On Leave Spring 2020
Victoria McGeer is a senior research scholar in the University Center for Human Values, with lecturing responsibilities in the Department of Philosophy. She holds her appointment at the Center jointly with her appointment as Senior Fellow in Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra. In 1993, as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Vanderbilt University, she won the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award for postdoctoral research. With support from the Canadian government, she took special research leave to explore how developmental questions affect theoretical work in philosophy of mind and moral psychology, and spent two years at the lab of developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik at the University of California, Berkeley. After leaving Vanderbilt in 1998 to pursue an interdisciplinary research program on the development of social cognition and its disorders, she became a senior member of the McDonnell Project in Philosophy and the Neurosciences in 2001. She has published a number of papers in prestigious journals that reflect her wide range of interests, encompassing topics in moral psychology, the development of agential capacities and its impairments (focusing especially on autism), responsibility, the nature of folk-psychological explanation, problems of self-knowledge, and the metaphysics of mind. McGeer received her A.B. in government and philosophy from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto.