Anna Alexandrova


Dr Anna Alexandrova is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. At CRASSH she is the Director of the project Expertise Under Pressure, funded by the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation, and one of the Directors of the project Limits of the Numerical, funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation.

The overarching goal of Expertise Under Pressure is to establish a broad framework for understanding what makes expertise authoritative, when experts overreach, and what realistic demands communities should place on experts.

Limits of the Numerical explores one of the most pressing sets of questions for modern social science and its relation to policy. What are the effects on a system of social policy when numerical quantification and evaluation is introduced into that system? How does the use of numerical evaluation exclude, trivialize or distort other systems of political, moral and social evaluation? What are the political and moral consequences of this shift towards numerical evaluation? These questions are addressed with respect to three distinct strands of social policy — education, climate change and healthcare — three areas where social science, policy and the gritty world of politics interact with intense urgency.

Before coming to Cambridge, Dr Alexandrova taught at University of Missouri St Louis and studied at University of California, San Diego. She has written on methodology of model-based science, role of rational choice theory in social science, authority of economics and more recently on measurement of well-being, happiness and quality of life. Her book A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being has appeared in 2017 with Oxford University Press. Her current interests are in the ways that AI and automation are changing expertise and knowledge.

Expertise Under Pressure, Director
Limits of the Numerical, Director


February 2015 - Present


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