About Me


Hello! My name is Rowan Bell. I am a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Philosophy at Syracuse University, and I expect to receive my doctorate by the spring of 2022. My advisor is Dr. Hille Paakkunainen, with committee members Katharine Jenkins, Kara Richardson, and Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson. I hold a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology from East Tennessee State University.


I primarily work in analytic philosophy, at the intersection of metaethics, feminist philosophy, and trans philosophy. My research also draws from sociology 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. 


I live in the Westcott neighborhood in Syracuse 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 fine bourbon and rye. Before the pandemic I led the Philosophy Department's trivia team to two championships at the Inn Complete; I hope to one day take up that banner again.