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Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston

Dr. Rachel McKinnon is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston. Her research focuses on the relationship between what we say and what we know, a field of research known as the norms of assertion. Some of her other research focuses on how we evaluate actions and performances, the relationship between luck and skill, and issues in feminism. She's also a trans advocate and has written on stereotype threat as experienced by trans women.


  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
  • 2013–2014
    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
  • 2012–2013
    Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo


  • 2012 
    University of Waterloo, Ph. D, Philosophy
  • 2006 
    Dalhousie University , M.A, Philosophy
  • 2005 
    University of Victoria, B.A, Philosophy


  • 2014
    You Make Your Own Luck, Metaphilosophy
  • 2013
    Lotteries, Knowledge, and Irrelevant Alternatives, Dialogue
  • 2013
    This Paper Took Too Long to Write: A New Puzzle About Overcoming Weakness of Will, Philosophical Psychology
  • 2013
    Irksome Assertions, Philosophical Studies
  • 2013
    Sure the Emperor Has No Clothes, But You Shouldn't Say That, Philosophia
  • 2013
    Stereotype Threat and Attributional Ambiguity for Trans Women, Hypatia
  • 2013
    Getting Luck Properly Under Control, Metaphilosophy
  • 2013
    The Supportive Reasons Norm of Assertion, American Philosophical Quarterly
  • 2012
    How Do You Know that 'How Do You Know?' Challenges a Speaker's Knowledge?, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
  • 2012
    What I Learned in the Lunch Room About Assertion and Practical Reasoning, Logos and Episteme
  • 2011
    Lotteries, Knowledge, and Practical Reasoning, Logos and Episteme

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada