I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. Until the end of 2022 I will be leading a 5-year research project funded by the European Research Council. I am also affiliated with the University of Southern California, where I spend half of each fall semester teaching at the Department of Philosophy.
Before moving to my native Finland, I was an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Before Michigan I was at Oxford, where I got a BPhil and DPhil (2010), and was a Fitzjames Research Fellow at Merton College. I am an Editor of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Though I mainly work in epistemology, my philosophical interests are broad. At the moment I am writing a book for Oxford University Press that aims to formulate my big picture in epistemology, bringing together work I have published in various articles. I’ve enjoyed teaching environmental ethics, and love thinking about everything from metaphysics to structural injustice.
When I’m not doing philosophy, I spend time with my 2 children, try to play the ukulele, worry about the state of the world, and as an antidote find some time for physical pursuits like climbing, hiking, and skiing.
You can email me at maria DOT lasonen AT helsinki DOT fi
My office is located at: Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40, Room A622 (Post: PL 24, FI-00014 University of Helsinki)