Nina Emery

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Nina Emery’s work focuses on the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of physics. She is especially interested in the question of how and to what extent our best scientific theories, especially quantum mechanics and relativity theory, should inform our understanding of time, probability, and laws of nature. She also works on the question of how and to what extent standard scientific practice relies on appeals to extra-empirical criteria like simplicity and explanatory power.

Recent Campus News

Faculty and administrators on a Zoom call, smiling into the camera.

Four faculty members honored

Members of the Mount Holyoke community gathered recently to celebrate four professors at the annual Faculty Awards ceremony.

Nine faculty members have been granted tenure. Top row, l-r: Olivia Aguilar; Riché J. Daniel Barnes; Thomas Ciufo. Middle row, l-r: Naomi Darling; Nina Emery; Kerstin Nordstrom. Bottom row, l-r: Heather Pon-Barry; Jared Schwartzer; Jennifer Wallace Jacoby

Nine faculty receive tenure

The Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees has voted to grant tenure to nine faculty members spanning disciplines from gender studies to physics. 

Recent Grants

Received a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for her project, "Philosophy and Physics in Conjunction and Across Time".

Recent Publications

Emery, N. (2022). Deterministic Chance. In E. Knox and A. Wilson (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics, 536-548.

Emery, N. (2022). Quantum correlations and the explanatory power of radical metaphysical hypotheses. Philosophical Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-021-01769-z

Emery, N., Markosian, N., & Sullivan, M. (2020) Time. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved from: https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2020/entries/time/.

Emery, N. (2020) Laws of Nature. In M. Raven (ed) Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding, 437-448.

Emery, N. (2021) Temporal Ersatzism and Relativity. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 99 (3), 490-503.

Recent Honors

Was elected President of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science for the year 2022-2023, and will give the Presidential Keynote Address at the society's 2023 conference.