I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. My work focuses on epistemological issues that arise in political, social, and scientific contexts. I also have research interests in American Pragmatism, particularly the work of John Dewey. Most recently, I have developed an interest in the moral and social dimensions of business, and am an inaugural member of the Society for Progress.

I started at St. Olaf in the fall of 2010 after spending a year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Rutgers University in the Center for Cultural Analysis. I completed my Ph.D. in 2009 in the Columbia Department of Philosophy. For the 2016-17 academic year, I was a Visiting Scholar at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

As an undergraduate I completed a dual-degree program at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where I studied jazz saxophone. I remain active as a saxophonist and, more recently, as a drummer in the Counterfactuals.

Office: Holland Hall 417
Email: fuerstei@stolaf.edu

On leave for spring 2021


Ph.D., Philosophy, Columbia University
B.A., Philosophy, Tufts University
B.M., Jazz Saxophone Performance, New England Conservatory of Music