Austin Baker

Postdoctoral Fellow - IFIKK
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on issues in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and social philosophy. As part of the GoodAttention Project, I'm investigating the social norms of attention. Specifically, I'm considering how cognitive processing of social features drives patterns of attention, exploring the distinction between virtuous and prejudicial varieties of social attention. 

Generally, my research addresses social bias and discrimination through the interdisciplinary lenses of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and law. My recent work examines the way social prejudices (sexism, racism, etc.) influence basic mental processes, including perception, attention, and nonverbal communication. I've explored the legal implications of this research as well, arguing that philosophically and empirically-motivated accounts of bias can meaningfully inform policies aimed at reducing discrimination. I'm also interested in transgender studies, and have work which addresses social discrimination against transgender people.

For more information, see my website or CV.

Pronouns: they/them


  • PhD in Philosophy, Rutgers University (2019)
    • Dissertation: "When Perception Bypasses Truth: Attention, Bias, and the Structure of Social Stereotypes" (Supervisors: Andy Egan and Eric Mandelbaum)
  • Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science, Rutgers University (2019)
  • Masters of Arts with Honors (Scottish Undergraduate Degree), University of Edinburgh (2014)

Past Appointments

Published and In-Progress Papers

  • Baker, Austin A. 2023. “The Right to Transgender Identity” to appear in The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Jurisprudence, ed. Kevin Tobia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Green, J. Remy & Austin A. Baker, 2022. “Caption This: Ethical and Moral Implications in Naming Parties,” Federal Bar Association Southern District of New York Newsletter, Summer(2022), 6-7. [short piece]

  • Baker, Austin A. & J. Remy Green, 2021. “There’s No Such Thing as a Legal Name” Columbia Human Rights Law Review 43(1), 1-49.

  • Baker, Austin A., Morales, Jorge & Chaz Firestone, 2019. ““You’re My Doctor?”: Stereotype Incongruent Identities Impair Recognition of Incidental Visual Features,” Journal of Vision, 19(10) doi: 10.1167/19.10.156 [abstract].

  • "The Prioritization of Social Stereotypes" [Revise and Resubmit]

  • “Nonverbal Marginalization” [final preparation] 

  • “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Gender Disparities in Moral Judgements for Care Violation” with Megha Chawla, Brian Earp & Molly Crockett [$30,000 USD Grant, in progress]

  • “No Need to Go To Alone: Ecologically Valid Studies of Group Reasoning” with Nick Byrd, Dania Crafa, Shadab Tabatabaeian, & Trey Boone [$7,000 USD Grant, in progress]


Tags: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Cognitive Psychology, Feminism, Transgender Studies
Published Sep. 2, 2022 10:04 AM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2022 11:59 AM