Rev. John A. O'Brien Collegiate Chair and Professor of Philosophy
Meghan Sullivan is a Professor of Philosophy and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair at Notre Dame. She also serves as the Director of the University Philosophy Requirement. Sullivan’s research tends to focus on philosophical problems concerning time, modality, rational planning and religious belief (but rarely all four at once). She teaches courses at all levels, including large introductory courses like God and the Good Life and specialized graduate seminars on metaphysics, philosophical logic, and rationality. She also works on developing the philosophy component of Notre Dame’s core curriculum.
Sullivan has degrees from UVA (BA with highest distinction: Philosophy and Politics – 2005), Oxford (B.Phil: Philosophy – 2007), and Rutgers (Ph.D.: Philosophy – 2011). She studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Sullivan has spent her career so far at Notre Dame, where she was awarded tenure in 2015. She was the Rev. John O’Brien Collegiate Associate Professor from 2015-2017 and was promoted to Professor in 2017.
Sullivan has published work in many of the leading generalist philosophy journals, including Nous, Ethics and Philosophical Studies. You can read many of those papers here. She has just finished her first book — Time Biases — which is coming out with OUP. Time Biases develops a theory of diachronic rationality, personal identity and rational planning.
Sullivan also regularly writes shorter public philosophy essays — including publications in The Huffington Post, Commonweal and First Things — and gives public philosophy talks. She is a co-editor for the Philosophy of Religion portfolio of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. She serves on (too) many committees and frequently collaborates with grad students. You can get all of the gory details by reading her CV.
When not philosophizing, Sullivan enjoys cooking, biking, building elaborate Star Wars Lego sets, reading science fiction, and traveling the world.