nyasha bovell

As the Department Coordinator, Nyasha Bovell is a great resource if you have any questions about program requirements, department procedures, or events happening within the department.  Nyasha is always happy to chat, so please feel free to stop by Emerson 303 to say hello!

richard sanchez

Richard is a PhD candidate in Harvard's Philosophy Department.

As Assistant DUS, he is available to discuss any questions you might have about the concentration--what classes to take, whether to write a thesis, or just what it's like to concentrate in philosophy.

cheryl chen

Cheryl Chen received her Ph.D. in philosophy from UC Berkeley and taught at Bryn Mawr College before coming to Harvard in 2006. She works mainly in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, though she also has interests in the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and applied ethics. Research topics include: transcendental arguments, the relation between perception and belief, first person thought, the epistemology of religious experience, and the passage of time.


bernhard nickel

Bernhard has been a professor in the department since 2006. His main research interests are in the philosophy of language and related parts of the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology. He regularly teaches the intro class PHIL 3. He’s happy to answer any questions about the philosophy concentration, pursuing philosophy as a secondary, or anything related to the undergraduate program. Email is a great way to get in touch with him (bnickel [at-sign] fas[dot]harvard[dot]edu).

While he holds some regular office hours (link to Google calendar), he also knows that students have very complex schedules, so he's more than happy to meet outside of regular office hours, as well. Just contact him by email to set up a time.



Undergraduate Studies Office

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies serve as academic advisors for all philosophy concentrators. You can speak to us about all academic matters related to the concentration as well as your other classes.

  • Deciding on whether the Philosophy Concentration is right for you
  • Pursuing a joint concentration, including the Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) program
  • Course selection inside and outside the department (esp. planning for courses in future semesters)
  • Tutorials
  • Distribution requirements within the Concentration
  • The Thesis writing process
  • Study abroad and summer funding opportunities
  • Life after college
  • Any issues related to any of the classes in the department

 Crimson Cart, Advising Holds, Official Forms

Any member of the Office of undergraduate studies can lift advising holds, sign add/drop forms, and sign other forms related to the concentration.

A note on advising holds: the advising staff will only lift advising holds after an in-person advising meeting.

Meeting with Us

We maintain a list of our office hours, where you can also sign up for office hour time slots (link to Google calendar). If you see that slots are available and you'd like to drop by unannounced during any of these times, we're more than happy to meet with you if we're free. The sign-up mechanism is just there to ensure that you don't have to wait for an opportunity to talk.


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