Dr. Heidi Savage, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
and Women & Gender Studies

Curriculum Vitae
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I graduated with my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Maryland in 2008, and then spent two enjoyable years there as a post-doctoral fellow. My advisor at that time was Dr. Paul Pietroski who is currently a professor at Rutgers University. In the fall of 2010, I took a position as a visiting assistant professor at Saint Mary's University. In 2011, I held the same position at the University of Rochester. Most recently, I have been an assistant professor at SUNY Geneseo in the philosophy department since the fall of 2014. I also teach in the women and gender studies program there.
My central interest is in philosophy of  language, specifically, in the semantics of proper names. I have other interests too that include personal identity, free will, Kant's metaphysics, feminist theory, epistemic rationality, meta-ethics, and philosophical logic. My current research plans include a book expanding upon the theory of proper names I developed in 2011 to resolve the problems posed by fictional names. It combines several papers in progress that apply the theory, motivates and defends underlying assumptions I made in 2011, and resolves various issues left open in that work.
In addition to academic interests, I also have a strong commitment to eliminating economic injustice, and I invite you to donate to the Give Directly charity by clicking here. Last, I also have a deep love for animals and I encourage you to donate to Friends of Animals by clicking here.

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