Gillian Russell

Philosophy Professor at UNC Chapel Hill



I’m an Alumni Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as 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 summer.) 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, 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 coming to Chapel Hill I worked at Washington University in St Louis (2004–2011).  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 June 2019.)

Slightly more fun: here’s an interview with me by Richard Marshall. The interview first appeared in 3:AM Magazine, and is now archived at 3:16.

And here’s an interview with me for an episode of William Nava’s philosophy podcast Who shaves the Barber?