Cristin Chall

I am a Philosopher of Science. I also currently work as an Operations Research Analyst in the Strategic Wargaming Division at the Center for Army Analysis, an appointment I earned as a 2020 Fellow of the Presidential Management Fellowship. While I work at the CAA, I hope to continue my philosophical pursuits and advocating for the importance of philosophical instruction. Considering how philosophically rich analytic wargaming can be, keeping my toes in academic philosophy certainly seems pursuit-worthy.

In December 2019, I completed my doctorate from the University of South Carolina, with a project concerning the progress in physics that goes beyond our experimental abilities. I completed my dissertation while working within the German Science Foundation (DFG)-funded The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider project, which I joined in January 2017. Within the research unit, I was employed as the doctoral researcher for Project B2: Model Building and Dynamics, before being awarded start-up funds to continue my research semi-independently as a postdoc. My most recent academic home was at the University of Bonn, where I had a close connection with the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics. While conducting research in Germany, I gained a lot of experience in working cooperatively with researchers from other disciplines (primarily physics, history, and sociology of science) and in using empirical methods to draw philosophical conclusions.

My primary philosophical interests are in the general philosophy of science, the philosophy of physics, and epistemology. My dissertation research explored the epistemic challenges raised by theories and models that are beyond our capacity to test empirically: is this conceptual work really science and, if so, how can confirmation, explanation, and progress be understood when experimental confirmation is difficult or impossible to obtain for practical reasons?

I have experience teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. Courses I have taught include African American philosophy, the philosophy of time, the philosophy of particle physics, engineering ethics, and a lot of symbolic logic. As a teaching assistant, I've been involved in courses covering the philosophy of emotions, the philosophical implications of future technologies, and introductory epistemology. In my teaching, I focus on providing the critical thinking and analytic reasoning that philosophical work requires, but I also try to connect philosophical topics to my students' non-academic experiences, especially regarding issues of social justice and the application of ethics.

Besides my academic and teaching interests, I enjoy reading fiction (mostly science fiction and fantasy), playing tabletop games (I like overly complicated boardgames and will happily run a roleplaying game for friends), and eating sushi with my amazing wife, Alicia.