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Philosophy professor appointed as new York Research Chair


York's President and the VP Research & Innovation announced additional York Research Chairs, each outstanding in their respective academic fields.

Mamdouh Shoukri

On March 22, York University President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri and York Vice-President Research & Innovation Robert Haché announced seven new York Research Chairs (YRCs). Four years after the launch of the YRC program, it has now grown to 24 Chairs.

The YRCs is an internal program aimed at building research recognition and research capacity, with excellence in research, scholarship and associated creative activity being the selection criteria. Standards, expectations and supports for YRCs are at the same level as for the Canada Research Chairs program.

This program is designed to recognize excellence that’s already in existence at York U and support the programs of the University’s most active researchers.

Tier I YRCs are open to established research leaders at the rank of full professor. Tier II YRCs are aimed at emerging research leaders within 15 years of their first academic appointment, and all new appointments are effective July 1, 2017

“We are delighted to acknowledge these outstanding researchers and scholars with the York Research Chair appointment,” said Shoukri. “These new Research Chairs embody York University’s commitment to research intensification, scholarly excellence and policy-relevant findings.”

“These academics are accelerating research leadership across York. They are undertaking visionary work that has local, national and international impact,” said Vice-President Research & Innovation Haché.

Tier II York Research Chair in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Kristin Andrews

Kristin Andrews
Tier II York Research Chair in Animal Minds

Andrews’ interests are in animal and child social cognition and moral development. She has worked with dolphins in Hawaii and orangutans in Borneo. Her research area is in the philosophy of psychology. Her first book, Do Apes Read Minds?, was published by MIT Press in 2012. She is in the Department of Philosophy.


Read about all the new research chairs in Y-File