Alicia Juarrero, professor of philosophy emerita at Prince George’s Community College (Maryland USA), is the author of Context Changes Everything: How Constraints Create Coherence (MIT Press June 2023) and Dynamics in Action (MIT Press, 1999). She is also co-editor of Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from North and South (ISCE Publishing, 2007), and Emergence, Self-Organization and Complexity: Precursors and Prototypes (ISCE Publishing, 2008).
Dr. Juarrero was among the first philosophers who recognized the implications of complex dynamical systems for our understanding of causal relations and the significance of constraints in generating emergent phenomena. As an outgrowth of that approach, she is now exploring how to apply complexity theory to better our understanding, decision-making and containment of infectious diseases, especially those that are vector-borne. To that end, Co-Founded VectorAnalytica, a software development company that develops digital platforms that integrate mobile and web-based data collection, analysis, and modeling in one location.
Dr. Juarrero was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. A Presidential Appointee to the Advisory Board of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), she served as Chair of Council Committee on State Programs. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Miami (FL).