Cristin Chall

I am a doctoral student of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. I successfully defended my dissertation in July of 2019 and will officially graduate in December. Since January of 2017 I have also been employed as the doctoral researcher for Project B2: Model Building and Dynamics of the German Science Foundation (DFG)-funded Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider project. My current research home is at the University of Bonn. As a side-benefit of working on this project, I have gained a lot of experience working cooperatively with researchers from other disciplines (primarily physics and sociology of science) and in using empirical methods to draw philosophical conclusions. I've also become quite adept at English-language proofreading of academic work by non-native English scholars.

My primary research is in the general philosophy of science, the philosophy of physics, and epistemology. My current research explores the landscape of the various models that go beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, focusing mainly on the Higgs sector and theories of quantum gravity. I investigate the status of scientific progress through the development of theories and models that are beyond our capacity to test empirically, using a problem-solving account to best capture how progress can be made when experimental confirmation is difficult or impossible to obtain for practical reasons.

I have experience teaching 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.