Welcome! My name is Amanda Evans, and I am currently a McDonnell (PNP) postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to coming to WashU, I was a postdoctoral fellow working under the direction of Bence Nanay at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp.
I completed my PhD in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 2021. Before coming to UT Austin, I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. I am originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota. In my spare time I try to keep up with my trumpet playing, which has been a lifelong pastime of mine. I am not currently in an ensemble here in St. Louis, but during my time in college I played in various ensembles, including the Band of the Fighting Irish (click here for a low-resolution photo of me on the field!).
My primary areas of research are philosophy of mind (including philosophy of psychology and cognitive science), philosophy of psychiatry, and bioethics. The unifying thread that connects my research is the study of mental disorder and the insights it can give us into human agency.