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I am a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Michigan. My interests are wide ranging, but I work primarily in normative ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and legal philosophy.

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Right now I am mainly working on issues around privacy, property, and information. My dissertation is about theories of privacy, theories of property, and the relationships between them. It is titled (for now) Being Known: Privacy, Property, and Information. I am supervised by Elizabeth Anderson, Sarah BussRenée Jorgensen, Gabe Mendlow, and Nico Cornell.

I completed my master's degree in Philosophy in 2014 at the St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Scotland. My master's dissertation, on epistemology, disagreement, and skepticism, was supervised by Jessica Brown.


I completed my bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 2013 at Yale University, where I was supervised by Tamar Gendler, Steve Darwall, Ken Winkler, and Shelly Kagan.

I used to work as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Before that I sold shoes. Before that I rented VHS tapes.

Recent and Upcoming Talks (*peer reviewed; ** invited)

  • ** (Spring 2024) TBD​

    • Colloquium on Ethics and Politics in Computing (Cornell University)

  • * (October 2023) "Manipulative Permissions, Joint Deliberation, and the Significance of Agreement"

    • Philadelphia Normativity Conference (University of Pennsylvania)​

  • * (August 2023) "Realist Social Construction and Self-Effacing Anti-Realism"

    • International Social Ontology Society Conference (Stockholm University, Sweden)

  • * (May 2023) "Should Privacy Rights Constrain Inference? Can They?"

    • Ethical Data Science and AI Forum: "From Theory to Practice: Building Ethical and Trustworthy AI" (Michigan Institute for Data Science) ​

  • * (April 2023) "Privacy, Knowledge, and Self-Presentation"

    • University of Texas, Austin Graduate Philosophy Conference (University of Texas, Austin

  • * (April 2023) "Privacy, Knowledge, and Self-Presentation"

    • Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference (University of Colorado, Boulder

  • (March 2023) "Should Privacy Rights Constrain Inference? Can They?"

    • Epistemology Work In Progress Group (University of Michigan)

  • * (March 2023) "Should Privacy Rights Constrain Inference? Can They?"

    • Inaugural Philosophy, AI, and Society Doctoral Colloquium​ (University of Oxford)


Department of Philosophy

435 S State Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan


"ccmccull" at "umich" dot "edu"

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