2016 - 2020

History & Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge

PhD - Philosophy of Science

Title: Conceptual Challenges in Cultural Selection

Supervisor: Tim Lewens

2014 - 2015

Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method,

London School of Economics

Msc Philosophy of Science

2012 - 2013

University College London

2009 - 2012

University of Oxford

MRes - Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation

BA Biological Sciences


Oct 2021 -

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,

The Open University

June 2020 - Sept 2021

Institut für Philosophie I,

Ruhr Universität Bochum

Jan 2020 - May 2020

Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method,

London School of Economics

Lecturer in Philosophy

Postdoctoral Researcher

‘The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical and Social Dimensions’ DFG Research Group

LSE Fellow

Articles & Book Chapters

Chellappoo, A. (2022). When can cultural selection explain adaptation?. Biology & Philosophy, 37(1), 1-23.


Chellappoo, A. (2021). Contrasting Narratives of Race and Fatness in Covid-19. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 43(4), 1-24.


Chellappoo, A. (2021). Cultural Evolution: A Case Study in Global Epistemologies of Science. In Ludwig, D., Koskinen, I., Mncube, Z., Poliseli, L., & Reyes-Galindo, L. (Eds.). Global Epistemologies and Philosophies of Science. Routledge.


Chellappoo, A. (2020). Rethinking prestige bias. Synthese, 1-22.


Olson, P.D., Zarowiecki, M., James, K., Baillie, A., Bartl, G., Burchell, P., Chellappoo, A., Jarero, F., Tan, L.Y., Holroyd, N. and Berriman, M., (2018) Genome-wide transcriptome profiling and spatial expression analyses identify signals and switches of development in tapeworms. EvoDevo, 9(1), 21.

Book Reviews

Chellappoo, A. (2020). [Review of] Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution by Love, A. C. and Wimsatt, W. (Eds). The BJPS Review of Books. reviewofbooks/chellappoo-on-love-and-wimsatt/