Stacie Friend is a Reader in Philosophy and the Director of Education in Philosophy.
She taught at Birkbeck from 2005-2007 and rejoined the department in 2014, having taught in between at Heythrop College, University of London. She previously lectured at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania (2003-05) and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-03). She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University in 2002.
Dr Friend is Editor of Analysis, the President of the British Society of Aesthetics and an organiser of the London Aesthetics Forum series of talks at the Institute of Philosophy. She is also the Director of the interdisciplinary research project ‘Art Opening Minds: Imagination and Perspective in Film’, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, with Heather Ferguson (Psychology, Kent), Angela Nyhout (Psychology, Kent) and Murray Smith (Film Studies and Philosophy, Kent). She was previously a co-investigator on a three-year Leverhulme Trust research project on ‘Learning from Fiction’ (2018-2022).
Stacie has been a Visiting Professor at the Collège de France (Paris), the Institut Jean-Nicod/Ecole normale supérieure (Paris), the LOGOS Research Group at the University of Barcelona and the Aesthetics Department at the University of Uppsala. She was a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow in 2013-14.