Contact: Renee.Bolinger[at]



I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.

 I'll be joining the School of Philosophy at Australian National University as a postdoctoral research fellow for the academic year 2017-2018, to work on questions relating to ethics and risk. 

Before arriving at USC, I completed an M.A. in philosophy at Northern Illinois University and two bachelor's degrees at Biola University.

You can find my complete CV here.





I work on a variety of issues in moral and political philosophy as well as philosophy of language. I'm especially interested in questions relating to responsibility for the public meaning of our actions, as revealed in contexts of self-defense and slur use.  

At the moment, I'm working on a project about the moral significance of risk. If you're interested, you can peruse summaries of my working papers, and you can find a summary of my dissertation and principle research focus here



In my spare time, I paint. I've started a series of portraits of philosophers, painting various famous philosophers in style that highlights themes central to the philosopher's work. You can see those paintings here