Anna Mahtani and Jonathan Birch have been promoted to Professor in recognition of their outstanding research, teaching and contributions to the Department, School and discipline. The title will be official starting August 2023.

Anna Mahtani is an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy at LSE. She completed her PhD on the Epistemic Theory of Vagueness at the University of Sheffield in 2005. She then took up a British Academy Postdoc at the University of Oxford, before moving to the LSE in 2013. In 2014 she won a Philip Leverhulme Prize. She has published on a wide range of topics, including vagueness, imaginative resistance, deference principles, imprecise probabilism, arguments for probabilism and the ex ante pareto principle. She is currently writing a book called The Objects of Credence.

Jonathan Birch is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the LSE and Principal Investigator (PI) on the Foundations of Animal Sentience project. He mainly works on animal sentience, cognition and welfare and the evolution of altruism and social behaviour. He joined the LSE in 2014. Before moving to London, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2013, with a dissertation entitled Kin Selection: A Philosophical Analysis. In 2014, he was one of four UK philosophers honoured with a Philip Leverhulme Prize, which recognize “the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising”.

Congratulations to both of them!