Cailin O'Connor

Cailin O’Connor, UC Irvine logic and philosophy of science professor, has received the Prize in Feminist Philosophy of Science for her book, The Origins of Unfairness (Oxford University Press, 2019). In it, she uses formal frameworks of game theory and evolutionary game theory to show how inequity can emerge from simple processes of cultural change in groups with gender and racial categories, and under a wide array of situations. The honor, awarded by the Philosophy of Science Association Women’s Caucus, is given biennially for the best work in feminist philosophy of science within the past five years.

O’Connor earned her Ph.D. in logic and philosophy of science at UC Irvine in 2013 and she joined the department as an assistant professor that same year. She’s the author of three books, including The Misinformation Age which was a 2019 selection for both The New York Times Editor’s Choice and Scientific American Recommendation Reading Lists. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation. She’s a frequent media and podcast contributor on topics including women in science, and misinformation and its impact on health, science and public perception.

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