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Curriculum Vitae

Personal

Born 1976 in San Rafael, California; US/UK dual citizen. Currently resident in Oxford, UK.

Employment

  • 2005-present: Tutorial Fellowship in Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, held jointly with permanent lectureship at the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Oxford.
  • 2004-5: Fellow by Examination (Junior Research Fellow) at Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 2002: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Quantum Computation, Oxford University

Education

  • 2004-2010: DPhil student in Philosophy, Magdalen College, Oxford, supervised by Prof. Simon Saunders. My DPhil ("The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation") was greatly delayed when I was appointed to a permanent teaching position at Oxford, but was submitted in April 2010 and passed its examination in September 2010.
  • 2002-2004: BPhil student in Philosophy, Magdalen College, Oxford. Distinction.
  • 1998-2001: DPhil student in Physics, Merton College, Oxford, supervised by Prof. Artur Ekert. My DPhil ("Issues in the Foundations of Relativistic Quantum Theory") was submitted in January 2002 and passed its examination in April 2002.
  • 1994-1998: MPhys student in Physics, Merton College, Oxford. 1st class degree (3rd place overall).
  • 1987-1994: Bedford School, UK.

Teaching

Tutorial teaching in Philosophy of Maths, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Formal Logic, Frege's Foundations of Arithmetic, the Leibniz/Clarke Correspondence, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology.

Lecturing in general philosophy of quantum mechanics, philosophy of statistical mechanics, and the Everett interpretation.

Graduate taught-course teaching in philosophy of physics.

Graduate students: Eleanor Knox (2007-9), Joshua Rosaler (2010-2013), Neil Dewar (2013-present).

Refereeing and assessment

Philosophy journals: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Mind, Philosophy of Science, European Journal for Philosophy of Science.

Physics journals: Foundations of Physics, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, International Journal for Theoretical Physics, Journal of Mathematical Physics.

Presses: Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Wiley-Blackwell.

Institutions: All Souls College Oxford, Magdalen College Oxford, Merton College Oxford, National Science Foundation, Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), John Templeton Foundation.

Publications - Books

  1. D. Wallace, The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation (OUP, 2012).
  2. S. Saunders, J. Barrett, A. Kent and D. Wallace (ed.), Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality (OUP, 2010).

Publications - papers in peer-reviewed journals

  1. D. Wallace, "Thermodynamics as Control Theory", Entropy 16.2 (2014) pp. 699-725.
  2. H. Greaves and D. Wallace, "Empirical Consequences of Symmetries", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65 (2014) pp.59-89.
  3. D. Wallace, "Decoherence and its Role in the Modern Measurement Problem", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A 370 (2012) 4076-4093.
  4. D. Wallace, "Taking Particle Physics Seriously: a critique of the algebraic approach to quantum field theory", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 42 (2011) pp.116-125.
  5. D. Wallace and C. Timpson, "Quantum Mechanics on Spacetime I: Spacetime State Realism", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61 (2010) pp. 697-727
  6. D. Wallace, "Gravity, Entropy and Cosmology: In Search of Clarity", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61 (2010) pp. 513-540.
  7. D. Wallace, "QFT, Antimatter, and Symmetry", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (2009) pp. 209-222.
  8. S. Saunders and D. Wallace, "Saunders and Wallace Reply (2008)" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (2008), pp. 315-317
  9. S. Saunders and D. Wallace,"Branching and Uncertainty" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (2008), pp. 293-305.
  10. D. Wallace and C. Timpson, "Non-locality and gauge freedom in Deutsch and Hayden's formulation of quantum mechanics" Foundations of Physics 37 (2007), pp. 951-955.
  11. D. Wallace, "Quantum Probability from Subjective Likelihood: improving on Deutsch's proof of the probability rule", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (2007), pp. 311--332.
  12. H. Greaves and D. Wallace, "Justifying conditionalisation: conditionalisation maximises expected epistemic utility" Mind 115 (2006) pp. 607-632.
  13. D. Wallace, "Epistemology Quantised: circumstances in which we should come to believe in the Everett interpretation", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (2006), pp. 655-689.
  14. D. Wallace, "In defence of naivete: the conceptual status of Lagrangian QFT", Synthese 151 (2006) pp. 33-80.
  15. H.R. Brown and D. Wallace, "Solving the measurement problem: de Broglie-Bohm loses out to Everett", Foundations of Physics 35 (2005), pp. 517-540.
  16. D. Wallace, "Protecting cognitive science from quantum theory", Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2004) pp. 636-7.
  17. D. Wallace, "Everettian Rationality: defending Deutsch's approach to probability in the Everett interpretation", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (2003), pp. 415-438.
  18. D. Wallace, "Everett and Structure", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (2003), pp. 86--105.
  19. D. Wallace, "Worlds in the Everett Interpretation", Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 (2002), pp. 637--661.
  20. D. Wallace, "Simple computer model for the quantum Zeno effect", Physical Review A 63 (2001), 022019.

Publications - published work elsewhere

  1. D. Wallace, Review of "Interpreting Quantum Theories", by Laura Ruetsche, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 64 (2014), 425-428.
  2. D. Wallace, The Arrow of Time in Physics, in A. Bardon and H. Dyke (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Time (Wiley, 2013).
  3. D. Wallace, "The Everett Interpretation", in R. Batterman (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics (OUP, 2013).
  4. D. Wallace, "Probability in Physics: Statistical, Stochastic, Quantum", to appear in T. Handfield and A. Wilson (eds.), Asymmetries in Chance and Time (OUP, forthcoming).
  5. D. Wallace, "A prolegomenon to the ontology of the Everett interpretation", in A. Ney and D. Albert (ed.), The Wave Function: Essays in the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics (2013).
  6. D. Wallace, "Interview", in M. Schlosshauer (ed.), Elegance and Enigma: The Quantum Interviews (Springer, 2011).
  7. D. Wallace,"Diachronic Rationality and Prediction-Based Games",Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 110 (2010) pp. 243-266.
  8. D. Wallace, "Decoherence and Ontology: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love FAPP", in S. Saunders, J. Barrett, A. Kent and D. Wallace (ed.), Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality (OUP, 2010).
  9. D. Wallace, "How to Prove the Born Rule", in S. Saunders, J. Barrett, A. Kent and D. Wallace (ed.), Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality (OUP, 2010).
  10. D. Wallace, "Quantum Mechanics", chapter 1 of D. Rickles (ed), The Ashgate Companion to the New Philosophy of Physics (Ashgate, 2008).
  11. D. Wallace, "Time-dependent symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism", in K. Brading and E. Castellani (ed.), Symmetries in physics: philosophical reflections (CUP, 2003).

Publications - forthcoming, submitted and other papers

  1. D. Wallace, "Deflating the Aharonov-Bohm Effect", in submission.
  2. D. Wallace, "Life and Death in the Tails of the GRW Wave Function", in submission.
  3. D. Wallace, "What Statistical Mechanics Actually Does", in submission.
  4. D. Wallace, "Inferential vs. Dynamical Conceptions of Physics", in submission.
  5. D. Wallace, "Recurrence Theorems: a Unified Account", in submission.
  6. D. Wallace, "The logic of the past hypothesis", in B. Loewer, E. Winsberg and B. Weslake (ed.) currently-untitled volume on themes from David Albert's Time and Chance (Harvard, forthcoming).
  7. D. Wallace, "The Relativity and Equivalence Principles for Self-Gravitating Systems", forthcoming in D. Lehmkuhml (ed.), Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories, in the Einstein Studies series.