About Me

Professionally, I am a fellow in the honors program at Merrimack College. I am also a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant at the Institute for Intelligent Systems.   

I have a Ph.D.  in philosophy and cognitive science from the University of Memphis. I specialize in the philosophy of mind with an emphasis on embodied cognition and the philosophy of dance. I work on the cognition and benefits of dance, artificial intelligence, agency, and the cognition of deception.

My dissertation provides a dynamic systems and enactivist model of improvisation. I see myself as having a twofold research trajectory. On the one hand, I use embodied cognition and cognitive science to investigate dance. On the other hand, I use embodied cognition, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind more broadly to elucidate human interaction processes. 

Currently, I am working on the cognition of large crowds and emergent crowd behavior. In short, I reveal the many ways human crowds can display highly intelligent complex behavior without any centralized leadership. 

In Memphis, I served as the president of Philosophical Horizons, an organization dedicated to philosophy with kids. I also worked with Winning Words at the University of Chicago. I, therefore, also dabble in the pedagogy and methodology of philosophy with kids.

I was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark but did all my graduate work in the United States.

For nearly two decades, I have been a competitive break-dancer. I have competed, taught, and performed worldwide and have also been involved in organizing several international breakdancing events. 

christian.k(at)memphis.edu
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