Kevin Craven

Kevin Craven

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent roughly equal portions of my pre-collegiate life living in Kansas and North Carolina. In 2007, I came to Brandeis, where I would pursue Bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and East Asian Studies. I completed my Master's in Philosophy at Brandeis in 2013 and began the PhD program at the University of Michigan the following year.

During my six years at Brandeis, I took courses with -- and drew inspiration from -- most of the faculty. My greatest early influence was Jerry Samet, whose course on philosophy of mind I took in my sophomore year and who supervised my senior thesis on physicalism. After I entered the Master's program, my interests shifted toward metaphysics and metaethics, and I developed close working relationships with Eli Hirsch and Marion Smiley. These experiences continue to influence my philosophical work.

My interests have continued to shift since joining the department at Michigan -- this time toward social and political philosophy with an emphasis on feminist philosophy and philosophy of gender more generally.  It's too early to say what I'll ultimately specialize in, but I'm very excited to continue my training here and I'm very grateful to Brandeis for making it possible!