Mihaela Popa-Wyatt


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I am a Lecturer at the Philosophy Department at the University of Manchester. Previously I was a Marie Curie fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS Berlin), an independent research fellow at the University of Birmingham, and a Beatriu de Pinos Fellow at LOGOS Barcelona.

My main research interests are in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, Meta-ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Social Epistemology, Philosophy and Race and Gender. My recent work focuses on how slurs and oppressive speech shift social norms and re-entrench social hierarchies. I’m currently using tools from game-theoretic and social norms theories to make testable predictions about e.g. the spread of oppressive speech use, coalitions formation, and the emergence of discriminatory norms.

External positions

University of Washington

Areas of expertise

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Gender and Race


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