Katrina Sifferd

Katrina Sifferd

Katrina Sifferd, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Philosophy; Acting Director, Environmental Studies Program
Department of Philosophy

Katrina Sifferd holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London, King’s College. After finishing her Ph.D., Katrina held a post-doctoral position as Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Public Policy and Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. Before becoming a philosopher, Katrina earned a Juris Doctorate and worked as a senior research analyst on criminal justice projects for the U.S. National Institute of Justice. Katrina is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on responsibility, criminal law, reductionism, and punishment, including “Unconscious Mens Rea: Responsibility for Lapses and Minimally Conscious States” (in Law and Neuroscience: Philosophical Foundations, ed. Dennis Patterson and Michael S. Pardo, 2016); “Virtue Ethics and Criminal Punishment” (in From Personality to Virtue, ed. Alberto Masala and Jonathan Webber, 2016); “What Does It Mean to Be a Mechanism? Morse, Non-Reductivism, and Mental Causation” (Criminal Law & Philosophy, 2014); “On the Criminal Culpability of Successful versus Unsuccessful Psychopaths” (with William Hirstein, Neuroethics, 2013); and “In Defense of the Use of Folk Psychology in Criminal Law” (Law & Philosophy, 2006). She is currently writing a book titled The Responsible Brain with Bill Hirstein and Ty Fagan (forthcoming from MIT Press).

She teaches courses in Ethics, Neuroethics, Philosophy of Law, Social Political Philosophy, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, and Mind & Consciousness.

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