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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


PhD, University of Toronto, 2015
BSc, University of Toronto, 2006


I joined the USC Philosophy Department in 2020 and in 2024 was named a McCausland Fellow by the College of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to USC, I taught at Cambridge University, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the University of Pittsburgh. I serve as chair of the Joint Commission of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) and member of the Division of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science (DLMPST) Council.

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.