Olla Solomyak '06

I grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Brandeis in 2006 with a BA in philosophy, psychology, and mathematics. I’d always been interested in the areas of intersection between philosophy and the sciences, and upon graduation from Brandeis thought I’d pursue those interests through empirical research in cognitive neuroscience. But after two years of research in neurolinguistics, I decided that the questions I was most interested in would be best pursued through philosophy. 

I’ve now just finished a PhD in philosophy at NYU (2015), and am currently a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. I work mainly in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, particularly on issues relating to time, possibility, and subjective experience. 

My current research interests can be traced back to my time at Brandeis, where I was inspired by Prof. Palle Yourgrau to delve into issues surrounding the metaphysics of time. Professor Yourgrau’s classes and writings awakened my interest in many of the issues I later focused on in my dissertation and continue to explore in my current work.