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Kelle Dhein

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Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4601
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Biology (Biology and Society)
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


I'm a Phoenix native interested in the concept of information, animal behavior, and science communication. 



Arizona State University - School of Life Sciences - Center for Biology & Society

  • Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Complex Adaptive Systems Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and Publishing


Arizona State University - Barrett, The Honors College

· B.A., Philosophy

· B.A., Anthropology

· Minor, Linguistics

Honors Thesis: Empathizing with Fictional Characters

Research Interests

I research biological information, or the way biologists have used and continue to use information-like concepts. I am especially interested in how biologists use intentionality or semanticity in their explanations of organism level phenomena. I pursue my research using both historical and philosophical perspectives.

In my historical research, I look at how social insect researchers have used information-like concepts to explain social insect behavior. I ask questions about how researchers have used information-like concepts, how those concepts have changed, and whether certain concepts of information tend to lead to certain results. I want to learn how ethological practice constrained researchers’ philosophical commitments about information and how researchers’ philosophical commitments about information constrained their ethological practice.

In my philosophical research, I engage with debates in philosophy of biology surrounding biological information. In general, I am interested in building an account of how biologists use intentional conceptions of information in their work. 

Research Group

For the computational aspects of my research, I work with Dr. Manfred Laubichler's computational history and philosophy of science lab



“The Fictional Age”

Issues in Science and Technology


“Bert Hölldobler (1936–)”

Embryo Project Encyclopedia


“‘Altruism and the Origin of the Worker Caste’ from The Ants (1990), by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson”

Embryo Project Encyclopedia


“Ameisen- Die heimliche Weltmacht (Ants- Nature’s Secret Power) (2004)”

Embryo Project Encyclopedia


“The Reproductive Life Cycle of Harpegnathos saltator Colonies (1995), by Christian Peeters and Bert Hölldobler”

Embryo Project Encyclopedia

Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 497Honors Colloquium
HPS 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
HPS 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 497Honors Colloquium
HPS 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
HPS 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar

2016 Spring and 2017 Fall

Biology 591: The Embryo Project Writing Seminar



2015 Fall

Biology 201: Human Anatomy/Physiology

Lead Instructor of two lab sections

Honors / Awards

2017: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Graduate Excellence Award

2016 - 2019: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow

2015: Winner of Issues in Science & Technology Magazine’s Science Fiction Contest

2014: Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University

2014: Moeur Award for Academic Excellence

2013: 1st Place in Arizona State University’s Annual Philosophy Essay Contest

2012: 1st Place in Douglas G. Arner Academic Freedom Essay Contest


Summer 2015: Assistant Editor for Dr. Paul Cassell’s Book, Religion, Emergence, and the Origins of Meaning: Beyond Durkheim and Rappaport

Summer 2017: Editor for the Embryo Project Encyclopedia


2017-Present: Volunteer for School of Life Sciences Prison Biology Project- Teaching introductory college-level biology to prisoners in Florence, Arizona. 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
Advisor/ Committee Chair: Beckett Sterner Dissertation Committee: Jane Maienschein, Manfred Laubichler, Stephen Pratt, and Colin Allen.