Alfred Kroeber’s map of linguistic areas in his Handbook of the Indians of California (1925). Public Domain Image.

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. I am engaged in a major research project, “Ontic Risk and the Science of Diversity” which I use as a vehicle to explore a range of related concerns in the history and philosophy of science, applied ethics, and politics. I am the PI of the project ‘Culture as a Tool: Reckoning with Past and Future Use‘ (funded by the CES Transformation fund), and was the co-PI of the project ‘Culture at the Macro-Scale: Boundaries, Barriers, and Endogenous Change‘ (funded by the University of Cambridge, PSL, and the Embassy of France).

From 2019–2022, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Researcher at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and a College Research Associate at St. John’s College. Prior to this I held post-doctoral positions at Cambridge (2017–2019) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (2015–2017).

I completed by PhD (2016) in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, an MSc (2011) in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc (2009) in Psychology at the University of Alberta.

I can be reached at buskell.philosophy [at]