Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Philosophy
Catherine Kendig
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Assistant Professor


E-mail: kendig@msu.edu

Areas of Research

AOS: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy and History of Science, Metaphysics

AOC: Philosophy of Science in Practice (especially of Synthetic Biology), Ethics of New and Emerging Technologies, Philosophy of Race

Catherine Kendig is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. She completed her PhD at the University of Exeter/ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society and her MSc in Philosophy and History of Science at King’s College London. Her research interests are in the philosophy of biology, history and philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the ethics of new and emerging technologies. In particular, her work focuses on scientific classification, natural kinds, species, philosophy of science in practice, and synthetic biology.

In addition to her work in Philosophy and integrated History and Philosophy of Science, she was directly engaged with scientific research in synthetic biology as collaborator and team member of the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching-Synthetic Biology (GCAT-SynBio) funded through the National Science Foundation Standard Grant project: “Synthetic Biology Workshops for Interdisciplinary Teams of Undergraduate Faculty” (Division of Biological Infrastructure (NSF DBI 1127271).

Whilst Assistant Professor at Missouri Western State University, Kendig's research in kinds and synthetic biological classification was further supported through a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award through the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), (RUI: BIOMAPS: Modular Programmed Evolution of Bacteria for Optimization of Metabolic Pathways, Grant No. MCB-1329350) for the project “How Synthetic Biology Reconfigures Biological and Bioethical Categories” (Amendment No. 001, Proposal No. MCB-1417799).

Kendig uses an integrated HPS approach in her research as well as in her teaching. In 2014 she was honored as recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education from the State of Missouri.

As a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, her research focuses on scientific classification, the concept of homology and the liminality of biological kinds.


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Featured publication

Natural Kinds and Classification in Scientific Practice: https://www.routledge.com/Natural-Kinds-and-Classification-in-Scientific-Practice/Kendig/p/book/9781848935402


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-kendig-65437a66

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=syuxKBAAAAAJ&hl=en

Academia.edu:  https://michiganstate.academia.edu/CatherineKatieKendig

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Catherine_Kendig

Genome Consortium for Active Teaching-Synthetic Biology (GCAT-SynBio): http://bio.davidson.edu/projects/gcat/GCATSynBio.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katiekendig