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Laura W. Ekstrom

Francis S. Haserot Distinguished Professor

Office: James Blair 132
Email: [[lwekst]]
Office Phone: (757) 221-2726
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Laura W. Ekstrom is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. in Philosophy) and the University of Arizona (M.A., Ph.D. in Philosophy).  

She is the author of Free Will: A Philosophical Study and the editor of Agency and Responsibility: Essays on the Metaphysics of Freedom.  Her articles on autonomy, moral responsibility, causation, chance, free will and the self have been published in the journals Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, and Midwest Studies in Philosophy, as well as in edited collections published by Oxford University Press, Blackwell Press, and Cambridge University Press. 

Professor Ekstrom is the recipient of the William and Mary Alumni Society Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001).  She has held the Robert F. and Sara M. Boyd Distinguished Term Associate Professorship (2001-2004), has been selected as a participant in faculty summer seminars led by Peter van Inwagen (1999) and by Alvin Plantinga  (2004), and has won summer stipend awards from the John Templeton Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Her forthcoming articles include "Liars, Medicine, and Compassion" (in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy), "Volition and the Will" (in The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Action), "Ambivalence and Authentic Agency" (in Agents and Their Actions, Blackwell Press), and "Free Will Is Not a Mystery" (in the second edition of The Oxford Handbook of Free Will).  She is currently at work on a book manuscript, entitled Luck, Loss, and Agent Control.    

Research Interests

Professor Ekstrom's research interests include metaphysics, philosophy of religion, applied ethics, action theory and moral psychology, particularly issues concerning free will, moral responsibility, and autonomy.