Katrina Sifferd holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London, King’s College, and is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Elmhurst University, where she holds the Genevieve Staudt Endowed Chair. After leaving King’s, Katrina held a post-doctoral position as Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Public Policy and Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College.

Before becoming a philosopher, Katrina earned a Juris Doctorate and worked as a senior research analyst on criminal justice projects for the National Institute of Justice. Katrina is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on criminal responsibility, folk psychology and law, and punishment. She also has a B.A. in psychology. In 2018, Katrina and her colleagues William Hirstein and Tyler Fagan published a monograph for MIT Press titled Responsible Brains: Neuroscience and human culpability. Development of the book was funded by a  sub-grant from the Templeton Foundation as a part of the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control major grant headed by Al Mele (FSU).

Katrina serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Neuroethics.

You can email Katrina at, and follow her on twitter (@KSifferd).

For an overview of Katrina’s interests and research, see her interview on the APA blog.

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