We are pleased to announce our new Postdoctoral Research Associates for the 2018-19 academic year

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sara Aronowitz, Cognitive Science of Values Postdoctoral Research Associate, is a philosopher and cognitive scientist working on learning, memory, and imagination and will be working in the lab of Psychology Professor Tania Lombrozo. Her research focuses on ways in which learning requires not just acquiring facts but grasping new structures in the world - and how these learning processes unfold over time. This involves investigating the way successful learners actually function, building models of optimal learning, and figuring out the relationship between the two. Aronowitz holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in Philosophy and Slavic Studies, and a Ph.D from the University of Michigan in Philosophy.

Kian Mintz-Woo, Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate, will be affiliated with the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (formerly STEP) in the Woodrow Wilson School. His philosophical interests include metaethics (especially conventionalism and relativism), metaphysics and philosophy of language (especially the requirements of moral realism), and philosophy of economics (especially climate economics). Mintz-Woo holds a BPhil from University of Oxford, MA in Ethics and Political Theory from the University of Reading and is completing a Ph.D in climate ethics at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.

Michael Rabenberg, Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics, is a philosopher whose work focuses on normative issues concerning death. Three interrelated questions guide much of his research: (1) Is death ever bad for the one who dies; and if so, under what circumstances, why, and to what extent is death bad for the one who dies? (2) What attitudes ought one have concerning one’s own death? (For example, ought one fear it? Ought one merely be saddened by it? Ought one be indifferent toward it?) (3) Under what circumstances, and why, are we morally required to prevent other people from dying (and from suffering other serious harms); and under what circumstances, and why, are we morally permitted to kill (and otherwise seriously harm) other people? Rabenberg holds an A.B. in philosophy and English from Kenyon College; and in May 2018, he will receive a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.

Annette Zimmermann, Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate, will be affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy in the Woodrow Wilson School. Her research interests are located at the intersection of contemporary political philosophy, the ethics of risk, and the philosophy of law. At Princeton, she will be focusing on the use of digital technologies in law enforcement and criminal justice: what are the democratic implications when such technologies distribute risks unfairly, unaccountably, and in a way that erodes citizens’ autonomy and privacy rights? Zimmermann is currently completing her doctoral dissertation (“Democratic Enfranchisement Beyond Citizenship: The All-Affected Principle in Theory and Practice”) at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. She also holds an MPhil and a B.A.