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Vanessa Schipani


  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Florida
  • B.S. Zoology, University of Florida
  • M.S. History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht University

I'm interested in analyzing why people deny science, how such denial might harm individuals and society and how we might avoid such denial in the first place. I'm currently immersed in literature on this topic related to pragmatism, uncertainty, misinformation, free speech and climate change policy making. Research in neuroscience, psychology and sociology informs my work. Prior to starting a PhD in Philosophy at UPenn, I was a science journalist for 10 years. My last position was at, where I vetted claims made by U.S. politicians about climate change to public health. I also have great interests in teaching and public philosophy. I hope to find ways to inform science journalism with the philosophy of science by teaching journalists how to incorporate scientific process, not just scientific facts, in their stories. See for more info.

Research Interests

  • General Philosophy of Science
  • Pragmatism
  • Social Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Public Philosophy
  • Public Understanding of Science

Selected Publications

  1. Schipani, V. (2019) "Doudna’s Confidence in CRISPR’s Research Potential Burns Bright" Quanta Magazine.
  2. Schipani, V. (2017) "Scientific Evidence and the EU Court."
  3. Schipani, V. (2016) "Immunology Gone Wild: Researchers bridge the divide between ecology and immunology." BioScience. (66)2, 100–106.
  4. Duperron, S., De Beer, D., Zbinden, M., Boetius, A., Schipani, V., Kahil, N., Gaill, F. (2009) "Molecular characterization of bacteria associated with the trophosome and the tube of Lamellibrachia sp., a siboglinid annelid from cold seeps in the eastern Mediterranean." FEMS Microbiology Ecology. (69)3, 395-409.