About Me


Hello! My name is Rowan Bell. I recently received my PhD in Philosophy from Syracuse University, and am currently serving as a postdoctoral scholar in Philosophy through the Preparing Future Faculty - Faculty Diversity program at the University of Missouri. In July 2023, I will begin work as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Sexualities, Genders, and Social Change at the University of Guelph.


I primarily work in trans feminist philosophy, metaethics, and social epistemology. My research is grounded in the analytic tradition in philosophy, but also draws from sociology, trans studies, critical race theory, and decolonial theory. I seek to understand how norms, normative standards, and normative concepts are shaped by systems of oppressive power, so that they in turn shape individual behavior at the level of practical deliberation. Put simply, I want to explain how social norms make us complicit in systems of oppression by shaping what we feel like we ought to do.


I currently live in downtown Columbia, Missouri, with my spouse, Justin, and our cat, Zoya. In my spare time, I like to knit, run, climb rocks, ride my road bike, and drink good spicy bourbon and rye.


I use they/them or he/him pronouns.


For more about me, you can read my APA Member Interview here, find me on PhilPeople, or check out my mildly ridiculous Twitter.