Basic Information:

I am an assistant professor at the University of Southern California. I received my Ph.D. from New York University in 2011, after receiving my B.A. from Western Washington University and then completing my first two years of graduate work at Rutgers University.

My primary areas of research are Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion. Within Metaphysics, I am particularly interested in Mereology, Ontology, Time, Location, and Modality. I have also done research in Linguistics and Aesthetics. For more information on what I'm working on, please visit my research page.

When not doing Philosophy, I'm frequently organising Philosophy events or learning about (though not always utilising knowledge of) nutrition. I have a website of healthy and often strange recipes here. And if you'd like to see me in action, you can find me on YouTube here and here.

Contact Information:

Office: 226 Stonier Hall, USC

Email: sjk [at] parthood [dot] com

Address: Shieva Kleinschmidt / Department of Philosophy / University of Southern California / 3709 Trousdale Parkway / Los Angeles, CA 90089

What I'm Currently Excited About:

- Writing a book about parthood and extension through space and time! It is under contract with Oxford University Press. You can read the overview on my research page.

- This book on Mereology and Location, that I edited for Oxford University Press!

- Posting audio recordings of talks I've given. Now you can listen to my papers, here, here, here, here, here, and here!

- Hosting the 6th California Metaphysics Conference, on Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion, at USC this January!

(In Athens, 2013)