Gillian Russell

Philosophy Professor


Gillian Russell standing in front of some books.

From September 1st 2020 I’ll taking up a full-time permanent research position as Professor of Philosophy at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU in Melbourne. I will continue to be a part-time Professorial Fellow at the Arché Research Center at the University of St Andrews (you can find me in Scotland for six weeks each northern hemisphere spring.)

Until the summer of 2020 I was Alumni Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Topics that I’ve worked on include the analytic/synthetic distinction, barriers to logical consequence, various issues in the philosophy of logic (such as logic’s epistemology, the normativity of logic, logic and indexicals, pluralism in logic etc.) Recently I’ve been getting interested in subordinative speech acts and issues related to speaking up in response to subordinative speech. You can find out more about my research here.

I like teaching classes in logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, the history of analytic philosophy and philosophy of logic, at all levels (from intro classes to research seminars.) There is a list of the classes I’ve taught here.

Before moving to Chapel Hill I worked at Washington University in St Louis (2004–2014).  My Ph.D. is from Princeton (2004) and before that I was an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Along the way I’ve been a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, a visitor at UC Berkeley, Melbourne University, and the RSSS at the Australia National University, as well as a visiting fellow at Tilburg Center for Logic and the Philosophy of Science in the Netherlands. Here is a copy of my CV (pdf). (It was last updated in 2020.)