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Department of Philosophy


Agnes Bolinska

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Close-Hipp 531
Resources: Department of Philosophy
Agnes Bolinska


I received my PhD (2015) from the University of Toronto and spent the following year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Philosophy of Science. Before coming to Columbia, I also taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and most recently at Cambridge University.

Research Interests

My research examines the ways in which constructing, manipulating, and evaluating scientific models enables learning about the physical systems they represent. I understand scientific models and modeling practices as facilitating the optimal use of time and other resources and aim to determine how they are able to do so. In particular, how can modeling integrate information from disparate theoretical and empirical sources most effectively? My research draws upon historical and contemporary scientific practice, particularly in structural biology. This in turn informs my work on how historical case studies can be used to draw normative philosophical conclusions about scientific practice.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.