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gabriele 'underscore' contessa 'at' carleton 'dot' ca
'dot' contessa 'at' gmail 'dot' com


I am an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Carleton University.

My current research lies at the intersection of political philosophy, philosophy of economics, philosophy of science, and social epistemology. I am particularly interested in the relationship between science and public policy (and, more specifically, between economics and economic policy and structure), the duties and responsibilities of experts in democratic societies (and, especially, economists), public trust in science, the role and limits of the market, and distributive justice (especially applied issues in wealth and income inequality, poverty and homelessness, and taxation). I am currently working on a project on the responsibilities of economists as public experts, which is funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In a previous philosophical life, I have done work in metaphysics and general philosophy of science. I have written about scientific models, scientific representation, the nature/identity of properties, dispositions, modality, composition, abstract-object fictionalism, and the scientific realism debate.

I did my graduate studies at the London School of Economics (where Nancy Cartwright was my PhD supervisor and Orly Shenker my MSc advisor) and did my undergraduate degree  at "La Sapienzain Rome (under the supervision of Mauro Dorato).