Dana Kay Nelkin

Professor of Philosophy

About Me

I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin where I majored in Philosophy and Plan II (Liberal Arts). I then moved west to attend graduate school in philosophy at UCLA in Los Angeles, where I had a set of wonderful mentors, fellow students and friends from whom I learned a tremendous amount.  While at UCLA, I was also lucky enough to meet my future husband, Sam Rickless. After seven wonderful years there, we took up positions as assistant professors of philosophy at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where our two daughters, Sophie and Alice, were born. Travelling west once again, in 2001, we began our new adventure here in San Diego, where Sam and I joined the philosophy department at UC San Diego. I teach courses in moral psychology, ethics, philosophy of religion, biomedical ethics, philosophy of law, and seminars in a number of areas.  One of my main areas of research is free will and moral responsibility, and I explore their connections to psychology, ethical theory, epistemology, and the law.

For more information, please see the papers and abstracts on my research page, and recent course syllabi on my teaching page.