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Katherine Hawley Ph.D.


Katherine Hawley, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She holds a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge; she obtained her Ph.D., also from the University of Cambridge, in 1998.

Hawley has published extensively in academic journals on the topics of trust, distrust, knowledge (both practical and theoretical), and injustice. Trust: A Very Short Introduction was published by Oxford University Press in 2012, and her most recent book is How To Be Trustworthy (2019, also Oxford University Press). She is currently writing a book about Impostor Syndrome, challenging the idea that it is an individual weakness rather than a social problem. More details about Hawley's work can be found at her website.

For her research, Hawley was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2003, and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2014. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2016, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2020.

Katherine was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and now lives with her family in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife.

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