PSA-Women's Caucus Highlighted PhilosopHer of Science: Morgan Thompson
Morgan Thompson, a graduate student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, works in philosophy of science and philosophy of neuroscience. In addition, Morgan’s work on demographics in philosophy, and causes of underrepresentation for minority groups across academia, has already started drawing attention from across the discipline.
Morgan received her BA in philosophy and psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, followed by an MA in philosophy from Georgia State University with an emphasis in neurophilosophy. While there she received the Brains and Behavior Fellowship for graduate students contributing to neuroscience. Since arriving in Pittsburgh, she has become an affiliate at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Morgan has four published papers. A Naturalistic Vision of Free Will (with Eddy Nahmias) uses experimental methods to explore the folk conception of free will. Causally Interpreting Intersectionality Theory (with Liam K. Bright and Daniel Malinsky) illustrates how causal modeling can be used to test claims in the intersectionality literature. Do Men and Women Have Different Philosophical Intuitions? (with Toni Adleberg and Eddy Nahmias) uses experimental methods to show that gender differences in intuition are unlikely to be the cause of women’s underrepresentation in philosophy. Why do Women Leave Philosophy? (with Toni Adleberg, Sam Sims, and Eddy Nahmias) uses survey data to understand the experiences of undergraduate women in philosophy. In addition, Morgan has in preparation two further papers attempting to understand the underrepresentation of female and black philosophers. Her newest work is on alternatives to mechanistic explanation in neuroscience