I am currently a Philosophy Phd student at Indiana University, Bloomington. I graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude in 2012, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in French and Politics. After working full-time as a higher education administrator at Emerson College and Harvard University, I returned to school, receiving my MA in Philosophy from Tufts University in 2016. At IU Bloomington I have continued my studies in philosophy while working towards a Phd minor in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a certificate in College Pedagogy. My research interests in philosophy lie at the intersection of epistemology, philosophy of language, and epistemic injustice, while my studies in higher education focus on curriculum development and pedagogy.

Curriculum Vitae


Savannah Pearlman



Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  — Expected May 2022, PhD Philosophy

  • Concentration in Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Graduate minor in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Certificate in College Pedagogy

Tufts University, Medford, MA — May 2016, M.A. Philosophy       

  • Epistemology Area of Strength Exam Passed Fall 2014

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA — May 2012, B.A. Philosophy, French & Politics Minors

  • Dean’s List, all semesters
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in Philosophy

Associate Instructorships

Indiana University: Elementary Logic with Krasimira Filcheva, Fall 2018

  • Teach weekly discussion sections for 40 students; grade all problem sets and assignments

Indiana University: Intro to Philosophy with Adam Leite, Spring 2018

  • Teach weekly discussion sections for 43 students; grade all papers and assignments

Indiana University: Intro to Philosophy with Kirk Ludwig, Fall 2017

  • Teach weekly discussion sections for 43 students; grade all papers and assignments
  • Lead lecture during the professor’s occasional absence

Teaching Assistantships

Tufts University: Mind & Language with Daniel Dennett, Spring 2016

  • Grade all exams, problem sets and papers for 47 students; lead discussion sections during the professor’s occasional absence

Tufts University: Feminist Philosophy with Nancy Bauer, Fall 2015

  • Hold weekly office hours for 62 students; Grade all written assignments and moderate the online forum

Tufts University: Logic with Susan Russinoff, Spring 2015

  • Hold weekly office hours for 72 students; Serve as a grader for exams and problem sets


Scholarship Awards

  • Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, awarded Fall 2016
  • Indiana University Nelson Fellowship, awarded Fall 2016
  • Tufts University Philosophy Tuition Scholarship, awarded Fall 2014


  • Winner of the Bo and Lynn Clark Outstanding Associate Instructor Award, which is based on faculty nominations, student evaluations and classroom observations, awarded by Indiana University Spring 2018
  • Winner of the Cariana Prize for best undergraduate philosophical essay, awarded by Brandeis University in Spring 2012


  • APA Diversity and Inclusiveness Grant, awarded in May 2017 to facilitate a workshop on inclusive pedagogy in philosophy


Indiana University Philosophy Department               August 2017 – Present     Undergraduate Activities Coordinator

  • Schedule, advertise and implement a full range of department events and activities to enhance undergraduate education. Serve as the staff advisor for the Philosophy Club as well as Minorities and Philosophy (MAP).

APA Graduate Student Council                                      July 2017 – Present                                  Vice Chair, Councilmember

  • Serve as a liaison between the graduate students in the discipline of philosophy and the APA, with the aim of reporting to the board of officers on issues of interest, concern, and relevance to graduate students.

Indiana University Grad Association of Students in Philosophy  August 2016 – 2017    Climate Liaison

  • Responsible for bringing concerns regarding department climate to the attention of the climate committee, promoting diversity initiatives, and facilitating the annual climate survey.

Brandeis University Philosophy Department       April 2010 – May 2012    Undergraduate Department Representative  

  • Appointed as a resource to fellow majors and minors; execute department programs and events.
  • Developed an honors track that was implemented by the department in Fall 2011.

Graduate Coursework

Epistemology and Metaphysics

  • Graduate Seminar in Epistemology with Mark Kaplan, Indiana University
  • External World Skepticism with Adam Leite, Indiana University
  • Epistemology with Patrick Forber, Tufts University
  • Metaphysics with Brian Epstein, Tufts University
  • Independent Study in Epistemology with Jody Azzouni, Tufts University
  • Graduate Writing Seminar with David Denby and Avner Baz, Tufts University
  • Graduate Seminar in Epistemology with Berislav Marusic, Brandeis University


  • Mathematical Logic with Larry Moss, Indiana University
  • Theory of Logic with Gary Ebbs, Indiana University
  • Logic with George Smith, Tufts University

 Value Theory

  • Contemporary Ethical Theories with Kate Abramson, Indiana University
  • Philosophy of Law with Erin Kelly, Tufts University
  • Slavery: It’s Moral History with George Smith and Lionel McPherson, Tufts University

 History of Philosophy

  • Medieval Philosophy with Rega Wood, Indiana University
  • Kant Seminar with Allen Wood, Indiana University
  • History of Analytic Philosophy with David Denby, Tufts University
  • History of Modern Philosophy with Christiana Olfert, Tufts University

 Philosophy of Mind

  • Seminar in Mind and Action: Collective Action with Kirk Ludwig, Indiana University
  • Proseminar with Kirk Ludwig, Indiana University
  • Evolving Minds: Bacteria to Bach with Dan Dennett, Tufts University

 Philosophy of Language

  • Philosophy of Language with Dilip Ninan, Tufts University

 Higher Education and Student Affairs

  • Supervised College Teaching with Tom Laird, Indiana University
  • Independent Study on College Pedagogy with Tom Laird, Indiana  University
  • Higher Ed Organization & Administration with Sam Museum, Indiana University
  • College Teaching and Learning with Joan Middendorf, Indiana University
  • Curriculum in Higher Education with Tom Laird, Indiana University

Conference Presentations

Gordon College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference                                              

  • Presented a paper, “The Interpreter and The Center of Narrative Gravity”April 2011

Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

  • Presented a paper, “Sartrean Freedom: Irreconcilable and Inconsistent”  April 2011

 Salem State Undergraduate Philosophy Conference                                                

  • Presented a paper, “Peter Singer’s Ultimatum”                                             March 2010