Elise Crull

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Philosophy and History of Science
  • Quantum Gravity
  • Modern Cosmology
  • Special & General Relativity
  • Space & Time
  • Religion Philosophy of Physics
  • Einstein
  • Metaphysics Science
  • Technology and Society Science
  • Quantum Mechanics


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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.


Recent Publications

Bacciagaluppi, G. & Crull, E. (forth.) The 'Einstein Paradox': Debates on Nonlocality and Incompleteness in 1935. Cambridge University Press.

Brading, K. & Crull, E. (forth.) Epistemic Structuralism and Poincaré's Philosophy of Science. History of the Philosophy of Science.

Crull, E. (forth.) Hermann on Bohr's Doctrine of Complementarity, in Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy, G. Bacciagaluppi & E. Crull, eds. Springer.

Crull, E. (forth.) The Lost Manuscript of Grete Hermann, in Grete Hermann: Between Physics and Philosophy, G. Bacciagaluppi & E. Crull, eds. Springer.

Crull, E. 2013. Exploring Philosophical Implications of Quantum Decoherence. Philosophy Compass 8:9, pp. 875-885.

Crull, E. 2013. Recent Work in the Philosophy of Physics. Analysis 73:4, pp. 771-784.

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