysics of processes. My book for a general audience, co-written with Helen Beebee, Philosophy: Why it Matters, was published by Polity in 2019.

Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Researchers:

Dr Bakinaz Abdalla

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Bakinaz Abdalla is a post-doctoral fellow associated with the Global Philosophy of Religion project. Her main areas of interest are Philosophy of Religion, Jewish and Islamic Philosophy and Digital Humanities.

Dr Francesco Antilici

Teaching Fellow

I am a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. I work on the development of social cognition.

Professor Lisa Bortolotti

Professor Lisa Bortolotti

Professor of Philosophy

I am a philosopher of the cognitive sciences, focusing on the philosophy of psychology and psychiatry. I am also interested in some issues in biomedical ethics. I am the Editor in Chief of Philosophical Psychology.

My main interests lie in the strengths and limitations of human cognition and agency, investigating faulty reasoning and irrational beliefs, delusions, confabulations, distorted ...

Dr Darragh Byrne

Dr Darragh Byrne

Lecturer in Philosophy

My main interests are in philosophy of mind and language, though I tend to preoccupy myself with relatively general issues that arise where those areas intersect with epistemology and metaphysics, rather than with fine-grained debates internal to the philosophies of mind and language. Thus, I have tried to defend very broadly empiricist conceptions of linguistic understanding and concept ...

Dr Jonathan Duquette

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a scholar of South Asian religions and philosophies whose work concentrates primarily on the history of late medieval and early modern Sanskrit intellectual traditions in India. Trained initially as a physicist, I nourish an interest for the dialogue between natural sciences and religions as well as for recent developments in philosophy of science and comparative philosophy. I have published ...

Professor Nikk Effingham

Professor Nikk Effingham

Professor of Philosophy
Head of Research

I research metaphysics, philosophy of time (mainly time travel), philosophy of religion, and philosophy of epidemiology.

Dr Salvatore Florio

Reader in Philosophy

My main research interests are in philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and philosophy of mathematics. I am currently focusing on philosophical issues concerning the nature of logic and the foundations of semantics.

Dr Joaquim Giannotti

Dr Joaquim Giannotti

Teaching Fellow

I teach courses in logic and metaphysics. My areas of specializations are the metaphysics of science and the philosophy of science. My work focuses mainly on topics such as the nature of properties, fundamentality, grounding, and structuralism. In 2017, The Royal Institute of Philosophy awarded me with a bursary for “research in certain fundamental parts of philosophy”.

Dr Marie-Hélène Gorisse

Dr Marie-Hélène Gorisse

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Marie-Hélène Gorisse is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Birmingham. She joined the department in December 2021 as a member of The Global Philosophy of Religion Project directed by Professor Yujin Nagasawa. Besides philosophy of religion, she specialises in South Asian philosophy, Jainism, Buddhism, and epistemology. 

Dr Iain Law

Dr Iain Law

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and also Head of Education for the School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion. My main interests are in meta-ethics, applied ethics and ethical theory, and I’m currently working on papers in moral theory, moral psychology, the philosophy of medicine and applied ethics.

Dr James H.P. Lewis

Teaching Fellow

I am a Teaching Fellow in philosophy. My work is on moral philosophy and interpersonal relations.

Dr Herjeet Marway

Dr Herjeet Marway

Lecturer

I am a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. My teaching and research relates to global issues in moral and political philosophy.

Dr Mohsen Moghri

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mohsen Moghri is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, and a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna. He joined The Global Philosophy of Religion Project directed by Professor Yujin Nagasawa in September 2022, and his current research focus is on the Axiological Explanation and ...

Professor Yujin Nagasawa

Professor Yujin Nagasawa

H.G. Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion
Co-Director, Birmingham Centre for the Philosophy of Religion

Yujin Nagasawa specialises in the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind and applied philosophy. He is the author of Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theism (Oxford University Press, 2017), Miracles: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2011) and God and Phenomenal ...

Dr Wouter Peeters

Dr Wouter Peeters

Associate Professor in Global Ethics
Head of Education for the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

I am an Associate Professor of Global Ethics. My main interests are in climate change, environmental sustainability, social justice, moral theory and bioethics. I also dabble in intersubjective ethics and recognition theory.

 

Dr Merten Reglitz

Dr Merten Reglitz

Senior Lecturer in Global Ethics

I’m a Senior Lecturer in global ethics and joined the Department of Philosophy in 2016.

Dr Nataliia Reva

Dr Nataliia Reva

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nataliia Reva is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Birmingham, and a member of The Global Philosophy of Religion Project directed by Professor Yujin Nagasawa.


Dr Katie Robertson

Dr Katie Robertson

Research Fellow

Philosophy of science, especially philosophy of physics

Dr Alex Silk

Associate Professor in Philosophy

I specialise in philosophy of language, ethics, and metaethics. My main research projects include work on context-sensitive language and normative and evaluative discourse. I also have projects on Nietzsche, predication, philosophy of law, and mood.

Dr Maja Spener

Associate Professor in Philosophy

My work focusses on issues at the intersection of philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of science, and epistemology. I have special interests and current research projects on introspective methods, the history of experimental psychology, introspective knowledge, psychological kinds, and the nature of perception.

Professor Scott Sturgeon

Professor of Philosophy

I tend to think about what is fundamental to subject and object: consciousness, thought, reason, space, time, possibility.

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

Reader in Philosophy

I am a Reader in Philosophy here at the University of Birmingham, where I have worked since September 2010. I have a wide range of interests in philosophy. Whilst my own research (described below) mainly focuses on the more theoretical side of moral philosophy in metaethics and normative ethics, I am also interested in philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and ...

Dr Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Dr Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Reader in Philosophy

I am a Reader in Philosophy working primarily in the philosophy of mind and psychology.

Dr Henry Taylor

Dr Henry Taylor

Associate Professor

Since joining the department in 2017, my work has focussed on the interface between philosophy and cognitive science. I have worked especially on consciousness, perception, and attention. I’m especially interested in how these faculties interact with each other in the mind. My work in these areas is collected in my papers (below).

I am currently interested in the relations between ...

Dr Jeremy Williams

Dr Jeremy Williams

Lecturer in Philosophy

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. My work is in moral and political philosophy, with a particular focus on bioethics, the ethics of killing, and theories of political justification, legitimacy, and toleration. 

Professor Alastair Wilson

Professor Alastair Wilson

Professor of Philosophy

I’m a philosopher focusing on research in metaphysics and philosophy of physics. I also have research interests in epistemology and philosophy of science. For more information please visit my personal website.

Honorary Fellows:

Dr Gary Cox
Existentialism


Dr Dan O'Brien
Philosophy of mind and language, epistemology


Dr Justin Clarke-Doane
Metaethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics


Dr Gideon Makin
Philosophy of language, philosophical logic, history of analytic philosophy


Dr Caroline Mullen
Applied ethics, political philosophy


Dr N. M. L. Nathan
Epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion


Dr Joakim Sandberg
Moral philosophy, business ethics, applied ethics


Dr Mark Walker
Philosophy of mind, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Spinoza