BA, University of California at Berkley; Ph.D., Boston University
Irina Mikhalevich is a philosopher of science, cognitive science, and ethics who joined RIT as Assistant Professor in 2017. Her research focuses on conceptual and methodological problems in the science of animal minds and their implications for the moral status of nonhuman animals.
She is currently working on several projects, including a project on the nature of scientific experimentation; another on the implications of invertebrate cognition research for the study of mind, meaning, and morality (tentatively titled, Minds Without Spines); and an ongoing investigation of simplicity preferences in science.
Irina received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2014 under the supervision of Alisa Bokulich and Colin Allen (Pittsburgh), following which she held the McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) Program at Washington University in St. Louis (2014-2016) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2016).
For more information, including publications and current projects, please visit her website at irinamikhalevich.com