Sandra D. Mitchell
University of Pittsburgh
Sandra D. Mitchell is distinguished professor and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as the President of the Philosophy of Science Association. She received her BA in Philosophy from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, an Msc in Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics and a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has explored the philosophical assumptions and consequences of scientific explanations of complex behaviors. Specific topics have included the character of functional explanations, the dynamics of division of labor in social insect societies, psychiatric genetics, and prediction of protein structure. She is the author of Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism, Cambridge University Press, 2003, Komplexitäten: Warum wir erst anfangen, die Welt zu verstehen, Suhrkamp, 2008 and Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity, and Policy, University of Chicago Press, 2009.