Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Sandra D. Mitchell works on a broad range of topics in philosophy of science, philosophy of biology and social science including functional explanation, emergence, models and laws. Her research focuses on scientific explanations of complex behavior, including self-organized division of labor in social insets, psychiatric genetics, and, most recently, protein structure and function. She has been a visiting fellow at Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bielefeld; the Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin; The Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin; and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. Mitchell is the author of Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism (Cambridge University Press 2003) and Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity and Policy (Univ. Chicago Press, 2009). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently serving as President of the Philosophy of Science Association (2017-2019).