BU Philosophy Alumna Carolyn Jennings Promoted to UC Merced Philosophy Chair

The Department would like to congratulate alumna Carolyn Jennings on being promoted to Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the UC Merced Philosophy Department. Carolyn received her doctorate in philosophy from Boston University in 2012. The following bio is from her website:

I am Professor and Chair of Philosophy at University of California, Merced. I work across multiple disciplines, but especially philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In general, my work aims at understanding the nature of attention and its impact on the mind (e.g. on perception, consciousness, and action). Distinctive about my work is the claim that attention is directed by a subject, or self. I defend this view, for example, in The Attending Mind (CUP 2020): I argue that evidence from neuroscience points to the existence of an emergent subject that directs attention, which I define in natural terms. I also have a long-standing research project that tracks employment for philosophy PhDs, Academic Philosophy Data and Analysis, funded for much of its existence by the American Philosophical Association. Outside of work I am a certified yoga teacher and an uncertified (but keen) gardener. I live with my husband and two dogs in Merced.

Congratulations, Carolyn!