Contact info:
Email me: klewis [at] barnard [dot] edu
Mail: Barnard College
Department of Philosophy
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New York, New York, 10027
Office: Milbank Hall, Rm 326E

My Columbia department profile


Karen S. Lewis

Assistant Professor • Department of Philosophy
Barnard College, Columbia University





I am an assistant professor in the Barnard-Columbia philosophy department. My research is mainly in the philosophy of language and philosophical linguistics. A common theme in my work is the interaction between context and content. I work on topics in dynamic vs. static semantics, the nature of semantic vs. pragmatic explanations, pronominal anaphora, counterfactual conditionals, and context-sensitivity. Before coming to Barnard, I was a graduate student at Rutgers, where I wrote my dissertation, Understanding Dynamic Discourse, under the direction of Jeffrey C. King, and an assistant professor in the school of philosophy at USC. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, 2-year-old daughter, and 2 one-eyed cats.


Counterfactual Discourse in Context
Forthcoming. Noûs.
Published version (online early view)

Dynamic Semantics
2017. Oxford Handbooks Online.
Published version

Counterfactuals and Knowledge
2017.The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism. Ed. Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa. pp.411-424

2016. (with Jeffrey C. King) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2016 Edition) Ed. Edward N. Zalta.

Elusive Counterfactuals
2016. Noûs. Vol. 50 Issue 2, pp. 286-313.
Published version

Do we need dynamic semantics?
2014. Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning, Eds. Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman, OUP, pp. 231-258

Speaker's Reference and Anaphoric Pronouns
2013. Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy of Language. Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 404-437
Published version

Discourse dynamics, pragmatics, and indefinites
2012. Philosophical Studies. Vol. 158, Issue 2, pp. 313-342
Published version

Work in progress

Anaphora and Negation Email me for a draft.

The speaker authority problem for context-sensitivity (or: you can't always mean what you want) Email me for a draft.


Review of François Recanati, Truth-Conditional Pragmatics, Oxford University Press, 2010.
2014. Mind 123 (492), pp.1234-1238.
Published version


Fall 2018:
Barnard Senior Seminar: Ideology, Language, and Knowledge
Graduate Seminar: Speech Acts




Updated 5/8/2018