Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Rasmus Gr√łnfeldt Winther
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Philosophy Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Psychology Department, Biomolecular Engineering, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • A104 Cowell Annex
  • Mail Stop Cowell College
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Summary of Expertise

As a philosophy professor, I investigate the structure, dynamics, and functions of scientific theories and models. How do models about cognition and climate change influence technology, and how is that technology used? What is the historical and normative context of evolutionary and psychological theories, and how are these theories used, perhaps illegitimately, to draw conclusions about race, sex/gender, and intelligence? I have lectured and published on a wide variety of topics in philosophy of science as well as on science more generally.

Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology (Genetics, Evolutionary Theory), Philosophy of Psychology and Consciousness Studies, Philosophy of Mathematics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Culture, Philosophy of History, Latin American Philosophy, Pragmatism, 20th Century Analytic/Continental Philosophy, Kant to Hegel.