Hi! Welcome to my page. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in philosophy of science at the California Institute of Technology. The overarching theme of my research is epistemic risk. The core dimensions of this project span philosophy of science/formal epistemology, normative ethics, and law & public policy. The latter engages the emerging literature on fair AI and machine learning. You can learn more about epistemic risk by clicking on the Research tab.

About Me


From 2013-2017, I was a student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I received a PhD in Philosophy and MS in Statistics. My supervisor was Jim Joyce. My dissertation was entitled, unsurprisingly, Foundations of Epistemic Risk.

Prior to that, I studied law at Harvard University, and practiced briefly as an intellectual property lawyer at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Los Angeles, where I represented companies fighting over fashion dolls, cell phones, and comic books. In particular, I spent most of my time representing Mattel, the makers of Barbie, in the now famous (infamous?) “doll wars” against rival company, MGA, the makers of Bratz.

You can contact me at bbabic@caltech.edu or babic917@gmail.com.