About

I am a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor. I earned my DPhil (PhD) in philosophy at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Stephen Mulhall.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and have dual Canadian-Irish citizenship. As an adult, I’ve lived in Canada, the United States, England, and Germany. I’m nearly fluent in French and German, and have some knowledge of Russian as well. Growing up in Vancouver gave me a deep love for mountains, oceans, and forests, and leaving Vancouver gave me a deep love for travel. The photos you see on this website come from trips as local as Vancouver’s English Bay and as far-flung as Iran.

You can read about my research and other activities on this site. I also have a page on academia.edu as well as a faculty page on the websites for the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows.

Feel free to e-mail me at degan-at-uchicago-dot-edu.