Assistant Professor

Complete information, deadlines, and application can be found at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01620


Department Chair: John Bowin

Graduate Program Director: Janette Dinishak

Undergraduate Program Director: Abe Stone

Placement Officer: Rachel Achs 

Colloquium Coordinator: Abe Stone

Personnel Director: Nico Orlandi

Climate Committee: Hande Tuna, Carolina Flores

Janette Dinishak
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Associate Director, Center for Public Philosophy
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Philosophy Department
  • Affiliations Legal Studies, Stevenson College
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Cowell College Faculty Office Addition, 105A
    • Cowell Faculty Annex Room 105
  • Mail Stop Cowell Academic Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Autism
  • Courses PHIL 11: Intro to Philosophy, PHIL 22: Intro to Ethical Theory, PHIL 80S: The Nature of Science, PHIL 124: Other Minds, PHIL 140: History of Ethics, PHIL 233: Aspect-Perception, PHIL 190: Philosophy and Psychiatry, PHIL 190: Wittgenstein, PHIL 203: Autism, PHIL 135: Philosophy of Psychology

Research Interests

Philosophy and history of psychology and psychiatry (especially autism), Wittgenstein, philosophy of mind, disability, neurodiversity, and ethical theory

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, Philosophy, University of Toronto

BA, Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

Selected Publications

2024. Can autie-biographies influence non-autistic readers' views of autism and autistic people? Neurodiversity.  link

2022. Köhler, Wittgenstein, and the Live Bonds of Dynamical Reality. Philosophia Scientiaelink

2022. Integrating Autistic Perspectives into Autism Science: a role for autistic autobiographies (with Nameera Akhtar). Autismlink

2022. Embracing the In-Betweenness of Aspect-Perception's Evaluative and Normative Dimensions. Nordic Wittgenstein Reviewlink

2022. On Developing an Ear (blog post; adapted for voice and read by Nameera Akhtar). oxford public philosophylink

2022. Still infantilizing autism? An update and extension of Stevenson et al. (2011) (with Nameera Akhtar and Jennifer L. Frymiare). Autism in Adulthoodlink

2021. Autistic autobiography and hermeneutical injustice. Metaphilosophylink

2020. Experiencing social connection: a qualitative study of mothers of nonspeaking autistic children (with Vikram Jaswal, Christine Stephan, and Nameera Akhtar). PLOS Onelink

2019. The value of giving autistic testimony a substantial role in the science of autism. Behavioral and Brain Scienceslink

2019. Autism, Aspect-Perception, and Neurodiversity. Philosophical Psychology. link

2016. The Deficit View and Its Critics. Disability Studies Quarterly 36 (4). http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/5236/4475

2016. On social feedback loops and cascading effects in autism: A commentary on Warlaumont et al. (2014). (with Nameera Akhtar, Vikram Jaswal, and Christine Stephan). Psychological Science 27 (11): 1528-1530. link

2016. Philosophy of Psychology. (with Nico Orlandi). In McIntyre, L. and Rosenberg, A. (Eds.). Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science. Routledge, pp. 408-420

2016. Empathy, Like-mindedness, and Autism. In Risjord, M. (Ed.). Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Routledge, pp. 113-134. link

2014. “Blind” to the Obvious: Wittgenstein and Köhler on the obvious and the hidden History of the Human Sciences 27 (4): 59-76. link

2013. Wittgenstein on the Place of the Concept ‘Noticing an Aspect’. In Philosophical Investigations 36(4): 320-339. doi for full text

2013. A critical examination of mindblindness as a metaphor for autism. In Child Development Perspectives 7(2): 110-114. (with Nameera Akhtar). doi for full text

Selected Performances

"Borders" (February 2020), part of Futurefarmers; Fog Inquiry, Wandering Seminar series hosted by UCSC's Institute of the Arts and Sciences link to logbook