Elise Crull

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Philosophy of Physics
  • History and Philosophy of Science


North Academic Center





Elise Crull

Elise Crull


Elise Crull received a B.Sc (2005) in Physics from Calvin College, and holds an M.A. (2008) in Philosophy and Ph.D (2011) in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to City College, Dr. Crull held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Aberdeen and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, conducting research into the historical and philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics.

In addition to work within history and philosophy of science, Crull is interested in addressing philosophical problems associated with theories of quantum gravity and traditional cosmology. She also works at the intersection of physics and metaphysics, exploring the import of quantum decoherence (and other microphysical processes) for traditional ontologies and for inter-level relations like reduction and emergence.  

Since her research interests are deeply interdisciplinary, Prof. Crull frequently engages with associated meta-issues such as the ethics of emergent science and technology, the perception of science and technology in the public sphere, history and philosophy of science in education, and the nature of the science-theology-philosophy triad.




1. The ‘Einstein Paradox’: Debates on Nonlocality and Incompleteness in 1935 (with G. Bacciagaluppi). Cambridge University Press (forth., 2020). 


Edited Volumes


1. History and Philosophy of Science: 1750 to 1900 (with E. L. Peterson). Bloomsbury Academic (forth., 2022).

2. Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy (with G. Bacciagaluppi). Springer (2017). 




1. Jordan’s Derivation of Blackbody Radiation (with G. Bacciagaluppi and O. Maroney) Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 60 (2017), pp. 23-34.

2. Yes, More Decoherence: A Reply to Critics Foundations of Physics 47:11 (2017), pp. 1428-1463.

3. Epistemic Structuralism and Poincaré’s Philosophy of Science (with K. Brading) HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 7:1 (2017), pp. 108-129.

4. Less Interpretation and More Decoherence in Quantum Gravity and Inflationary Cosmology Foundations of Physics 45:9 (2015), pp. 1019-1045.

5. Exploring Philosophical Implications of Quantum Decoherence. Philosophy Compass 8:9 (2013), pp. 875-885.

6. Recent Work in the Philosophy of Physics. Analysis 73:4 (2013), pp. 771-784.

7. Heisenberg (and Schrödinger, and Pauli) on Hidden Variables (with G. Bacciagaluppi). Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40:4 (2009), pp. 374-382.




1. Grete Hermann’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. In Oxford Handbook of the History of Interpretations and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (forth. 2021). O. Freire, ed.

2. The Philosophical Significance of Decoherence. In Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Physics (forth., 2020). D. Wallace, ed.

3. Decoherence in Non-relativistic Quantum Mechanics. In Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics (forth., 2020). E. Knox & A. Wilson, eds.

4. Hermann and the Relative Context of Observation. In Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy. E. Crull & G. Bacciagaluppi, eds.

5. The Lost Manuscript of Grete Hermann (with G. Bacciagaluppi). In Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy. E. Crull & G. Bacciagaluppi, eds.




1. P. Ehrenfest, ‘Energieschwankungen im Strahlungsfeld oder Kristallgitter bei Superposition quantisierter Eigenschwingungen’ (1925). Preprint: philsci-archive.pitt.edu/13003

2. G. Hermann, ‘Die naturphilosophische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik’ (1935) In Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy. E. Crull & G. Bacciagaluppi, eds.

3. G. Hermann, ‘Determinismus und Quantenmechanik’ (1933). In Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy. E. Crull & G. Bacciagaluppi, eds.

4. W. Heisenberg, ‘Ist eine deterministische Ergänzung der Quantenmechanik möglich?’ Translation and Introduction, with G. Bacciagaluppi, at philsci-archive.pitt.edu/8590


Book Reviews


1. Marie-Ann Maushart. Hertha Sponer: A Woman’s Life as a Physicist in the 20th Century Durham: Department of Physics, Duke University (2011). Reviewed for Isis 104:2 (06.2013), pp. 411-412.

2. David R. Montgomery. The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood New York: W. W. Norton & Company (2012). Reviewed for Books & Culture (02.2013)

3. David Kaiser. How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival New York: W. W. Norton & Company (2011). Reviewed for Books & Culture (03.2012)