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Jamee Elder

Black Hole Initiative


Jamee Elder completed her Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in the philosophy of physics and astrophysics. Before Notre Dame, she completed an MPhil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a BSc and BA(Hons) at the University of Canterbury. She was formerly a Heinrich Hertz Fellow with the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics at the University of Bonn. Her current research concerns the methodology and epistemology of large astrophysical experiments, especially those—including LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA and the EHT—that involve “observing” black holes. Much of her work concerns how models and simulations are embedded in experimental methods and what epistemic implications this has for making inferences about astrophysical target systems.

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