Deepanwita Dasgupta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2010, with a focus on philosophy of science, especially the processes of cognitive modeling used in scientific reasoning. Earlier, another Ph.D. in philosophy of language from Jadavpur University, India. Deepanwita Dasgupta joined the Philosophy Department at UTEP in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy. Her research interests are in philosophy of science and the cognitive/cultural studies of science, with a focus on the non-Western contexts of scientific practice, especially how newly-emerging practices take shape in various peripheral (i.e., outside of Europe and North America) contexts. Her current book project focuses on the changing contexts of the 21st century scientific practice when scientific communities are frequently transnational, and include in them large number of members from outside Europe and North America. Her book project explores this theme of transnational science by drawing a set of case studies from the early 20th century colonial India. As a part of this research project, she is deeply interested in understanding how first-generation scientists, who are frequently self-trained, develop their strategies of scientific reasoning. Before coming to UTEP, Deepanwita Dasgupta taught at East Tennessee State University and at the University of South Florida. She has received numerous NSF travel grants for presenting her work to the History of Science Society and the Philosophy of Science Association. She has also presented her work to the Science Studies Center at the University of Texas, Austin, the Inter-University Center at Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the Studies of Experience and Expertise Workshop (SEESHOP) at the University of Waterloo and at Cardiff School of Social Sciences. At UTEP, she will be teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, and will explore the unique position of UTEP as a scientific training ground within a borderland.
Areas of Research Specialization:
Philosophy and History of Science, Cognitive Studies of Science, Science and Culture
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas at El Paso
Worrell Hall 112
El Paso, TX 79968