Professor Juliet Floyd Appointed Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy

The Department warmly congratulates Professor Juliet Floyd on being appointed as the new Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy. Some words from Dean Scarloff on this occasion:

Professor Juliet Floyd is an international authority on the thought of Wittgenstein, and the philosophy of logic, language, and mathematics and science. Her research focuses on the interplay between logic and philosophy from the 18th to the 20th centuries and extends into the philosophy of symbolic forms and their social meanings. She is also interested in the study of emerging media and everyday life in a computationally driven world. As the author or co-editor of seven books and over eighty articles, she enjoys a distinguished international profile as an expert and collaborator (her H-index of 22 is high for a humanities scholar). The number of publications in-press—one co-edited collection and eight essays or chapters—indicates that her exceptional productivity is, if anything, accelerating.

She is also very active at the international level in her field—as a conference speaker and invited lecturer, and visiting professor—and has an extensive record as a collaborating scholar on numerous prestigious international research projects, helping to elevate the reputation of BU abroad. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fulbright Program, and the American Philosophical Society, and she recently won a multi-year Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant (with James E. Katz and Rachell Powell) to support faculty development in philosophy of emerging computational technologies (2016-19). She has served as the president of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy, as well as in a variety of capacities for other scholarly societies. In 2019, she co-directed The Mentoring Project For Pre-tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy.

Professor Floyd’s service to Boston University is also exceptional at every level. She has served on the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Promotion and Tenure committee for fourteen years, as well as on numerous committees across the College and the University, including the Provost’s Council for Faculty Development and Inclusion and the Trustee Scholars Selection Committee. She has also served in many capacities within the Philosophy Department, and has been engaged with the BU Center for the Humanities (BUCH), including as a member of the executive committee. She recently co-chaired the faculty committee to draft an expanded BUCH charter (2022). She has been appointed as the next Director of the BUCH, starting July 1.

Congratulions Juliet!!