Faculty

Regular Faculty

Professor Aleksandra Sherman

Aleksandra Sherman, Chair

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Aleksandra Sherman studies how our senses, emotions, and cognitive capabilities integrate to influence our perceptions and social interactions.
Professor Carolyn Brighouse

Carolyn Brighouse

Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs; Professor, Cognitive Science, Philosophy
B.A., University of Liverpool; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California
Caro Brighouse's interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of space and time, and philosophy of physics.
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Carmel Levitan

Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Carmel Levitan studies multisensory interactions, researching how the different senses integrate information.
Professor Justin Li

Justin Li

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science
B.S., Northwestern University; Ph.D, University of Michigan
Justin Li teaches in cognitive science and computer science, and is interested in how people and artificial agents perform knowledge search.
Stephanie Nelli

Stephanie Nelli

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., UNC Chapel Hill; Ph.D., UC San Diego
Stephanie Nelli uses neuroscience and machine learning to study the computational principles underlying rapid learning and flexible decision-making.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Tatiana Basanez

Visiting Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; M.A., California State University Los Angeles; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
Professor Alan Knoerr

Alan Knoerr

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Cognitive Science, Emeritus
B.A., Oberlin College; Sc.M., Ph.D., Brown University
Alan Knoerr is an applied mathematician who teaches a broad range of courses in mathematics; he also teaches in the cognitive science and computer science programs.
Professor Dylan Sabo

Dylan Sabo

Resident Associate Professor, Philosophy, Cognitive Science
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dylan Sabo’s areas of philosophical interest include philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of language. 
Professor Kevin Urstadt

Kevin Urstadt

Visiting Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Kevin Urstadt's research interests include functional neuroanatomy, neuroscience of addiction, and neurocircuitry of hunger.

Advisory Committee

Professor Mike Shelton

Michael Shelton

Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Michael Shelton is a linguist, specializing in phonology and psycholinguistics.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Mariska Bolyanatz

Mariška Bolyanatz Brown

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Gordon College, Massachusetts; M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph.D., UCLA
Mariška Bolyanatz Brown is a linguist whose work focuses on socially conditioned variation in speech production and perception in Spanish. Read her Oxy Story profile.
Irina Rabkina

Irina Rabkina

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
B.A., Scripps College; M.S., Loyola University of Chicago; P.h.D., Northwestern University
Irina Rabkina’s research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science. She wants to build AI systems that think in the same ways that people do.

Emeriti/ae Faculty

Diana Card Linden

Professor, Cognitive Science, Emerita (1982-2017)

Linden is a neurobiologist and educational therapist studying cognitive abilities in individuals of all ages.

Professor Saul Traiger

Saul Traiger

Professor, Cognitive Science, Philosophy; Emeritus (1985-2021)

Saul Traiger teaches courses in 17th- and 18th-century philosophy, the foundations of cognitive science, contemporary epistemology, and the philosophy of mind.