Research Associates & Visiting Profs

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Agemir Bavaresco is a professor in the Graduate Program in Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). Research is based on an interdisciplinary approach in the areas of Modern Philosophy, Social Philosophy and Brazilian Political Philosophy. It is dedicated to updating the topic Contradictions of Democracy and Public Opinion. Agemir is currently involved in a BRICS grant application with ACEPS. Appointed: Oct 2020-Sep 2023.

Sven Bernecker is the Alexander von Humboltd Professor in Philosophy at Univeristy of Colgne and Professor of Philosophy at School of Humanities and Co-Director, Minor in Medical Humanities at UC Irvine. Appointed Senior RA: Nov 2022-Oct 2025.

Nathan Biebel is a postdoctoral fellow at the Philosophy Department, University of Vienna. Dr Biebel has expertise in the philosophy of ignorance and related issues in epistemic responsibility, and the effects of artificial intelligence on attributions of responsibility, areas which are closely related to ACEPS epistemic injustice and decolonisation and 4IR areas of focus and promises to be a fruitful collaboration. Appointed: Nov 2022-Dec 2025.

Cameron Boult is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Brandon University in Canada. Cameron’s research explores epistemic blame, testimonial injustice, and political ignorance (and the intersection of these topics) – he is the principle investigator on a two-year BURC-SSHRC Research Grant titled “Blame for Testimonial Injustice”. Cameron’s research visit Nov-Dec 2021 to UJ has led to fruitful areas of collaboration with ACEPS, particularly relating to epistemic decolonisation and epistemic injustice. Appointed: Dec 2021-Nov 2024.

Amandine Catala is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Her current research focuses on epistemic injustice and agency in relation to various themes such as colonialism, indigenous issues, multiculturalism, racism, deliberative democracy, linguistic justice, think tanks, cognitive disability, neurodiversity, and the underrepresentation of women and other minorities in certain fields. Appointed Senior RA: Nov 2022-Oct 2025.

Niels de Haan is a Lecturer at the Philosophy Department of the University of Vienna. His research focuses primarily on normative ethics and social ontology. He works on topics such as collective duties, collective responsibility, collective moral agency, moral responsibility, and normative reasons. Appointed: Nov 2022–Dec 2025.

Corrado Fumagalli is a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Genova. He is also one of the founders of A-id:Agenda for International Development. Prior to joining the University of Genova, Corrado was a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Political Science Department of Brown University and a Postdoctoral Researcher at LUISS-Guido Carli. He has held positions as a consultant and as a research associate with international organizations and UN agencies working on migration policy, such as IOM-China, IOM-Ethiopia, IOM-Gambia, and UNICEF-Bolivia. Appointed: Jun 2021-May 2024.

Karen Frost-Arnold is an Associate Professor from Hobart and William Smith Colleges whose research focuses on the epistemology and ethics of trust and the role of trust in knowledge, science, and the internet. Appointed Visiting Professor: Jun 2022-May 2025.

Eric Bayruns García is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, McMaster University after completing a Fellow in Residence at Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University. He specializes in the Philosophy of Race and Latin American Philosophy, two areas that complement ACEPS’s current strengths in epistemic injustice and the decolonization of knowledge and future collaboration will be on these and related topics such as white ignorance. Appointed: Nov 2022-Oct 2025.

Nancy Jecker is the Professor of Bioethics & Humanities at University of Washington School of Medicine, author (with Lawrence Schneiderman) of Wrong Medicine:Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment, and the editor (with Albert Jonsen and Robert Pearlman) of Bioethics:An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice. Appointed Visiting Professor: Jan 2023-Dec 2025.

Fiona Jenkins is Professor in the School of Philosophy, RSSS, Australian National University. Her current research covers two projects, one on Judith Butler, which focuses on questions of political legitimacy, violence and non-violence, in post-national frameworks; the other on gender equity and ideas of ‘excellence’ in academic disciplines. She teaches on the Philosophy of Gender, on contemporary French philosophy, and on Nietzsche. She is the Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute. Appointed Senior RA: Jan 2023-Dec 2025.

Jörn Knobloch is a Research Associate at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies at the University of Lübeck. Dr Knobloch’s research Interests are Political Theory, Empirical Theory of Normativity, and Science Studies. He is collaborating with the ACEPS Team on issues related to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions in public health crises. Appointed: Jan 2022-Dec 2024.

Jennifer Lackey is the Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at Northwestern University (US) who specializes in epistemology, with a particular emphasis on a broad range of issues in social epistemology. Her recent work focuses on false confessions, the criminal justice system, the duty to object, norms of credibility, the epistemic status of punishment, the epistemology of groups, expertise, and the distribution of epistemic goods. Professor Lackey is collaborating with ACEPS on a three-year project on Epistemic Reparations, Epistemic Wrongs and Epistemic Injustice. Appointed Senior RA: Nov 2022-Oct 2025.

Karl Landström is a Research Fellow at the Responsible and Sustainable Business Centre, Nottingham Trent University and has expertise in epistemic injustice with a particular focus on just practices in the social sciences. This area of research complements ACEPS focus on epistemic injustice and decolonisation. Appointed: Feb 2023-Mar 2025.

Simon Lohse is an Assistant Professor – Philosophy and Science Studies at the Radboud University (Netherlands). Simon obtained his PhD in philosophy with a dissertation on the Autonomy of Social Phenomena at Leibniz University of Hannover. His main areas of research are:philosophy and ethics of biomedicine, philosophy of the social sciences, general philosophy of science (focus:reductionism, meta-philosophy/methodology), social philosophy/social ontology and philosophy and ethics of public health. Appointed: Aug 2021-Sep 2024.

Edouard Machery is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of the largest Centre of Philosophy of Science in the world, the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been collaborating with ACEPS on the Templeton-funded project The Geography of Philosophy since 2017. Appointed Senior RA: Nov 2022-Sep 2025.

José Medina is the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Philosophy with affiliations in the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. His work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and his primary fields of expertise are critical race theory, gender/queer theory, Black and Latinx feminisms, communication theory, applied philosophy of language, social epistemology, and political philosophy. Appointed Visiting Professor: Jun 2022-May 2025.

Todd Meyers is an Associate Professor and the Marjorie Bronfman Chair in Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. Dr Meyers’ work focuses on medical anthropology, and he is collaborating with the ACEPS Team on issues related to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions in public health crises. Appointed: Jan 2022-Dec 2024.

Boaz Miller is a Senior Lecturer, Zefat Academic College (Israel), the Department of Management Information Systems.  Dr Miller’s research area in social epistemology, with his focus on the epistemology of the internet, is especially relevant to UJ’s strategic focus on 4IR.  Appointed Senior RA: Oct 2022-Nov 2025.

Zinhle Mncube  is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Practical Ethics University of California, San Diego, moving into a tenure-track post as Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at the end of 2023.  Dr Mncube’s research areas are in the philosophy of race and the philosophy of biology. Appointed: Feb 2023-Jan 2026.

Tshepo Mvulane Moloi is a Postdoctoral Researcher, previously Fellow at Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study (JIAS), an affiliate of University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa. Tshepo obtained his PhD in Political Studies at UJ with the dissertation – Es’kia Mphahlele’s Afrocentric Pan-African Humanism Paradigm:Contributing towards Decolonisation of International Relations. He has expertise in the decolonisation of knowledge and a considerable public voice with a political-science perspective. Appointed: Sep 2021-Aug 2024.

Herlinde Pauer-Studer is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, specializing in practical philosophy. Her current research focuses on rationality, practical reasoning, and normativity. She is the principal investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant Project The Normative and Moral Foundations of Group Agency (2017­—2023). From 2010 to 2015 she was PI of the ERC Advanced Research Grant Distortions of Normativity. Appointed Senior RA: Dec 2022-Dec 2025.

Lerato Posholi is a post-doctoral fellow on the SNSF project Reversing the gaze:Towards Post-Comparative Area Studies with Prof. Ralph Weber at the Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland. Her PhD research looked at the relationship between knowledge and power in the context of curriculum theory. Her current research interests are broadly in social epistemology and decolonial theory. She has a growing interest in the field of conceptual engineering. Appointed: May 2022-Apr 2025.

Duncan Pritchard is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine and Director of the Center for Knowledge, Technology & Society. He is a prolific writer and one of the most eminent epistemologists in the world today and will be a tremendous benefit to ACEPS in one of its core areas of expertise. Appointed Senior RA: Oct 2022-Nov 2025.

Lubomira Radoilska is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kent. She is a Co-PI with ACEPS on a project on Epistemic Injustice, Reasons, and Agency which grapples with the underexplored connections between epistemic injustice and other normative concepts such as reasons and agency. This is a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship project. Appointed Senior RA: Jan 2022-Dec 2024.

Jan-Willem Romeijn is a Professor of Philosophy of science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His research revolves around probability theory and scientific method. Topics of specific interest are statistical inference, inductive logic, model selection, logical and probabilistic reasoning, causal and probabilistic modelling, and experimentation. In 2010 he won a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO) for a research project on single-case chance. Appointed: Jan 2022-Dec 2024.

Sebastian Schmidt is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Zurich Epistemology Group on Rationality (Zegra) at Zurich University. Zegra’s research lies at the intersection of epistemology, metaethics and the philosophy of action and is, thereby, intended to bridge theoretical and practical philosophy. ACEPS has co-operated with ZEGRA members and welcomes Sebastian whose research interests span Epistemology, (Meta)Ethics, Moral Psychology and Animal ethics. Appointed: Sep 2021-Aug 2024.

David Scholtz is a researcher at ACEPS. He completed his PhD at UJ under the supervision of Veli Mitova entitled “Rationality as an Intellectual Virtue”. He is currently working on a novel account of the normativity of structural rationality based on a virtue theoretic account of rationality, as well as a distinctively African conception of structural rationality. Appointed: Mar 2022- Feb 2025.